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General Category => General Discussion => Topic started by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 12:45:14 PM

Title: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 12:45:14 PM
Yesterday I received a PM from Bernie Thompson, Washougal, WA, who owns a '01 California Special in "giallo sole" or sun yellow.  Wow!  Very sweet bike!!   :D ;D ;)

I'm extremely biased...but I love all the California Special/Bassa models (Pearl White, Black, Sun Yellow, Blue/Silver, and Brown/Tan).  Yes, they all have the plastic chrome and for some folks it's just too much "bling".  But for me and my gang (all owners included)...it's just the way we roll!   :D

After I touched base with Bernie, I started thinking about a general registry for all the different models of Guzzis.  Maybe one already exists??  If you know of a registry somewhere out there please provide a link.

In the meantime, I would like to create a simple site dedicated to the California Special.  So, the first step is to find out who owns what.  If you own a Bassa or California Special please respond to this post and send me a PM.

Also, since we all love pictures...post a photo of what you have.

I'll start.

(http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g47/AtlantaGuzzi/OriginalMotoGuzzi011.jpg)

Robert Lockhart
Atlanta, GA
2001 California Special
Giallo Sole/Sun Yellow

 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: N2-UK on September 12, 2008, 01:01:34 PM
(http://i6.photobucket.com/albums/y214/ntargetn10/DSCF0101ae.jpg)


OK, I'm in

Nigel
Lichfield, Staffordshire, UK.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Mark West on September 12, 2008, 02:20:49 PM
2001 Cal Special. Just under 40k miles. Givi windscreen, Wilburs Shocks, Mistral Muffs, PCIII (dynoed), Guzzitech head gaurds and crack-proof H-pipe (replaced the cracked Mistral H-pipe), Jet hot coated head pipes, HB hard bags, Quest II GPS with Ram Mount, Napolean Mirrors, and Universal Vista Cruise. Otherwise basically stock.

(http://img169.imageshack.us/img169/1026/DSCN2225.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John in PA on September 12, 2008, 03:47:14 PM
2000 Bassa, Blue/Silver.  "the Blue Goose" 
Old picture, I've tweaked a few things since.  Hepco Becker Liberty bags, Hepco 45L tail trunk, Neds comfort seats, M-G forward controls (soon to go back to stock pegs), Saeng Night Cutters (driving lights)

(http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v421/jwellsgnr/P3180004.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 04:09:00 PM

Nice bikes guys!!

The pearl white Cali's/Bassas are awesome.

Also, I've never seen a Blue/Silver California Special in person.  Sweet two-tone combo!

Does anyone know how many they made in each color?
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: bad Chad on September 12, 2008, 05:04:34 PM
Black Bart,
(http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h222/ChadLewis_photos/DSC01801.jpg)
It'll work for us.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Chicago Mark on September 12, 2008, 05:46:38 PM
They are IMHO, the best 'cruiser' style bike Guzzi ever made. But I am biased having owned a 1999 black one and now a 2000 blue/silver beauty. Mine has EV floorboards, Centauro bars, a Cal2 front crash bar and a few added chrome bits here and there.

Truly a great bike,

Mark


Mark
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: CougarCreekMoto on September 12, 2008, 06:13:53 PM
My new (to me) 2000 California Special in Sun Yellow   --- 5500 miles and counting!

First Guzzi and really like the bike so far , great handling, excellent power and my favorite color!!

The help and guidance I have received on this site has been great!!

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3219/2852067886_278017b962_b.jpg)


Bernie Thompson
Washougal, WA
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: rtbickel on September 12, 2008, 08:28:40 PM
Love to, but how do I post a picture?
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 08:33:21 PM
Once again, thanks for posting the photos!!  I've never seen a Cali Special/Bassa that I didn't like! 

