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2015 Moto Guzzi Stelvio NTX |'74 Eldorado California 850 |
'70 Ambassador 750 | CHIP '74 Eldo | '84 MG Lario
| SANTANA ('74 California 850 GT) |
I started riding dirt bike motorcycles at 14 yrs old in 1970 on a beat up used Yamaha 100 trail bike. I went through several dirt bikes in my teens pounding around the deserts surrounding Las Vegas, NV
At 20 I bought a brand new Harley Super Glide in 1976 (the bowling ball years for HD), For 6 months it was my soul transportation, it was a very cool looking ride. But as a motorcycle - well, it sucked. Broke down lots, parts vibrated off all the time, had no power, bad brakes, no suspension, etc. Hell, it could barely spin the rear tire ! I floated the lifters once when the speedo said 103. I doubt it was actually doing more than 85 or 90mph.
I bought and sold many bikes through the years - and I loved each one, one way or another. Having the opportunity to tinker on and ride a bunch of different motorcycles has been a long running adventure in itself. I highly recommend it.
In '95 I started developing this new thing called web sites on the Internet. I was working in a state confinement facility as a jobs trainer where we used the Internet for file transfer and discovered the World Wide Web. Ironically, I learned basic html programming from a twisted genius incarcerated for life. Since then I was able to create lots of my work and jobs revolving around motorcycles and being a motorcycle enthusiast. It's been awesome! That makes life a little more FUN.
In '96 I created the original version of the MGNOC website (Moto Guzzi National Owners Club). I also started the MGCL (Moto Guzzi Correspondence List) and it's associated web in 1996. Here it is 2008 and the MGCL is still running and has over 900 subscribers world wide. Web work and Moto Guzzi Motorcycles - what a life.
In '99 I bought a '98 Moto Guzzi EV 1100 as a wreck from a motorcycle salvage yard. Had a good time resurrecting it. Read about the "Twisted Sister" Moto Guzzi resurrection at right.
In '2000 I bought a '80 Honda GoldWing. I have bought and sold several motorcycles through the years. One of the more unique bikes I've owned "twice", is a '77 Moto Guzzi Convert- Auto shifter! Very cool. I still "commute" on my motorcycles regularly - rain or shine. (2006). Okay, it is now (2010 and I haven't become much more a Fair Weather Rider.
My old shop, was so organized and easy to use.
Today's shop is smaller, much less organized and I have gotten ride of most extra parts. It is just 1/2 of a 2 car garage now.
'Course you know as soon as you get rid of something you end up needing just that very part !
In 2002 I got to scratch a 5 year itch for a Moto Guzzi Centauro. What an WILD & AWESOME machine this was. Click on the picture link below for the full story about this Italian Stallion.
My sweetheart Dulane, passed her Motorcycle drivers license exam in (2002), and bought herself a beautiful 1981 Honda 400 Automatic. Bike had just over 3,000 miles on it. Mint condition - Great Find. We have been really enjoying riding together and have ridden through out the seasons thus far.
UPDATE: (2004) Dulane now rides a 83' Yamaha 750 Virago. 4 speeds, Tons more power than the Honda 400 and lots of style to boot.
I can't believe it, but I actually sold the Ambo w/Attitude after owning it for 31 years.
I was so broken hearted without my Moto Guzzi that after the first year I
started buying and selling
several other old Guzzi's trying to get that MoJo back from
I still have the Honda ST1100 because I use it all the time. For fun, commuting and biken' pleasure. I can't afford nor do I have the space to keep all these great motorcycles. In my dreams. In order for me to experience owning and riding them, I tend to buy one, ride and fix it up some and eventually resell it so I can go on and buy something else. That describes a poor mans collector. However, this process has allowed me to experience owning 25 motorcycles so far. Wow, I really have enjoyed the bikes - it has been well worth it.
Moto Guzzi National
Rally 1999 New Mexico "Roy and Greg's loop frame adventure"
Moto Guzzi National Rally 2000 Virginia and the Blue Ridge Parkway (For me a dream trip come true - On a fantastic loaned fresh restoration '74 Eldorado)
Other than Motorcycles & Trikes
Dulane and I are highly involved with Diesels running on Bio-Diesel B-100
and/or Straight WVO.
We have had several cars that use Straight Vegetable Oil for
We also made a living statement to help the environment and our economy by building a custom Cedar Log house with many environmental friendly features. If interested go see the SPIDERHOLLOW web site.
'74 Eldorado / California 850 Police
I have been fortunate enough to have owned several
Ambassadors 750's and Eldorado 850's
over the years.
don't have pictures of them all, but I do have 2 good Guzzi stories to share
I particularly like big Vee Twin Moto Guzzi Loop Frames.
They have a unique character that embraces you. They were the "top of the
line" motorcycles in their day and continue to be the most sought after Moto
Guzzi Collector Motorcycle.
'74 LAPD Eldorado Police issue
. A previously sourced, & sold Moto Guzzi Eldorado I wish I could have kept in the my stable is this 1974 Moto Guzzi LAPD Eldorado 850 Previously owned and operated by the CHIP in Malibu California. What a gem this bike was. Story continues; follow links of the Rebuild for this bike by new master: Jim Knighten.
Moto Guzzi V 1000cc engine, 850 cam, lightened flywheel, 850 heads, 5 speed trans, 850 front end, dual disk brakes, 850 rear drive w/cush, air shocks, hotter coil & plugs, bosch starter, police bars, & MORE.
Ownership: 1976 - 2008 32 yrs.
'97 Honda ST1100 Sport Touring