Moto Guzzi California

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Moto Guzzi California
Moto Guzzi California.jpg
Manufacturer Moto Guzzi
Production 1971–
Predecessor V7 roadster
Class cruiser
Engine OHV 2V/cyl. air cooled, four-stroke, V-twin
Transmission 5 or 6 speed, shaft drive
Suspension Front: telescopic forks
Rear: twin shocks
Brakes Front: disc
Rear: drum or disc

The Moto Guzzi California is a cruiser motorcycle manufactured and marketed by Moto Guzzi since 1971, with a standard seating position, footboards, heel-and-toe gearshift, and linked (discontinued for the new 1400 models) Brembo brakes.

The first California was designed in consultation with the Los Angeles Police Department Traffic Division to replace the department's Moto Guzzi V7s.[1][2] It originally had a left-foot gearshift, a bulletproof Lexan windshield and a sprung sidestand, along with the requisite siren, radio, extra police lights, and a standing quarter mile time of under 16 seconds.[citation needed] Later other police departments used them, including the California Highway Patrol.[1]

Moto Guzzi have produced a version of the California almost continuously from 1971 to the present day, and the current iteration is a 1400 cc model.[3] In 2002, Moto Guzzi made an 80th anniversary special edition California model designed by Italian furniture maker Poltrona Frau.

For 2017 Moto Guzzi has released a new bagger model called Moto Guzzi MGX21 Flying Fortress this model is largely based on the California 1400 (1,380 cc) model with its claimed 95 hp and 89 lb-ft. of torque motor. The frame and associated pieces have been tweaked just slightly to accommodate the larger 21-inch front wheel and anticipated load, also real carbon fiber is used for all bodywork.[4]


  1. ^ a b Bolton, James Adam (March–April 2013). "1979 Moto Guzzi: An Italian Motorcycle That's California Cool". Motorcycle Classics. 8 (4). Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Moto Guzzi Road Tests & Reviews". Rider Magazine. Archived from the original on 8 October 2014. 
  3. ^ California
  4. ^ Adams, Bradley (August 17, 2016). "2017 Moto Guzzi MGX21 Flying Fortress First Ride Review". Cycle World. Retrieved November 11, 2016.