The ups and downs of owning a classic motorcycle
Dr. Harry Wong with his 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado.
Bike: 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado
Owner: Dr. Harry Wong
Hometown: Redwood City, Calif.
Etc.: Wong has been offering free motorcycle riding clinics for 11 years at his office and is the owner of three loop-frame Moto Guzzis. A 1974 Moto Guzzi Eldorado was his first, and it’s still his favorite. Wong loves the Eldorado from every angle. Let us count the ways ...
Professional: The doc appreciates the Eldo’s ergonomics. "The riding position is very relaxing, and I think it produces very little stress on your spine," he says. "You can lean a little forward, which is good. The position and height of the seat, as it relates to the floorboards and handlebars, just relaxes the back. And the seat is pretty cushy, too."
Rider: Wong says the Eldorado has generated plenty of compliments from riders of modern machines during group rides in the twisty, mountainous roads near San Francisco. "I actually surprise a lot of cyclists, because the Eldorado handles so much better than it appears it would."
Enthusiast: "I don’t have any prejudice against any bike, but I like this one because it just oozes a unique, Italian flavor. The bikes have soul, there’s no doubt."
Mechanic: "The engine’s so overbuilt, it’s ridiculous. I’ve purchased three of these bikes from three or four states away, flew there one-way, checked them out, bought them and then rode them home. I might do that with more modern machinery, but I’d definitely hesitate to do that with most machines of that vintage."
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