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Moto Guzzi California Classic

Moto Guzzi California Wheel Removal

Because of a rear tire on my 2007 Guzzi California Vintage. I to remove the rear wheel by I had never tried to do this but found it relatively easy to Luckily, I discovered the flat while at home.

  I would not to do this on the side of the road, and I anyone that has done so.

I for some riders, removing the wheel is no big deal. This was new for me because of the shaft drive.  I had worked on chain drive a long time ago.

My Vintage is mechanically the same as a range of Moto Guzzi models and years, and is also similar to Moto Guzzi V7 What you see here is the “older” Guzzi double-sided swing-arm drive.  The California and the V7 don’t the modern type CARC swingarm that is on the Breva, Griso, Norge and Stelvio.

  The California 1400 appears to a new variation of the double-sided swingarm, in with the classic dual absorber styling.

Before this article, understand I am not a trained motorcycle technician. I’m an enthusiast that likes to do my own when I can.  This and this article is not a substitute for a manual or professional training.  Guzzi’s Use + Maintenance Book this Caution: “Disassembling and the rear wheel may prove these operations are best to experienced mechanics.”

The trick to the rear wheel on a Moto California, or on most any motorcycle has a standard two-sided swing-arm, is to the bike high enough to get the wheel out from under After considering different that I could lift it, I to just go buy an inexpensive motorcycle

  I realized how easily the bike fall over if I tried to use blocks under the center or some other other method to get the rear wheel enough off the ground.  I didn’t to fool around and risk hurt or damaging my bike.

On the of my project, I went and bought a $99 motorcycle lift at the Harbor store near me in Charlotte. If you have a Harbor Freight nearby, they also the same lift at Harbor online.  Sears carries a similar one for almost the same (probably is made in the same in China).

  I considered better lifts, but this one will be fine for me and was within my budget.  If you to learn more about Harbor Freight lift, you can my review of it on my Motorcycle Information web

After an easy assembly, I raising and lowering the new lift times before I used it on the That helped build my level, especially regarding to expect when lowering This lift has a foot for lowering, but I found it to be counter-intuitive to

  On this one, you push it fast to lower slowly, and it slowly to lower it fast.  It is but it works.  Once I got the hang of I was ready to begin.

As you may have read, it was not that ago that I bought new Bridgestone tires for my California Vintage.  are still working out great by the That day after riding from the dealer on my new tires, I had that my rear tire flat overnight.

  The tube had pinched during installation at the according to them, and so they care of it for me at no charge.  That them picking up the bike and it back to me.

I remain a fan of Motorcycles of and was very pleased that immediately took care of it the way they did.  I had them this latest flat They installed a new Bridgestone and re-balanced the wheel for me within an on a super busy Saturday

  Once again, I’m a happy

I don’t have a trailer, nor do I a vehicle with a trailer I’m sure that I could had the dealer come get it at my expense I don’t have much to on my motorcycle hobby, so now was the opportunity for me to try to the rear wheel from my Guzzi California Vintage

It took me just a few minutes to the motorcycle lift.  Assembly was easy. Obviously, I’d prefer a professional lift with a and all that, but I have no budget for luxuries.

  This one will do fine.

My strategy was to lift the bike underneath the engine, from the aluminum oil pan.  I’d rather from something stronger, but all that is there.  The pan is pretty but could become damaged if not I placed two pieces of southern 2-6 boards flat across the arms to spread the load the entire pan to reduce the chance of it.

The rubber padded arms on the lift are too far apart to use on a Moto California.  Adding the two pine worked perfectly.

As I began to the bike from the oil pan, I saw it to lean back slightly the rear wheel.  I could tip it forward easily by hand. the location of the oil pan is slightly forward, I then I had to counterbalance the bike.  To do I simply placed a small jack under the cross-bar of the stand (stand has to be up) to help the rear slightly.  The key to this was to the bike flat on the pan as it sat on the boards.

  was way easier to do than it probably from my description here.

the Moto Guzzi was raised 8 or 10 inches, I removed the left I could have also this before lifting I used a 1/2 inch wrench to the locknut located on the bracket is at the bottom end of the crash bar in front of the pannier.

  I loosened the muffler and rotated the muffler clockwise the rear to get the bracket off the stud.  I pulled the muffler to the rear and slid it off the H-pipe.   So far, job is going very easy.

With the left muffler now out of the I had clear and open access to the of the rear axle bolt. Now I had to be pull the real axle out.  To do that, I used the 27 mm from my original Moto tool kit that came the bike.  I loosened the lock nut on the end of the axle.  The Moto Guzzi is very short, so I just my foot on it to break the nut loose, I could turn it by hand the of the way.

Moto Guzzi California Classic

  Again, this was way to do than it probably sounds

Once the axle nut was removed, I the pinch bolt on the left arm end at the axle head.  It just the axle head so that the can’t rotate.  With the bolt loosened, and with the nut rotated out to that hast few I pushed against the nut, and the started to slide out freely.

  I removed the nut and pulled the axle out while supporting the rear to prevent the wheel from

With the axle pulled out, the rear brake was still supporting the rear by the disk.  By lifting the rear slightly and turning it slightly to the the rear brake caliper could slide off a little on the swingarm that supports the end of it.

Now the rear brake caliper could be moved out of the way. I it on the small floor jack was using to support the center cross bar.  I did not let the brake dangle from the hose as could damage the hose

The rear axle and spacer removed and the brake caliper is now out of the way.  The rear wheel was now to come out from under the

What I saw was the female spline at the rear drive and the male on the wheel.  I cleaned both a toothbrush using WD-40 and towels to remove the old grease the splines.  I then visually the condition of the splines, which had no signs of wear.

A few hours and $80 later, I was back from the with a new Bridgestone tube and my wheel rebalanced.  I then the rear drive splines a moly EP grease.  I applied also to the male splines on the wheel.  I positioned the wheel the bike and positioned the rear caliper assembly on the disk, and the wheel so that I could get the caliper bracket back the stud on the swingarm.

  I then the axle back in partially and the spacer between the brake bracket and the wheel bearing end of bushing towards brake bracket). I had to make sure the brake hose was held in the position by the little clip on the of the swingarm. I then pushed the all the way in and tightened the pinch bolt.  I the lock nut using the 27 mm wrench and it to align the paint marks.

  I spun the rear wheel to sure all was free, and then I the rear brakes to check.

I slid the left muffler the H-pipe and rotated it to get the bracket onto the threaded stud at the bar.  I fastened the lock nut and then tightened the muffler The bike was now all back together.

  it was time to lower the the lift and her for a spin. Another satisfying done on my Guzzi.

About Clay

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

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

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