Ten Days with a 1973 Moto Guzzi Eldorado — Classic Italian Motorcycles…

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Claimed power: 64hp @

Top speed: 116mph (period

Engine: 844cc, OHV, 90 degree V-twin

Weight 261kg (518lb)

Fuel / MPG: 22ltr (5.78gal) / 40-50mpg

then / now: $1,985 / — $8,000

Rolling on the of the 1973 Moto Guzzi my derrière comfortably supported by the ample solo saddle, I like a refugee from Force, the 1973 Clint flick where a secret of vigilante motorcycle cops San Francisco, picking off the city’s bosses one by one. Their Moto Guzzi 850s, like the one I’m riding.

OK, so maybe watched Magnum Force one too many, but riding the Eldorado, impossible for me not to conjure up images of cops on Guzzis every I pull away from the the big V-twin’s dual pipes no, more like barking an staccato rasp as the engine up speed and I firmly jab the long lever for the next gear.

The Moto Guzzi Eldorado

It’s an imposing bike, to be and it was meant to be. Based on the very Guzzi V-twin, the 1967 V7, the Guzzi Eldorado helped the traction Moto Guzzi had in the U.S. with the 703cc Guzzi V7 and later 757cc Guzzi Ambassador. As the story Guzzi sold two of the very V7s to the California Highway Patrol for $1.

The cops loved the Guzzi the current crop of Harleys, and long big Guzzi V-twins plying the highways and byways of Texas, Georgia and a host of states, the motorcycle cops supplying Moto Guzzi free, rolling advertising. about guerilla marketing.

identical to the 757cc Ambassador, the Moto Guzzi Eldorado some important upgrades. A … bumped capacity to and, more importantly, power to 64hp, up 4hp from the Bigger news was inside the which added an extra for five forward speeds.

The visual cues to the bike’s new were the 850 Eldorado decals on the panels, revised instruments and a stronger rear drive

The Moto Guzzi Eldorado

Before signing on as an ad rep for Motorcycle . Rod Peterson’s motorcycle experience was to none. But as he immersed himself in the of classic bikes, two brands out for him, BMW and Moto Guzzi. He now one of each, including our test a 1973 Moto Guzzi

An eBay motorcycle, Rod’s is pretty representative of what to $5,000 will get you. just under 13,000 on the clock when purchased, it was a lightly refreshed machine had clearly led a pretty mellow Unfortunately for Rod, that life didn’t stop his from snapping its crankshaft in two after he bought it. But while kind of freak occurrence be disastrous on other bikes, Rod had trouble finding a replacement

And the local independent shop, Cycle, had it up and running in fairly order, a testimony to how easy old V-twins are to work on.

Mildly from stock, Rod has equipped his as any owner in 1973 would with a solo saddle, a wide Plexiglas screen, and a set of hard bags. The mufflers are replacements, and while they’re and a bit louder than the original they have the right

Riding the Eldorado evokes a mix of reactions. Swinging a leg over its saddle and settling in, the bike big and comfortable. The reach to the bars is giving a relaxed grip and an position that clocks gaze straight ahead.

Firing up the big twin is a snap; on, draw the handlebar-mounted choke forward, hit the starter button, and running. We found it necessary to up our test bike a few minutes it would pull away but to be fair it was pretty cold our time with the Eldo, the highs rarely breaking And it always fired right up, on our last day when outside had dipped down to 26F.

the bike warm, a firm down on the back of the Guzzi’s shifter (the shift is one up and four down) produces a “clunk” familiar to any BMW rider, and every airhead Beemer the uses an automotive style dry Clutch feed is linear and light, and it only takes a twist of the throttle to pull cleanly.

Torque is a V-twin’s suit, and the Eldorado delivers. the throttle on more, and the bike itself up and moves forward. happens in a hurry, mind but it happens with authority, and steady like an old pickup a V8 and a stick shift.

On the move, is slow and deliberate, with throws of the lever. Try and hustle the box and you’ll be disappointed, but take it and easy and it shifts cleanly time. Once on the move, clear the Moto Guzzi built for the open road, and the that road the happier it is. handling in sweepers and tighter is steady, the bike’s stiff and limited cornering clearance to make aggressive riding a

But settle back and dial it a notch, and the Guzzi rewards fairly effortless cruising.

the Eldorado down from takes a little practice. At under 9 inches in diameter, the front brake seems too to convincingly halt the 518-pound forward progress. Although a inspection showed nothing part of the poor performance we was due to a slightly warped brake we could feel a noticeable from the front brake on stops.

The single-leading-shoe drum at the was worse, proving almost except during rolling

If you like working on your own you’ll love a Moto Valve adjustments are a snap, to unimpeded access to the cylinder The valve covers come off in and from there it’s a matter of rotating through cylinder to get the valves at their point for adjustment.

Carbs are simple to set, although highly advisable to have a tool to ensure an even on each carb. Regardless of the big simplicity, it seems very to proper carb synching.

points are also incredibly to service, housed as they are in an distributor situated just and behind the right cylinder. The cap comes off in seconds, and once the rotor’s removed the points can be and gapped in minutes. Similarly, servicing on the rest of the bike is a making it an ideal machine for

So what’s that curious mix of we alluded to earlier? For all of its good and they are many, what the Guzzi Eldorado presents and what it seem like two different While 64hp isn’t prodigious, it should be ample for a like the Eldo.

And yet the Eldorado slow, unhappy to build with any kind of zeal. Add to the Eldo’s mission as a highway and it feels oddly out of its comfort on fast highways, where of 70mph-plus seem too taxing. to the back roads and sub-65mph and it’s serene.

The other odd is how it handles its weight. Although at low speeds it feels surprisingly exhibiting incredible slow-speed Yet at high speeds, where think its weight would make it stable, it feels

Of course, it’s possible trying to make the Eldorado up to riding characteristics it could have. While its engine and are the equal of many of its contemporaries, no denying the handling limitations of its frame and stiff suspension. we can’t stop comparing it to a year BMW R75 /5, a bike much the Eldorado but one we find a better for the open road.

Personal tastes notwithstanding, no denying the Guzzi’s incredible looks, with rich just enough chrome and of beautiful cast aluminum. Add rock-solid mechanicals to their good looks and its no surprise owners rave about machines, preferring to ride no motorcycle.

Those characteristics are than enough to make the Moto Guzzi Eldorado a bet for anyone seeking a dependable, and cheap-to- maintain rideable

Recommended Service

Oil change: three months or 3,000

Air filter: Clean or replace 6,000 miles

Valve Check and adjust every miles

Spark plugs: every 1,800 miles

and timing: Check and adjust 1,800 miles

Maintenance for test: 1/2 quart oil, adjustment, ignition points and

Mileage for this test: average

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