Moto Guzzi California oil change : Moto Guzzi California Motorcycles

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Moto Guzzi California 1100 Special

Moto Guzzi California oil change

Riders that never owned a Moto Guzzi often ask what’s it like to do routine service on a Moto Guzzi.  The usual questions are:  How do you change the oil? Where is the oil filter?

  How easy is it to get to the air filter?

Here in part one of a special series on Moto Guzzi California maintenance, we explain how to change the engine oil and oil filter on a late model Moto Guzzi California with a 1064cc v-twin engine. The engine is very similar to the engine in the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100.

On some types of motorcycles, everything is hanging out there in plain site with easy access.  Moto Guzzi motorcycles, in general, are often described as “quirky”.  That description might, at least partially, come from the not-so-obvious locations and methods for servicing oil, oil filter and air filter.

Changing the oil and filter on the Guzzi California is a bit more involved than on some other brands of motorcycles.  This is nothing to be afraid of, but it may scare away some non-mechanical types from doing it themselves.  The issue is that the oil filter is actually located inside the oil pan.

  Yes, inside it.

After the first 300-1000 miles, and then every 6000 miles per the owner’s manual, you must change the oil and oil filter.  Before you start, get yourself  a new oil pan gasket and filter.  The engine oil is specified in my 2007 California Vintage user and maintenance book is 3 liters of Agip 4T Racing SAE 10W60.

According to American Agip. 4T Racing is 100% synthetic oil and meets API SG; ACEA A3; JASO MA standards.  Agip describes this four-stroke engine oil as “specially designed for use in highly modified multi-valve engines”.

  This may seem a bit extreme for use in the California’s 2 valve pushrod v-twin, but keep in mind that the Guzzi engine is air cooled and has no oil cooler.

In the US, it is practically impossible to find the factory- specified Agip oil.    You should be able to buy it or an equivalent from your local Guzzi dealer when you buy your new oil pan gasket and oil filter.

If you can’t find Agip 10w60, Motorex 4T 10w60 fully synthetic oil is available from popular motorcycle parts stores such as Cycle Gear and meets JASO MA, API SG and other specs as does the Agip brand.

UFI brand filters are normally used in Moto Guzzi motorcycles.  The HiFloFiltro HF-551 oil filter is interchangeable with the UFI.  They go for around $10 USD depending where you buy.  A dealer charged $20.

  It’s the same if you order online since you will normally have to pay near $20 total when you include cost of shipping.  You can also get HiFloFiltro filters at Cycle Gear and other stores.  I support my local Guzzi dealer as much as I can within reason.

  I encourage others to do the same.

If you don’t have a local Guzzi dealer, you can order Moto Guzzi gaskets and filters online from places such as MG Cycle .  Another popular place to order Moto Guzzi parts from is Harper’s .

The photos and the basic technique described here are from the Moto Guzzi California workshop manual.  Thanks to Gregory Bendor for his helpful site.

To change the oil . get a pan to drain the old oil into it.  The same as you would use for your car.  The engine is supposed to be warm (not running) when you do this, to allow the oil to drain more efficiently.

Loosen the dipstick (unscrew).  Loosen the drain plug located at rear wall of the pan.  Remove the drain plug to drain the oil.  There are 4 bolts on the bottom (2 near front and 2 near rear) that need to be removed.

See photos below.

Unscrew the 14 socket head cap screws that fasten the oil sump pan to the engine.  Carefully lower the sump pan and set it aside.

Moto Guzzi California 1100 Special

Inside the oil sump pan you will see three things.  The oil filter . the mesh screen . and the oil pressure regulator valve.  Don’t touch the valve, but do unscrew the oil filter.

  Install your new filter hand tight as you would when you change your car’s oil.

Next, unscrew the mesh screen from the sump pan.  Set it in a separate clean container and wash it “in a bath of gasoline”.  I generally don’t use gasoline for cleaning parts, but this is what the Moto Guzzi workshop manual and the Moto Guzzi user and maintenance book say to do.

After cleaning the mesh screen, next dry the screen using compressed air, and also use compressed air to blow out any debris in the ports of the oil sump pan.  It would be wise to wear safety glasses or a face shield for this part to avoid getting oil spray or gas in your eyes.

While you are cleaning, you also need to clean off the gasket surfaces of the engine and the oil pan to prepare it for your new gasket.

Re-install the cleaned mesh screen to the sump pan.  It is time now to go ahead and install your new gasket and then re-install your oil sump pan with the 14 socket head cap screws.  Tighten the screws evenly and gradually in a criss-cross or star pattern to make for a nice even torque and for a better sump gasket sealing.

  Unfortunately, the manuals don’t clearly specify the required torque for the oil sump pan screws or for the drain plug.

Pour your 3 new liters of oil into the dip stick hole using a funnel.  Tighten the dipstick and your done doing your Moto Guzzi California oil change .

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotoGuzziCalifornia.Com. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation’s Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding and maintaining his Moto Guzzi California Vintage.

John participates in local charity rides and also serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for one of the largest annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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