#1 by Kev & Karen on March 20, 2013 - 10:52 pm
Hope you enjoyed the V Twin rally it was one of our favourites.
Thank you very much for featuring us in your magazine.
We hope to have more tales from the road as we resume our travels.
Karen and Kev
#2 by peter on March 19, 2013 - 6:39 pm
Found out about your adventure whilst visiting the V-twin rally last year. As an editor for the Dutch Moto Guzzi club magazine i’ve been in contact with the Gambalunga editor and will feature your travels in our magazine, based on the material of Gambalunga. Keep up the good work and travel safe!
#3 by Kev & Karen on November 3, 2012 - 2:36 am
Hi Rik Thanks for the comment and getting in touch.
We have a sump spacer (sandwich plate) with a rear facing external filter exactly as you describe. Ours is a german one but I know there is a USA made one available also.
They are easy to fit and should come with a set of extra long socket head capscrews and hopefully/maybe a longer dipstick. Don’t forget the four bolts in the middle of the sump when you are undoing the old one they are easily missed. If it doesnt come with a new dipstick fit the sump and pour the correct measured amount of oil into the sump you can then mod your old dipstick so that it reads correctly. I.E make it longer. The original dipstick is supposed to be screwed right in to get the correct reading, if you are making your own extended stick you can do the same or mark it so it shows the correct amount just resting in the hole which is much more convenient. There are also a few aftermarket dipsticks out there that come with changeable different length sticks on them for extended sumps.
Remember they do not hold any more oil they just creating more air space between the crank and the oil level in the sump. They are a good mod and make Guzzi’s breathe much better and stop oil spitting out of the breather box when they are working hard. VERY IMPORTANT thought to not forget all about your sump and never clean it again. Its great to be able to change the oil and filter without having to drop the sump every time but I think its really important to still drop it off every 3rd or 4th change to clean out any accumulated muck in there. Hope this helps
#4 by Kev & Karen on November 3, 2012 - 2:09 am
Thank you for the nice comments. I am really sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you things have been really hectic recently.
I replaced the original alternator with a small suzuki car one running off a belt and pulley mounted on the crank. We had a few initial problems with getting it to work properly largely because of some incorrect advice on how to wire it up. This has now been corrected and it has been very good since.
The linked brakes are extremely good on gravel and slippery surfaces.
I am going to send a copy of this to your email as well in case you don’t see this. You can look at 30’000 more pictures at flickr.com/guzzioverland but I think you might have found them by now anyway.
#5 by RIK TURNER on October 10, 2012 - 5:21 pm
hi just found your site love the bike really unusual .
I ride mkII california 1982 vintage which I have had from new so just getting used to it .
I wondered if you had an external oil filter fitted as I am going to fit one soon when bike is off road for winter touch up and fettle, and wondered if you had any tips for fitting mine is rear facing spacer type external oil filter.
#6 by Kev & Karen on September 21, 2012 - 7:49 am
Thanks for the enthusiasm and comments. You can access our Flickr gallery which has all our photos from the whole trip by double clicking on one of the photos in the gallery on the front page. This should take you direct to our photostream, if not search Guzzioverland and we should pop up.
I’ll get Kev to answer all your bike queries.
#7 by Leo Weisman on September 14, 2012 - 2:07 pm
I love the bike and the mods and would enjoy looking at 100 more photos.
Did you replace the 280 bosch alternator? And how are the linked breaks on gravel?
#8 by Kev & Karen on March 6, 2012 - 9:11 pm
We remember you well, glad you are following us and enjoying our adventures. It’s great yourself a Guzzi, the UK Guzzi club are a great bunch. We are in Tasmania at the moment and are staying with several Guzzi folk here always a good way to make friends.
Enjoy Kev and Karen
#9 by greg on March 4, 2012 - 5:46 pm
Hi you two, Greg here from Hole Station Campsite, where you came to trial some of your kit before setting off. Good to see you have covered a few miles .
Bought a Guzzi myself now. Keep up the good work, following you with interest.
#10 by Kev & Karen on February 16, 2012 - 12:50 am
It was stylish, full of velocity, lots of effort just lacking in direction what was wrong with that a totally legal throw straight into the floor……..amazing how we could both have the style…………..
#11 by Johnny Bisset on February 6, 2012 - 3:21 am
Hope you enjoyed Port Lincoln at Tunarama time, I cheered you on at the Tuna Toss (until I saw the toss!!) what happened!!! I was expecting a good 10 or 15 meters
#12 by Alex Johnston on August 30, 2011 - 10:28 am
Hey guys, a mate of mine saw you in Townsville recently while on holiday up there. Got your website from the sticker on your pannier from a picture he took. Hve a 95 California. Been on her for twelve years now. it was birthday present to myself back in 98. Wish I had the money and the nerve to do what you are. You coou;ldn’t have picked a better bike. What year and model did she start life as? Best of lucki, Alex
#13 by Kev & Karen on May 6, 2011 - 4:21 am
Things are good with us.
Have a look at our left hand rear large pannier in some of the pics. Your sticker is on there !
Good luck for your next season.
Cheers Kev and Karen
#14 by Nicky & Julia on April 26, 2011 - 7:12 am
Met these guys on their Guzzi in Milford Sound, NZ, Easter 2011. Sweet as! Wishing you all the best and safe travel for the next continent, ie. OZ.
#15 by Rik Reid on April 23, 2011 - 2:54 am
Hi, Hope your travels are going well, last saw you at Classic Bike Festival in Auckland early Feb, left you our race team stickers.
Yours are proudly now on our race team toolbox. Ride safe and have a great trip.
#16 by John and Stella on September 28, 2010 - 4:43 pm
At last, have had a look at your site. Excellent. Safe journey, to you, both.
Love John and Stella (who’s that?) Pudduck
#17 by Evgeniy on August 30, 2010 - 2:12 pm
Hello travelers, I photographed you in Ulan-Ude, the two images. I send you. How can I do?
#18 by Jon Chapman on May 24, 2010 - 9:43 pm
Just wanted to say hi and good luck!
We were behind you in the queue at Dover on the motorbikes when you were just starting out.
Hope the adventure is going well.
#19 by John Gretzinger on March 27, 2010 - 8:17 pm
What a wonderful journey – I do envy the two of you. I’ll be keeping abreast of your travels, and when you get to California I do hope we will get to meet and ride a bit. My Norge may be sleeker, but your Spada will definitely be the head turner.
See you when you get here.
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