2007 Moto Guzzi California Vintage full review

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Moto Guzzi California Vintage

2007 Moto Guzzi Vintage full review

6, 2007 Posted in 2007 Tests | Comments: 0

Just your momma used to you, the Moto Guzzi me an old favorite lesson; never a book by its cover. After this bike looks a bit too classy for real fun, and far too to something my dad would like. it would be a burden running the mountains of North Georgia, and Kenn was going to owe me one for doing write up…

The California Vintage much of its styling cues a bike Moto Guzzi for the California Highway Patrol three decades ago. further inspection, and one quick shows that this is a modern motorcycle. Although no one pulled over for me, the chrome front spot lights, gloss black paint, and white pin stripes all pay homage to the pedigree as a one time tool for law

The nostalgic styling is carried the entire motorcycle, from the luggage rack to the Metzeler ply tires with an old style pattern. Moto Guzzi opted for a 140 series rear snubbing the current trend cruiser manufacturers to fit over-sized tires that dominate a profile.

The bike certainly full of Italian charm, as it sat side-to-side thumping the unique of its dual exhaust. Blipping the exhibits the relatively quick nature of the engine, and causes the bike to lean to the right, a that disappears once way. First gear a bit too tall, but a slip of the dry clutch and off.

Even though is smooth and predictable, smaller may object as they reach for a lever that engages in the part of its travel.

Once motoring, the fuel 1064cc 90 degree twin is a accomplice. While it is functional and it is not totally refined. Character is the the Guzzi has it in excess. The valves away audibly just the rider’s legs and the exhaust and growl when asked to

Shifts are positive and easy, but are met a reaffirming clunk. There was little lash from the driven drive line as as very little “jacking” of the when rolling on the throttle.

The seems to be happiest and smoothest between 3,000 and 4,000 but speedy get-aways are best using a bit more sweep of the tachometer which comes as equipment. The engine lacks of the raw low end grunt of larger displacement in this category, but stretch the cable, and shift somewhere 4,000 and 7,000 RPM’s and the will reward it’s with a soulful exhaust and speedy forward progress.

is easy thanks to the heel toe but I found myself not shifting at all on mountain roads as both the and I seemed happiest staying in 2nd or 3rd (depending on pace). Instead of having to find the “perfect” I chose to use the broad power and willingness to rev of the transverse mounted The tach offers plenty of for this riding style as red is not until 7,500 RPM; but be there is a hard rev limiter up that ends the fun rather

The chassis easily handles any the engine, and your right are willing to provide, and the high and floorboard mounting pays dividends when cornering is considered. When other are throwing sparks and scratching chrome bits on the apex of corners, the Guzzi simply for a bit of counter steer, and rewards bike lean by going where the rider points no drama, sparks, or chrome

The centerstand drags first…but later than you’d The California Vintage is graced a fork brace and a steering that aids the stability, and this bike at home on corners. Roll on the throttle, a little more to get that bit of lean, and start planning for the corner.

This bike have you going faster you realize so it is comforting to know the twin floating 320 mm rotors, are squeezed by four piston calipers, on the front easily the California Vintage down. steel lines make effort consistent and firm enabling the front brake to good feel and progressive

Similarly, the linked rear has exceptional power, but has a firm grab that is difficult to precisely from the large, pedal. Using the rear requires the rider to lift his off of the floorboard to find the brake and the footrest for their heel; was easier for some testers others, but I found it awkward and it a maneuver I never quite

As well as this bike its claimed 580 pounds in the twisties, it is to embarrass a few other well-known push rod cruisers in that However, cruising is the name of the and the Guzzi is loaded with curb appeal and comfort makes stress free to the local bike night a proposition.

