Touring motorcycles are designed and built for long distance and offer a variety of comfort and conveniences. This classic California touring motorcycles are made by Italian manufacturer Moto Guzzi, who is prominent in the racing and motorcycle innovation scene. The California Vintage is follows the classic law enforcement (Los Angeles Police Department) lines and features such as standard footboards, seating position, heel-and-toe gearshift, and linked brakes. The California Classic is the European version of the cruiser.
The 2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage model’s closest competition is the Honda VTX, Yamaha Star Tour, Victory Vision Tour, and Harley-Davidson Road Glide® models.
The 2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage touring model has an overall user ranking of No. 28 out of 42 comparable touring motorcycle models ranked on the 2006 standard motorcycle overall comparisons list. Its overall user rating is 2.5 stars out of five. Its highest three-star individual rating is for ride and comfort. Users gave the bike two stars for performance, quality, and reliability, and 2.5 stars for value.
The Guzzi (Tonti) frame is constructed of high-strength steel. The model offers a detachable tubular duplex cradle inset. This 2009 Moto Guzzi model comes standard with a four-stroke, 90-degree, air-cooled V-twin engine and a 5-speed transmission with constant mesh gears and built-in cush drive. The engine displacement to weight is 1.83 cc with maximum torque of 94 Nm at 5000 RPM. The California Vintage model engine generates 6400 RPM (72.4 bhp) of horsepower and it is all put into motion by a Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition (with inductive spark).
The standard dry weight of the 2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage is 580 pounds (263 kg). Overall model dimensions of the 2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage include a standard length is 93.7 in. (2,380 mm), width of 32.1 in. (815 mm), and height of 54.7 in. (1,390 mm). The California Vintage’s ground clearance is 7.5 inches (190 mm).
The California Vintage model has a standard integral breaking system, with proportioning and delay valve. All 2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage models are equipped with Behr steel 18-inch diameter spoked wire wheels that are 2.5-inch wide on the front. Models also come standard with 17-inch diameter, 3.5-inch wide rear wheels.
Other standard features on the California Vintage include an integrated front fairing, lower fairings w/chrome crash bars, retro taillight, mechanical odometer and trip meter, floorboards, chrome mudguards, throttle body guards, chrome luggage rack, driver/passenger foot pegs, foot guards, stainless steel fenders, fog lights, and kick stand.
The Moto Guzzi California Vintage was revamped and re-introduced in 2006.
- The engine was upgraded to a 1064cc air-cooled, 90 degree V-Twin.
- Magneti Marelli fuel injection and ignition systems were added.