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Old 25-07-2007, 07:15 AM
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Hullo folks, looking for a bit of advice if possible please ...

I've been looking for a biggish cruiser and have found a Guzzi California that is within my price range, 1991 with 20,000 miles. The only problem is Guzzis are something of an unknown quantity to me - has anyone here had one? Are they reliable and straightforward enough to fettle? The bike has no service history but the mileage is backed up by old MOTs. What sort of things should I keep my eyes open for?

Thanks very much for any help you could offer, it'd be much appreciated
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Old 25-07-2007, 07:38 AM
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A typical California owner... are you sure you want to do this?

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Old 25-07-2007, 07:56 AM
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Errrr ...

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Old 25-07-2007, 08:44 AM
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decent solid bike,lectrics used to be crap but thats been sorted,pretty heavy bike so dont drop it,i triked mine,
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Old 25-07-2007, 11:48 AM
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I've owned my Guzzi now for 16 years and I love it!! Mines a 79 Spada 1000 that has been run in many guises, it's last incarnation being as a sort of Califonia rat bike but now being rebuilt differently again.
The one you're looking at is newer but if mine's anything to go by they are easy to work on and provided you do the oil changes regularly they are quite long-lived and reliable. Other than the usual checks ie smoking exhaust, odd noises, wheel bearings etc the one thing I would say to look for is if the battery has been replaced by a car one make sure it is not in contact with the brake pipe(mine has a solid pipe which runs along the frame near the battery). If the battry shows any sign of touching the pipe do something about it as it can rub through causing very sudden brake failure
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Old 25-07-2007, 11:57 AM
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Cheers folks, thanks very much for the advice. I'll go and have a gander then, its only a couple of hours away. I'm *fairly* alright wi' a spanner, so it should be ok
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a very active club as well
http://www.motoguzziclub.co.uk/
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Old 26-07-2007, 07:06 AM
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Thanks very much Fayji, have posted on there and asked their advice too
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Old 26-07-2007, 10:22 PM
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electrics are italian, so can easily go out to lunch, and gearboxes can go bang if not looked after. but on the flipside, theres excelent spares backup even for the older ones, loads of tuning bits available, plenty of torque, and lots of character. a bit like an old brit really, but without the oil leaks!!!
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Old 27-07-2007, 08:30 AM
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I had gearbox problems with mine,the big nut on the front of the output shaft came undone and ate it's way through to the clutch! Had I known at the time what the strange knocking noise was I would have stopped the bike there and then cos if you catch it early it doesn't actually do alot of damage and as gearboxes go they're not that difficult to work on.
On the electrics front the only real problem I had was the regulator giving up but there is a much more reliable version off an Audi that goes straight in and is much cheaper too
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Old 27-07-2007, 11:32 AM
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me mate hammis got one, goes all over the country on his. as john sez electrics can be a bit suspect, and hammis gaurds rotted through, but on the whole its a well smart bike
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I'm told you can get stainless guards for the older ones and if you can I'd very much like one for the back of mine but haven't found one yet.
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only thing i can think of is if you get a strange rubbing noise on bumpy roads ,on the power or backing off. . check your propshaft uj. they have been known to wear a hole through the swing arm
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Old 28-07-2007, 10:09 PM
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I'm told you can get stainless guards for the older ones and if you can I'd very much like one for the back of mine but haven't found one yet.
his is a 91 model well smart, in my opinion
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Old 29-07-2007, 10:43 AM
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his is a 91 model well smart, in my opinion
I'd quite like to add one of the newer ones to my collection but I think I'd best finish rebuilding the old one and get it out of the living room before I mention that little ambition to the missus
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