2007 California Vintage
Mike

Saskatoon, Canada

#1 Nov 17, 2008
Has anyone had a problem with the metal rear brakelight bracket breaking in half? The metal is of poor quality and strengh.The bracket wasn't designed well and with the weight of the taillight this problem will continue to happen when you encounter a pothole in the road.
MotorcycleInfo

Columbus, NC

#2 Dec 29, 2008
Mike, I have an '07 California Vintage. So far, the rear light bracket is fine, but I only have 1000 miles on the bike, so maybe it's too early to tell. The rear light bracket is nicely rubber mounted, and I don't see how it would break on it's own unless maybe there is a vibration resonance problem (I don't think so) or perhaps someone rides on dirt roads or railroad tracks all day (I hope no one would do that to such a nice bike).
Mike

Saskatoon, Canada

#3 Jan 15, 2009
Matthew, NC

Thanks for responding. I was beginning to think I was the only one with a new California Vintage. The resources for this make of bike is quite limited in this province, so your practically on your own. The retail business where I purchased the bike is a car dealorship and their knowledge is inadequate. It took almost a full riding season to convince them the bike had solid lifters. They kept assuring me they were hydraulic.
Mike

Saskatoon, Canada

#4 Jan 15, 2009
Matthew NC

Re. Rear breaklight. If you ever have to disassemble the light from the bracket, you will notice that there is thin strips of metal holding the base together.I ended up taking my to a frabricator and them weld some additional support to the bracket.
Anyway keep in touch.You'll be out riding before me. There is alot of snow to melt before spring!
Todd

Tucson, AZ

#5 Mar 25, 2009
I see another owner has the lifter I.D. confusion as well. Mike - is that the final word in your experience? I called Harpers and their service tech says solid but my 2007 manual and the fellas I bought it from and the digital shop manual all say hydraulic. What settings does yours seem happiest with? Oh... 3000 miles and no brake light mount issues yet.
Mike

Saskatoon, Canada

#6 Apr 17, 2009
Todd

My apologies for not responding sooner. I've been busy watching the snow disappear and finally spring has finally arrived. In regards to the lifters, in the end I received an offical letter from Moto Guzzi, Canada and they confirmed that my bike had solid lifters. That only took a year of phone calls and emails to the dealer to convince them they were wrong.
If you are going to set the valve clearances yourself , there is a rubber plug on the right side of your bike. Remove that and you can see the flywheel. As you rotate the engine you'll see a S and D marked on the flywheel. S= TDC on the left cylinder and D= TDC on the right cylinder.
I set the intake to .10mm and the exhaust to .15mm

I hope that's helpfull !

I'll keep in touch and let you know how the riding season is going.
dan

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Apr 30, 2009
Mike wrote:
Has anyone had a problem with the metal rear brakelight bracket breaking in half? The metal is of poor quality and strengh.The bracket wasn't designed well and with the weight of the taillight this problem will continue to happen when you encounter a pothole in the road.
I agree the pennies saved were a bad idea. The one on mine broke at 1700.I replaced it with a stronger two piece desighn and cut out some weight. Other then the bad bracket i still am in love with the bike.
Mike

Saskatoon, Canada

#8 May 12, 2009
Life couldn't get any better now that I've had a chance to ride the bike on a couple of occasions, although their forecasting for some more snow tomorrow. Anyway I want to make a couple of comments. The chrome piece protecting the left rear hardbag has been rubbing and caused it to wear right through the paint. The angle of the bar doesn' provide enough clearance. I tried to bend it out by hand but it returned to it's original spot. Too muh bending and the weld would of broken. I cut a small piece of rubber hose and wedged it between the the bag and the chrome rail.

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