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  1. #16
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
    Location
    Savannah, TX
    Posts
    73
    Wow, not much activity on the 'Guzzi side, here.

    I finally retired my '07 C50 in April of this year. It's replacement is the 2014 California 1400 Custom...I've only snapped this pic using my phone. I plan on doing some proper show-off pics, soon.
    OH yeah, this is right before I added hardbags to it, too.


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  3. #17
    Can Ride And Chew Gum
    My Bike(s)
    '08 Suzuki M50,1975 Goldwing,1982 Silverwing
    Location
    Hensley, Arkansas
    Posts
    2,014
    Lookng good! looking forward to more pix.
    If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance,Baffle 'em with Bulls!!t!

    Roadburner Street Pro's on my M http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hf0IYPcoiVc

  4. #18
    Supporting Member

    My Bike(s)
    2013 M109R, 2016 C90T, 2007 M50
    Location
    Iowa
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    Yep, don't wait too long to post more pics. We don't have Moto Guzzi here, but I got to check their models out when I was in Minnesota a couple months ago. I wanted to try a couple out, but we were pressed for time. The dealer didn't seem too interested in offering demo rides. I didn't ask, but I think when I told him we weren't local, they figured that we wouldn't end up being customers.
    They also carry Ural T which we don't have locally. I like seeing bikes that we don't have in one place. I wish we had a bigger market here. Unfortunately, if someone opened the missing brands here, it would be a tough business as the major brands are already here. We don't have any double dealers here, so one brand-one dealer is the norm here, including autos.
    As long as it's not them that has to pay, no one really minds the debt.

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  6. #19
    Fifth gear streak
    My Bike(s)
    '06 Harley Street Bob
    Location
    Los Padres National Foreast
    Posts
    1,359
    Congratulations, I'm very interested in your impression of the bike over time. Keep us updated.

  7. #20
    In Training
    My Bike(s)
    2016 Indian Scout
    Location
    Atlanta, GA
    Posts
    138
    Sweet looking ride mR vMan - like the others as well.

  8. #21
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
    Location
    Savannah, TX
    Posts
    73
    A year later and still not much in the way of new Guzzi riders....
    Well, here are a couple of updated pics with the hard bags (one after washing, one at work *shrug*).

  9. #22
    Seat Tester
    My Bike(s)
    2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
    Location
    Savannah, TX
    Posts
    73
    Let's see, my impression a year after you asked, anrfknm...

    The riding style is more on the bike than in the bike. Something you adapt to fairly quickly.
    I am a shorter rider at 5', 5", 30-inch inseam. The seat sits at about 31 inches, so I'm always tip-toe to the ball of my feet when stopped - I can flat foot one side with the other foot on a floorboard.

    It provides 3 performance modes - I typically keep it in "cruising" performance for a balance of torque. In high performance this thing is a demon pulling on a frayed leash. One twist of the wrist and you're doing 60mph from a stop to just past the intersection!

    A couple of cons (if you can call them that):
    Maintenance wrench icon appears and cannot be removed except by a dealer type shop. If your OCD is minimal, like mine, you can ignore it until you're ready to have your bike serviced.
    I change my own oil. For that you DO need a specialized filter cup for removal. Oil is specified as racing oil, so it will be on the pricier side (approx $14 per quart/liter).

    Aesthetics and looks: I will get someone asking me what kind of bike I'm riding about 2 to 3 times a week when commuting to/from work. About the same number of times every other day cruise.

    ABS standard; traction control (you can turn off, too); all LED lights, except the forward facing turn signals.
    About 160-175 miles per tank of gas, depending on how hard you ride.

    Reversing, walking the bike can be a little awkward if you're short like me due to a higher center of gravity and the weight (760+ wet). But like anything, you grow used to the characteristics of the bike.

    I'd love to later get a smaller Guzzi as well. Until then, I am one to easily say, if you can get one, do it: you will not regret the experience of riding one.


 
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