Moto Guzzi California 1100 EV


Make Model

Moto Guzzi California 1100 EV


1997 - 99


Four stroke, V twin, longitudinally mounted, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder.


1064 cc / 64.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 92 x 80 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Lubrication Wet sump


Magneti Marelli IAW Multipoint phased sequential fuel injection


Magneti Marelli IAW electronic digital ignition 
Starting Electric

Max Power

74 hp / 53.9 kW @ 6400 rpm

Max Power Rear Tyre

67.8 hp @ 6600 rpm

Max Torque

95 Nm / 70.0 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Clutch Wet, cable operated


5 Speed 
Final Drive Shaft
Frame Steel, Double cradle frame

Front Suspension

Marzocchi 45 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
Front Wheel Travel 130 mm / 5.1 in

Rear Suspension

Swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers with preload adjustment
Rear Wheel Travel 89 mm / 3.5 in

Front Brakes

2x 320mm discs  4 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 282mm disc 2 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre

140/80-17 - 150/70-VB17 (European model)
Trail 116 mm / 4.6 in
Dimensions Length 2380 mm / 93.7 in
Width    815 mm / 32.0 in
Height 1150 mm / 45.2 in
Wheelbase 1560 mm / 61.4 in
Seat Height 770 mm / 30.3 in

Dry Weight

251.0 kg / 553.3 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

19 Litres / 5.0 US gal

Standing ¼ Mile  

13.2 sec / 159.8 km/h

Top Speed

190.4 km/h

The California EV is the latest interpretation of the long-running California series. Refined, with improved build quality and finish, it is essentially the same as the previous models. The air-cooled transverse V-twin engine has a torquey power delivery, but is weak at the top-end. The design's longitudinal crank allows a simple path to the final shaft drive, reducing power losses. There are two versions of the EV: the basic model, with chromed engine bars and cruiser-style cissy bar and pullback handlebars, and a touring version, which has a large windshield. Moto Guzzi released a special version of its California in 2001 to celebrate the firm's 80th anniversary. This California EV 80 is fitted with exclusive leather saddlebags, seat and bar grips.