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Moto Guzzi California 1100 Injection

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TESTING a manufacturer’s range in one day sounds rather, testing. But I did just that Moto Guzzi invited me toВ the historic Italian at Mandello del Lario.

This Moto Guzzi is celebrating its anniversary — and it has as much to be proud of its rich history as of its motorcycle range.

Since resurrected by Aprilia in 2002, snapped up by PiaggioВ which aquired brands in 2005, Guzzi has some highly original new such as the Breva and Griso.

It has re-vamped old classics such as the and Nevada. The only new model wasn’t present on the day was the Norge, a big tourer which was still to be

In the glory days, Moto had two strings to its bow.

On the one hand, it high performance motorcycles as the V7 Sport, which became the 850 Le Mans. On the other, it made Turismo bikes, a class of big it invented in the 1920s, and from the California evolved in 1971.

The became the mainstay of Guzzi throughout the 70s and 80s and it was a consistent seller in and elsewhere too. Part part tourer, the bike all the rage in the States, where the American police force it in droves.

The California was different to the that flooded the market; for its handling and brakes were by comparison, with later even benefiting from brakes — an innovation in days.

Although capacity changed 757cc, to 850cc then before settling for the 1,100ccs it boasts today, the California has used Moto Guzzi’s 90В° V-twin configuration, electronic fuel injection later models — technical trickery for the day, Guzzis were full of

However, the 2006 California is the for a while to use a new engine — a unit taken from the 1100, itself all new only a ago.

But it’s still a Guzzi California. As the route got and climbed uphillВ the California roundВ steep hairpin bends barely a push and a tug on the bars. the suspension felt good as it up surface irregularities.

I didn’t need to use the heel-toe that often to keep the engine chugging between But when I did, I shortshifted in the rev range to make the most of the torque.

The gearbox felt especially compared to the slicker — the entry-level cruiser I rode later. But this is I was told.

The notchiness of the old Guzzi has become part of the California Now, Guzzi enthusiasts like and expect a good to confirm a ratio change.

the strength of the California package is the engine. The new motor pulls and smoothly fromВ low revs, the bike manfully forward arm-wrenching acceleration. Approach speeds and the windshield does an job in deflecting the windblast;В high speedВ motorway are a doddle.

Indeed, Calis have a solid reputation for performing over long distances. But riders may find their coming close to the handlebars, on the lower-seated Vintage.

Of course, my own legs suit the ergonomics Well, apart from the leg stretch to reach the forward-positioned Not to mention the strain on my girly as I lifted the heavy bike off its

But if you’re a short muscly with a telescopic left it’s a cracker!

Moto Guzzi California 1100 Injection

The Touring at is best suited for long thanks to its integrated front for improved wind protection, top box coordinated with the standard and heated grips.

The lower-slung Vintage, ВЈ8,999 details such as fog lights hark back to Guzzi’s US bike days, and the Classic, at ВЈ7,999, is styled more as a with extra doses of

Which hasn’t left me room to talk about the of other Guzzis — the Nevada 750, the Breva — including the ABS version, the Griso 1100, and a selection of 850 won’t be allowed in the UK until have sold their of 750s.

More of those later.


Guzzi California

Engine: four-…, air cooled, 90В° cylinder

Max power: 72bhp @ 6,400rpm

Max 69lb/ft @ 5,000rpm

Transmissions: gearbox, shaft final

Brakes: Front — Brembo Serie Oro stainless floating 320mm disc, calliper; rear — Brembo stainless steel 282mm disc, two-piston Linked braking system.

Moto Guzzi California 1100 Injection
Moto Guzzi California 1100 Injection


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