During the recent GMG 2011 (Giornate Mondiali Guzzi - Guzzi World Days 2011), Moto Guzzi unveiled the new California 90 model. The bike is a special limited edition California and is meant to honor Moto Guzzi’s 90th anniversary as well as the 40th anniversary of the world’s best known Italian custom bike. Born in 1971, the very first V7 California was designed around V7 Special’s technical base. The main difference between these 2 bikes was California’s bigger saddle, that was as comfortable as an armchair and allowed the rider to enjoy the view while being sheltered from the wind, thanks to that large windscreen that was part of California’s standard equipment as well as the big side bags.
This was the recipe that made this bike a success both in Europe and overseas, where it was first adopted by the L.A.P.D. (Los Angeles Police Department) and then made service bike of choice by many other American States. Back in its homeland, it also became the official motorcycle for the Corazzieri corps, the honor guard of the President of the Italian Republic. Moto Guzzi California has been subjected to several upgrades in his 40 years long history, but always managed to stay loyal to its original concept. It went from 750 to 850cc with the T model (in 1973) and introduced the famous ‘linked braking system’ with the following model, called T3 (in 1975).