Charging problems could it be the bulb? Frame not earthing? No red charge light on the dash?

Since I have owned the Moto Guzzi California II the last couple of years I have had issues with the charging. I would go on a journey and the charge guage would read no volts. I knew some thing was not quite right. It also meant that I would have to bump start the Guzzi or get a jump start. So I carried on working … Continue reading Charging problems could it be the bulb? Frame not earthing? No red charge light on the dash?

Charging problems are not the same a a Ducati. Drives you crazy with a faulty diode Bosch 0 197 002 003

If you need help understanding electrics. Have a look at this excellent article over at Greg Benders site. It shows the common problems and helps to explain the various parts of the electrical system. http://www.thisoldtractor.com/guzzitech.dk/pdf/charging-around-the-circuit-john-noble.pdf When trouble shooting you need to know what should be happening or the stages of the charge so that you can find out which part is not working. On mine … Continue reading Charging problems are not the same a a Ducati. Drives you crazy with a faulty diode Bosch 0 197 002 003

Why you dont need a service done by a mechanic. How factory trained mechanics make the difference

I can service my own bike and maybe like you want to do the work on the bike. My Moto Guzzi California II needed a first service and to torque the heads. The carburettors balanced and mixtures checked. I had Moto Guzzi trained mechanic Baldrick carry out the first service. Have you done any of these tasks? Would you know how to or have the … Continue reading Why you dont need a service done by a mechanic. How factory trained mechanics make the difference

Moto Guzzi California One cyclinder fire. Kept cutting out on tick over

I found the Moto Guzzi started but sounded lumpy. As I had it ticking over as soon as I tried to leave the throttle it cut out. I checked the exhaust pipes and the left hand side was cold. The Cali would not start now. I went to my Ducati which had been parked up a while. Pressed the button and it fired into life. … Continue reading Moto Guzzi California One cyclinder fire. Kept cutting out on tick over

Trouble shoot Italian electrics with lamp holders that are not available any more on a Moto Guzzi California 2 II

Italian electrics on the new bikes has improved and some of the switch gear seems to be the same as Japanese. All old bikes seem to have issues with electrics. As time has moved on, there has been a improvement in reliability. On my California II the electrics have been fixed. There was connections that had failed on the wiring loom which have been fixed … Continue reading Trouble shoot Italian electrics with lamp holders that are not available any more on a Moto Guzzi California 2 II

Sunny days and a story of how to trouble shoot. Oil pressure and knocking on the California II

Below is the Guzzi parked up after a ride out on a sunny day. It feels good to see that after 7 years laid up in a garden rusting away the bike is finally on the road. The bike does not knock any more thanks to Baldrick and his work on the bike. The conrods, shells and the crankshaft ground or polished to fit. Baldrick … Continue reading Sunny days and a story of how to trouble shoot. Oil pressure and knocking on the California II