If you take time to look at the lines on the Cali Special/Bassa's, you'll see a very graceful and unified approach to design (at least aesthetically).  The headlight is larger than some models and the front and rear fenders blend well together.  The rear fender is actually larger than any of the other Cali models (except for the Cali Special Sport and Titanium, which are Cali Special/Bassas wearing another suit!) and the chrome insert matches the front fender.  The rear tail light is also different than others models of this era and was eventually used on the EV.  Finally, the valve covers, and other bits, are less adorned (not engraved) than on the previous bikes, and Moto Guzzi was still using the silver engine paint.  I admit that I pretty much like all Guzzi's...but I think Mandello was on there game when they designed this model.  The fact that they didn't come from the factory with all the touring gear (although not as practical) is something I actually like.  :)  Visually I've always preferred a cruiser without luggage/windshields/etc.  I must admit that I have bought separately all the gear you would find on an EV..and use it as needed. :D ::)  But I still like the looks of a Cali Special or Bassa striped down, light, and ready for the road.

 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: OregonAl on September 12, 2008, 08:38:37 PM
This one's for sale, 7800 miles. Pristine condition. PM me if interested. Al
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/mrscience509/SH66op4Tx0I/AAAAAAAAAJ4/WH-5e62FoXg/s400/DSC00197.JPG)
(http://lh4.ggpht.com/mrscience509/SMsX_96ZunI/AAAAAAAAAKw/g9wCm9vponQ/s400/DSC00201.JPG)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 08:38:52 PM
rtbickel - Oops!  You posted your note while I was typing.  Below is a link to instructions on how to post pictures.

http://wildguzzi.com/forum/index.php?topic=16183.0


Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Rich A on September 12, 2008, 08:47:02 PM
2000 Bassa w just under 60k miles.

(http://i56.photobucket.com/albums/g166/Taurragon/BassaZion-1.jpg)

Rich A
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 12, 2008, 08:56:06 PM
Nice bike and location!!

I always wanted to go to Zion.  At one time I had flight privileges, though Delta Airlines, and used to backpack several of the US National Parks.  Unfortunately, the flight privileges ran out before I got to make the trip.  It must be awesome on a motorcycle!


Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John Ulrich on September 12, 2008, 09:08:10 PM
I was hoping to pickup my Harpers H&H/Swanee today but the body shop is not done painting it.

(http://inlinethumb29.webshots.com/42140/2366062960053333251S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/2366062960053333251AorufP)

(http://inlinethumb01.webshots.com/40768/1194159583053333251S600x600Q85.jpg) (http://rides.webshots.com/photo/1194159583053333251KKDWZf)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John in PA on September 12, 2008, 09:41:35 PM
None of the "root beer and cream" ones on the board, or was that an EV color (maybe to wash down an HD&M ;D )
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: ajhuff on September 12, 2008, 11:24:52 PM
Mine, 2001:

(http://www.aj.huff.org/Guzzi/California.jpg)

My two Guzzis, 30 years apart:

(http://www.aj.huff.org/Guzzi/IMG_1921.jpg)



Back rest is off now. All stock I believe.

Let me know what info you would like Robert.

-AJ
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on September 13, 2008, 12:24:06 AM
 SPAM-------- If anyone wants a Coppertone or Rootbeer colored 99 Bassa, Geneva Cycle, Geneva, IL still has a brand new one, call Ellis for the price, rare to find a new 99
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Chet Rugg on September 13, 2008, 03:04:35 AM
(http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/bassarusty/Image001-3.jpg)

99Bassa dirt brown
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Chet Rugg on September 13, 2008, 03:17:02 AM
(http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/bassarusty/Image007-1.jpg)

2001 cali special
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John in PA on September 13, 2008, 05:22:59 AM
(http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/bassarusty/Image001-3.jpg)

99Bassa dirt brown

There ya go!  That's what I was calling "root beer and cream"  I'm thinking they're the scarcest color.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 13, 2008, 09:03:07 AM
Very nice bikes!

Chicago Mark - Post a picture of your bike if you have one.

In my neck of the woods I've only seen white and black Cali Special/Bassas.  The total count, over 3 years, is 2 whites and 2 blacks.  Also, I saw a brown/tan when I was riding in North Carolina.

The ones in pearl white are pretty impressive.  I think it's the best "white" I've ever seen on a bike.  The pearl gives the paint depth that you don't find in a typical white paint job.  If you see one in person you'll know what I mean.

