2012 Moto Guzzi California Vintage

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The first generation Moto Guzzi California was launched in 1971. After 35 years, the company decided to celebrate its long lasting model by creating an exclusive Vintage version.

The new 2012 Moto Guzzi California Vintage is basically a retro cruiser with a pronounced Italian style. You’ll especially like the classy windscreen which is decorated with a stainless steel strip. It’s also worthy of being mentioned that the bag is made from rotational nylon, waterproof, lined and protected with chromed steel tubes.

Compared to the standard model, the special edition California Vintage comes with bigger tires and a new engine. Talking about the engine, the 2012 California Vintage is powered by the company’s 1100cc 90° V-Twin unit which has been borrowed from the Breva 1100.
The Moto Guzzi California Vintage is offered with a starting price of $18,995.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2012 Moto Guzzi California Vintage.

Press Release

Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Over thirty-five years have gone by since its introduction, but the Moto Guzzi California continues to play a leading role in the collective imagination of motorcyclists all over the world. When the California was first introduced back in 1971, the market for customs was split between original motorcycles and Japanese imitations. But then Moto Guzzi introduced a machine with a powerful personality, based on the tried and tested frame of the V7 Special and the legendary 90° V twin engine, with a capacity of 757 cc. This frame/engine combination proved such a tremendous international success that it was eagerly adopted by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department), and later by police departments in other American States. The rest is history – and legend. A familiar protagonist in films and advertisements, the California has every right to be considered as one of the few objects of industrial design that have left a permanent mark. The California’s wheels have never stopped, and neither has its development. Year after year, the bike’s looks and technology have been updated without altering its original character and spirit. Now, 35 years after its introduction, Moto Guzzi has decided to pay tribute to the amazing California by creating an exclusive Vintage version, dedicated to modern riders who want to continue the dream. The styling is obviously retro, as you can see from the stunning spoked wheels, redesigned steel mudguards, new Brembo front calipers, supplementary fog lights controlled from the right hand switch block, windshield with stainless steel trim, shiny chrome handlebars and two-tone seat. The fixed panniers are a further sign of distinction. Made from rotational nylon, they are fully waterproof with inner linings, and are protected against impact by robust chromed steel tube of the same type used for the luggage rack.



Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Engine Type90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling systemair cooled
Displacement1,064 cc
Bore and stroke92 x 80 mm
Compression ratio9.8 : 1
Timing system2 overhead valves moved by light alloy push–rod sand rocker arm with mechanical tappets
Valve timingintake open 24° B.T.D.C.
intake close52° A.B.D.C.
exhaust open54° B.B.D.C.
exhaust close22° A.T.D.C.
Maximum power54 kW at 6,400 rpm
Maximum torque94 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel systemMagneti Marelli IAW alfa-n system Multipoint phased sequential fuel; 2 throttle bodies of 40 mm with injectors Weber IW 031
Starting systemelectric
Ignition MagnetiMarelli IAW 15RC electronic digital ignition, twin spark
Exhaust systemsteel, 2 tubes connected to an expansion room, that is connected to 2 steel mufflers; three-way catalyzer with Lambda sensor (Euro 3)
HomologationEuro 3
Lubricationwith lobes pump and pressure regulator


Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Gearbox5 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 driveby helical gears, ratio 17/21 = 1: 1.235
Secondary driveshaft drive, ratio 8/33 = 1:4.125
Clutchdual disc dry with


Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Framedetachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel
Wheelbase1,560 mm
Trail116 mm
Front suspensionMarzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 45 mm, adjustable separately
Front wheel travel140 mm
Rear suspensionswing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers, exstension adjustable
Rear wheel travel96 mm
Breaking systemIntegral breaking system, with proportioning and delay valve
Front brakedouble Brembo Serie Oro stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, 4 piston calipers
Rear brakesingle Brembo stainless steel floating disc, Ø 282 mm, 2 piston calipers
WheelsBehr spoked steel rims
Front rim2.50” x 18”
Rear rim3.50” x 17”
Front tyre110/90 VB 18”
Rear tyre140/70 VB 17”


Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Voltage12 V
Battery12 V – 30 Ah
Alternator12 V – 350 W


Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Length2,380 mm
Width815 mm
Height1,390 mm
Seat height780 mm
Ground clearance190 mm
Handlebar height1,050 mm
Front footrest height326 mm
Rear footrest height385 mm
Dry weight263 kg
Fuel tank capacity19 litre
Reserve4 litre


Moto Guzzi California Vintage

Bikez ---- "This frame/engine combination proved such a tremendous international success that it was eagerly adopted by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department), and later by police departments in other American States. The rest is history – and legend."

twiggersmotorcycles ---- "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."

Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Moto Guzzi California Vintage
Moto Guzzi California Vintage

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