Subject: A Pete Roper and Beetle Question Thu Mar 31, 2022 11:43 am
So boys I notice you have your fins machined/sanded off. Looks quite good, done it to a few machines myself. My question is do you still have them like this or did you go off the idea and revert back to black? Anyone else consider or implement this idea?
Subject: Re: A Pete Roper and Beetle Question Thu Mar 31, 2022 2:40 pm
I think it's a trick of the light. Being sensible for a change, if you haven't been to Oz and especially at my area which is at quite a high elevation, at least by Australian standards, it's difficult to describe the intensity of the light. The Canberra region, most particularly in high summer and mid winter, is given to long periods of very slow moving high pressure systems that render sunlight seemingly retina-burningly bright!
I think what you are suspecting to be the polished edge of the fins is most likely simply the sunlight striking the edge of the fins and the contrast with the shaded parts of the fins below.
Various versions of the Cali 1400 came with polished fins on the heads. If you search up some pictures of those it will probably give you something to compare and contrast to.
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Subject: Re: A Pete Roper and Beetle Question Fri Apr 01, 2022 12:33 am
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Subject: Re: A Pete Roper and Beetle Question Fri Apr 01, 2022 12:44 am
Not from me. I grew up in the UK. The light here is very, very different. Really.
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Subject: Re: A Pete Roper and Beetle Question Fri Apr 01, 2022 4:00 am
I did think it somewhat oldskool the all blacked out engine block on the GRiSO, they are enamaled too those fins. It's been a thing on engines since forever, am certain the venerable Suzuki EFE had machined head fins back in the 80's. All the new Guzzi's sport them not just the 1400 cali's Pete. They do seem remiss on the GRiSO like they should be there but arent, I really thought that yours and Beetles bikes looked cool sporting them. Having seen later pics of both bikes and them not visible assumed you decided against them. Certainly a useful trick of the Ozzy light reflecting off the glossy lower edges. Maybe will sport a set see what peeps think of them.