Last month, Moto Guzzi announced the final edition of the historic California model during its 90th Anniversary celebration at Moto Guzzi World Days in Mandello del Lario, Italy.
After 40 years in production, the new California 90 will be the last version of the iconic California family produced and imported to the United States. Guzzisti and interested two-wheel aficionados can pre-order a piece of history. The Moto Guzzi California 90 will have an MSRP of $15,990 and arrives at dealers in March 2012.
The “Anniversario” graphic enhances the beautiful spoked wheels, steel mudguards and fog lights — elements that were inherited from the Vintage model. The California 90 maintains the beautiful fit, finish and attention to detail that Guzzi’s are known for. The windshield’s stainless steel brackets, a chrome-plated luggage rack, and two saddlebags with velvet lined interior boast “Guzzi Beauty” from start to finish.
The beating heart of the California 90 is the standard big block 90 degree v-twin engine, famous for its tremendous torque and renowned reliability. With a bore and stroke of 92 and 80 mm respectively, the 1064cc unit features aluminum alloy cylinders and pistons with a special wear-resistant graphite coating. Fueled by a Weber Marelli IAW electronic injection system with 40 mm diameter throttle bodies, it boasts low emissions and a weighty thrust even at low rpms. The California 90 puts out a healthy 69 ft. lbs. of torque at 5,000 rpm, and further capacity to stretch out to 6,400 rpm 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 modular double cradle with a steering angle of 29 degrees which ensures stability and precision in turns.
A few of the highlighted features include:
- A color scheme with a two-colored chromium plated concept of retro California Metallic Orange/Diamond White.
- A tank logo which reproduces the writing used by Moto Guzzi and its original designers in the 1930s.
An identification plate on the steering yoke that certifies the
limited edition production as the final edition of the California.
- A Cowhide saddle as comfortable as an armchair to enjoy the open road on.
For more information about Moto Guzzi USA and the California 90, visit www.motoguzzi-us.com.