2011 Moto Guzzi California Black Eagle Review —

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Moto Guzzi California III

A cruiser like no other. a good thing, right?

on the heels of the Moto Guzzi review comes another of Italian eccentricity, the Moto California Black Eagle. with buckhorn bars and it’s certainly no sportbike, but take a crowbar and sledgehammer to this model into any cruiser category.

Cylinders skyward from the sides of the the Black Eagle is powered by an mounted (in the traditional cruiser V-Twin. The air-cooled, two-valves-per-cylinder, engine is the iconic centerpiece of the Eagle and unarguably proclaims an unto itself.

It produces a 70 horsepower, which is very for a cruiser engine of less 1100cc. On the flip side is a 60 ft.-lb of torque produced high in the rev range (5200 This uncharacteristic-for-a-cruiser powerplant a strange power curve competitive cruiser models exhibit much greater vigor.

Rolling from a requires more clutch than other cruisers, and a engagement zone at the end of the lever requires some finesse. But the relatively lofty powerband first gear very in city traffic. Powerplant are deducted for its old-school fuel-injection that requires actuating a lever during cold

Fuel mapping seems to be on the side, as large throttle result in a slight lag in response.

compensates the Black Eagle’s of torquey thrust with a amount of lean angle. In we’d venture to say that the Eagle exhibits more angle than any cruiser ever ridden. Unlike its feet-forward cruiser brethren excel in dragging every possible at painfully mundane the Black Eagle begs to be

This cornering prowess without drawbacks. To achieve the Eagle’s abnormally high clearance Moto Guzzi the floorboards in an elevated position the tarmac. Combined with the of the floorboards — neither directly nor stretched in front of the rider — forces the rider’s knees to above the fuel tank.

For of average height this arrangement takes some accustomed to, while for taller the discomfort is exacerbated. The ergonomic is reminiscent of an over-sized Honda

Making matters worse are the handlebars. The comfortably positioned trap a taller rider’s against the fuel tank tight maneuvers. This oversight is not only a parking-lot-speed deficiency but also a safety

The foible can be resolved by remembering to the impeding knee out of the way before a tight turn or by raising the by rolling them forward in the bar risers. Or replacing them This design deficiency for riders should be addressed, but it’s not an issue for generally Italian riders.

Short of aforementioned faults, the Black handles with aplomb for a of reasons. The yawning distance handgrips provide uber of leverage. And adding to the transitioning is the Black Eagle’s comparatively sub-600-pound wet weight and a relatively 61.4-inch wheelbase.

With to both the Guzzi Black and a 2012 Triumph Thunderbird for a weeks, I found myself back to the Black Eagle spending time on the Triumph. The torque figures bursting the T-Bird’s 1597cc vertical is head-jerking good fun, but at 746 full of fluids I simply of holding the beast up at stoplights and pegs at walking speeds corners. The Black Eagle exhilarating in the torque department, but I its lighter, more maneuverable

When testing the Moto Norge, noticeable was the attention to the bike’s fit and finish. Sadly, trend doesn’t follow to the Eagle. The mechanism attaching the comfortable one-piece seat fasten securely, the rubber grommet vibrated loose, and rust was eating away on the of one muffler.

“Guzzi’s chrome-plating seems to have remained since the California’s introduction in remarks Pete.

The proximity of the shifter to the left floorboard is close and does not allow a toe beneath the shifter, forcing a Eagle owner to develop a touch with the heel of the shifter in order to find and upshift.

On the opposite side of the the high position of the floorboard allow an acceptable range of in one’s ankle for proficient of the brake pedal. To overcome Guzzi added a small meant to provide the needed and angle of a foot. However, in to utilize the node, a rider remove his foot from the and reposition it atop the node to work the brake.

“The rear brake is odd in you need to place your onto a snubby peg to better the brake pressure,” says “Otherwise you’ll either too hard or not enough.”

Moto Guzzi California III
Moto Guzzi California III

The Black doesn’t boast ABS, but it feature linked braking. the rear brake pedal fluid pressure to both the and rear Brembo calipers, none of the MO testers appreciated. Brembo brakes seem powerful enough to reel in the says Pete, “but I do without the linked rear to brakes. Far too much front-end when applying a heavy of rear brake.”

For a cruiser, the front brake and clutch are uncharacteristically narrow and feel wimpy. Wider, more levers would be appreciated.

A damper is a component not often as standard equipment on cruiser but the Black Eagle comes with an Italian-made TT Suspension which keeps the Eagle’s end stable at higher speeds.

compression and rebound adjustments up and rear preload and rebound the Eagle is more liberal its suspension fine-tuning than cruisers. Easy-to-use dials on top of fork leg control the settings, one fork leg handling compression and the controlling rebound. Optimum control was achieved by a setting two clicks off max.

Preload on the rear shock is the ramp-style adjustment, while is easily controlled by dials on the of each shock.

The matte fuel tank holds gallons of petrol which is for upwards of 180 miles between stops, according to the 36-mpg the Black Eagle was exhibiting in our possession.

In addition to its tank, the Nera (Italiano for Black features matte-black fenders and panels, which, in addition to its damper, set it apart from the Guzzi California model. The black paint scheme an excellent job of emphasizing the Eagle’s components and engine.

In the subjectively world of cruisers the Black held its own ground, garnering from civilians and motorcyclists For the most part we’d with them both, but a eye is going to fault the Black for losing sight of flowing toward the rear of the motorcycle. In to the rear wheel, the rear is in another zip code, fixed and well beyond the travel of the wheel, leaving an unsightly

The Eagle’s finish quality is a bit on a few components. The plasti-chrome instrument and turnsignals belie their origins, and the sloppy welds on the grab rail are unpleasant. We didn’t like its ultra-long that is extremely awkward to and retracting it is accompanied by a loud as two springs slam it to its stops.

can only claim “character” explaining away deficiencies in motorcycles. Some of us find its can be endearing in a strange way, but was more disappointed than the of us.

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