Spy Photos: Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler and California

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Looks like Moto Guzzi is dead set on matching Triumph’s Modern Classic range model-for-model. The new Moto Guzzi V7 Scrambler you can see here adds to a range that also includes the V7 Racer, V7 Classic and V7 Cafe Classic. In fact, the only Modern Classic that doesn’t have a direct V7 competitor is the Bonneville America cruiser. Judging by the valve covers, it looks like the new California isn’t based on the 744cc V7 platform, but instead the 1,151cc twin used in models like the Norge, Griso and Stelvio.

These photos come from yesterday’s Piaggio dealer conference in Monte Carlo and sadly don’t come with anything in the way of details. Of course, Moto Guzzi isnt exactly known for the fast pace of its technical progress, so we’re going to go out on a limb and assume the V7 Scrambler is largely mechanically identical to the other V7s. That means  plenty of character from the 48bhp, 90°, air-cooled v-twin and a dry weight around 401lbs. The Scrambler will most be differentiated by its slightly altered styling, that taking the form of fork gaiters and the largest high-mount scrambler pipes we’ve ever seen. They almost remind us of those on the lead character’s bike in Full Throttle.

As for the California? Even given our anti-cruiser bias, it actually appears to have one or two interesting things going on. That headlight appears to mimic the teardrop-shape of a Star Stratoliner’s, the seat is distinctly roadster-ish and are those radial brakes on a cruiser?!

Anima Guzzis via Motoblog.it

  • Brad

    Ah… F*ck. I need more cash.

  • Mike

    Anyone get close enough to see if the California is still Tonti-frame based?

    Even if it isn’t, 40 years was a pretty good run.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Oooh, good question. I’m a total Guzzi layperson, but I’m guessing not from what I can see.

  • jon

    I fancy a Guzzi ever since my friend had a Le Mans 20 odd years ago. That Scrambler looks pretty sexy. If only they could productionize the Rossopuro http://officinerossopuro.it/images/Moto/76_1.jpg. Mmmmmmmmmmmm Nice

  • http://twowheelsplus.blogspot.com/ andehans

    Now, if they only could get to work on the more modern & contemporary part of their portofolio..

    • Michael


  • Scott

    “Guzzi scrambler” is an oxymoron, even if it only weighs around 401 lbs.

  • Frosty_spl

    Blegh. Where are the Terblanche bikes?

  • Glenngineer

    The Scrambler doesn’t do much for me, especially given that it doesn’t have any off, or even alt, road ability. It would be nice to own a 400#er, though.

    The California looks fucking nice. I’ve always liked them, and this iteration looks like what the new Triumph Thunderbird wanted to be.

  • Ray

    Bet that Cal wil be offered with touring accessories eventually. And I think it’s returned more to the Eldorado rather than the cruiser-looking things of late. Back toward police bike and away from teardrop tank chopper. Porkier. Can they sustain the Norge and a Cali (and a Futura sport-tourer eventually?) Lotta ground there.

  • paul

    I’m just happy Guzzi are still making bikes. Some chaps I know have made a bloody set nice pipes for the new V7 classic which totally transforms it’s character, I believe they are going to patent it and sell them (developed through a Guzzi dealership here in N.Z) I know the sound of the stock pipe and the fairly small size may have put some potential buyers off. Probably wouldn’t meet the EU noise restrictions though they do sound like opera.

  • rider33

    The V7 classic is a bike a likely would have bought by now, if I were 3 or 4 inches shorter (it’s small). From the look of it, the California Roadster or whatever they will call it is on a larger frame, I hope so anyway, interesting looking bike. How is it that the European makes keep coming out with interesting new alternatives while Team Japan is dead in the water?

  • JonB

    V7 Scrambler vs. W800 vs. Bonneville—Oakland/Marin/Hwy 101 real world test needed.

  • matt

    I have a 2004 California EV Touring and I love that bike. It’s probably the one I’ll keep forever. Plus it’s a tank and keeps running no matter what I do to it (or forget to do). I looked at the v7 before getting a triumph scrambler and while I liked the build quality and finish a lot, it was just waay to small for me. Beautiful bike though….

  • sidecar_freak

    I am not a cruiser fan either, but really like the looks of the California. Of course it looks more like a standard riding position than a cruiser. I will be very interested in more specs, especially seat height.

  • dux

    Is this California, Guzzi’s Diavel? Discuss.

    • Glenngineer

      No. End of discussion.

    • Samuel

      Nope. The Diavel is still a performance machine. (I know HFL hates it, but for straight line acceleration that thing is a show stopper)

      The best comparison for the California is the discontinued BMW R1200C. An eclectic cruiser for those who prefer the shaft.

  • Cajun58

    No Diavel replica here dig the V7 Scrambler.

  • Charlie

    Scrambler looks like it could be one the best retro’s to-date, eclipsing the Triumph given it may have that 1100 engine. I would still recommend the real thing…a ’70 T100c.