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New Moto Guzzi California Cruiser and V7 Scrambler

By Andy Downes -

New bikes

 01 February 2011 14:13

Moto Guzzi has officially sent out images of the new California Cruiser and V7 Scrambler after poor quality images were leaked earlier this week.

The bikes were shown to Piaggio dealers from all over the world in Monte Carlo last week. Someone who was there took a mobile phone picture and it leaked online. Since then Guzzi opted to release high resolution images but few details.

MCN showed insider artist illustrations of the California back in the middle of 2010 but this is the first time the cruiser, with a new 1400cc transverse V-twin based on a heavily revised 1064cc version of current California Vintage, has been shown in public.

Guzzi also says the wheels, brakes and suspension are all-new too. Strangely, Guzzi is still calling the California a prototype but that looks to be because the bike won’t be seen in dealers until 2012 at the earliest.

The V7 Scrambler should make it into dealers a lot earlier than the California. The Scrambler has chromed, spoked wheels, and twin Arrow silencers.

Guzzi’s press release says: “The new California prototype, with an original 1400cc transverse V90 twin-cylinder engine, carries on the tradition established by a bike acclaimed in five continents for its comfort, reliability and performance, delivering a re-styling that enhances the architecture of the powertrain and the comfort assured by a generously sized saddle and tank.

"Fitted neatly around the cylinder unit, the tank heightens the impact of the new valve covers, helping to create a new style element on this irresistible California.

"All the technical components –wheels, brakes, suspension – are new too, proclaiming the California’s membership of an eagerly awaited new generation of Moto Guzzi bikes.

“Much more of a classic but equally fascinating, the Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler is built on the famous frame of the V7 Classic fitted with a 750cc small-block engine.

"Chrome trim, spoked wheels and sports tyres create a bike that, in the 1960s, would have qualified as a “Regularity” model like the famous 175 Lodola, which this Scrambler recalls with its low headlamp and integrated instrument panel.

"The exhaust system with its two raised side-by-side silencers is a distinctive feature of this Moto Guzzi Scrambler.”