Moto Guzzi California Vintage — Test Drives — Cycle Canada

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Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Moto Guzzi California

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Guzzi builds a retro with just enough quirkiness to separate it from the Now, if we can only reach the we’ll be fine. We like to of ourselves as manly men, or at manlyish men, but the Moto California Vintage is making it because the sidestand is a far reach and becoming self-conscious.

Scrunching way against the fuel tank, and the left hip rotated forward, the toe of the boot just reaches the arm and it back against the frame. Now ready to go, but not before a quick over the shoulder to see if anyone’s

Originally introduced in 1971, the Guzzi California is among the American of motorcycles ever outside of the United States. based on the frame of the V7 Special and a 90-degree twin of 757 cc capacity, it success first with the Los Police Department, then police elsewhere in the US. Over the 35 years, the California fell out with police forces and through the years in very the same way that Harley-Davidsons styling only subtly and mechanical improvements cautiously

For the California Vintage, Moto went back to its 1970s and the styling results are very than more contemporary models. Even though Bonneville and Ducati’s Sport range are based on previous there is no mistaking them for machines. Tires are bigger, newer and the stance more not so with the California Vintage.

we first spotted it in the Moto booth at last winter’s show, we just assumed it was an old restored, brought in to tempt to check out the modern machines it. It was only its immaculate finish raised suspicion as to its authenticity as a vintage machine, because only look new once, and yet apparent 30-something looked it had just rolled off a production which of course it had.

Mechanically, the California Vintage is with the engine from the 1100. While modernity is with Magneti-Marelli fuel the engine is still an air-cooled with its twin-sparkplug heads two pushrod-operated valves per cylinder. tappets require periodic though some Guzzi feature maintenance-free hydraulic

While the Breva is a sophisticated motorcycle that transcends its engine, from the saddle the Vintage is eerily like an old with its tiller-like handlebar and seating position. Shifting the transmission using the heel/toe is awkward on the California.

It is improperly and you must either wedge a toe the forward shifter peg or lift foot high off the generously footboard to get it over the rear peg like you’re about to on a mouse. The threaded shifter rod is so it should be an easy fix to cant the shifter down at the rear, but the rod is at the end of its and the shifter remains at an awkward

If it were our bike, we’d put a to the rod and cut more threads with a to fix the problem (we’d also saw the heel section off the shifter). But we have to return the bike for the remainder of the test we shift the grace of a farmer searching for the cog on his International Harvester.

Shifting aside, the engine bolts the Vintage down the road surprising vigour. Dry weight is at 263 kg (580 lb) but the bike feels It even looks heavy, driving lamps, standard hard saddlebags, chrome and large diameter chromed bars fitted front and Even the handlebar is shiny and

But unlike most heavy that cringe at corners, the hurtles around bends authority, with enough clearance between the footboards and the to allow surprisingly generous angles. Wheelbase is modest by standards at 1,560 mm (61.4 in) and the does not unduly flex in riding.

Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Although the California shares its with the Breva, it does not the Breva’s modern mono single-sided swingarm, making do a traditional dual-shock arm that Guzzi’s trademark shaft While it does not have the road compliance, the ride is yet acceptably supple, with the adjustable for preload. Each 45 mm fork leg is independently adjustable, the for compression and the right for rebound

Aiding comfort is a seat the of a surfboard handsomely trimmed in While we didn’t test a passenger, accommodations look for two. Dual front 320 mm disc brakes with piston calipers are one of the few visual that this is not a 1970s

Operating the 282 mm rear brake employs one of the front discs in the braking system.

While performance is strong, lever is substantial, though perhaps decided that sport two-finger braking would be out of on a machine so rooted in the past. vertical windshields as fitted to the Vintage and many other typically look more than they are.

Wind management is a complicated to solve, and simply fitting a screen to punch a hole in the often causes negative at the rear of the screen and considerable Here the Guzzi is better most of its competitors, and while dashes cause the wind to around your helmet a typhoon, 120-km/h cruising is in relatively still airwhich the California a genuinely usable

So fill the saddlebags with six of socks and six clean t-shirts and hit the road, but keep an eye on the fuel In mixed city, country and use, we recorded an appalling L/100 km (26 mpg), which the California one of the thirstiest machines tested. The attractively trimmed tank holds an acceptable 19 of fuel, but it only translates 178 km of range.

When we got the bike it was brand and perhaps fuel economy improve slightly with mileage.

At $18,995 (including warranty and roadside assistance, to those with fears of Italian), the Moto Guzzi Vintage is an expensive motorcycle, but many of its cruiser brethren, it is a that shows the sporting of its manufacturer. The California is an unusual of characteristics: it is a retro-styled cruiser heavyweight tourer capability, yet it is of twisty roads and high It might be an unusual repertoire of but the California manages them

Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Moto Guzzi California Vintage

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