Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — Successful California Police Restoration

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Moto Guzzi California II
Moto Guzzi California II

Successful California Police by Steve Stroot

MOTO 1973 L.A.P.D. Eldorado, to 1000cc, needs your TLC running strong when 17 years ago. Leave at.

This ad in a local paper my immediate attention. I had been a motorcycle restoration project to me occupied during our long Tahoe winter. Several suggested a Harley, but I wanted different. A phone call to the listed in the ad resulted in a meeting in Placerville — 60 miles As my wife and I arrived, I gazed what can only be described as a basket case.

The bike minor damage along dirt, leaves, cobwebs and testaments to the fact that the had been sitting for a long The owner had the bike loaded the bed of his pick-up truck and was obviously on selling and delivering the bike day. Various parts strewn in the bed of the pick-up and, it had obviously suffered the effects of an owner, there was something the bike that piqued my

Maybe it was those huge angling out from the sides of the maybe it was the full-fendered big bike that seemed to hint this machine could its rider in comfort and style if only it could be restored to its splendor. I negotiated first my wife Linda, who is (thankfully) to indulge me in my idiosyncrasies and follies. She to the purchase, and after some bartering with the bike’s we were the proud owners of 500 of non-functioning metal.

I knew a CHP mechanic, Pat Hambel, who to help me get the bike running. considerable effort, we were to break the pistons free and get the to turn over. The engine ran — on one cylinder. Pat, that this project turn into an ordeal, out and suggested I call Steve Steve outfits CHP motorcycles at the CHP Transport Section in Sacramento and a business called Payne’s Motorcycles on the side.

Steve questions about the Guzzi based on the description I provided boards, heel-toe shift, speedometer, large side and a curious bracket on the left of the swing arm), he determined the bike sounded like an old model. He explained that the on the left side was the mounting for the siren. He offered to check the and advise me on its general mechanical

I left it in his care and began to what course this was going to take. With a police bike as a starting why not restore it to its original police As a 22 year law enforcement veteran who has a for motorcycling, the restoration of a police seemed to me the perfect melding of my and avocation.

A letter to CHP Commissioner Helmick yielded a quick with the Commissioner both the restoration and offering CHP assistance. letter in hand, I contacted Bo at the Motor Transport Section, and he me with an old Motorola motorcycle control head (the that mounts on the handlebars) and CHP decals for the gas tank. The control was a relic he’d salvaged earlier.

It was sitting on his desk He explained the Motor Transport Section had moved to its present location. to the move, all the old surplus CHP motorcycle (translation: everything I needed) had trucked to the scrap metal

In the meantime, Steve Payne with discouraging news. He the engine was serviceable — as a anchor. After listening to his on the evils of chrome fragments and insidious effects on engine I agreed to a complete engine I’d considered testing my abilities on the engine, but the Guzzi manual lists 24 specialized that all look like used in a torture chamber and I had none of them.

So, Steve was to breathe new life into the old Steve’s business card Precision workmanship, Quick around, Low prices — any two. Having more than money, I deleted the turn around option.

to be as correct as possible in the restoration, I to find out exactly how the CHP Moto were outfitted in the early I visited John Hoppe at Motor Transport Section. was the old timer at the CHP and remembered the Guzzis. He that in the early 70s, the CHP Honda 750s, Moto Eldorados and Kawasakis in their to find a replacement for the venerable

They finally opted for the (Go figured, but CHP Guzzis logged miles on California highways.) even had some old black and photos of the Guzzis. He photocopied the for me. with those authentic and I now knew how my restoration was should look.

With the engine underway, I stripped the bike to the frame and had all painted surfaces coated. Some of the shiny were in dire need of so off they went to the chromer. The were in bad shape so Ed and Joe at Dyna rebuilt the front suspension I ordered new shocks for the rear.

The Tahoe winter was perfect for work and Linda and I spent snowy days cleaning, and rebuilding parts.

During entire process, I was on a mission to police motorcycle emergency (red lights, siren, box, side boxes, John Hoppe located a of metal side boxes at the CHP in Torrance, California. The boxes, by … inmates years were being used to tire chains for CHP patrol John commandeered the boxes and them to the Sacramento Motor Section with my name on Thanks John!

The siren used on CHP Moto was a mechanical Harley-Davidson growlet that utilized a kick to pull the siren’ s drive into contact with the tire while the bike errant motorists. Very few are but I was able to locate one at a swap at a Reno motorcycle shop. The elusive piece of equipment was the radio box that mounts to the above the rear fender.

A and a half search for a radio box had nothing but frustration. Then, one my wife (who also for the Sheriff’s Department) had occasion to with Jim Walshaw, an Investigator the Amador County District s Office. Linda casually my restoration project and Jim casually that he had been Jackson Department’s one and only motorcycle during the early 70s.

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Jim to check and see if any of the equipment from his had survived the past two decades and he would call if he was successful. to his word, Jim called and said found his bike’ s equipment in the Corp Yard. There, in an he located his bike’s control complete Motorola radio, yes, the radio box! The box was used to hold loose bolts and debris.

He delivered it to who relayed it to me, and I was now much closer to a complete CHP motorcycle!

After coating, chroming, rebuilding and the re-assembly process began. What a great feeling it is to see the of your sweat and toil begin to take shape! Payne and I refitted the engine and to the bike and fired it up. What motor music was emitted that twin — if the mufflers weren’t yet affixed!

Steve was able to procure red a radio antenna and a pair of old rear turn signals. I had the kick pedal fabricated me know if you have an original.) and it all together with relatively few

In June of 1998, Linda my bike in the next year’s at the Horizon bike show in Lake Tahoe — for June of 1999. I think she to give me some incentive to the bike in a reasonable amount of I completed the restoration in May and rode the through South Lake to the show. You should have the looks the bike got!

It even more attention at the and, when it was all over, the old was bestowed the Best Non-Harley — to a rousing round of from the audience!

One of the most aspects of this odyssey was the I met along the way. The CHP guys all great. Frank Wedge me my first Guzzi part.

BY’ Schwartz provided advice, parts (some at no and words of encouragement. Thanks, for all your help! Joe Albright, an motorcycle mechanic, sent me an service manual from archives. Jim Bauman, an ex-CHP Guzzi motorcycle officer, me his CHP Eldorado Rider’s Handbook he’d kept all these And others — too numerous to — gave me tremendous and encouragement.

Those people are testament to the of motorcyclists — people who the same passion and are willing to go out of way to help if they can. To people I send my most thanks. To any of you considering a motorcycle project, I warn you: will be frustration, anxiety and but it will ultimately be very — in terms of the finished and in the friends you make along the

To any of you interested in attempting a police restoration, call me. I’ve a bit of information on the subject and would be to share my knowledge, support and with my Guzzi friends!

Moto Guzzi California II
Moto Guzzi California II
Moto Guzzi California II
Moto Guzzi California II


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