Ride of the Day: Moto Guzzi California
The Moto Guzzi California (aka Cali) is a motorcycle manufactured by Italian company Moto Guzzi since 1971, bringing together the company’s heritage, their iconic air-cooled 90° V-twin engines and styling that evokes the classic American Cruiser motorcycle.
The first California was designed with the direct input of the Los Angeles Police Department Traffic Division to be the department’s new V7 of choice. Original features included a left-foot gearshift, a bulletproof Lexan windshield and a sprung sidestand, along with the requisite siren, radio, extra police lights, and ability to complete a standing quarter mile in 16 seconds or less. The success of the model led to other police departments ordering their own, including the California Highway Patrol.
At its introduction, the civilian production Moto Guzzi California was part of a trio of motorcycles that included the Special, California and Ambassador. The bike features a standard seating position, footboards, heel-and-toe gearshift, and linked Brembo brakes.