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Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C

Naughty or Nice? Moto Lets the Rider Choose


Published: September 30,

PROMINENT among the attractions motorcycles hold for the mechanically is their inclination for full Except for fully dressed rigs or the most faithful of replicas, the intricacies of the suspension, the of the brakes, even the structural of the frame, are there for all to see.

immodest display is the strong of the Moto Guzzi Griso

With the Griso, Moto has created a machine not quite any other. It doesn�t have a fairing, so it is considered … in marketing parlance. It offers a upright riding position a Harley-Davidson-style cruiser bike, but conforming to that category�s on show at the expense of deft

The Griso is its own bad self, with brakes and an excellent suspension lend confidence when down a twisty road.

The provocative styling is arranged to the bike�s distinctive engine. is not a subtle-looking power plant. exhaust pipes jut from its cylinders, looping down the side of the bike to a leviathan � its size is a needlessly adolescent I thought � that broadcasts a but stirring rumble.

The engine is in a steel frame that is a major styling element, a long section of tubing in view alongside the gas tank. The filler cap, as big as a pancake, as if it has been lifted from a jet Like a Lamborghini, a parked soon gathers onlookers with questions and compliments.

The engine layout is another in which the Griso distinctly its own way. It is powered by a 1,064 cc of Moto Guzzi�s signature Mounted with the cylinders to the left and right, rather the front-and-back layout of a Ducati or a the Guzzi engine draws on tradition.

Artfully finned cylinders, positioned at a 90-degree are air-cooled; each cylinder has two valves; and the valves are opened by not overhead camshafts. Though far the leading edge of engine it delivers power in a satisfying way � and the mounting helps keep a knees warm on cool days.

Sharing many of the mechanical bits � though are largely hidden from by tastefully sculptured bodywork � is Guzzi�s sport-touring entry, the 1200. Powered by an 1,151 cc of the Guzzi engine, the Norge a surefooted and relatively lightweight for eating up the miles.

Adaptations that make the so suitable for long tours a six-gallon gas tank, which that refueling stops can be than 200 miles apart. A of nicely styled hard-shell are easy to mount and detach and are big to hold a full-face helmet.

Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C

brakes are standard equipment, to the Norge�s appeal as a traveling The Norge also comes heated handgrips and an electrically windscreen whose angle can be to suit a rider�s preference.

there is no shortage of excellent bikes on the market, Guzzi�s 1200 deserves a look riders seeking an uncommon and Italian way to accomplish Interstate

While most people never heard of Moto the company has enjoyed a small and following in the United States. For years, riders who wanted a with a driveshaft instead of a reliable chain had few choices a BMW or a Moto Guzzi.

Today�s are still shaft-driven, although far greater finesse than the 1980s models (a V50 Monza III and a Le Mans) I used to own. bikes had transmissions better to farm implements; an odd twitching to engine torque when and an up-and-down jacking of the rear end rolling the throttle on or off. them was an acquired taste.

But was then. In 1,200 miles of the Griso 1100 and the Norge those quirks prove to been relegated to the past. The have benefited from engineering improvements and from of the factory in Mandello del Lario to Lake Como, where the has been since 1921.

Italy�s motorcycle industry is a territory where the fortunes of rise and plummet with frequency. Against this backdrop, it is reassuring to find Moto Guzzi appears to be on footing under the ownership of the Group, better known as the of Vespa motor scooters, acquired Moto Guzzi in along with the rest of another Italian bike

Aprilia, which had bought Guzzi in 2000, invested in new-model development, pouring in expertise and money earned its motor-scooter business. The decision was not to totally revamp the bikes� but rather to improve on what was a sensible design.

Aprilia ran into hard though, when Italy a mandatory helmet law and the country�s market plunged by 40 percent in said Paolo Timoni, of Piaggio North America.

Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C


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