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Capacity : 1000
Model : California 3
Production : 1988 - 1994
Category : (R) Street Bike


1000 California III -1988

Italian with an American accent

During a crisis at the end of the 1980s, Moto Guzzi no longer had the financial capability to develop new power units, but the historic marque survived by wringing the last drops out of its famous V-twin engine which had first seen the light of day 22 years earlier.

A Genuine "Grand Tourer"

The Americans had created the "Grand Tourer" class, with its cow-horn handlebars, side panniers and fairings, and Moto Guzzi's 1988 California III followed this fashion brilliantly, even though it was still a relatively small machine alongside such bikes as the Harley Classic or the Honda 1500 Gold Wing. In fact, it weighed nearly 270 lb less than the big Honda - and cost 40 percent less in the bargain' Though it lacked the overabundant equipment of these top model tourers, its elegance and standard of finish were no cause for shame.

Taking It Easy .

With its spacious two-level dual-seat, the California III was not built for high speeds and rubber-burning standing quarters. Its transmission had a slow shift, and its 65 hp power output was no match for the competition. The antique design of its big V

twin power unit was revealed in its undamped periodic vibrations, though it would pick up cleanly in fifth from as low a speed as 1500 rpm, and carry its rider and passenger to the ends of the earth at a remarkably frugal 40 mpg (US) cruising between 75-95 mph.


Engine: 949cc (88x78mm) air-cooled transverse 90-degree V -twin four-stroke

Power Rating: 65 hp @ 6700 rpm

Valves: overhead

Fuel System: electronic fuel injection

Transmission: 5-speed, shaft final drive

Suspension: pneumatically assisted telehyclraulic forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/dampers (rear)

Brakes: twin discs (front); disc (rear); (one front and the rear disc coupled)

Wheels: 18 inch light alloy (front & rear)

Weight: 573 lb

Maximum Speed: 106 mph


Substantially restyled and respecified, the 1988 California III offered a new look at American-style Grand Touring, with the emphasis on elegance and economy.


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.