Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Legacy of the Mighty Morphin Power Guzzi

 This Ambassador has probably seen more changes than the average bike. Some bike may have one physical change in its lifetime. The Guzzi in these pics has been evolving every couple of years and here is the photographic and chronological evidence of said changes.

 The bike was purchased in the 90's by my Dad and as you can see by this picture to the right that he rolled around on it all dressed up!
 The first major morph for the bike was inspired by the loss of the rear fender on the way home from the Del Mar motorcycle show. My Dad as he was riding home he heard a nasty noise from behind so him and my brother, who was riding also, pulled over to see what it was. It turned out the rear fender has cracked to the point of most of it not hanging on anymore. They ripped off what they could and finished the ride home.

So without a rear fender Bill Sr. gets to thinking.... Uh oh he's thinking... And decides to start choppin'! Bye, bye Guzzi Loop! Bye, bye other fender and side panels... Tool box too! Guzzi tank graphics... gone! To make a long story short, deconstructing this full on 1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador into one of the first recognized Euro Bobbers around. Like waaaay before its time. No joke! With that said, Bill Sr. had ridden to a bike show/meet at the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles CA., and while parked, the Guzzi was getting ALOT of mixed reviews. One of the reviews  came from a gentleman who happened to be a photographer from Free 2 Wheel Magazine. He showed enough interest to put the bike in the publication for which he worked! I am currently searching for my hard copy of the magazine and will show that as soon as I locate it.

  One day its try a sprung seat, another day it take it off.  Scalloped the tank and headlight, low, side mount tool bag and tail light. Lowered back end bigger tires, smaller bars, etc., etc. Many changes to say the least, making this one bad Italian Bobber!

In 2010 my Dad ever so graciously passed the bike down to me. I am a lucky dude! I rode the bike for a minute as he gave it to me. I did however have a woman and a son that were wanting rides on the Italian Stallion...

  You see why I had to weld on the loop which my Pops still had? So I do the 25 mile journey to Monrovia CA. without the loop. Weld on, and ride home with the loop and everyone is happy! In the pic above the license plate is the "fender".

After an incident which I will not glorify, the above GIF tells the next part of the bikes evolution... I had gone to Moto Guzzi Classics to get a headlight and some fork thinga muhbobbers and realized the forks were way harder to disassemble than I thought to even put the damn things on. Angle grinder it is!?. Below is the result of that session. Real Fender added. I cut that down from an old Ambassador fender Mark from MGC gave to me.

Added the beefy back tire, leather strap for battery and the black civilian bars also from MGC. I then took it MGC for extensive repairs  and this cool little seat! This is the most current incarnation of the ever changing !971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador.

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