So far I've only seen one black Cali Special/Bassa that was in pristine shape (It's a hard color to keep clean. :)).  But, when you see one in great shape...it's pretty sweet!  My first bike was a black bike, so I like the looks of that color on this model.  It makes me wish my first black bike was a Cali Special.  If so, I would still have it!   ;D 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: rtbickel on September 13, 2008, 09:49:17 AM

(http://i410.photobucket.com/albums/pp184/rtbickel_2008/006_5.jpg)

The mighty Black Widow
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: funhunter63 on September 13, 2008, 10:06:40 AM
This is my first attempt at posting a picture.  If it does not turn out.....we will see.

(http://)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: timbone on September 13, 2008, 11:22:12 AM
My y2k bassa, 29083 miles and counting
Cumming GA

(http://i257.photobucket.com/albums/hh214/timbassa/Guzzi/guzzi2007003PB.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: lti_57 on September 13, 2008, 05:57:57 PM
Excelent I have an 99 V11 Bassa and a 01 EV
Here in Spokane,WA.
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h290/lti_57/IMG_1396.jpg)
(http://i67.photobucket.com/albums/h290/lti_57/Moto%20Guzzi/IMG_1282.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 13, 2008, 06:06:14 PM

The current tally:

Cali Special/Bassas

Pearl White - 6

Black - 3

Blue/Silver - 2

Brown/Tan - 1

Yellow - 2

Cali Special Sports

Red/Black - 1

Copper/Black - 1


Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Kent in Upstate NY on September 14, 2008, 03:54:28 PM
Add another one. 2001 Cal Special (http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v316/Conteacher/newhome_017.jpg) It has Harper's floorboards, FBF H-Pipe, LaFranconis, Givi 760 fairing,  a Bill Mayer custom Saddle and an Hepco Becker luggage rack and backrest. Oh yeah, it also has a hose clamp. ;)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: radguzzi on September 14, 2008, 06:46:30 PM

Is that Former Owners as well...?

(http://img256.imageshack.us/img256/9348/bassa011tk0.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: mrverveus on September 14, 2008, 06:54:29 PM
Thanks for posting these pics!  Beautiful bikes!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: fotoguzzi on September 14, 2008, 07:27:33 PM
I don't own mine anymore but the new owner isn't on here and I can't resist joining a foto fest!
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/DSCN0652.jpg)
took it to the west coast,
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/2000Bassa.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/DSCN0227.jpg)
around lake Michigan,
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/DSCN0342.jpg)
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/DSCN0346.jpg)
wisconsin or is it Iowa?,
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/DSCN0238.jpg)
colorado trip,
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/Roll3DX-26.jpg)
you get the picture,
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/IMG_0838.jpg)there she goes but I don't really miss her. i traded even up for an 02LM
(http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y7/fotoguzzi/IMG_1217.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: skibum on September 14, 2008, 08:01:56 PM
Alas, no photos - but I love my 2003 California Special Aluminium.  Handles wonderfully and purrs at highway speeds.  It's completely stock, except for the Guzzi backrest/rack (direct from Agostini) and the dual plate clutch/lightened flywheel setup installed in response to a poorly designed single plate system.  I've only got 10k on it, but hope that will soon change if I can ever get a day off work.  I think its a work of art, almost comparable to my brand new (to me) '97 Sporti.  ;D
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Moto Chuggin on September 14, 2008, 09:48:32 PM
We need more threads like this one.  ;D
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: motoscotto on September 22, 2008, 11:29:23 AM
1999 Black Bassa, handle bar set backs, National Cycle Bags and Windshield, Grand touring grips, throttlemiester, my own custom exhaust crossover, Paugcho turnouts, Power commander, K&N air cleaner with opened air box, dynoed at Rice Lake Harley. Also I made the floor boards and Hyway Pegs.

