Tuesday, February 01, 2011

2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler, California unveiled in Monte Carlo

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We like the new Moto Guzzi California...

Moto Guzzi took the wraps off two new bikes at the recent Piaggio Group international dealers meeting in Monte Carlo. Piaggio group chairman and CEO, Roberto Colaninno unveiled the two bikes – the Scrambler and the new California – which Moto Guzzi claim are ‘prototypes offering a foretaste of the Eagle brand’s future product strategies.’

The new Moto Guzzi California ‘prototype’ is fitted with a 1400cc transverse 90-degree V-twin and Guzzi’s usual shaft drive. The new styling looks good and the super-sized seat should keep a lot of people very happy on long distance rides. Guzzi claim that the bike’s wheels, brakes and suspension are all new and we suppose these would all work better than the items found on the older-generation California.

The V7 Scrambler 750 is the other new Guzzi. It’s fitted with a 750cc transverse V-twin and... well, features all the regular ‘scrambler’ styling cues – spoked wheels, dual-purpose tyres, high-mounted exhaust pipes etc. We don’t really get scramblers and this one is no different – it looks a bit cheap and a bit pointless to us.

While we don’t like the new V7 Scrambler, we do think the new Guzzi California looks rather good. If we were looking for an Italian motorcycle that wasn’t red, very powerful and very fast, the California could well be the bike we’d have... :-)

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