Moto Guzzi California Special Sport — Road Test & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport

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When Commander in Chief said a new Moto Guzzi was our test fleet, the older began reminiscing like war about the first Guzzi rode back when (or was it Dewey?) was in the White House, the younger staffer scratched his and asked, Is Moto Guzzi in business? As it turns out, the marque is doing just thanks to a large capital from its new owner Aprilia.

The works out for both sides, as Moto Guzzi is finally to upgrade its facilities and pump out bikes it’s had on the drawing for a while, and Aprilia now has motorcycles in heretofore ignored by the scooter and manufacturer. Plus, Moto not only has an extensive racing and corporate history, it also has a customer base.

The Special Sport is a sport of Guzzi’s popular California a V-twin endowed with styling and Italian flair. The moniker isn’t the result of horsepower or any other traditional hop-up, just several modifications.

The frame and swingarm been redesigned to allow a rear tire-still only a bias-ply, but it’s an improvement-plus, are new springs in the rear shocks, and comfort has been boosted by padding in the seat. As with all this year, the Special boasts an air-cooled, 1064cc, engine mounted longitudinally for look at those monster sticking out of the sides effect.

claims a 29-inch seat for the Special Sport, but the seat is wide, which makes the feel taller than it is. down into the comfortable one’s gaze falls the tastefully painted yet bulbous rising forward below body as if you were astride a hot dog. The tank meets a riser as well as an analog and tach, both of which like handmade Swiss

The new 30mm-thick handlebar curves backward for a short stretch to the Turn the key, hit the starter and like that she’s up and Word is Aprilia helped the fuel injection on the new Guzzis-and it

The bike starts without any whatsoever.

Pulling out of our top-secret facility it’s apparent the Sport lives up to the Guzzi for producing tractor engines. The chart shows more 50 pounds of grunt at the ready 2000 rpm all the way to 6500 rpm, the Sport an ideal mount for down the local strip. this torque on tap, selection is somewhat arbitrary in mode, though as the revs the vibration tends to blur the and Thighmaster your lower

Power delivery is aided by the Marelli fuel injection, delivers snappy throttle throughout the entire 6250-rpm-wide rev no apparent pauses, glitches or spots, just satisfying that can be dialed in easily. matters is a slick five-speed that Moto Guzzi has been redesigned to make and finding neutral easier, and we doubt it. (A six-speed version of box debuted on last-year’s V11 Sport and we it there.) Although shifting a semifirm foot on the lever, is positive and smooth at all times.

the Sport features a shift for your heel as well as toe, so you can take your The only downside to this is the heel shifter is placed too to the footpeg, so when you rest the of your foot on the peg, heel is resting on the shifter, can induce unwanted gear

Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport

Although most cruisers unglued or start to drag parts when the pace up, the Special Sport does Damping is quite firm front and rear, which to a feeling of rock-solid stability stuffing the Guzzi into Turn-in is quick and neutral, and not during testing did the bike get out of hand. It takes a concerted to drag hard parts. The fly in the bike’s sporting ointment is its linked-braking system.

The hand activates one of the 320mm discs up causing four Brembo to go to work. Pushing the foot engages the second front as well as the rear disc, a proportioning valve doing its to modulate brake pressure the two to prevent rear-wheel lockup. system is kind of a poor ABS. Around town it very well, allowing you to the bike controllably at all times.

The problem is the single disk up is never enough, so you always end up the rear brake (and some of the front when you may not it), which takes used to if you’re accustomed to a brake system.

Of course, firm suspension will your kidneys like a of sucker punches around or on the freeway. The sporty damping mix well with potholes or expansion joints, and on the Guzzi have your rump up out of the seat as your body the impact. The suspension is nonadjustable which is a shame.

We tend to firm suspension over the type, but it would be nice to some adjustability.

In the final tally the Special is just that: special and to sport. If this bike is of what’s to come from the new Guzzi, we can’t wait to see the future holds.

Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport
Moto Guzzi 1100 i Sport


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