(http://)(http://i116.photobucket.com/albums/o4/tri4cpic/Pic082.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: motorcycleinfo on September 23, 2008, 05:59:28 AM
Mine is an '07 California Vintage. She's not a Special, but she's quite special to me! ;D
Great collection of Californias so far, let's keep this going!
JD
(http://motorcycleinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/guzzicalifornia.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: gus on September 23, 2008, 08:59:24 AM
(http://i122.photobucket.com/albums/o272/1AG_photos/P4220014.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: todd900ss on September 23, 2008, 07:25:38 PM
This is my 1999 Bassa,  I like the looks of the Bassa but could do without some of the chrome.
YSS shocks, Hyperpro fork springs, 5.5mm fully floating Brembos, Harpers floorboards, xover, 30mm SS handle bars.
Its my daily rider. I noticed allot of posts on this thread  are people in Georgia, we should all get together sometime.
I know of two other Bassa owners that are not on this board. One has a pearl white 1999 Bassa, he is also Georga.
Another friend has a Black 1999 Bassa.

(http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr261/todd900ss/Guzzi015.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 23, 2008, 09:41:02 PM
This is my 1999 Bassa,  I like the looks of the Bassa but could do without some of the chrome.
YSS shocks, Hyperpro fork springs, 5.5mm fully floating Brembos, Harpers floorboards, xover, 30mm SS handle bars.
Its my daily rider. I noticed allot of posts on this thread  are people in Georgia, we should all get together sometime.
I know of two other Bassa owners that are not on this board. One has a pearl white 1999 Bassa, he is also Georga.
Another friend has a Black 1999 Bassa.

(http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr261/todd900ss/Guzzi015.jpg)

WOW!!!  What a bike!  We definitely need to put together a California "mini-rally" just so I can see a blue & silver Cali Special/Bassa in person.  :)

Actually...the small rally idea is not a bad thought.  I wonder if we could plan a spot for several Cali owners to meet, with the goal of having at least one bike from each paint scheme/model for the past 10 years or so?  It would be a pretty cool group photo!

There was a beautiful blue & blue 98 EV at the Georgia Campout this past weekend (wish I had seen it before the batteries died on my camera  ::)).

Anyway, sweet bike Todd and please let us know if all that chrome becomes to much of a problem.  I'm sure one of us is willing to help you out and take that bike off your hands.  :D ;)



Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 23, 2008, 11:13:22 PM

Update on the Cali Count

Specials/Bassas

Black - 5

White - 7

Yellow - 2

Blue/Silver - 2

Brown/Tan - 1

Special Sports

Black/Red - 1

Black/Copper - 1

Metallic Silver/Silver (Aluminum) - 1

EV's

Maroon/Black - 1

Vintage

Black/Chrome/White Stripes - 1




Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: todd900ss on September 24, 2008, 11:24:08 AM
Thanks Atlanta Guzzi, I will live with the chrome until the Vintage's come down in price on the used market.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: motorcycleinfo on September 24, 2008, 11:33:03 AM
Thanks Atlanta Guzzi, I will live with the chrome until the Vintage's come down in price on the used market.
It's probably not too late to find a brand new '07 left-over for a negotiated discount.  Saw one on Ebay recently from a dealer in NC that was selling an '07 Vintage with 400 miles on it (demo), but I didn't check to see if it sold.  I love mine and am thankful the bank still had money to lend.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Chicago Mark on September 28, 2008, 10:57:42 PM
It's been too long since I've done it but yesterday I was able to go for a nice ride on my beautiful blue and silver Bassa. Man, these are great bikes. I think of the Bassa, V11 Sport, EV and Jackal as the last of the true Moto Guzzi designed and engineered bikes. Soon after these bikes, Aprilia's influence in design and engineering showed up.

Have an awesome ride,

Mark 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on September 29, 2008, 12:42:55 PM
Mark - I still want to twist your arm into posting a picture of your bike.  ;)

I think Aprilia bought Moto Guzzi in April of 2000.  As you mentioned, the model lineup prior to Aprilia's influence was the Bassa (US), Cali Special (Europe & US), Jackal, and EV.

Why we saw both Bassa's and Cali Specials in the US for 2000 & 2001 is a good question.  I've been told that Aprilia may have made the simple management decision in 2000, following the acquisition, to maintain a single moniker for the bike.  ???  At the time this model was the only bike in the lineup that was being marketed under two names for different regions of the world.

Following the acquisition, the wave of Aprilia/Guzzi Cali's were the California Special Sports and Stones (both with various colors).  Although I also enjoy owning one of the last pre-Aprilia models, I like the Aprilia influenced combinations too.  A two-tone black/red Cali Special Sport was almost my first Guzzi. 

