Big Baggers: 2008 Moto Guzzi California Vintage: A Goose that Cooks.

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Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Big Baggers: 2008 Moto California Vintage A Goose Cooks.

Photography by Jeff

Every time I saw the Guzzi in my mirrors, I flinched and wondered if I pull over and produce my license for the man with the big shiny and Ray-Bans. The Guzzi’s classy styling, like the Harley’s, back to another era, a 629-pound bike with saddlebags and chromed engine was considered huge rather charmingly minimalist.

The look and of the Guzzi goes all the way back to the Ambassadors and Eldorados of the late and early Seventies, so you’d it to be outclassed in our modern 8-pack. Not is its engine more than smaller than the next but it uses an old transverse, air-cooled, V-Twin that’s been for decades. And the Triumph has twice the displacement.

Nevertheless, the California Vintage to hold its own in the hands of most of the Death Mongers, and nearly all our placed it among their or four favorites. Yes, it is compared with some of the but that just meant the had to hold the throttle open a wider to keep up with the And it did keep up, easily, most of the

All riders seemed pleased the Guzzi’s ease of handling and and with its generous cornering The bike weighs 117 pounds than the next lightest and 237 pounds less than the a difference that probably the weight of your first or a good modern motocrosser. simply made it feel agile than the other bikes. And you could back it out of a parking spot without a crew.

What a concept.

With its Brembo brakes and quick the Guzzi was great for attacking corners, but the bike developed a high-speed weave in the 80–100-mph Turning the steering damper to strength calmed this to a merely subliminal level. quality, though, was among the of the bunch, feeling taut but not

Both ends absorbed the of almost all road bumps, for an excellent ride unhampered by or clown-effect bobbing.

Wind was quite good for most though not quite up to Harley or standards, and the hard-shell fiberglass with their clamshell and reasonable luggage space, a big improvement over the leather-bound Express items on some of our bikes.

Perhaps what the Guzzi most to our group was the that this was a “real” efficient and no larger than it had to be, the of logical development rather an exercise in one-upsmanship. It’s an bike.

And you’ll have to be an enthusiast to one—and maintain it. Our main with the Guzzi was its sketchy network. Unless you’re enough to have a shop you’ll have to do some to own one. But at least you can .

Besides it has a cool factor unequaled in batch of bikes. To this Monger, it looks good, than just glitzy.

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