Gregory Bender

Footboard - custom castings by Howard Bass and nice homemade mounts

Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models

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Thanks to ratbastard_us for posting this information on the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group as well as sending me some additional information via e-mail.

The previous owner didn't complete the mounts, but did do a nice job of welding a tab with a hole on the frame. From my understanding he was going to have the front of the mount go behind the front crash loop, next to the frame. The back of the mount needs to have a spacer made, then is supposed to bolt to the welded tab. Not sure what the plan was for the exhaust.

You'll notice on the back of the boards, he started grinding off some of the cast stops. I wish I could have seen what the original creator had in mind.

I've got some ideas for mounts, but haven't made anything yet.

I'm going to try my ideas out with some junk metal to avoid experimenting on the aluminium. I let you know when I come up with something good.

Ron Harper sent me some additional information about the Howard Bass footboards:

I have some info on the Howard Bass footboards. I spoke to the person who owned this bike before me. He was a friend of Howard. He said the footboards were cast at Tinker AFB Oklahoma City OK, where he worked. All were cast in one day only and he thinks 5 to 7 sets were cast. He said Howard died many years ago. Howard also worked part time at Cals motorcycle shop here in OKC, also long gone. This is from someone who should know, so I assume this to be true. Pretty cool Huh?

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.

Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.
Custom footboards cast by Howard Bass for the Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, 850 California Police.

Photo courtesy of ratbastard_us.