Moto Guzzi California Touring | Short Shift

Elvis, Your Guzzi Is Ready

By Thomas Kinzer, Photography by Kevin Wing

An engine highly evolved from the “big block” Guzzi V-twin mates to an all-new chassis clothed in styling both completely unlike yet still evocative of M-G’s best-selling bikes from three decades ago.

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Engine typea/o-c 90-deg. V-twin
Valve trainSOHC, 8v
Bore x stroke104.0 x 84.2mm
Fuel systemEFI, ride-by-wire
ClutchDry, single disc
Measured horsepower77.5 bhp @ 6500 rpm
Measured torque70.2 lb.-ft. @ 2300 rpm
FrameTubular-steel double-cradle
Front suspensionSachs 46mm fork
Rear suspensionSachs shocks with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping
Front brakeDual Brembo four-piston calipers, 320mm discs with ABS
Rear brakeBrembo two-piston caliper, 282mm disc with ABS
Front tire130/70R-18 Dunlop D251
Rear tire200/60R-16 Dunlop D251
Rake/trail32.0°/6.1 in.
Seat height29.1 in.
Wheelbase66.3 in.
Fuel capacity5.4 gal.
Weight (tank full/empty)764/732 lbs.
ColorAmbassador Black, El Dorado White
Warranty24 mo., unlimited miles
ContactMoto Guzzi USA
257 Park Avenue South,
4th Floor New York, NY 10010

VERDICT 4 out of 5 stars
Guzzi has cracked the code on high technology and refinement without losing its essential Guzzi-ness.

By Thomas Kinzer
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