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Moto Guzzi unveils the California and V7 Scrambler prototypes


by Pascal Bastien ,

At the last European convention organized by the Piaggio Group at the Grimaldi Forum in Monte Carlo, the brand of the golden eagle revealed to all present two new prototypes, the V7 Scrambler, a dual-purpose, retro-style bike, and the California, a large cruiser number. Although Piaggio stressed these weren’t the definitive versions of the models, the advanced stage of their development, the styling and the finish hint at the imminent launch of production.

2011 Guzzi V7 Scrambler prototype

The City Prowler
Moto Guzzi didn’t content itself with simply restyling its California model, it developed an all-new machine, swankier and, especially, more potent. The new California boasts a wider, more modern profile, highlighted by eye-catching lines. Gone are the nostalgic feel and soft swells. The new California veritably sweats testosterone with its cutting-edge finish, brushed aluminum parts and muscular presence, underscored by two beefy cylinders on either side. Some assertive elements even betray a certain sporty side, especially around the front end, where big discs are straddled by radial callipers.

Engine-wise, Moto Guzzi didn’t go the way of the Norge’s 1200-cc, preferring instead to strike a solid blow with a typical V-Twin displacing 1,400 cc and including a longitudinal crankshaft topped by a 3-valve cylinder head. An utterly unique and intriguing ensemble, to be sure.

The Nostalgic Adventurer
The V7 Scrambler follows in the skid marks of the brand’s recent vintage models (V7 Café, V7 Classic and V7 Café Racer). The very well-established frame of the V7 range seems perfectly suited to its new calling, that of all-terrain adventure bike. With its raised twin silencers, dual-purpose tires, high handlebars and protective rubber fork boots, the V7 Scrambler is reminiscent of the first Italian motocross models.

The Scrambler uses the well-known V7 longitudinal twin-cylinder that has been powering the other V7 models for ages. While not particularly powerful, it is intensely charismatic, its temperament evoking the gorgeous Mandellos of yore, forged in the history of the golden eagle brand.

When can we expect Moto Guzzi’s latest creations here? Like you, is impatiently awaiting the start of production, and we’ll keep you posted!

2011 Guzzi California prototype