Test Ride: Moto Guzzi Stone — Canada Moto Guide

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Moto Guzzi California Stone

Test Ride: Moto Stone

Words: Andrew Photos: Richard Seck

An feature when you first at it, is its matte finish of Porphyry – Porphyry being a type of (and hard to pronounce). the colour options also Slate Black, Flint and Limestone White – thereby all following the Stone theme, if they did just add a stone in front of the colour. The finish the bike a suede look, seen on 1950 Mercury sleds, but gaining popularity on motorcycles today.

Guzzi this finish with a effect on the polished surfaces of the and gas cap.

However, surprisingly it have gobs of low end, but of a muscular midrange that with a solid “BWAHHHH” the airbox. Oh man, this sounds good on the pipe! I the Stone like a hooligan of the time, just to get that on the bars and that great – I just couldn’t help

While power can still be had in the revs, it does tail off a tad I had to work really hard to hit the rev which, once hit, the Stone crying … and out a load of sparks from the sufficient to scare off woodland for some distance. Excellent!

The mill is coupled to a reworked speed gearbox. Its claimed new being much smoother, and shifting. I can’t argue that claim – going neutral to first was much than the last three I tested, and all up-shifts were and sure. But, (there’s a but) I found false several times when back down.

Especially between 5th and 4th and even so between 3rd and 2nd (although they found smoothly and quietly, I add!).

Fifth gear is enough to be a pseudo overdrive. It the Stone a very long feeling, although required to fourth for quick highway Or maybe it was just my subconscious to wring the motor out another

With the across-the-frame V configuration, the feels quite narrow seated. Despite being (30lbs heavier than the and Spirit that we tested it doesn’t feel heavy at low or speed.

Seat height is a 737 mm (29″) which is in the cruiser With an overall length of mm (61.4″), and a rake of only 28 you have the ingredients for a much handling cruiser than of the standard offerings.

Thankfully, the Stone is very at corners with ample thereby avoiding that tradition of being wrenched out of riding bliss by grinding and a shower of sparks. To keep the end compliant, a steering damper is fitting, although it wasn’t all the oil inside.

Overall riding was good. The seat is wide and padded. The rear suspension, imaginatively in the Guzzi specs as a arm with two hydraulic shock gave a smooth ride the spots where other punished my spine.

Black 45mm forks damp the end.

Moto Guzzi California Stone
Moto Guzzi California Stone

Guzzi’s claim a speed of 124mph (a tad under 200 On CMG’s Plan B test (funded largely by Ontario I got the likely inaccurate speedo to 110 mph fear, denial, anger and compliance, kicked in.

The heel/toe shifter required too thought when figuring part to use, while my usual size 10 boots. photographer Seck suggested I try a of his size 11 boots, both toe and wedged perfectly in-between the parts, resulting in a desire to to a hardware store for a hacksaw to the shifter back to a more style.

Even though the folks at Bavarian Motosports them prior to my test they required some to get to bite. Halfway to the bar though, and the started their job in earnest. I that sometimes, that half-inch of movement feels a lot – spoken as a heterosexual male no innuendo I assure you.

The rear 282mm disk two-pot caliper didn’t itself as bad or good, which I can be both bad and good.

Just to with the remaining poopy the sidestand is grossly long and The crank sensor had a minor leak an d the mirrors are kind of if the bike is running. Also, a fell out of the one of the ignition coil

In the all important appearance department, the generated a lot of talk. With the matte finish, the unique configuration and non-cookie cutter I got a thumbs up from a natty Street type’ on, well, Bay as well as from a scary much fer yer daughter?’ type in a truck.

So, to bring this to some conclusion, although I thought the bike looked it’s all in the riding though and this thing was fun, fun. If the brakes were on par the handling and power (maybe pads?), and the quality control was up a notch, it would make an all-rounder.

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