Moto Guzzi California 1400

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

  1. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Yup.

    If I buy one they wont get my business.
  2. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Give MPH in Houston a call - those guys are a one of the best dealers in the US. Besides, you'll love the ride home.

    Oh yes, their service, both in person and over the phone is exceptional. I made it a point to drop in and say Hi in person on my cross country last year. I've been dealing with them on parts and advice since I bought my Norge. Really good folks.

    jdg
  3. davevv

    davevv One more old rider

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    You're talking about the touring models at RPM? You realize they only got those bikes in on Wednesday, right? And by Sunday, you're bent out of shape because they didn't call? Maybe they were waiting until they actually had them uncrated and on the floor. Which I will admit they had done by Saturday when I saw them. You've never made a mistake? Give the guys a break. I've been dealing with them for years and they've always treated me right.
  4. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Well. I called the guy the week before I went on vacation. He told me mid August at the earliest, and that the black bike would be 'in and out' as it was already sold.

    Fair enough. But he promised to give me notice before it arrived. I suspect that the black one will be gone soonest.

    This was on top of the previous black one arriving some time ago, when they said I could look but not sit on it. "We will call you when we uncrate it'. I didnt get a call, and when I did find out about it (similar circumstances) it was gone.

    Sorry, but I speak as I find, and frankly they are not earning my business.

    I didn't mention the dealer by name you might note.
  5. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Thanks.

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  6. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    It's very likely that they didn't know when the bikes would show up, and that these showed up a few days ago unexpectedly.

    You should drop by the shop unannounced. Pretend you're there for parts, or something (don't ask about the Cal 14), and see if your salesman mentions the bikes. :lol3
  7. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    That's my plan, today.

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    GoonerYoda Hot Dickens Cider

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  9. spincycle75

    spincycle75 scoobie doobie n00bie

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    Sounds badass with a set of pipes :D

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  10. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    So today, thats exactly what I did!

    :D

    They had two in, one white and one black. The bikes were STUNNING! Beautiful design, and the quality of the finish was simply outstanding. It was stunning!

    That said I wont be buying one... :cry

    Why? It didn't fit :waysad

    At 6 feet tall with long legs my knees almost touched the pots. Now I have had and do have other Guzzi's, and the smaller pots and pegs further back make a huge difference. With the forward boards and high and thick heads, it was just too close, especially in the TX heat where I live.

    Bugger.

    The other issue for me was I like to tour, so to enable that I would need to fit a rear rack and or top box. The thing is the side cases, which are humungous and beautifully made btw, hinge up which means you wouldnt be able to open them with a top box. Dang!

    Here are the pics. Please excuse the limey white skin!

    :lol3

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    Close up.

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    Its a real shame as I LOVED the bike...
  11. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    PS they still haven't called.

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  12. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Did you drive it?

    :ear
  13. MaddBrit

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    No, they are not prepped yet. But I know it won't fit, Leo.

    They had an older model in the lot, and when I sat on it I had at least 2-3 inches clearance. The bigger pots on the new ones and my long legs just don't fit, as my riding pants/jeans would be touching the head.

    On my V11 (with what are basically rear sets) I have lots of room, so despite the heat from the heads, it's really not an issue. If I still lived in CA it wouldn't be such a big issue, but living in DFW with 3 months at 100F, it would literally cook my legs!

    :lol3

    The top opening side cases would also be a bit of an issue, but i could probably work around that if it fit me.
  14. slowpoke69

    slowpoke69 Been here awhile

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    So what I get from your review Maddbrit, is it's a good bike for taller riders up north?:D

    Living in NJ I rarely ride in the summer anyway, too damn muggy. I won't ride in shorts, too much potential for serious pain. I've been down enough to know better.:lol3

    It's a beautiful bike, even the bosslady thinks so (they're NEVER wrong!). Never thought I'd want a touring style bike, this one has swayed me, and I haven't physically seen it yet. I better leave the checkbook home when I do.:lol3
  15. Jim K.

    Jim K. Long timer

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    I've never owned a Guzzi. I've admired them from afar, but, given that the nearest dealer is also "from afar" (75 mi away), plus a general mistrust of Italian reliability, I've never even seriously considered one. In the last few years though, first came that green Griso with the brown saddle......Woah!! What a looker! Then the serious temptation of the little 750 (I've sworn off liter bikes, 3/4 liter is my sweet spot) The "racer" looked a little too precious, but the standard & the cafe, especially with a nice 3rd party,retro half fairing & the new mildly stronger motor.....Sweet! Now this new 1400. I am the absolute opposite of a cruiser guy, but even a sport/standard lover like me has to stop & stare at this bruiser. The total profile, the attention to detail, the modern (somewhat) running gear in a visual homage to the best of the past... Like I said...even if it's not my cup of tea, you have to stop & nod when you see one, especially the black with the black & white. seat. Now I just read that the local Suzuki dealer 3 miles from my front door has taken on Guzzi. I'm doomed. Some one stop me before I do something foolish.
  16. stephenm

    stephenm Adventurer

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    I have a 1400, with the factory rack and 60 litre (the big one) topcase. The lids of the panniers clear the topcase; the fibreglass is shaped to allow the lids to open properly. The rack is strong, beautiful in its own right, and fits easily using built in frame mounting points. As for the engine heat, if you hold your knees against the petrol tank, you feel the heat (hot air) through jeans. If you move your knees out an inch or so, the heat disappears.

    Stephen
  17. MaddBrit

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    Thanks.

    :thumb

    Of course though the engine heat is accentuated down here in Texas!

    :knary

    :lol3

    Any chance of posting some pics of your set up?
  18. rednose

    rednose ReDnOsE

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    Yes pleeeeese there are few pics with the topbox!! :ear:ear
  19. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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  20. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Here are Pete Roper and his wife. He's got the rack and big top case. I snapped this photo when they were through here a couple weeks ago. By the time they're done with this trip, they will have been on the road eight weeks, or so, and travelled about 10,000 miles. This is how the bike was loaded when I rode it, tank bag and all.

    The Cal 14 can tour.

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