Moto Guzzi, the motorcycle arm of Italian scooter manufacturer Piaggio, recently made a surprise unveiling of two new models: the California and V7 Scrambler.
The company isn’t particularly well-known stateside, but is quite successful in Europe. Still, a number of Moto Guzzi products are available for purchase in the U.S.
One such bike is the California Vintage, which the recently-unveiled California is designed to replace. Moto Guzzi has made some significant changes to this bike to bring it more in line with modern cruisers. While the old California Vintage featured protruding saddlebags on the rear, the new California opts for a much sleeker design that still offers some storage space, but less bulkiness.
However, the company has added that bulk on to the engine, as the Vintage’s 1046cc has been upgraded to a full 1400cc V-Twin. Given this news, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vintage and California sold side-by-side in the U.S., as they’re nearly two completely different bikes.
The V7 Scrambler is more of a throwback bike, giving off a definite “cafe racer” appeal. This model features a 750cc engine, wire-spoked wheels, a low headlamp and a vintage exhaust supplied by Arrow.