1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador — with Attitude — loop frame

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Moto Guzzi W 103
Moto Guzzi W 103

It’s a real cosmopolitan

What lead me to a Moto

I was 21 years old and had sold my car to buy a brand new in 1976. It was a brand new Harley Glide in 1976 (the ball years for HD) . For 6 months it was my transportation, it was a very cool motorcycle — a great magnet. But as a motorcycle — it sucked.

Poor performance, it down lots, parts off all the time, had no power, bad brakes, no etc. Hell, it could spin the rear tire. I the lifters once when the said 103. I doubt it was doing more than 85 or

The only good thing that bike was — it cool, and did I mention it was a great magnet.

I SOLD that Harley the very next and bought an old 1954 Chevy truck and found my ’71 Guzzi in spring of 1977.

My had an older cousin who bought Moto Guzzi Ambassador new off the showroom floor and started The cousin traveled to Alaska and on it, drove it up and down the coast and put miles on it before leaving it at my house in Las Vegas. As the story he was riding it one day in Vegas when the oil plug came out and before he it the engine had no oil and ceased up.

That back in 1974. The cousin back into the military and the sat in my friends barn until I it in 1977. It was covered with a old blanket and was layered in old barn — hay, dirt, chicken …, spider and shoved against a wall.

Another friend and I dug it out, a whopping $400.00 for it and got a title from the cousin and set about to the engine (using VW pistons), and had her again within a few months.

first picture is what we like in ’79 (’70 and Roy getting ready for a trip). I had times on that Moto Ambassador for a few years in Las Vegas. In I set out on a big motorcycle trip with a and on the way back I had an accident. The notorious Wobble — Bang

I suffered from dreaded rash, but nothing serious. The also suffered road from the slide, but only were damaged. It wrecked the saddlebags and the crashbars were all up.

After recovering from the wobble I tore the Ambo to bare frame. Sent the body work out for a freelance Paint job at a Harley Chopper shop. I told the artist I deep red and pearl white and a Santana Lion 9 Faces on the tank.

The red painted over the white really lightened up the red and where the red faded into it glows.

I repainted and cleaned, and everything else. I did some black wrinkle finish on the heads and dash and did allot of work on the frame to smooth out all the factory weld joints in connections and corners.

The paint job was all the for that time of year. The Lion / Faces on the tank out really cool. I got the wild job back, assembled everything and was to Washington state by the end of 1980.

In Washington I ran the VW Piston Guzzi for a few more years. The engine was a 850 instead of a 750, so I had lots of fun the Eldorado 850’s around. 1990 I decided to rebuild the back to Moto Guzzi and specs and wanted to repaint the

I pulled it all apart and — there it sat in my garage in boxes of for about 3 more years.

in ’93 I did the painting and got some new and put it all back together. However, I had began to acquired a few upgrade in the meantime. I had become associated a rather large Moto club with a few very Moto Guzzi mechanics and I wanted to do some of the major and improvements that these Guru’s had been learning

The newer Moto Guzzi’s had brakes, better — motor, bigger rear well, just about was bigger and better. I wanted to some of those improvements to the like many other loop frame riders doing. You can find so much on the Internet and through the Moto clubs around the world.

In you can find Guzzi friends at the club that have me and this motorcycle for over 25

In ’95 I sold the Guzzi/VWpiston and started to Upgrade with an 850 case with a 1000cc Soon this mild 750cc Ambassador turned the Ambo with Attitude .

I my parts to the Moto Guzzi in Seattle and they did a complete polish job on the new configuration for a V 1000cc All balanced and machined parts, 1000cc pistons, a better 850 lightened flywheel, 850 heads, 5 trans, 850 front end, disk brakes, 850 rear w/new cush, air shocks, coil plugs, bosch police bars w/extensions, VW 34mm Carbs w/KN Bigger front and rear big cushy custom seat, handlebar risers/setbacks, oil gauge, meter, windscreen, rear air onboard air compressor, fish exhaust, upgraded lighting all upgraded dash, Floor US style fuse box, fairing, extended rear lever, fiamm horns, pegs, and still sporting real custom red on pearl paint with 9 faces the Santana lion impression paint job done in 1980!

