Moto Guzzi California Vintage




Make Model

Moto Guzzi California Vintage


2008 - 09


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


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)


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


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


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 2380 mm / 93.7 in
Width 815 mm / 32.1 in
Wheelbase 1560 mm / 61.4 in
Seat Height 780 mm / 30.7 in
Ground Clearance 190 mm / 7.5 in
Dry Weight 263 kg / 580 lbs

Fuel Capacity

19 Litres / 5.0 US gal

Thirty-five years have gone by, but the Moto Guzzi California continues to play a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists throughout the world. In 1971 when the first model was introduced, the custom market was divided into the original US models and their imitations from the East. Moto Guzzi introduced a motorcycle with a strong personality based on the tried and tested frame of the V7 Special and the legendary 90° V-Twin engine with a capacity of 757cc. 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. On a Guzzi California, you travelled - and you travel - in total relaxation. The seat, as comfortable as an armchair, enables you 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. Now, 35 years after its birth, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay tribute to this extraordinary model by creating an exclusive Vintage version, dedicated to those who want to go on dreaming.

The discreet charm of tradition.

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.

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. The California Vintage is a precious object to be looked after with love and attention. Moto Guzzi has therefore also designed a special bike cover for this motorcycle where luxury is standard.

An all-new ride.

While externally the California Vintage retains the same unmistakable look which brought it success throughout the world, technically it has been profoundly changed over the years and for the 2006 season it has undergone radical treatment. The engine has been almost entirely imported from the Breva 1100, with a considerable improvement in performance. 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 thanks to the twin spark cylinder heads, while the timing system is entrusted to the well-proven mechanical tappets. Other minor technical modifications include 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.


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.