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  1. Suffolkbumpkin

    Suffolkbumpkin Senior Member

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    Owned my Triumph America for 5 years took us to Norway last year and did an amazing job but now it's sold to allow for the only bike I would replace it with.

    A Moto Guzzi California 1400. Always hankered after one but thought to heavy for me. Well I rode one and realised how wrong I was.

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    Real shame I could not own both but I will now move myself over to the Other Bikes part of the forum ;)
     
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  2. Don the Don

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    A great choice I like those big cali's, let us all know how you get on with it
     
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  3. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Ok, @half ton, I think I am in need of a translation! What does "horny" mean in Eastern Angles and in this context? I know what horny means in the United States' Arizona but perhaps it has a different meaning in England's Arizona?! :confused: :joy:
     
  4. Sandi T

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    Both nice bikes, Suffolkbumpkin! It is a shame you can't keep both. Enjoy that new Guzzi!
     
  5. crispey

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    As in getting a horn on

    ermmm the less said about this the better
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  6. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Yep, it's the same meaning in both of our versions of English, half ton! ;):joy: How about explaining it as "amorous"?
     
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  7. Sandi T

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    "I have a woody" or "He has a woody" is how I've typically heard it said. ;):joy: I guess whether it's "I have" or "He has" would (wood?) depend on one's gender. ;) Hopefully anyway....
     
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  8. Sandi T

    Sandi T It's ride o'clock somewhere!
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    Yikes, sorry for the thread derailment, @Suffolkbumpkin! :p Back to your Guzzi...how are things going with the new bike?? ;):) Do you miss your America?

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  9. Suffolkbumpkin

    Suffolkbumpkin Senior Member

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    It's fine I am all for improving cross Atlantic relations and understanding, what better way than base humour :joy:

    After all the Guzzi is a beaut.
     
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  10. Wessa

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    The Guzzi looks like a cool steed
     
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  11. Suffolkbumpkin

    Suffolkbumpkin Senior Member

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    No, I went for the custom version as opposed to the tourer for a number of reasons not least I did not want it in the touring guise permanently. As it's my everything bike.

    So the solution to touring is to get Hepco and Becker C-Bow frames and luggage at some point soon. Plus I plan to swap out the current H&B rack on the bike with a H&B sissy bar and rack combo.
     
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  12. Beerman

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    I would love to hear your views on the Guzzi.

    That is a beautiful bike - but the weight has always put me off.

    Beerman
     
  13. Suffolkbumpkin

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    Hi, if I ignore new bike very happy syndrome this bike has been for me a real eye opener, one simple reason it is so better balanced than the America I have come from.

    That means for me the extra weight only exists when moving bike about, engine off. So need to be careful when I park up but I can still move it and I am only 5ft 10" on a good day, 11st.

    The weight is better placed than the America, I assume lower down as it rides and handles at very slow speeds so much better solo or 2up and of course due to the extra weight more stable at higher speeds in the crosswinds.

    So to sum up the extra 50kg I briefly notice when taking bike off side stand after that you would not know.

    Only caveat, I purposely went for the custom as I did not want the bike in full dressed tourer mode all the time and in itself that saves weight.

    No regrets waiting till now to own one as the America is a lovely bike and we had great times on it but so glad I gave the Cali a go as no looking back, for me this was the bike to move on to
     
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  14. Sandi T

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    Ok, the suspense is killing me! There have been numerous mentions of the Guzzi's weight. So how much does it actually weigh?? :confused::eek:
     
  15. Suffolkbumpkin

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    #15 Suffolkbumpkin, Sep 12, 2020
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    :laughing: The custom version is 318kg/701lbs, tourer version 338kg/745lbs. So heavy compared to most Triumphs lower than most big Harley's and the Triumph Thunderbird.
     
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  16. Lou160487

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    I like it. In fact I like guzzi's in general. Enjoy the ride.
     
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  17. Wishbone

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    Oh no you won't :p
     
  18. Wishbone

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    Great looking bike;
    I am also Guzzi fan had a Breva 1100 and had a lot of fun on it. I still look at prices on the bay and the California's are very appealing to my short legs:D
     
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  19. Beerman

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    Thanks. I will have a look for one - it's the 'moving about in the garage' issue that has put me off - they are beautiful bikes, particularly the 1400.

    What's it like in the bends?

    Beerman
     
  20. Suffolkbumpkin

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    #20 Suffolkbumpkin, Sep 12, 2020
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    The custom I do not think you would have any trouble moving about the tourer due to its extra girth may be different I do not know. I just start it up if I need to move it in a space where pushing/pulling it, might be hard.

    As for corners, seriously compared to my America it's on rails holds the line very well. Again I might find the tourer version different simply because of the different handlebar style. The tourer being more pullback type. The reviews about this bike and how well it handles are spot on.
     
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