Man, this ole Ambo became a lion in disguise. ole Guzzi ain’t what she to be. It was extremely fast for the vintage it was. The engine was tuned for top end It didn’t idle smoothly, but was the price for top end freeway driving the upgraded motor gears it was tuned for freeway riding at speed.

Even the rear end were chosen for freeway I rode 2-up allot of and really enjoyed that power from the new 1000 engine. The front forks are an 850T and sport disc and longer travel. Brakes in the are also upgraded and work than stock. The rear are air shocks from an old Honda

They work okay, but too much rebound for the lighter I’d like to change

In ’99 I had to return the bike to the Guzzi shop in Seattle to the rear drive unit. At the and got brand new drive shaft, U- with an 850T rear and New drive gears. The bike now has as many improvements that you possibly do with a loop Moto Guzzi Ambassador.

The bike sounds just with the loud exhaust and pipes and runs just as as you might like to go. I sure had fun one day out on the in Westport.

The big V-Twin rumbles the roads and especially down the with the power of a locomotive and the of a cruiser. I don’t know the top — don’t want to I have gone as fast as it go, but the speedometer freaked out after 90, so I don’t know the top speed.

Moto Guzzi W 103
Moto Guzzi W 103

I do it is plenty fast enough to big grins on my face! Not as fast as crotch rockets that down the road and do wheelies at 70 but the Ambo is very fast for the bike it is. I like the low down a whole lot. I mean, say you are up a long steep grade grab on and twist that and the bike kicks down a and launches you up the hill.

Maybe you are on a mountain high speed — just twist the and man the pull around corners and lean angle is awesome. scrap the floorboards! I also the front brakes from to dual disks and upgraded the brakes as well.

So, it stops than original to boot.

The Washington Moto Guzzi sponsored the National Moto convention in 2003. I had not been my Ambassador very much at all in the few years, but got it running again for event. After the event I put the back into storage and began work on my largest — building the Spiderhollow

The house was done in 2005 and that I had become involved other projects like a grease car — a diesel Mercedes run on waste veggie and a few other projects. The Ambo sat in storage from 2003 summer of 2007. I was riding motorcycles during this I had purchased a couple Moto to ride and sell, so I didn’t quit riding, I just put the in storage.

Finally, in 2007 I the Ambo out of storage. I replaced the cleaned the plugs, added gasoline and a new battery. Wow, setting for 4 years it started up. These Moto Guzzi’s are

I rode it to 2 or 3 Moto Guzzi breakfasts in 2007, but no more than that.

(Spring is usually dirty from the ride, but it is faithfully waiting to be The paint job done in 1980 is in good condition but does the years and use. The chrome has over time, but there allot of chrome to start I have a brand new set of grips for it and a new set of extended springs for the front

It runs strong and true as it sets now. However, I it needs the rubber brake rubber fuel lines and once it is being ridden it will need rear re-fitted and a good tune up. are only about 25% used – if

The Ambo with Attitude and breaths as it sets — the of the lion are on you all the time!

There you have it. A history of 1971 Moto Guzzi motorcycle. It is a very spirited motorcycle.

( Spring 2008 ), I way too many projects, not enough not enough riding time, not passion to maintain all my hobbies and I keep telling myself to someone who has some passion for a vintage machine and I SOLD my Ambo with Attitude. The I worked out was very good.

The new is excited to restore it to the majestic it once was and I was able to keep the Tank as a Memento. Bought for in ’77 and sold for $3,000. in Still, I Can’t believe after 30 years I sold it Jeez what a dope.

One later I bought another Police Eldorado. Kept for a and sold, then bought a Eldorado California 850 .

James bought the AmboW/Attitude — He is restoring the bike, and appears to be a great job on it. Just to show you can further the life of a classic if you sell it I wanted to include a web page showing Jims with what is now called the

Moto Guzzi W 103
Moto Guzzi W 103
Moto Guzzi W 103
Moto Guzzi W 103

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