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?!