Moto Guzzi California continues to play a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists throughout the world after thirty-five years have gone. When the first model was introduced in 1971 , the custom market was divided into the original US models and their imitations from the East. But Moto Guzzi was not the follower. Based on the tried and tested frame of the V7 Special and the legendary 90° V-Twin engine with a capacity of 757cc, Moto Guzzi introduced cruiser witht itself strong character. A winning combination which won international success, not least because it proposed a new way of motorcycling, in contrast to the exaggerated quest for performance.
2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage brings us back to 70′s era while the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) with this bike on it. The seat, as comfortable as an armchair, enables rider to enjoy the landscape protected from the wind in the shelter of the large windshield, fitted as standard together with the panniers, a clear sign of its vocation for travel. These qualities enabled the V7 California to triumphantly cross the ocean where it was adopted first by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) and subsequently by other US states. The rest is history – and legend. A familiar presence in films and advertisements, the California has every right to be considered as one of those industrial design objects which have left their mark on our history. Its two legendary wheels have never stopped – and neither has its evolution. Year after year, the look and technology has been updated, without altering its original personality and spirit. Dedicated to those who want to go on dreaming, now, 35 years after its birth, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay tribute to this extraordinary model by creating an exclusive Vintage version.
Technology and tradition have inspired the numerous changes defining the character of the California Vintage, a cult object even before its market launch. The reference to the past is obvious in the delightful spoked wheels, in the newly-designed steel mudguards, in the new Brembo front callipers with black finish and in the supplementary fog lights, controlled by a switch on the right block.
Luxury is Moto Guzzi’s standard and bring it for details. In this model, attention is paid to the smallest detail – the windshield is decorated with a stainless steel strip and both the handlebar and two-tone seat are exclusive to the model. The classic engine is protected by chromed steel tubes with integrated. The special bags are fixed, made from rotational nylon, waterproof, lined and again protected with chromed steel tubes. The luggage rack is also chromed for a high-class touring look. To be looked after with love and attention, The California Vintage is a precious object.
Improvements Still Continue
Moto Guzzi California Vintage has significant improvements on the most recent version. The heads, cylinders, conrods, pistons, sintered valve seats and guides and Nymonic exhaust valves come from the Mandello del Lario naked and inherit its power characteristics. The alternator has also been improved and the flywheel is new. Combustion is more efficient because of the twin spark cylinder heads, while the timing system is entrusted to the well-proven mechanical tappets. The new throttle body guards and cableways between the cylinders and tank. As far as the mechanics are concerned, the braking pressure distributor has been modified to improve efficiency. More powerful, easier to ride and safer, the look of the California Vintage has also been radically changed. An exclusive and well deserved tribute to a motorcycle which has become a symbol.
2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage Specifiactions
Type 90° V-twin, 4 strokes
Cooling system Air cooled
Displacement 1.064 cc
Bore and stroke 3.6” x 3.15” (92 x 80 mm)
Compression ratio 9,8 : 1
Timing system 2 overhead valves, moved by light alloy push-rods and rocker arm
with mechanical tappets
intake open 96° B.T.D.C.
intake close 128° A.B.D.C.
exhaust open 120° B.B.D.C.
exhaust closes 92° A.T.D.C.
Maximum power 54 kW at 6.400 rpm
Maximum torque 94 Nm at 5.000 rpm
Fuel system Magneti Marelli IAW alfa-n system Multipoint phased sequential fuel
2 nozzle holders of Ø 40 mm, with injectors Weber IW 031
Starting system Electric
Ignition Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition with inductive spark
Exhaust system steel, 2 tubes connected to an expansion room, that is connected to 2 steel mufflers; three-way catalyzer with Lambda sensor (Euro 3)
Homologation Euro 3 / EPA
Transmission Gearbox 5 speed, constant mesh gears with built-in cush drive
1° 14/28 = 1 : 2
2° 18/25 = 1 : 1,389
3° 21/22 = 1 : 1,048
4° 23/20 = 1 : 0,870
5° 28/21 = 1 : 0,750
Lubrication Forced lobes, with geared pump and pressure regulator
Primary drive By helical gears, ratio: 17/21=1 : 1,235
Secondary drive Shaft drive
ratio: 8/33=1 : 4,125
Clutch dual disc dry with mechanical control
Frame Detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strength steel
Wheelbase 61.4” (1,560 mm)
Trail 4.5” (116 mm)
Rake 29 °
Front suspension Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 45 mm, adjustable separately
Front wheel travel 5.5” (140 mm)
Rear suspension swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers, preload adjustable
Rear wheel travel 3.8” (96 mm)
reaking system Integral breaking system, with proportioning and delay valve Front brake double Brembo Serie Oro stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers
Rear brake single Brembo stainless steel floating disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 piston calipers Wheels: Behr spoked steel rims
Front rim 2.50” x 18”
Rear rim 3.50” x 17”
Front tyre 110/90 V᧚″
Rear tyre 140/70 V᧙″
Voltage 12 V
Battery 12 V – 30 Amp/h
Alternator 12 V – 350 Watt
Length 93.7” (2,380 mm)
Width 32.1” (815 mm)
Height 54.7” (1,390 mm)
Seat height 30.7” (780 mm)
Ground clearance 7.5” (190 mm)
Handlebar height 41.3” (1,050 mm)
Front footboard height 12.8” (326 mm)
Rear footboard height 15.1” (385 mm)
Dry weight 580 lbs (263 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5 gallons (19 litres)
Reserve 1 gallon (4 litres)