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August 2012 Moto Guzzi Originals

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Isaac Hattem grew up in a family that loves motorcycles and scooters. His father first fell in love with a Vespa in the 1970s and it became his main means of transportation around New York City at the time. Then, in 2009, his dad bought a white V7 Classic. Having watched his father ride motorcycles since a young age while growing up in Westchester, NY, Isaac inherited the same passion as his dad and decided to ride as well.

He works in New York City for a digital media valuation company but enjoys anything with a motor such as cars, Vespas, bikes and even chainsaws. During his spare time he can be found playing softball, exploring all Manhattan has to offer with his girlfriend, or cruisin’ on his vintage Vespa.

This weekend Isaac took a Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring to Woodstock, Vermont. We hope you enjoy his story:

With a destination in mind, we set off north on route 22 to Woodstock, Vermont. I rode the bike everyone is talking about, the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring. Designed by Miguel Galluzzi, the California is as amazing to ride as it is to look at.

I personally have stared at this bike’s brother, the California 1400 Custom. on my desktop wallpaper for days. Needless to say, I was very excited for this past weekend’s father-son trip for quite some time.

My father joined me on this trip and rode his Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, and my sister who has been a fan of two-wheeled vehicles for as long as I can remember sat on the back of my California 1400 Touring. Since the Californi a is a touring model, I thought it might be great to get a passenger’s perspective of the bike and spend a little family quality time together. To make the trip even more complete, we convinced my mother to drive the support vehicle.

The only family member who didn’t tag along was my brother who is itching to get his motorcycle license and am sure he will make the next trip.

As I fired up the California. I was greeted with a familiar rumble. The side mounted 1380cc V-Twin has 98hp on tap and revs to about 6500rpms. Its modern engine features three riding modes – Veloce (sport), Turismo (touring) and Pioggia (rain). The California moves very well for a 750lb bike.

I took a similar ride last year on a Harley fat boy and found this year’s ride much more enjoyable in every aspect. The California reminds me of an old muscle car with an upgraded suspension–it moved with lots of guts and style. Indeed, I anxiously awaited every red light to get an opportunity to experience lift off.

Even when riding with a passenger, I found the power to be more than sufficient.

Unlike the muscle cars of old, however, the California is incredibly nimble for such a large bike and moves well around the many turns of our country road journey. Having the ability to hit almost 50 mph in 1st gear, allowed for minimal shifting in traffic. Speaking of shifting. the California has one of the more refined transmissions of any vehicle I have had the pleasure to drive.

As we carved through Route 4 West, I was able to keep the bike in the same gear for the majority of the ride, while confidently accelerating through the turns. However, maneuvering it in tight spaces is not quite as easy and feels a bit like I imagine navigating a cruise ship through the NY harbor would be–a slow and steady pace needed. Also, stopping this big of a bike is no casual task.

Luckily, the California is equipped with dual four-piston 320mm Brembo disk brakes upfront.

After the first pit stop, I asked my sister what her first impressions were she said, I love that I am able to see ahead while remaining comfortable in the back. The ride is much less bumpy than I imagined.

The ride to Vermont was perfect. There was minimal traffic, gorgeous roads and clear skies–optimal riding conditions. The bike gets a lot of attention on the road too. Drivers in passing cars would often offer a second glance. And we can’t forget about the occasional thumps up!

We reached our destination, Woodstock, Vermont in midday. After a quick lunch, we decided more riding was in order. The bike is incredibly comfortable and the riding position is ideal.

It’s the type of bike that makes you want to pack a bag and ride with no destination in mind.

The final leg of the trip took me from western Massachusetts into midtown Manhattan. In Brewster, I refueled at a gas station and was approached by three fellow riders asking what kind of bike I was riding. The answer was simple – a Moto Guzzi.

After hitting traffic on I -95, I cruised to the Hank Hudson towards the West Side Highway, riding into the city with the sun setting. What could possible better than this? Written by Isaac Hattem, follow him on Instagram @ihattem .

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