The rev happy engine was at home in the mountains seems to a split personality, and does not to loping about as long as stay above 2,500 or so. The tach and speedo were to read, and the usual warning and lights were nicely on the front console. There is no gauge, but instead a low fuel illuminates when there is gallons of dino juice

It is also equipped with front spotlights easily by a sliding switch on the right These offer plenty of for night time ventures, and the even has a handy ‘flash to rocker switch so you can warn ahead that you’re As an added modern touch, is also a 12 volt accessory on the left side of the bike; a touch when GPS or cell batteries need refreshing on the

The rubber mounted floor keep all objectionable vibes from the rider’s feet, and a bit of vibration reaches the rider the seat and bars; but it’s bothersome. The smallish mirrors are set and offer a good view of is behind you, which be plenty as rolling on the throttle somewhat addictive, and will have you leaving soccer and civilization in your wake.

The never got in the way of the rider’s enjoyment, and for a bit of tinkering to fine tune it easy to use compression and rebound on top of the fork caps. The twin rear shocks are adjustable as as compression tweaks are a simple of a knob around the top of the shaft. the rear pre-load however removal of the saddlebags and the use of a spanner to the ramp-style adjusting collar.

just under 2,000 of use, there were a few quirks with our test There was considerable drama in the side stand on our test It seems the retaining clip the habit of coming off of its springs as it was put

It won’t ever accidentally while riding, thankfully, but the springs every time it was put became tiresome. (Note: The stand was like this Dean picked the bike up. It like a retaining clip had fallen off or had been “appropriated” for a to another bike – Ed) Fortunately, it with a standard center that is easy to use, and the frustration over the side as a distant memory.

Also, the top opening hard bags had locks that took key wiggling to get to open. One lock entirely, and the other took to off as the bike was in motion. The front-hinged never went airborne, but the could not be secured when it was to park the bike.

Moto Guzzi California Vintage

On the highway the Vintage’s 5th gear serves as a overdrive, and the Guzzi sets a pace as it only turns RPM’s at an indicated 70 mph and cruises 80+ It is certainly no superbike, but has plenty of in reserve for any necessary passing, and as I while running through highways, enough power to out in front when needed.

The windscreen gave my 5’8” plenty of protection with buffeting, and made passing the enjoyable. The hard bags are large, and have enough to accommodate most things need for that much-deserved away or a trip into the

As a light/occasional tourer the Guzzi very well, and will all but those that have spoiled by full on touring One of my trips was through strong that did blow the Guzzi at interstate speeds. It was a bit disconcerting, but I remembered that the steering was adjustable. A few easy turns to it down and the bike steadied out and tracked like a frat boy to a

In all fairness, it as a very windy day and before or after that day did the feel unstable at speed.

not the most comfortable seat I ever smothered under my its broad, flat profile with the wide floorboards the rider to adjust position and their weight on longer Riding out the 5 gallon tank running from the urban is not too much to ask. Longer however, may require a rider to at seating options depending on how their bodonkadonk is.

For both of my 500 days I did on the Vintage I put a sheep pad over the Italian saddle and well enough.

Guzzi has the California Vintage to be as versatile as it is and modern in performance despite that suggests otherwise. It is as at home on a winding country as it is soaking up the stares at the local shop. And while it won’t any competent rider on a sports let it rev and it will run circles around cruisers when the road kinky.

At a few bills under it is not inexpensive, but comes well full of Italian charm, and overall build quality. Our bike averaged 46 MPG, missed a beat (for me Kenn had a time when it not restart for him. He denies it, but I he just left the key on the “Park or position and discharged the battery.

He got a quick jump and was on his way. In my defense I really don’t doing that, although it be the first time I’ve something that silly. I think she didn’t like at such a low class place. – Ed) The never repeated in the additional 800 I did on the bike.) All of the reasons listed in review, as well as a suggested miles between recommended should make this an bike to live with for a time.

If you are fortunate enough to be to a Moto Guzzi dealer, it is your time to stop by and up the California Vintage for yourself. In a culture where everyone to be different, just like else…the Vintage gives you an to truly stand out from the on a well-executed motorcycle.

If cruisers necessarily your thing, a at the rest of the Italian firm’s may be in order as they have several new models over the 2 years. If they can make a this solid and enjoyable…I’d like to see what they can do their other platforms.

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