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2008 Moto Guzzi California Vintage

2008 Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Thirty-five years have gone by, but Moto Guzzi still plays a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists all over the world. When the first model came out in 1971, the custom market was divided between the original USA-plated models and imitations from the East. Moto Guzzi introduced a motorbike with a strong personality, based on their tested frame used on the V7 Special and on the legendary 757cc, 90 degree V engine. This was a winning pair that brought international success as it also offered a new way to ride a bike, countering the exasperated search for performance.

On the Guzzi California it was, and is, possible to travel in total relaxation. The saddle which is as comfortable as an armchair allowed the rider to enjoy the landscape protected from the wind behind the large windscreen that was fitted as standard along with the pannier bags; both a clear sign of the bike's vocation for trips. Thanks to these very qualities, the V7 California was also a success across the ocean, and was adopted by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) and later by other American States. The rest is history. The California can be seen in films and advertisements.

It has become a part of the list of industrial design objects that have marked our history. Its legendary two wheels have never stopped and it has never stopped evolving. Year after year, the design and technology have been updated, while maintaining its original character and spirit. Thirty five years after its creation, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay a tribute to this extraordinary motorbike, creating an exclusive Vintage version that is dedicated to anyone who wants to carry on dreaming.

Technology and tradition have inspired the various changes that define the character of the California Vintage, which has become a cult object even before being launched. The image of the past can be seen in its fantastic radial-spoked wheels, in the new-design steel mudguards, the new front Brembo calipers and the extra fog lights controlled by a switch on the right-hand side. The model has been personalised to the tiniest of details.

The windscreen has been adorned with a stainless steel band. The handlebars are exclusive to this model, as is the two-tone saddle. The classic engine is protected by chrome-plated steel pipes. The special panniers bags are waterproofed, permanently attached to the bike and protected by chrome-plated steel pipes. The parcel rack is chrome-plated providing a luxurious tourist look. The California Vintage is a precious object that has to be guarded carefully with due care and attention. For this reason, Moto Guzzi has created a special motorbike cover, for this bike where luxury is standard.

Technical Specifications

Type: 90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling system: air cooled
Displacement: 1,064 cc
Bore and stroke: 92 x 80 mm
Compression ratio: 9.8 : 1
Timing system: 2 overhead valves moved by light alloy push–rod sand rocker arm with mechanical tappets
Valve timing: intake open 24° B.T.D.C.
intake close: 52° A.B.D.C.
exhaust open: 54° B.B.D.C.
exhaust close: 22° 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 throttle bodies of 40 mm with injectors Weber IW 031
Starting system: electric
Ignition: Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition, twin 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
Lubrication: with lobes pump and pressure regulator

Gearbox: 5 speed, costant mesh gears with built-in cush drive
Internal ratios: 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
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-strengh steel
Rev: 1/11-2006
Wheelbase: 1,560 mm
Trail: 116 mm
Rake: 29°
Front suspension: Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 45 mm, adjustable separately
Front whell travel: 140 mm
Rear suspension: swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers, exstension adjustable
Rear wheel travel: 96 mm
Breaking 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 VB 18”
Rear tyre: 140/70 VB 17”

Voltage: 12 V
Battery: 12 V – 30 Ah
Alternator: 12 V – 350 W

Length: 2,380 mm
Width: 815 mm
Height: 1,390 mm
Seat height: 780 mm
Ground clearance: 190 mm
Handlebar height: 1,050 mm
Front footrest height: 326 mm
Rear footrest height: 385 mm
Dry weight: 263 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 19 litre
Reserve: 4 litre

Technical specifications of California Vintage may change without notice.