Moto Guzzi California 90 Limited Edition

 

 

 

Make Model

Moto Guzzi California 90 Limited Edition

Year

2012

Engine

Four stroke, 90° V twin, longitudinally mounted, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder.

Capacity

1064 cc / 64.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 92 x 80 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Lubrication Forced lobes, with geared pump and pressure regulator
Exhaust 2 into 2 exhaust; three-way catalyzer with Lambda sensor (Euro 3)

Induction

Magneti Marelli IAW alfa-n system Multipoint phased sequential fuel; 2 nozzle holders of 40 mm with injectors Weber IW 031

Ignition 

Magneti Marelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition with inductive spark
Starting Electric

Max Power

55 kW / 74 hp @ 6400 rpm

Max Torque

88 Nm / 64.9 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Clutch Single disc, dry, with mechanical control

Transmission 

5 Speed 
Final Drive Shaft
Gear Ratio 1st 14/28 = 1 : 2 2st 18/25 = 1 : 1,389 3rd 21/22 = 1 : 1,048 4th 23/20 = 1 : 0,870 5th 28/21 = 1 : 0,750
Frame Detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel

Front Suspension

45mm Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, adjustable separately
Front Wheel Travel 140 mm / 5.5 in

Rear Suspension

swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers, exstension adjustable
Rear Wheel Travel 96 mm / 3.8 in

Front Brakes

2x 320mm discs  4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 282mm disc  2 piston caliper

Front Tyre

110/90 VB18

Rear Tyre

140/70 VB17
Rake 29.0°
Trail 116 mm / 4.6 in
Dimensions Height 1389 mm / 54.7 in
Length 2362 mm / 93.0 in
Width 813 mm / 32.0 in
Wheelbase 1560 mm / 61.4 in
Seat Height 780 mm / 30.7 in
Ground Clearance 190 mm / 7.5 in
Dry Weight 250.8 kg / 553.0 lbs

Fuel Capacity

19 Litres / 5.0 US gal

The career of the glorious California 1100 culminates with a prestigious commemorative version for the 90th anniversary of Moto Guzzi. Built as a limited edition, the California 90 boasts the most luxurious accessories every realised on this glorious model.

After a long and glorious career the California 1100 dedicates a final, precious version to its many fans which celebrates two important events: the 90 year anniversary of Moto Guzzi and the 40 year anniversary of the California model. Introduced in 1971, the first V7 California was built based on the technical specs of the V7 Special, with the difference of a saddle which was as comfortable as an armchair to allow the rider to enjoy the scenery protected from the wind, protected behind the large windshield which, like the saddlebags, was standard equipment. This was the recipe for a successful bike, loved both in Europe and overseas, where the services of the V7 California were enlisted by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) and later in other American states, besides becoming the official mount back home for the Cuirassier in the service of the President of the Italian Republic.

This legendary Italian bike has evolved continuously, always respecting the original philosophy, in numerous and esteemed versions developed on subsequent increases of engine capacity, going from 750 to 850 with the T model (1973) and then the T3 (1975), famous for its renowned "integral braking".

The 1000 engine size (948cc) was reached in 1981 with the new "square head" engine on the California I, while the public would have to wait until 1994 for the current 1100 engine size version (1064 cc), when the California 1100i made its debut, a model which, decked out in numerous accessories, accompanies us to the present, thus becoming the most successful Moto Guzzi California of the more than 50,000 manufactured on the Mandello del Lario assembly line.

Made with the care and attention of an artisan, the new Moto Guzzi California 90 introduces a brand new, two-coloured chromium plated concept called "Anniversario" which matches the metallic "California" orange colour and the "Diamante" white. The first stretches across the lower part of the California 90, while the white dominates the upper part represented by the top of the tank, the front mudguard and the saddlebags which are elegantly connected by a black line. A distinctive element of this new livery is certainly the logo on the tank, which reproduces the writing used by Moto Guzzi in the early 1930s, the years characterised by the legendary Omobono Tenni. In addition to this, the saddle is hand made from cowhide and on the steering yoke, right in front of the rider, there is an identification plate which certifies the numbered production of this final edition of the California 1100.

The beating heart of the California 90 is the standard two cylinder, big block engine, the latest evolution of an engine which was introduced in 1994 and became famous for its tremendous torque and proverbial reliability. With a bore and stroke of 92 and 80 mm respectively, the 1064 cc unit features aluminium alloy cylinders and pistons with a special wear-resistant graphite coating. Fuelled by the Weber Marelli IAW electronic injection system with 40 mm diameter throttle bodies, it boasts low emissions and a weighty thrust even at low RPMs which stems from a maximum torque output of 94 Nm at just 5,000 RPMs, and further capacity to stretch out to 6,400 RPMs where it puts out its maximum power of 74 HP.

Just like the engine, the chassis aspects of the Moto Guzzi California 90 also share the same characteristics as the Vintage version.

The frame is a faultless modular double cradle with a steering radius of 29° which ensures stability and precision in turns. Comfort is guaranteed by quality suspension components. At the front is a Marzocchi fork with 45 mm stanchions and 140 mm wheel travel while at the rear there is a swingarm linked to two shock absorbers, featuring adjustable spring preload and offering 104 mm of wheel travel. The braking system boasts the best components available on the market: it consists of 320 mm dual front floating disc operated by two precious Brembo callipers with 4 pistons and a 282 mm rear disc with Brembo two-piston callipers. It is also characterised by the famous Moto Guzzi integral braking. Other standout features are the spoked wheels, with 18 inches at the front and 17 at the rear to cater for high profile tyres, providing outstanding agility and superlative feel.

Moto Guzzi California 90 Model Highlights

The "Anniversario" graphic has the privilege of enhancing the beautiful spoked wheels, the steel mudguards and the supplementary fog lights, elements which were inherited from the Vintage version along with the windshield with its stainless steel support and the typical cow-horn handlebar, besides the characteristic hard saddlebags with velvet lined interior and the solid, chromium plated luggage carrier