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Moto Guzzi California Vintage

California Vintage Review: Miles

In December 2008, I a review of my 2007 Moto California Vintage based on the 1000 miles that I it.   I’m now at 3000 miles and it would be a good time for an Before I start, I want to that I believe there are no differences between the model of this motorcycle, at least 2009, so this review be pretty valid for all 4 model of the Cal Vin.

  I purchased my 2007 new during the later part of I don’t ride on any high trips, just because of and work obligations, so it has actually me about a year to accumulate 3000 miles.  I do realize some folks ride many miles in just or weeks.

My impression of the Moto California Vintage has not changed the past year.  Yes, I do love it and feel very to own this motorcycle.  I have had people ask me, in a very puzzled why I chose to buy a Moto Guzzi.  also had many compliments it, most coming from that never heard of a Guzzi before.

  Keep in mind that in the USA, Moto Guzzi is not a known brand unless you are to real motorcycle enthusiasts, or to that remembers the Guzzis of the 1960′s and early 1970′s caught on in this part of the especially as police bikes.  I explain that I discovered the California several years ago and had it on my wish-list.

Honestly, I think the had been introduced, with a low price, and there was an idea I could almost afford a new Guzzi although I never it.  Of course, the engine and the motorcycle to me are like a mechanical but that’s just me.  I had an Italian co-worker ask me if I am able to it running.  Unfortunately, I don’t any friends in Italy, so it’s for me to judge that remark.

  I some people say the same about Harley-Davidson motorcycles in the US, so I didn’t give it much

So far, I have no regrets owning a Moto Guzzi, and no about owning the California Has anything gone wrong hit?  The only major to go wrong in the first 3000 is that I had a valve cover leak .  It was no real trouble to it myself, and the problem was solved for than $20 US dollars.  I wrote a to” about the changing the gasket photos if anyone cares to see how is done.

   I really do not expect this to be a problem, and based on some I sometimes read,  I don’t that it was the fault of the Moto factory either.  Most try to reuse the valve cover and get away with it, but sometimes it can get if not re-installed very carefully. No was caused and the leak was caught just a few minutes of when it

Another strange occurrence the first 3000 miles was I found my tail light/brake cable was disconnected under my I don’t know how long I like that (yikes!) and I no idea how that got disconnected.  I reconnected it and used a nylon tie to secure it.  The seat in place, and you have to use the ignition key to it.

  Maybe I did it by accident when I was who knows.

That disconnected is additional proof that it pays to do your T-CLOCS as taught in the MSF experienced rider If you never took a Motorcycle Foundation course, you should get signed up, no matter how many you have been riding.  I a lot in the experienced rider course and I do use what I learned there.

  Ok, enough about that, on the review!

The 1064cc fuel v-twin of the California Vintage has a healthy sound and a very kind of vibration.  Without the or mild rumble, I don’t it would be quite as thrilling to but would still be good.  If sounds crazy to you, a v-twin might not be your cup of

  So, with this good of v-twin engine vibration a bit of care to make sure are kept tight.  I’m a mechanical by trade, and for years I worked on wrenches and other tools like to rattle themselves so I am used to keeping an eye on fasteners.

the only loose fastener I did was the large nut at the shift lever (by your left ankle).  The started to develop a little side-to-side play in the foot and I simply tightened it back It was an easy task that a hex wrench to hold the stud rotating and an opened end wrench to the nut.

  I always check that but have never had to re-tighten it so far.  That happened at 2300 miles.

The only thing that has happened is one of the front wheel weights a little loose, but didn’t off.  I noticed this one day I was cleaning the spokes.   The weights some sort of adhesive that is supposed to keep on the wheel and they have no mechanical means to secure I was lucky that it did not come off I was riding.

  I suppose that happen on any motorcycle, or car for that

To me, the sound of the V11 engine as it hits rpm is something really special.  The Lafranconi Italian-made exhaust is quite good.  It gives a sound, but is not annoyingly loud.  It has a mild sort of back-pressure cackle to it when you let off the throttle.  I like it because it is not screamingly

  Obviously, some riders their bikes really but personally, I compare it to music. at some point, the music no is enjoyable if you turn the volume up too

I often can’t hear my when I ride with my and Victory riding friends of their loud aftermarket but the tachometer (standard on the Vintage) me make my shift points I usually do by ear.

Many riders like to their motorcycle.  I was attracted to Moto Guzzi California due to its but also due to the fact it comes so many practical features installed.  For example, locking bags with chrome chrome fog lights, chrome rack, chrome engine 12V accessory outlet, steering tool kit, and more.

  The accessory I installed so far is the Givi that I wrote about To that, I have since the mating backrest pad from to make it a little more for my young son,  as he sometimes to lean back against the when we go on our rides around

Last, but not least, here in Carolina, they require an safety inspection for motorcycles and Unfortunately, my local Moto dealer is not a state inspection due to some crazy rules the has about the facility layout, so I had to my Vintage to a different place for I chose the local BMW-Ducati-Triumph-MV dealer because they in European motorcycles.

  In fact, criteria didn’t really since it was just an inspection, but it me feel more comfortable.  I’m to report all was well and it passed the inspection with ease.  I can now my registration and legally ride on for year.

Note from the author: As a to this 3000 mile which I originally published in 2009, please see my Moto California Vintage long review.   I published that at approximately 8900 miles in 2011.  My Guzzi California continues!

About John

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

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

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