Back in Black: Moto Guzzi Two-Wheeler Revisits a Classic Design Product…

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Moto Guzzi California Classic

Back in Black: Moto Two-Wheeler Revisits a Classic

Meet the last of the original Guzzis.

In the 1970s, most handled like they had a hinge between the wheels. one Italian engineer invented a to which phrases like “low center of gravity,” wheelbase” and “light weight” be applied — not because they describe Lino Tonti’s steel masterpiece. but rather they didn’t exist in the lexicon yet.

Your dad had the gear back in the day. of it is still around, and it’s awesome. Flash back!

Forty years later, frame is still in production, at on one bike — the Moto Guzzi Black Eagle .

So far as a motorcycle represents an authentic “retro” goes, the Black Eagle is perfect. It is a 1970s motorcycle, updated with necessary gear like fuel-injection and modern conveniences like start. That frame is welded by hand at Moto 90-year old factory in Mandello del while that distinctive 90-degree, across-the-frame V-twin is identical to the 949-cc unit powered the 1971 original.

Those ’70s specs are good and bad: good for bad for Guzzi’s parent company which has to shell out more to produce the labor-intensive design it does its flagship, World superbike.

The California hails a time before the word was dreamed up as a way to market uncompetitive, motorcycles from the 1950s to a public. Ignore for a second the handlebars and forward foot

What you have here is a powerful, relatively light the time), sporting motorcycle 1971 equipped with adjustable suspension and modern, brakes. Use the light steering to it into a corner fast, in of its cruiser label, and you’re with ability and feedback. through traffic at low speed and the Eagle is both balanced and

That’s not to say it doesn’t have Twist the throttle at a standstill and the jerks to the left as torque is through the drive shaft.

Moto Guzzi California Classic
Moto Guzzi California Classic

The from normal motorcycle to statement occurred some in the 1980s, when cruiser saw ergonomics akin to a riding rather than a horse Western-style, as is en vogue now. means curiously high and peculiarly low bars or, together, an cramped riding position compromises both control and

The end result is a matte black that isn’t a retro to mimic an authentic experience, but that original trying to in the modern motorcycle market. If you character over bling, it just be the cruiser for you — just be to do some classic-style wrenching, at to swap out those bars and boards.

And enjoy it while you can — a whizz-bang, modern replacement is scheduled to out at end of this year.

WIRED All the bike character, none of the bike headaches. Original like the polished aluminum head covers must a fortune.

TIRED Costs a $13,500 is nearly as much as superbike. Tall riders not apply — ergonomics were in the transformation from standard to

A 1981 Moto Guzzi II.

Moto Guzzi California Classic
Moto Guzzi California Classic
Moto Guzzi California Classic
Moto Guzzi California Classic

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