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2000-12-24 2000 Moto Guzzi California Special Motorcycles View Listings

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I've had a Ducati 900ss since 1993 and in '98 I bought a used BMW K-100RT so the wife & I could ride together. didn't like the beemer and sold it in July, 2000. I saw the Bassa in the spring of 2000 at my local dealer and made an offer in August. I saved $2200, and got what I consider the buy of the century. It's comfortable , reliable, looks as good as, and runs stronger than any cruiser on the market. It attracts more attention than my Duck and gives me almost as many giggles per mile. It, like the Ducati will last until I can no longer swing a leg over it. A great bike and ride.
- Scott Sellin, Redford,Mi.

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2000-08-22 2000 Moto Guzzi California Special Motorcycles View Listings

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This is my second new Guzzi. My first is a 1972 Guzzi Eldorado, which I still have. Thumbing through a cycle magazine in April 1999, I spied an ad for the V-11 BASSA. It was my call for a new Guzzi. Twelve months later I bought the bike. For those who don't know, performance and reliability are unsurpassed. Legendary to say the least. It's a comfortable ride. In summation, "I need a bigger planet".
- Anonymous, Portland, Oregon

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2000-07-28 2000 Moto Guzzi California Special Motorcycles View Listings

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I bought the Bassa in September of '99 and have put well over 20,000 miles on the clock so far. Bags, windshield, backrest, pipes all came since purchase. This bike, after a rather long break-in period, and some getting used to is a real winner. Great for touring, fabulous in the twisties and a fighter jet on the highways. This is what biking was meant to be, all in one, speed, power, torque, handling, that distinctive sound and oh, those looks! In my heart I always wanted an Electra Glide (H-D) and didn't think I'd be truly fulfilled until I actually bought one. Which I did about 5 months ago. I thought the two would be a perfect compliment for each other. Wrong. The E-GLide was just too lumberous and needed so much to get it to where the factory should have made it. Oh, it LOOKED good and SOUNDED good, but that's where it stopped. Needless to say, I was disappointed by the Glide, to the point where it is now up for sale. I got it out of my system. Problems with the Guzzi? A few minor ones...a rear end leak and a bit of a cold start/run problem at break-in, as well as a tough to master and hard to break in clutch, but it's since fixed itself or otherwise repaired, under warrantee. (Three full years!) Maintenance is a snap, with the valves needing adjusting every 3,000 miles, but they are right there in the open, takes about an hour once you learn it. Changed over to an external oil filter as well. Buy this bike and go anywhere, in style, and get there fast! But be prepared for the admiring looks and questions from people (bikers and non-bikers alike) everywhere you stop!
- Frank Parloverita, San Francisco Bay Area, California

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2000-07-07 2000 Moto Guzzi California Special Motorcycles View Listings

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I prefer a straight up riding position, air cooled, and shaft drive. I don't like Harleys or the Harley look ...nothing personal, just my opinion. That really limits the choices. I just passed my 500 mile break-in on the 4th of July (2000) with my new "Goose". What a great bike! Plenty of low-end torque. Excellent roll-on power. Handling is much more nimble than I anticipated. Obviously meant to compete in the Power Cruiser market but is definitely not trying to "look like a Harley." I was still babying it (under 5000 rpm) for most of the trip and I had absolutely no problem keeping up with my buddy on his 1100 Honda Shadow. Perhaps not as good of a sheer value as the Jackal, but still a great bike for the money. This bike gets lots of looks and double-takes. PS- It's pronounced "Gootzi" like pizza is "peetza".
- Ken Tice, Colorado Springs, Colorado

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