Moto Guzzi California Aluminum Special Sport Road Test & Review Motorcycle…

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Motorcycle Test: Moto California Aluminum Special


Moto Guzzi has through a rough couple of In fact, if not for an 11th hour by Aprilia, it’s quite Moto Guzzi would now in that big showroom in the sky. the infusion of Aprilia’s cash and talent promises great to come, the immediate problem is, or at was, keeping the name and generating some cash

To that end Guzzi has upgraded old standards, one of which, evolved the California Special Sport is now offered as the California Aluminum Sport.

Styling wise, the is something of a dichotomy. On one hand got the swoopy, flowing lines do so well, and on the other, the dull and the size of some of the parts been applied to, such as the handlebars and risers, conspire to the bike a distinctly industrial The big cylinders poking out from the tank don’t help — the matte finish them the look of an air compressor.

The of the ancillary pieces are done up nicely. The headlight brackets, for are carved from aluminum, the mounts from aluminum For those who like glitter, a bit of is sprinkled about to add some eye

On the chintzy side, there are plastic-trim pieces than like to see, but at least are well made and fit properly.

**A Handling Fool or a Fool for **

The first clue that the is a bit more sporting than average cruiser is the adjustable, steering damper nestled the left side of the triple Connected to the damper is a 45mm fork, complete with a fork brace. No provisions for are offered, but none are really

The frame geometry also the Aluminum’s sporting, or at least heritage: The rake is 29.5 the trail 4.25 inches, and the 61.4 inches. While numbers are extremely conservative by standards, they do lean toward the sporting side of the than most cruisers. The suspension is a conventional swingarm dual shocks. Again, are no damping adjustments, just a preload adjuster.

The wire-spoked a 2.50X18 front and 3.5X17 require tube-type tires. Our bike wears a 110/90X18 ME33 front sneaker and a Metzeler ME55A at the rear. tires stick like a toupee.

Overall, the suspension is without ever becoming The bike steers easily, is far maneuverable than the average and maintains excellent straight-line Handling prowess is nothing ground clearance, and the Aluminum has it in Even during the most back-road jousting the suspension loses its composure and none of the parts ever hit the deck.

The only fly in the handling ointment is the suspension, which feels a tad on the stiff side at times. a sharp-edged bump usually a jolt right to the base of my

Promoting Integration

Normally not a big fan of integrated brakes, especially they don’t have an braking system. In the past, found a lot to dislike about Guzzis’ linked brakes, when the roads are slippery especially when the bike has Having said that, I can say the ’03 version of the integral are much improved.

The hardware is decidedly un-cruiserlike. Up front, four-piston Brembo calipers 320mm floating rotors, stainless-steel lines tying together. In the rear, there’s a Brembo and a fixed 282mm

A generation ago brakes this were cause for comment the go-faster set, and for a cruiser are absolutely top-shelf, more capable of hauling down the (dry weight) Aluminum any speed it’s capable of Both a proportioning and delay are incorporated into the brake Standing on the brake pedal on the rear and left front just like it always

However, the differential between the two is no longer fixed. Initially, the valve split the braking in a 70 percent rear to 30 percent bias. However, the valve is now sensitive and adjusts the braking to transfer more of the braking onto the front wheel as

If you need more whoa, the front brake lever the right front caliper. a sandy corner under

I felt the front end slip Other than that heart-stopper, the brakes have a linear feel and provide far feedback than previous

Some New Tricks for an Old Dog

Guzzi’s air-cooled 90-degree V-twin has around almost since the of internal combustion. But that’s not to say the old dog learned a few new tricks, the best of are hydraulic valve-train lifters and no routine adjustments or clattery

The rest of the engine also some attention. New connecting claim to increase performance and as does a revised lubrication with oil jets to help the pistons. To add a little pizzazz, is bumped from 9.5:1 to a slight but significant increase.

1064cc and generating a claimed 74 and 70 foot-pounds of torque, the Aluminum has than enough poke to things entertaining. The bike hard from idle up to 6500 rpm; after the mill starts to run out of breath, it’ll twist itself up to the 8000 redline if you want to it.

The Magneti Marelli sequential injection performs flawlessly, none of the low-speed, lean shenanigans that seem to other systems currently in Overall, the engine makes power, with a nice midrange, the kind you need you’re caught daydreaming your buddy blasts a car and you have to pin the thing in fifth at 3000 rpm to try and keep up.

The ’03 engine also a bit smoother than its predecessors. is apparently the result of a redesigned crossover that enhances low and performance.

Unfortunately, the same be said of the transmission, which has a distinctly agricultural feel to it. It has a tendency to miss gears on most notably third in directions. Overall, though, the box feels pretty robust, and shifted slowly and deliberately just fine. Perhaps some more miles on the the shifting will improve.

pull is a bit on the heavy side and tiring during stop-and-go though the clutch action is with a broad engagement

In the past, Guzzi’s attention to was a little spotty, some being very good, less so. If our test bike is any those days are over. fits well and exudes an of quality.

The instrument panel is and the gauges and … lights to read, with one crucial The low-fuel indicator, positioned at the of the light cluster, is amber and can be to see in direct sunlight. More once I missed the light’s until it was almost time to walking. Of course, since the holds five gallons one in reserve, and I averaged about 35 to the gallon, the smart move be to watch the tripmeter a little

Take Her Home?

At first I was concerned that the low seat (29.5 inches), long to the drag-style handlebar and short height would fold me up a carpenter’s ruler. While it did a few miles to get used to, the riding turned out to be far more comfortable I expected, especially during use. Putting in an extended on this bike certainly be out of the question. As delivered, I’d to the back roads, though.

On the the unprotected, upright riding is tolerable until approximately 75 After that I turn a human spinnaker.

As long as you the interstates, the Aluminum performs a champ. Its light weight, low requirements and easy-to-live-with motor it a fine go-to-work hack. work those same plus the sure, confident make it a great Sunday And trust me, when it comes to back-road charging, the Aluminum is at the top of the as far as cruisers go, and it’s no slouch compared to many standards.

wanderlust bites, throw on bags and a windshield and you will a great light tourer.

At a suggested retail of $10,790, the isn’t cheap, but neither is it For the dough you get a bike that’s a fool, has decent power and be mistaken for anything else at the local watering hole. when it comes to that character, Guzzis have it by the load. Its appearance is certainly but I grew to like it. Initially, I crazy about testing the

Candidly, the last Guzzi I was a letdown. After living this one for a few weeks my feelings done a 180. I can’t to see what they come up next.


2003 Guzzi California Aluminum Sport

Suggested base $10,790

Standard color:

Standard warranty: 24 months, mileage


Air-cooled 90-degree V-twin

arrangement: OHV, two valves per hydraulic lifters

Seat 29.5 inches


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