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2009 Moto Guzzi California Vintage

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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

Engine

  • 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

Transmission

  • 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

Chassis

  • Frame : detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel
  • 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
  • Braking 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”

Electrical Equipment

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

Dimensions

  • 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