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1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador

1971 Moto Guzzi Ambassador
I can never get enough of the Moto Guzzi V7 Ambassador. Low, wide and impeccably styled, it was launched at the end of the 60s and aimed at the US market, as an alternative to home-grown V-twins. According to owner John Kane, this particular machine “was imported with a bunch of New Haven police bikes in 1971. It was the personal bike of the importer, and I was told his brother ordered one as well.” Kane is a serious bike nut: at one time, his stable included two Norton Commandos, a red Moto Guzzi V50 III and a white Le Mans III. He bought the 750 cc Ambassador over 22 years ago on the cheap, and cleaned it up a bit. But he’s never had the heads off or needed to do much to it. “It’s up to about 35,000 miles and during decent weather is a very handy daily driver,” says Kane. “After many great motorcycles in my collection over the years, this is the one I married.”