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A friend of mine just found this barn gem. It's a 1972 MotoGuzzi Ambassador. It belonged to Bill Bess who owned a motorcycle shop in Henderson, NV in the 1960s/1970s. My friend was contacted to see if he was interested in it. He said it took him a day and a half to uncover it with all the other stuff in the "barn". A couple of interesting bits to note:

1) The bike was modified with a late 60s Harley-Davidson front end (fork, handlebars, wheel, brake, and lighting). It was a superior front end for heavy bikes in those days.

2) The bike has 56(!) original miles on it!

3) Note the helmets have Bill's and Betty's (his wife) names on them.

What a neat time capsule find.
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a real beauty! Thanks. Miguel
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Nice post.

Is he going to buy it ?

Interested minds want to know.
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Wow that's great! Clap emoticon
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Bill Dog wrote:
Nice post.

Is he going to buy it ?

Interested minds want to know.
Oh yes. He bought that one and several others that he hasn't revealed yet.
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Can you do me a favour and try to get a picture when it's all done ?

I'll be really interested in seeing that.

Also, any news on the other stuff
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What an amazing find!
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Bill Dog wrote:
Nice post.

Is he going to buy it ?

Interested minds want to know.
Are Guzzis as reliable as "they" say?
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They are now. No failures on either of mine.
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CaliforniaCruising wrote:
Are Guzzis as reliable as "they" say?
Wow, that's a fantastic find! I would love pics of the progression back to roadworthiness. I'm sure the folks on https://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?board=1.0 would love to follow along, too.

As Bill Dog said, the current iterations are trusty steeds. I've had my Anni for almost six years, and she's always happy to roam.
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I got a little more info on what else was in this "barn". A complete 1934 Harley-Davidson VL! This was taken in on trade in the 1960s and the shop owner added it to his personal collection. It's been in storage for almost 60 years! This one is super valuable. Possibly in the 6-digit range.
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