2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage Review The Smoking Tire

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Moto Guzzi California Vintage

2009 Moto Guzzi Vintage Review

4 September, 3

It’s easy to write cars when you’ve hundreds of different kinds of You always have something to your car with. For example:

The new BMW accelerates with as much as the last-generation M3.

In the 12 years since gotten my driver’s license, I gotten behind the wheel of 300 different vehicles. I’m not going for kind of a record, but it’s a personal choice to get behind the of something new any time the opportunity itself.

But what do you do when only ridden one motorcycle? Let me I got my motorcycle license about 3 ago, and upon being the keys to the old-looking but brand $14,995 Moto Guzzi Vintage, I was nervous. Fortunately, outweighed anxiety, and after a lap around the block to verify the 580 lbs wasn’t too much for a first-timer to at low speeds, I was off.

And I may not have a memory full of but here goes.

A bit of a history In the early 1970’s, Moto V7 Special was the preferred transportation of the Highway Patrol. The V7’s 90-degree V-twin engine 757cc’s of low-end grunt perfect for a patrolman muscling his way traffic, and the low center of gravity and frame made easy of tight maneuvers compared to its competitors, namely Harley But we’re talking history and this is the 21 st century.

So let’s out how Moto Guzzi brought the V7 into the modern age.

the overall look remains to the original design, and the key styling are all there, underneath the chrome, is new. The V7’s 757cc has been upgraded to a 1064cc with a 5-speed transmission, mounted and driving the rear via shaft.

The beautifully ornate makes 72 hp at 6400 rpm, but most impressive is the torque between 2500 and 3500 which makes the rider like drag-racing every red without having to wring the out of the engine. Engine vibration off considerably at around 3000 which is just about 70 mph in top Magnetti Marelli fuel Marzocchi suspension, and Brembo brakes all bring the California to the modern age seamlessly, and without the throwback design.

Let me make one thing clear, I may have skipped over. bike is gorgeous . It’s happens when, for lack of a term, the Italians do Harley. the Pininfarina “Rondiné” Corvette?

Or the Corvettes? What about the DeTomaso’s, and Iso Grifo’s? Well, is the 2-wheeled equivalent of those works of art.

The Italians a feel for design, detail, and that is unmatched elsewhere in the and it shows in the California Vintage, in my opinion, they did Harley than Harley does More on that later.

a few minutes on the California Vintage, and I tell that this is a that is ready for just anything the rider can throw at it. The and white leather seat is a of art, positioned high and and setting the rider up for a vertical Cop-like?) seating position, legs hugging the tank and resting on the shock-absorbing floorboards.

The low-slung, chrome handlebars back towards the rider, exactly where my hands want to fall anyway, my arms to simply rest on the grips without having to A two-hour road trip to Barbara up the Pacific Coast with the girlfriend revealed the back seat is just as as the front, though an optional would be welcome. The hard are enormous.

I was able to use the California instead of a car 90% of the time because of how the saddlebags are. I fit groceries, bottles, bags of ice, for 2 people for 3 days, my riding 17” Macbook Pro’s video and all kinds of other stuff would normally require a The California Vintage clearly just a bike that one buy as a novelty showpiece; it wants to be frequently and with cargo.

Moto Guzzi California Vintage

It wants to be your go-to

The most surprising feature, and the most appreciated, is how well the handles. Sure, hairpin require a slow entry and frequently a downshift to first but through long sweepers, roads, highway bends, and 90% of road system, the California really shines. I found passing the big touring bikes, and to keep up with bikes should, theoretically, be out of the ‘Guzzi’s in terms of performance.

As a non-expert, I attribute the ‘Guzzi’s much than expected handling to the low of gravity, compact frame, grunt through the corner, and vintage-style tires. Whatever the reason, the result is a touring that is easier for a beginner to

Moto Guzzi is taking aim at Harley Davidson’s Heritage with the California Vintage. Of there are plenty of people out who will only buy a Harley, and fine. And like the ‘Guzzi, the Softail is an old-looking model has been updated with new options and counter balancers for rigid-mounted V-twins, to reduce

Sitting on the Heritage Softail like sitting in the bike, on the ‘Guzzi you’re sitting on the However, Harleys come lots of optional accessories, this, leather that, what-have-you’s, whereas the Moto only comes one way, and at one A similarly-equipped Heritage Softtail for, give or take,

The California Vintage undercuts price by a healthy margin at $14,999. Include the Guzzi’s bred with American flavor, and you’ve got a value unbeatable.

On the other hand Italian, so owning one might be a bit of an I know quite a few owners of bikes, and parts can be difficult to and expensive. During my 2-week two bolts one on an exhaust heat and another on the left floorboard, themselves loose and disappeared, and the rattle at idle was less pleasant.

If what you want is to be a of the Harley Davidson crowd, the ‘Guzzi simply will not do, made in the wrong country and has the name on the gas tank. But if you want a everyday bike, capable of to work, road trips, and arriving in style with questioning (and even approving) looks from on Harley’s, the California Vintage may be the bike for you.

For me, it’s a great start to an list of bikes from to draw future comparisons. I suggest any rider in search of a value go try one for themselves.

Moto Guzzi California Vintage


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