Moto Guzzi California Vintage - First Ride

La Leggenda Ritorna

By Andrew Cherney/Motorcycle Cruiser, Photography by Jeff Hackett
TECH
Price: $14,990
Engine type: a-c, 90-deg. V-twin
Valve train: OHV, hydraulic adj.
Displacement: 1064cc
Bore x stroke: 92.0 x 80.0mm
Compression: 9.8:1
Fuel system: EFI
Clutch: Dry, single-plate
Transmission: 5-speed
Claimed horsepower: 74 bhp @ 6400 rpm
Claimed torque: 60 lb.-ft. @ 5000 rpm
Frame: Tubular-steel double cradle
Front suspension: 45mm Marzocchi fork with adj. compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension: Twin shocks with adj. spring preload
Front brake: Dual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs, linked
Rear brake: Single Brembo two-piston caliper, 282mm disc, linked
Front tire: 110/90-VB18 Metzeler
Rear tire: 140/70-VB17 Metzeler
Rake/trail: 29.0/4.6 in.
Seat height: 30.7 in.
Wheelbase: 61.4 in.
Fuel capacity: 5.0 gal.
Claimed dry weight: 580 lbs.
Colors: Black/white
Available: Now
Warranty: 2 yrs., unlimited mi.

Verdict
A tastefully done retro-tourer, but its European styling and Dom Perignon price tag won't suit most Americans' Budweiser palates.

HOTBOX
Moto Guzzi USA
140 E. 45th St.
New York
NY  10017
By Andrew Cherney/Motorcycle Cruiser
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