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Old 09-02-2013, 10:23 PM   #4231
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These things are beautiful, simple to work on and maintain, and very capable.



For the longest time I figured if I got a touring bike it would be a Road King. Now, it would be one of these. Gorgeous.
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Old 09-03-2013, 04:30 AM   #4232
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If they were a little cheaper I'd love to own a California. So nice!
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:25 AM   #4233
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I'm not seeing "squared off bags".
The bag of the bag doesn't have an organic appearance like the vintage. More like a square bag with the edges rounded off, IMHO.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:39 AM   #4234
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These things are beautiful, simple to work on and maintain, and very capable.



I'm not a cruiser guy or Moto Guzzi either , but I DO like that.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:47 AM   #4235
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I'm not a cruiser guy or Moto Guzzi either , but I DO like that.
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I like Moto Guzzi stuff but have absolutely NO INTEREST in the cruiser
market, and I almost wet myself when I saw that bike in person for
the first time.

There's one aspect of it that doesn't show that much in pictures - that
bike is HUGE.
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:47 AM   #4236
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Today!

Here's my pick for today:

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:50 AM   #4237
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+1

I like Moto Guzzi stuff but have absolutely NO INTEREST in the cruiser
market, and I almost wet myself when I saw that bike in person for
the first time.

There's one aspect of it that doesn't show that much in pictures - that
bike is HUGE.
The rear of the touring model looks really wide, while it actually is about the same width as the Kawasaki Vulcan Voyager at roughly 39 inches, or 1 meter wide. Yeah, wide if you're used to a narrow sport bike, but the C-14 shows to be about the same width as well.

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Old 09-03-2013, 09:51 AM   #4238
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Well, today's another day but I still want a California Touring.
New wrinkle though is that I found out she sucks fuel like there's no tomorrow.

It's kind of like finding out your super hot girlfriend, who's crazy for you and makes everybody's head turn when you go by, has an eating disorder.
Not a deal breaker necessarily, but not ideal either.

One test had the practical range at 120 miles. Damn.
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Old 09-03-2013, 10:21 AM   #4239
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Well, today's another day but I still want a California Touring.
New wrinkle though is that I found out she sucks fuel like there's no tomorrow.

It's kind of like finding out your super hot girlfriend, who's crazy for you and makes everybody's head turn when you go by, has an eating disorder.
Not a deal breaker necessarily, but not ideal either.

One test had the practical range at 120 miles. Damn.
I see those figures once in a while, but the real world results are a bit better - somewhere around 160 per tank with some better. That seems short legged to me as both my C-10 and Norge are good for a minimum of 200 miles before I start looking for gas. The 160 figure is the same I use for planning purposes on the Honda 750 Shadow - that's about where I hit reserve most of the time.

But yes, that still seems pretty short ranged for a touring motorcycle.

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:11 AM   #4240
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Too soon to mention the Griso again?

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Old 09-03-2013, 11:15 AM   #4241
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Too soon to mention the Griso again?

No!

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Old 09-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #4242
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Old 09-03-2013, 02:01 PM   #4243
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Well, today's another day but I still want a California Touring.
New wrinkle though is that I found out she sucks fuel like there's no tomorrow.

It's kind of like finding out your super hot girlfriend, who's crazy for you and makes everybody's head turn when you go by, has an eating disorder.
Not a deal breaker necessarily, but not ideal either.

One test had the practical range at 120 miles. Damn.
This would be nice too, except for the short range and the stupid windshield (I don't like windshields on my bikes)
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Old 09-03-2013, 07:39 PM   #4244
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I tested the California Touring today. Very good linear power (I was impressed considering it's 700+lb weight). The windshield is easily removable with a few bolts. Fit and finish is great. Lean angle is much farther than the RK I test today.

I'm 6'5", 250 lbs. The left cylinder head was within a quarter inch of my leg. But even in 100 degree heat, it wasn't that bad. The RK had more heat radiating off the engine than the Guzzi.

Which would I choose? Road King or Guzzi 1400 Touring?

By a long shot...




The Guzzi.

It rode better. Handling was better. The details on the bike were better overall (machined spacers and headlight cooling fins just to name a couple). The seat was taller and more comfortable than the Harley. The big Guzzi vibrates at idle like any other cruiser. But as soon as you roll onto the throttle, it's as smooth as butter. After the test ride, I told the dealer, "NOW I understand the 'cruiser' thing. It just has to be the right bike." And for me, I can definitely see my self on a Guzzi. Besides, Ewan McGregor owns one!
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Old 09-03-2013, 09:21 PM   #4245
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