Moto Guzzi motorcycles represent the dream of three friends who vowed to manufacture motorcycles following the end of World War I. The eagle on the logo is for the friend who was to be their main rider but was killed days after the war ended. The first bike was made in 1921 in Mandello, Italy. Fifty years later, the company introduced its much-loved California model, known simply as the Cali. The cruiser, based on a motorcycle used by Los Angeles motorcycle cops, became a hit in the United States. In more recent years, Moto Guzzi custom-made 24 California 90s for the King of Jordan‘s security force. The California is the manufacturer‘s most famous motorcycle. The current Vintage model was introduced in 2007.
The Cali is sold under two names: Vintage in the United States, and Classic in other countries. Riders praise the motorcycle for its smooth ride, noting it can hold its own on freeways; long-distance rides, even 500 miles a day on a one-piece vinyl covered sat, are more comfortable. Riders also note the California is a quiet bike; riders who depend on sound to shift gears will need to pay attention to the tachometer if they’re riding in a group, especially Harleys with loud exhaust systems that overwhelm the Cali‘s sound.
The California may look like a classic touring motorcycle, but it has all the features, including a 1064cc air-cooled V-Twin engine, that keep it competitive with 21st century motorcycles. When quick getaways are important, the Cali can accelerate from 0 to 100 mph in 5.4 seconds; some riders report vibrations at speeds of more than 100 mph. Brembo Oro stainless steel hydraulic disc brakes mean braking is efficient; the foot pedal alone provides all the braking necessary most of the time. The California comes with lots of chrome and a steel exhaust system. This bike has an overall length of 93.7 inches and 7.5 inches of ground clearance.