2001 Moto Guzzi California Sport Special from Brunei
Who needs a Harley!
Fork seals leaked.
Electrical connection to coils failed.
First Guzzi I have had, although I have had other Italian bikes. Love the V twin sound, the torque, the smooth shaft drive action, and it's a lot of fun to ride for someone of my average build. (1.7m). Good size fuel tank meant decent range, and would happily cruise all day at 110kph effortlessly.
Linked brakes and the rocker gear change action took a bit of getting used to, and the brakes generally could be better.
Paint and chrome finish is typically Italian; not the best around, and you would be pretty disappointed if you had bought this bike new, to see how they deteriorate.
In the 2 years I had it, it never let me down; regular servicing and keeping it running are the key. If you park it long term in the wrong conditions, you will have problems, but that can be said for any bike!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th October, 2011
Please do explain that 110 kph is really close to 66 mph. My 1974 Honda 550 cruised comfortably at that speed all day long too. But all aside, traded my LeMans for a Road Glide and now there's no looking back (probably because of the displacement discrepancy). Please do ride an '09 or newer 103" motor Harley, you'll see and feel the night and day difference. Happy motoring, and please by all means keep the shiny side up.