The Moto Guzzi California 1100 EV was a heavyweight cruiser that offered an array of sport-oriented features, such as adjustable suspension and robust four-piston brakes. The 1100cc pushrod V-twin was fuel-injected, offering 72 horsepower and 70 ft-lb of torque — enough to push the bike through the quarter mile in 13.2 seconds. It was an evolution of the original Moto Guzzi California, designed for the California Highway Patrol with a bulletproof Lexan windshield, siren, lights, radio, and more.
Enter the team at South Florida’s Burn Up Company, who built one of our favorite machines of 2018, the “Burn-1” Skycycle. Operating out of their 6300+ sq. ft. facility in West Palm Beach, they scour the country for “unique and forgotten motorcycles,” restoring them to their former glory. They decided to strip down this 1998 Moto Guzzi California and bring out the sportier side. The result is a unique Italian machine that combines comfort and sport into a single package. Below, we get the full story.
Moto Guzzi 1100 EV Cafe Racer: In the Builder’s Words
Born as a Moto Guzzi EV11 California — at the time the biggest and most powerful bike Moto Guzzi had ever produced — we have customized this Italian machine to look nothing like the hulking cruiser that it once was. Styling elements from earlier Moto Guzzi generations have been woven into the design so that the long heritage of the brand can be experienced in a single, unique motorcycle.
The most noticeable feature is the iconic V7 Sport fuel tank, an homage to the model that reintroduced Moto Guzzi to motorcycle racing in the early 70’s. The seat is a perfect amalgamation of comfort and sport styling, designed for current Guzzi racers. We’ve also swapped in a more modern suspension from the V9 Stone. The front fairing is an entirely custom and unique piece, made to give this bike the identifiable face of the Le Mans racer.
The factory frame has been unchanged, cradling the massive 1,064cc 90-degree v-twin engine. Stainless steel brake lines supplement the large dual Brembo brakes to reign the bike in. Discreet LED signals have replaced the factory bulbs. The airbox has been replaced by hand-spun aluminum velocity stacks with non-visible and integrated screens. The stainless steel pipes are manufactured by Cone Engineering. We’ve reconfigured the foot controls for Tarozzi Rearsets.
Many other details were seen-to and modified in order to hone the bikes style. It is a reliable, modern runner with only 2,356 original miles! Contact us with any questions or inquiries!