The 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador is a really nice “RestorMod” bike. Basically the folks who did the restoration used a keen sense of style to update finishes in a really neat retro-bike.
I drove a number of Moto Guzzis but never owned one. An Ambassador was always a favorite. Perhaps someday I’ll add a V7 Sport and V1000 Convert to round out my Moto Guzzi collection.
Things done at restoration/modification of this 1970 Ambassador include:
- Core bike was a 1970 Moto Guzzi Ambassador
- New custom color combination (looks even better in person), Paint my Moto Guzzi Gardens
- New Pin stripping
- Frame and component Powder coating was done by Denmac Ind,
- Ceramic coating of Pipes and Mufflers were done by Specialized Coating of Orange Co
- Speedo was restored by Moto Guzzi Classics of Long Beach
- Engine was completely disassembled, inspected and built by Moto Guzzi Classics of Long Beach,
- Chrome Pistons Cylinders are Chrome
- New Rings & Seals
- Heads were Rebuilt
- New Transmission Seals during rebuild
- New Clutch
- New Cables
- The Dellorto Carburetors were rebuilt.
- Fork rebuilt with new seals
- Final Drive rebuilt with new seals
- New Tires
- New Solo Seat with “gal patch”
- New Brakes
- New Battery
- New Grips
- New Mirrors
- All Bolts were replaced with Stainless Steel
- Cleaned and retained the Original Light and Horn Switch
The actual restoration was done for a Hollywood actress who barely (like in not much, rather than sans clothes) rode the bike. I picked it up from a Chicagoland based collector who decided to clear out a handful of his vehicles.
I don’t get to ride this one much, and circumstances have kept me from showing the bike. Hoping that will change.
It has a lovely Italian-Twin sound and responsive, though the systems are dated. The brakes are pretty old school.
Always a fun ride!