Posts Tagged ‘Ambassador’

Ok then here are the pics from the Rally…

At short notice I decided to attend the V-Twin rally down in Fordingbridge on the edge of the New Forest, down in Hampshire, I thought it was about time to give my Ambo “Black Bess”  it’s first rally, and as a couple of friends were going, I loaded up the bike for the first time, and headed out.
Now this long weekend coincides with with the last week of the school holidays, so you can guess what the roads were like, they were rammed full of people trying to get away. But I pointed my old bike south, and just filtered through the long lines of standing traffic, the sun shining, a warm breeze blowing, and my Guzzi rattling away underneath me, and taking the miles in its stride.

About an hour into the journey I pulled into a service station, to give the bike and myself a rest, and as the Guzzi ticked away as the motor cooled down I looked it over for signs of oil, and Nothing, not a drop, all was dry. so twenty minutes later I once again started the old thing up, and headed South again on the last leg of my journey, this time it was the small scenic roads across the New Forest, and the worst lunch I have ever eaten, courtesy of the Fighting Cocks just outside Fordingbridge! avoid it with a very long pole, I wonder how you can both overcook something, and still serve it cold?  Ten minutes later though and I was pulling into Rally central, and signing in, to a very busy rally field.

BSA V Twin

BSA V Twin

Indian Scout

Indian Scout

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

More pictures can be seen here…
http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p765784213/slideshow

So Come the morning, I ride. Where you ask, well South of course, where else would you ride for the weekend?

The camping gear is ready, I have a day off work, and the weekend is a long one, as it is our late summer break or August bank holiday, where the powers that be, give us Monday off as well.  But where am I headed I hear you cry, in the combined tortured voices of people who have to work and not ride.

I now have my Guzzi at a stage where I feel I am able trust it for its first camping trip, it did well last weekend with the trip to Popham, so this weekend we shall try a little further, and a trip to the New Forest down in Hampshire, and a camp at the 37th International V-Twin Rally.  So come the morning , I ride.

Ambassador

Ambassador

Wish me luck.

I thought I would just add a couple of odd pictures from my PC of the Guzzi Ambo… I always liked this Red & White colour scheme, very classy.

Moto Guzzi Advert

Moto Guzzi Advert

 

Fitted Panniers

Fitted Panniers

Craven Comet's

Craven Comet’s

 

 

 

Berkshire Triumph..

Posted: July 28, 2013 in Just Me
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I took a ride out on my Guzzi Ambo over to the Berkshire Triumph show, hosted by the local TOMCC, the sun disregarded the broadcast severe weather warning of torrential rain and flash floods, and instead beat down on us under blue sky’s all day. I do however think the weather warnings played a part in holding some of the people back, as numbers were down on last year.

Triumph Bobber

Triumph Bobber

The Guzzi ran better than it ever has in my ownership, the clutch was almost smooth and not grabbing in first, and even though it got quite hot in the local Saturday traffic, I had no oil leaks from the motor. That just leaves the small weeping leak from the back of the gearbox to sort out at a later date.

Vintage Kawasaki W650

Vintage Kawasaki W650

If you would like to see more pictures from the show, there is a slideshow here…  http://kevindean.zenfolio.com/p62847141/slideshow

Boy was it HOT!

I have just returned from the Rother valley Triumph clubs Annual Rabbit Rally, and boy was it hot!,  great rally as per usual at the Robin Hood pub, in the little village of Icklesham, and did I mention it was hot? 30+ degrees, see I told you it was hot.

But what a great weekend, spending time with friends, and generally just chilling out. I had intended to take the Moto Guzzi Ambassador on this rally, but it again played up, I can’t believe I have had it nearly a year, and have not made one rally on it yet, this is a major disappointment to me, as people keep telling me what great bikes they are, but this one is pushing my patience. So I again took my trusty BMW R80st, although this played up on the way home with a mystery miss-fire on the electrical side, possibly caused by the heat affecting the trigger unit, or maybe a failing bean can?  we shall see what I find.

Cool of the Night

Cool of the Night

 

Triumph T120

Triumph T120

 

Winnie

Winnie

 

 

 

A Guzzi in the sun…

Posted: June 30, 2013 in Just Me
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At last a sunny day…

1970 Ambo, by the Thames at Reading.

Out on a Sunday

Out on a Sunday

Finally after all the problems I have had with the Guzzi, I managed to get a ride out in the sun today, instead of sitting in the garage working on the old thing.

I managed to get a little time in the lock-up this weekend, and that means I got a little work done on the Guzzi. First job was to re-instate the missing starter button, I had bought a used button from the US a while back, and have had it sitting here all cleaned and ready to fit. So today I did just that.

First I had to identify the brown wire from behind the ignition switch, there was a choice of two, but one stood out as being the correct wire, and so it seemed, as when connected to a live it fired up the starter solenoid. So I quickly re routed the wires into the headlight, bucket, and that was that.

My next outstanding job was to try to fit the Craven Pannier rack and Comet panniers, that Rob Farmer had given me earlier in the year. This turned out to be a lot trickier than I thought, and would have been a little easier with two pairs of hands.
But, I kept at it, trying different configurations of brackets, until I found a system that worked, now all I have to do is a little adjustment, and change out the odd nuts and bolts for good quality stainless items, and wire in some rear indicators.

 

Craven Luggage

Craven Luggage

Guzzi & craven's

Guzzi & craven’s