Wildgoose Chase Moto Guzzi

General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Guzzidad on November 20, 2020, 08:55:31 PM

Title: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: Guzzidad on November 20, 2020, 08:55:31 PM
    After the demise of my 01 Cal EV ( dropped valve at 126,000 miles ) I was looking hard at the V9 Bobber Sport. I had ridden a demo bobber before and really liked it. But the Sport has Ohlins suspension. One problem, no bags or luggage available. Then this Special Sport popped up for sale and I bought it. To my surprise it handles much like the Bobber I demoed. And it has bags. And it's a big block. I still really like the Bobber Sport but I saved a lot of money with this Special Sport, and that's important for a guy trying to live on social security.
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Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: Guzzistajohn on November 20, 2020, 08:57:24 PM
I bet you'll like the big block too  :thumb:
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: fotoguzzi on November 20, 2020, 09:12:51 PM
Nice!
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: sdcr on November 21, 2020, 06:43:25 AM
I had a demo ride on one of these, at the Guzzi rally at Paul’s college earlier this century. Let’s just say the demo’s were conducted in a “spirited” manner. This bike was very quick, very nimble, IIRC.

    After the demise of my 01 Cal EV ( dropped valve at 126,000 miles ) I was looking hard at the V9 Bobber Sport. I had ridden a demo bobber before and really liked it. But the Sport has Ohlins suspension. One problem, no bags or luggage available. Then this Special Sport popped up for sale and I bought it. To my surprise it handles much like the Bobber I demoed. And it has bags. And it's a big block. I still really like the Bobber Sport but I saved a lot of money with this Special Sport, and that's important for a guy trying to live on social security.
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Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: guzzisteve on November 21, 2020, 08:27:46 AM
I bet you'll like the big block too  :thumb:
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Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: ejs on November 22, 2020, 04:38:46 AM
Think the Special Sport is the same as the EV, exept some plastic, and the Special Sport has tube wheels and non adjustable fork. :popcorn:
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: s1120 on November 22, 2020, 05:04:19 AM
Think the Special Sport is the same as the EV, exept some plastic, and the Special Sport has tube wheels and non adjustable fork. :popcorn:

Or a stone with a extra front brake rotor..  Does the SS have linked brakes like a EV?
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: Guzzidad on November 22, 2020, 07:20:23 AM
   Yes, the SS has linked brakes. But there must be some differences between the SS and EV besides cosmetics. The SS seems to sit just a little lower than my EV did. And I swear it feels 100 lbs lighter.
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: Dave Swanson on November 22, 2020, 07:24:08 AM
Nice score.  That generation of EV variants is some of the best value vs. performance in the used motorcycle market.  I still miss my 03 EVT. 
Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: rtbickel on November 22, 2020, 11:58:14 AM
It will really grow on you.  After 19 years and various other bikes rotating through the stable. it is now the "comfortable shoe".
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Title: Re: 02 California Special Sport Review
Post by: actwin on November 22, 2020, 11:59:33 AM
Sadly my 02 CSS will have to be a garage queen for a little while. It looks great well cared for and all that but it will need a new clutch among other things. It sure looks nice sitting next to my Victory Judge.