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Old 11-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #1
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2013 Moto Guzzi California Models
2013 Moto Guzzi California Custom



Touring Model



I look forward to a real test of the Custom.
I think it ROCKS!!

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:32 AM   #2
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But what does it WEIGH???
Very pretty!!

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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Here's a test of the touring

http://www.ashonbikes.com/content/mo...a-1400-touring

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For all the bike's quirks, and generally they are small or trivial, this is a convincing bearer of the California name. It's a delight to ride, with a fabulous sound to support its laid back, muscular motor, it's comfortable and it handles beautifully. The panniers are a good size, the equipment levels are high, it looks good and at 6,000 miles (10,000km) the service intervals are reasonable too. The fuel range might spoil things, but the jury's still out on that, otherwise it's a thoroughly seductive motorcycle.
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But what does it WEIGH???
Very pretty!!
the touring is 710lb wet. So the Custom will probably be around 50pounds lighter sans windshield, bags, extra lights, 2 up seat, etc.


If I wanted a cruiser right now....that custom would be it!

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:13 AM   #4
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2013 Moto Guzzi California Custom


Damn...this deserves posting one more time. I love the cut out to make space for the 'sideways' motor.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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If I wanted a cruiser right now....that custom would be it!
Does the semi-opposed piston set up make it close enough to a BBB (Bavarian Battle Barge) to render it acceptable?



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Damn...this deserves posting one more time. I love the cut out to make space for the 'sideways' motor.
It aint sideways. It's the rest of the bikes that are out of whack.

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:54 AM   #6
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Does the semi-opposed piston set up make it close enough to a BBB (Bavarian Battle Barge) to render it acceptable?
I've always loved Guzzi's. My brother owns a 2004 V11 Cafe Sport, my dad had the same model for a while too as a city bike before he had the S1000RR. I've spent plenty of time on both of them (my brothers is pretty heavily modified, other one was stock) and I tell you, those engines are FUN. There's nothing like the character of a guzzi.

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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 AM   #7
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the touring is 710lb wet. So the Custom will probably be around 50pounds lighter sans windshield, bags, extra lights, 2 up seat, etc.
Dang - That is more than ME & the Duck combined...
Although - NOT getting moved around by wind gusts on the roads would be rather nice...

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Old 11-25-2012, 01:12 PM   #8
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Dang - That is more than ME & the Duck combined...
Although - NOT getting moved around by wind gusts on the roads would be rather nice...
Can't compare a small naked bike to a big 1400cc cruiser.



I really think that Custom might be the most beautiful motorcycle on the market right now.

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Old 11-25-2012, 02:16 PM   #9
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California models are not for me, what models do the other 49 states get?!

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Old 11-25-2012, 04:52 PM   #10
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REALLY??!!?
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California models are not for me, what models do the other 49 states get?!
OK I'll take em, I'll take them all!!!



The Moto Guzzi has trick looking shocks....,

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Old 11-25-2012, 06:03 PM   #11
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I really think that Custom might be the most beautiful motorcycle on the market right now.
What's up with the headlight, though? I mean, they're doing fine with the rest, then they get to the headlight and jump a century or two?

Hmm - maybe they did it to attract customers away from BMW?

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Old 11-25-2012, 09:29 PM   #12
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I dunno boys,.

Ducati came close to what I am looking for in a cruzzer.
Just too much sport, got the 14 for that.
The 1700 Thunderbird is real close, just not enough handling.

The Custom looks to be a real answer.

Loads of torque and a truly unique bike to boot.
Now does it handle well for a heavyweight? More will be revealed..



Like the 14, I love the look and its rarity.
Many dont agree, but its about Me.

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Old 11-26-2012, 03:30 AM   #13
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Man that is a winner right there plain and simple.

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Old 11-26-2012, 04:10 PM   #14
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Indeed....,
It would be nice to be able to just ride in and get one. Probably trade in the ZX and just make the change. Alas, it will have to wait as I dont finance bikes.

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Old 11-27-2012, 05:12 PM   #15
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Does the semi-opposed piston set up make it close enough to a BBB (Bavarian Battle Barge) to render it acceptable?
A BBB is just a Guzzi with saggy jugs.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #16
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A BBB is just a Guzzi with saggy jugs.
Repd !!!!

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:14 PM   #17
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A BBB is just a Guzzi with saggy jugs.

BwaaHaa!!

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