Debuting in 1971, the Moto Guzzi California from Italian automaker Piaggio subsidiary Moto Guzzi has always stayed true to its name. Historically, the California is a touring motorcycle mechanically and stylistically inspired by United States cruiser bikes. The 2007 version comes as a “Vintage"" model, with enough 21-century technology while sticking to its retro feel. The manufacturer's suggested retail price for the ‘07 California is $14,990.
Powering the 2007 Moto Guzzi California Vintage is a four-stroke V-twin (two-cylinder) engine that produces 72.4 horsepower at 6,400 revolutions per minute (RPM) and 69.3 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 RPM. With a displacement of 1,064 cubic centimeters, the engine on the ‘07 California has two intake valves on each cylinder, a compression ratio of 9.8 to 1, and a bore and stroke of 3.62 by 3.15 inches. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission.
Each 2007 Moto Guzzi California has an electric starter for a very convenience engine ignition. For enhanced braking over the regular front-disc-brake rear-drum-brake layout, the bike has all-wheel Brembo® Oro disc brakes. A Marzocchi telescopic-fork front suspension and twin-sided swing arm rear suspension promote a smooth ride when cruising.
The 2007 Moto Guzzi California comes as a black bike: with halogen lights, fog lights and rearview mirrors for improved visibility when driving. Digital instrumentation consists of a tachometer, trip odometer, speedometer and temperature warning indicator. Storage includes a rear rack, bag liner and space underneath the seat. There are guards placed on the drive shaft, engine and saddle bag. A 12-volt power outlet is available for charging a mobile device, such as a smartphone.
With a dry weight of 580 lbs., the 2007 Moto Guzzi California is 93.7 inches in length, 32.1 inches in width and 54.7 inches in height, with a wheelbase of 61.4 inches. The two-piece seat--large enough for the driver and a passenger to sit on--is set at 30.7 inches on the bike. The ground clearance is measured at 7.5 inches, and fuel capacity peaks at 5 gallons with a one-gallon reserve.