Moto Guzzi California 1400

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ikonoklass, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    I knew you'd be in here :lol3

    Bought one yet, Bob?
  2. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    If he buys one, he'll let me ride it. :deal

    If I buy him some of these. :D

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  3. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Still waiting for them to get one in...
  4. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Has anyone ACTUALLY check valve clearances on the 1400? Frank Wedge claims a special tool is needed and several people on the 1400 forum say no. PLEASE clear this issue up if you know for sure.
  5. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Under the fancy valve cover, it's the same arrangement as the 1200 8v.

    I have not heard of some special tool being required for adjusting the valves.
  6. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    saw one for the first time today. - black and beautiful. Guzzi is having a renaissance. Its a nice bike, and will look even better after it gets some road character.
  7. jrflanne

    jrflanne Been here awhile

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    No radio, GPS other useless crap.
  8. rc51owner

    rc51owner Been here awhile

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    I think the fancy tool is called a "feeler gauge".... :-)

    Cheers,

    M
  9. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    Even after Patrick the service manager at Moto International said NO SPECIAL TOOL NEEDED Frank swore he could not get a feeler gauge to go in. Maybe his valves have closed up. He is so stubborn and a real know it all. He threatened to not send me the monthly password for the newsletter (I'm a life member) because I told him he didn't need a special tool to adjust the valves.
  10. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    If that is actually true and accurate he's a dipshit. But I'll reserve judgement because I wasn't there :D
  11. capriccio

    capriccio Long timer

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    Frank made possible for Guzzisti to ride their bikes cross country with his contact list for members. Not to mention information distribution in his monthly letter and brand promotion. I can't think of many that contributed to their brands as he did.
    If he told me a special tool is needed, I'd believe him.
    Dipshit?! Really!
  12. Bueller

    Bueller Cashin?

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    Yes. Really. If, of course, the story presented is true. There's no reason to deprive someone of something they've already paid you for simply because they pointed out you were wrong about something.

    I helped an awful lot of folks accomplish and complete the two wheeled trips of their lifetime during the time I worked in the business. But that never gave me license to abuse them. They always got treated with respect unless they begged for something less.
  13. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    He told me he couldn't get a feeler gauge to go in when on top dead center of the compression stroke. I researched it on the Cali 1400 forum and even phoned his dealer. (Why didn't he do that?) They said no special tool needed. I told him so and he got irate. The help directory doesn't have many members. Have you ever seen the BMW book for members ready to help? Its huge. These patches and tips books etc are a way to bring him more spending money. Its a family business with his daughter.
  14. Tripl Nikl

    Tripl Nikl Long timer

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    I like hot the California in white looks like a old school police bike. I wonder if that would help people "see a police bike" on the road versus "not noticing a cruiser"? :evil

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    I was trying to figure out why the California says "police" more than a white H-D Road King does and it took me a bit. It's black and white colors. The H-D RK has pinstriping and other detailing that dress it up.
  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Past-tense.

    Everyone who refers to Frank refers to things he did for the Guzzi community years, even decades, ago.

    I'm sure he was a vital driving force in the Guzzi community when I was in diapers, but time has passed him by.

    :deal
  16. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    He certainly has done a tremendous amount for Guzzi. He's a tireless worker and rider. The club has provided him a living for years. No vote on what is or is not printed. If it doesn't agree with his thinking you won't read it. Enough about Frank. He's a good guy but tremendously hard headed and opinionated. Have you ever noticed at rallys he only hangs with a few people?
  17. HapHazard

    HapHazard Waiting for Gudenov

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    "Poleece" or not - that is a NICE looking bike!
  18. JohninVT

    JohninVT Long timer

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    Saw the new Cali Thursday. It's much better looking in person than it is in photos. Even the headlight, which I think looks hideous in pics, integrates with the styling well in the flesh. The only thing I didn't like about how it looks are the tail lights on the fender. They're just a little too cutesy/styled for my tastes.

    The bike is huge...Road King huge. Hauling it off the side stand takes real effort. The seat is fantastic. It is almost too wide. I had to scoot forward a little to where the seat narrows in order to put my feet down. It would probably take me a month to figure out how to toggle between all the available traction settings and the info available on the dash.

    If I had the cash this year, I'd LOVE a black, stripped version. Then I'd spend the summer bevelling off the floorboards on the Kancamangus.
  19. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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  20. wannaklr

    wannaklr Long timer

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