For many of us, the traditional two-week summer vacation, like our first minibike, is a fond and distant memory. Reluctance to get away from the office, escalating highway traffic, and increasingly nightmarish air travel are among the numerous reasons we find ourselves living in post-vacation America. As a result, busy couples face the vexing issue of how to spend their ever dwindling down time.
In tribute to the groundbreaking 1971 Moto Guzzi Los Angeles Police Department bike—the Italian factory is offering the new California Vintage. Maintaining its law enforcement heritage and image, the California Vintage is a turnkey tourer (crash bars, panniers, and triple headlights are standard) in black-and-white.
Unlike the original 757cc V7, the California Vintage is propelled by a current Moto Guzzi powerplant—a 1064cc, air-cooled transverse V-twin with two pushrod-actuated valves per cylinder.
Gran Turismo for the 21st Century.
Moto Guzzi is once more taking the plunge into the fully faired sport touring market with the new Norge 1200. Powered by Guzzi’s traditional transversely mounted air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod motor, the 1133cc Norge is a grand touring bike, with the expected accoutrements—a 6-speed transmission with shaft drive, 6-gallon fuel tank, electronically adjustable windshield, ABS and dual saddlebags.
Over 300 women participated in demo rides at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway as part of the fifth edition of Femmoto, an annual women-only event. Available for test rides were a selection of machines from Buell, Kawasaki, Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi and Kymco. Although most of the riding was on the track, Kawasaki sponsored a dirt school and Aprilia let women loose on a supermoto course. Femmoto raised over $10,000 for the Susan G.
Celebrating its 85th year as an Italian motorcycle manufacturer.
A new generation of motorcycle.
Motorcycle with Charactor
When the powers-that-be in Tinseltown are presented with a talented, yet unusual thespian who doesn’t fit their idea of a leading man or sex symbol, they are quick to categorize him with the ingratiatingly backhanded label of “character actor.” However, with the fickle history of movies as proof, it is quite often the character actors who leave an indelible performance etched in celluloid, while the stars they supported have long since withered from memory in ephemeral wisps of stardom.