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    The Opposite of a Cafe Racer, Moto Guzzi Ambassador

    Have been having a ton of fun with this light hearted and relitivly short threads here.
    Figure it is just nice to talk about what is going on in the shop.

    for the time being the CL450 will be the main ride.
    season is just starting.

    The fiancé and I have snuck a few rides in on it already. Would be nice to have something better for just cruising around.

    Enter a 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador.
    in my eyes this is about as close to a Harley as I will ever get.

    recently picked it up.
    while BEAUTIFUL, it has not been run in a while and needs at the very least a basic service.

    only thing so far that jumps out at me is that the forks seem frozen in the compressed position.
    unsure what's going on there.
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    Moto Guzzi is good stuff.
    Don't abuse that trans too much, I've known the 60's and 70'sto lose 2nd and 3rd gear when fed nitrous
    And shifted with no clutch.
    It ain't easy bein' fat and greasy.

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    Need pics Jag! I love old Guzzi's. First bike I did 100mph on was my uncle's Ambo or Eldo, don't know which it was- I was 16 or 17. Like sitting in a Lay Z Boy.

    nearly bought one last year but pulled the trigger on a new V7 Stone instead. Wanted a bike I could jump on and ride.

    check your oil for chrome flakes from the bores- common issue that needs new jugs to fix.

    let me know if you decide to let it go. If I am flush then maybe we could work a deal.

    jack

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    You bastard.....that's pretty much exactly what I've been wanting for the past 3 years or so.

    Are the forks actually "compressed" or maybe the springs are just missing (god knows why, but stranger things have probably happened....)?

    Try and rock the bike with the front brake on to see if the forks lift up at all....

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    it's got pods

    oh the horror.
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    Your cylinders look like they could be new. That is a very good thing if they are. Check the bottom fin and see if it says GILARDONI.

    Have you tried jacking it up to see if the forks drop down? They could be bent I guess.

    I have several of these old Ambo/Eldo's. Great bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hillsy View Post
    You bastard.....that's pretty much exactly what I've been wanting for the past 3 years or so.

    Are the forks actually "compressed" or maybe the springs are just missing (god knows why, but stranger things have probably happened....)?

    Try and rock the bike with the front brake on to see if the forks lift up at all....
    Have rocked it and tried to pull (only very quickly), but no dice.
    ordered new seals, bushings and the proper fork tools.
    will dig deeper next time I am in the shop.

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    it's got pods

    oh the horror.
    yeah, not a huge fan of them. Might order an airbox....

    Quote Originally Posted by hahnda View Post
    Your cylinders look like they could be new. That is a very good thing if they are. Check the bottom fin and see if it says GILARDONI.

    Have you tried jacking it up to see if the forks drop down? They could be bent I guess.

    I have several of these old Ambo/Eldo's. Great bikes.
    it is on the list of things to confirm.
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    Here is a friends of mines Guzzi 76 80, running a homebuilt supercharger and just over 105hp!

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    that's just what an 850t needs.

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