Gregory Bender

Steering head travel side to side (how to limit)

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


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Please see the follow-up information at the bottom of this section.

After installing the stock fairing, I noticed that when I turned the handlebar fully left or fully right, that the fairing would hit the tank - not good. This is not an issue while riding, but becomes annoying when maneuvering the bike around the garage, parking, etc.

I had initially thought about performing some surgery on the fairing, but I'm glad I didn't. Instead, I drilled and tapped the solid round bar welded to the front of the frame that serves to limit the steering travel side to side. A 1364 inch drill and a 6 mm × 1 mm tap did the job just fine. A 6 mm × 1 mm × 8 mm bolt screwed in all the way works perfect.


While I performed this modification on my Ambassador, I would never choose to do it again. I've since learned that the cause of the fairing hitting the tank was that I was using an original Moto Guzzi Polizia fairing for a V700 (with it's narrower tank). I should have sourced the proper Moto Guzzi Polizia fairing for later models with the wider tank. I'll leave the information here, but I wanted to clarify that I do not recommend this modification.