Moto Guzzi V-850

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Moto Guzzi 850 California

V-850 Eldorado 1972

by Ray

This Moto Guzzi Goot-tsi. think about it, you know how to say pizza, right?) is an 850cc V-twin motorcyle, the engine mounted side to unlike other V-twins Harley, Indian, Vincent J.A.P. or modern copies of This puts the two cylinders out in the airflow. The body work is attractive, I think, but is somewhat for the year it was made, with a fat deep fenders and the toolboxes on sides.

This is not a high speed machine, rather, a smooth (for the period) That being said, machines were built on this frame and engine and did well.

Mechanically it has many features that are more a car than a motorcycle. The engine is parallel to the long axis of the and drives a car-like clutch, and drive shaft. It has a 17 lb. flywheel, because the Italian police to go very slowly in parades! It has a ignition and distributor.

Electric is by a 12V Bosch starter motor could be on a small car engine, and has a solenoid like car starters. In the two cylinders, high up, sits a Bosch generator (dynamo) looks just like one a Volkswagen, and the 12V battery is probably larger and has twice the voltage many VW bugs had. The shifter can be operated by both and toe.

The wheels have elegant rims by Borrani, the same that makes Ferrari It has large drum brakes and rear.

For a while, around the this machine was built, and V-850 Moto Guzzis used by the Los Angeles Police the California Highway Patrol, and other American police In this role they Harleys, and it seems that this is one of the few other bikes riders of Harleys will

When I visited Italy the police there are still almost exclusive use of Moto machines in their work, and as a you see them everywhere. The only police bike you will see is the BMW R-1100 RT as used to some by the Carabinieri, an elite military police force. In Italy, Guzzis seem to occupy a position to Harley in the USA as a heavy cruiser made by an old established

As far as I could tell they do not to have the subculture of bikers we have. Of course there are newer machines now, but on the most modern models has still stuck with the style of engine and driveline you see on this old Eldorado. It’s a robust design!

This traces its ancestry to a 3 wheeled, 3 drive military tractor the Italian government had built in the 60s, which used a motor. In the mid sixties the Italian sponsored a contest to create a new machine to replace the Moto Falcone 500s they had for years. This contest was on very vague specifications for like minimal service for km.

Many companies entered the but Moto Guzzi blew all away with a new and radical and a newly designed V-twin and thus the V-7 (700cc) was born. The you see here is a similar-looking but somewhat version of the V-7, with a size engine with a case, 5 speeds (cinque instead of 4, a different rear and other mechanical differences. parts and body work almost identical.

All these machines had a loop style frame, which was later redesigned to improve performance— one of the of this redesign was the famous V-7 probably the most collectible

On my trip to Italy I visited the Guzzi factory in the town of del Lario on Lake Como in Italy. I got a nice surprise the wonderful area of Lake A long narrow lake like an upside down Y, it is by beautiful scenery and lovely Menaggio, Belaggio, and Varenna all wonderful to visit, and the ferry service makes it easy to get and across the lake.

Near the two ends of the Y are Como and Lecco, two towns.

I made two visits to the factory, the to see the museum and the second a tour of the where they have building Moto Guzzi since 1923. The museum was an collection of examples of all their plus experimental one-offs, a room of engines, and more. The showed a very modern layered on top of an antique facility, and I got to see such as their famous tunnel.

At the in-factory test I was offered the chance to drive a new V-11 Sport around the This was a very cool In the factory service shop Clienti) the men working there around in their many of literature and gave me a priceless parts book for my machine!

It was one more example of the generous and passionate enthusiasm of the Italians in aspect of life!

By chance I met up a local motorcycle club Club Erba, who were a rally and show, and ended up with gifts again. I was able to visit Hubertus and Escher from Germany, who a business (see below) Guzzi bikes, parts, and and have a house in the village of on Lake Como.

I got started on Guzzis as a result of meeting my Westley. He had several of them and I was with their construction. some searching I found machine in essentially the shape you see but much work has been It was running when I bought it but the was bad, so it could not be road

I replaced the clutch and various in the gearbox and engine. The wiring really needed replacing, and had heavily modified in the past. I was to buy a replacement wiring harness, and so the original and laid it out on a big board, and the covering while tying it up quick ties.

Moto Guzzi 850 California

Then I removed all the modifications, replaced all the wires and connectors, and rewrapped the The seat is new, bought Escher, my star source of low parts ( in The prices are half or less to the USA, and while it’s if you speak German, it’s not The rear fender was cracked and to be welded and repaired.

I’ve the fuel petcocks and fuel and done various tuneup and work. Various cables and parts have been and it is now a running and functional machine. A of disaster happened during the clutch, when I broke off a boss on the gearbox rear which was critical to the operation of the shifter linkage. At first I to weld this back but it later broke off again.

my German source found me a NOS cover and I could make a repair, but it meant removing the again.

Some time ago I got the valve and the engine front cover There’s a lot more to do for bodywork, are small dents in the tank is aluminum!) and various defects in the and pinstriping, the front forks to be rebuilt. One gauge had a silly sandblasted onto the glass (previous owner syndrome??), but I did a restoration recently that this along with two holes in the dash itself.

unfortunately a dent in the rear Various items need My German source found me a set of Italian metal police which I think will go with the setup.

I first saw style of box mounted on a Carabinieri V-7 in the Moto Guzzi museum, but noticed that some are still using the same today. The boxes came a specially made frame to them, it bolts right on to the You can see it in the photos below.

The towels to this frame temporarily are to stop people from their legs on the projecting for mounting the boxes.

I located at last an original factory which I thought I never find. This is also in the recent photos here. It so nicely, just made to

I also got from my friend a 4 leading shoe front (the holy grail of guzzi parts!), along various related as well as new old parts, including a crankshaft and and a pair of rare sidecover with bakelight knobs. The NOS parts will come in when I want to rebuilt the

Recently I have been on a rebuild of a front end, a new wheel with the new brake, new tubes and bushings, and refinished upper shrouds- when all the are ready I will do a swap on the At the moment however I have working on the cylinders and heads. All I wanted to do was to replace what I were leaking base Even though the bike ran this turned up broken and worn cylinders, along valve problems.

So I have now the cylinders and rings, and am proceeding head work. I’m the engine will run much after this.

Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California


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