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KeithEMason
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PostSubject: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Thu May 21, 2020 9:26 pm

Looking at buying a 2009 GRiSO, 2nd owner says the original owner said all the updates have been done.  Is there a way to tell if the engine has roller tappets?  Bike has 8900 miles.  Does Moto Guzzi keep track of the vins or marks the motor?

Thank You
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Thu May 21, 2020 10:59 pm

Hi Keith, this has been covered many times if you do a search. Yes, the factory gave engine numbers for the change over but they were a bit rubbery. If you are looking at a 2009 it was built as a flat tappet bike. There was never a recall or update for rollerisations. The only way to know for sure is to lift a rocker cover and look. If the current owner is unwilling to do that? Walk away. How many miles on the bike?
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Fri May 22, 2020 12:38 am


8900. Like he said. Very Happy


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KeithEMason
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 7:05 am

I checked and it's a flat tappet, I talked to the owner and he said I could buy it for $4100. U.S.  It's super clean and white which is my favorite color.  My brother is half owner of a small Moto Guzzi and Aprilia dealership in Washington state.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 7:33 am

One last thing there is no paint mark or drill mark on the valve cover.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 11:30 am

The drill mark, if it were to have one, would be in the paint adjacent to the manufacturing date stamp on the side of the head that faces into the valley where the alternator sits.

If your brother half owns a Guzzi shop he should be familiar with the tappet issue. Good news for you, he can put in a warranty claim on your behalf with no haggling I'd hope. Even so $4,100 for a flattie would be top dollar in the US.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 12:00 pm

Ya it's a small dealership most of their income comes from mechanical work and riding schools.  
Optimum Motorsports in Kirkland, Washington.
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KeithEMason
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 8:04 pm

Can you double check that I have this correct.

O-ring in sparkplug hole? Yes
punch mark on head? No

Kit C
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 8:08 pm

Yes. 'C' kit.

If you are buying then the best way is to buy a 'B' kit and add the extra bits to make it into a 'C' kit from Europe I think. All the kits seem to cost the same in the US while elsewhere there are significant price discrepancies.

Hopefully your bro will do the right thing and source a warranty kit for you.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Mon May 25, 2020 8:17 pm

Thanks Pete.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Tue May 26, 2020 6:03 pm

Well my brother called Piaggio and they no longer cover the roller kit under warranty. He said this winter as long as it runs good until than he will tear it down.  If the parts show wear he'll send in pictures and see what they say otherwise I'm out the cost of the kit.  Can't complain could be a lot worse.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Tue May 26, 2020 6:13 pm

I really, strongly, VERY STRONGLY advise against this course of action.

The longer you leave it the greater the chance of further, more serious, damage occurring.

We at Motomoda have completed in excess of 200 rollerisations now, in fact I have two lined up at the moment, I've seen the damage. I know the risks.

Just don't.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Tue May 26, 2020 6:22 pm


Steve posted on WG on May 23 that the kits were still available.

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You might want to query that.



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PostSubject: What year/engine number, went to roller valves?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:22 am

I’m looking to buy a 2012 GRiSO , registers in August 2012 and built to order from factory for owner.
When did they change to roller valves, as in engine numbers/year?
Thanks!
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Fri Jun 05, 2020 2:40 pm

Stelvio- Motor#AC12596 Build Date 12 March 2012
GRiSO - Motor#A813524 Build Date 12 April 2012
Norge - Motor#AA12214 Build Date 18 April 2012

But I've read that a few flatties slipped through the cracks. Whipping off the valve cover is the only sure fired way to be sure.
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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:48 pm

Yes, roller campaign is still ongoing. This is directly from their TechRep here in GA. IF it is a newer dealership for Guzzi have the guy call CostaMesa, CA, warranty services. You don't call NYC.


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PostSubject: Re: How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets?   How do you tell if your motor has roller tappets? Icon_minitime1Fri Jun 05, 2020 3:50 pm

KeithEMason wrote:
I checked and it's a flat tappet, I talked to the owner and he said I could buy it for $4100. U.S.  It's super clean and white which is my favorite color.  My brother is half owner of a small Moto Guzzi and Aprilia dealership in Washington state.

$3K to the knowing buyer max.
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