Shock replacement options
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Shock technology has seen huge improvements over the last 40 years. Many people fit modern shocks to replace worn originals and vastly improve the ride quality. Here are a few choices.
Ikon / Koni
I've used Ikon shocks on my Ambassador for years and I've always been pleased with them. Fit and performance are great. To keep with the original length, stick with the 76101297 series (12.625 inch). I chose the slightly longer 76101429 series (13.25 inch) for more cornering clearance.
Joel Parks sent me this information the Hagon shocks he purchased for his Eldorado:
From my Dave Quinn Motorcycles invoice:
- PRODUCT ID: HA33007
- DESCRIPTION: 33028 MG AMBASS 20KG WIDE CH
I paid USD $194.00 for them two years ago. I chose thewidebecause they look better and are more like the stock shocks. Dave is a great guy. Been dealing with him for 20 years.
Emgo part number 17-05572.
I received some additional information from Don Ruddell about the Emgo shocks. In Don's own words:
I bought a pair of Emgo shocks you mentioned on this old tractor. Found a set of 335 mm. I'm a heavy guy and these are way too stiff even on the first preload setting. The bushings included are really soft. Plus is the OEM bushings fit into them. Hope this can help someone else out. I'll share more info if need be.
Thanks to Eric Daugherty for sending me this information via email. In Eric's own words:
I decided to order a pair, they arrived today, went on with no issues, no clearance problems. See attached pictures. I ordered the pair with shroud and all chrome body. I think they sell four variations, the Emgo catalog is also online, plus several of the regular motorcycle suppliers sell them as well.