I guess you could say that the vintage is the first Piaggio/Guzzi Cali?  Piaggio bought Aprilia (which owned Guzzi) in August of 2004.  The Aprilia influenced Cali's were already in production.  The US received EV's, Cali Special Sport variants (Aluminum, Titanium), and Stones in 2005, and first "new" model Cali was the Vintage, which showed up in 2006/2007.

While writing this post...I just realized that the Vintage could be the last California built in the old factory?

Anyway, regardless of which model someone may own, I think it's great that a "version" of the California has been in production since the '70's.  My favorite is the Bassa/Cali Special...but I like them all.  :)     
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: SoCalDon on October 22, 2008, 06:02:59 PM
Any of you guys want to trade your
stock handle bars for a Alu/Ti Drag Bar set up?


(http://images.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/sm+2003_moto_guzzi_california_aluminum_special_sport+handle_bar_view.jpg)

PM me!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: SoCalDon on October 22, 2008, 06:40:05 PM
(http://www1.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/1766009/2/istockphoto_1766009_bump_on_the_head.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: SoCalDon on October 22, 2008, 07:05:37 PM
(http://www.ricesigns.com/real_pictures/bump_signs.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: SoCalDon on October 22, 2008, 07:53:32 PM
Any of you guys want to trade your
stock handle bars for a Alu/Ti Drag Bar set up?


(http://images.motorcyclecruiser.com/roadtests/sm+2003_moto_guzzi_california_aluminum_special_sport+handle_bar_view.jpg)

PM me!


(http://www.cemphotos.com/tx/tx-hawley/BUMP_Charles_B.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Howeird on January 19, 2015, 09:27:18 AM
Here is the 99 bassa i am currently restoring,had to ride it the way it was.....I am hooked,i love this bike ive had thirteen harleys and many brittish and japaneese bikes,but this bike feels and rides beautiful. She is tore down and getting custom paint,still searching for side covers.Well just thought id chime in...Rusty   no pics to hard to dwnload
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on May 26, 2017, 09:07:17 PM
WTB Bassa or Special....would prefer pearl white, stock with documented history.  Currently ride MG Cali 75th Ann...really like the looks and ride of these bikes.  Contact me at wooster830@windstream.net if you have something or can provide a lead.  Marc..central Texas
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John A on May 27, 2017, 07:44:17 AM
I have a black '99 that I bought new, 150 k miles on it, sidecar went on about 15k miles ago.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on May 27, 2017, 09:08:40 AM
Winchester Motosports in VA has a nice one on consignment, just scroll down
http://www.winchestermotosports.com/consignment-sales/
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on May 27, 2017, 09:16:54 AM
Wow!  It's funny how times change.

I rarely if ever visit this site anymore, since getting changing jobs, getting married and having a 4 year old to keep me busy.  So I get a message out of the blue, check this site, and here is a list I started 9 years ago!  :grin:

I still have my bike...but rarely have time to ride it.  I attempted to put it up for sale last year, but was so busy with projects at work and family activities I couldn't even keep up with all the requests for information and interest in buying it it.  ....Oh, well.

For anyone with some patience, I'll be try to put it up for sale again since someone else would get more more use out of it than me.  Send me a note if interested, and this is a fly-by-the-seat if your pants sale.  Lot's of Guzzi gear to go with it, but not a lot of time to list it all.

Thanks!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Bill Hagan on May 27, 2017, 09:28:43 AM
Wow!  It's funny how times change.

I rarely if ever visit this site anymore, since getting changing jobs, getting married and having a 4 year old to keep me busy.  So I get a message out of the blue, check this site, and here is a list I started 9 years ago!  :grin:

I still have my bike...but rarely have time to ride it.  I attempted to put it up for sale last year, but was so busy with projects at work and family activities I couldn't even keep up with all the requests for information and interest in buying it it.  ....Oh, well.

For anyone with some patience, I'll be try to put it up for sale again since someone else would get more more use out of it than me.  Send me a note if interested, and this is a fly-by-the-seat if your pants sale.  Lot's of Guzzi gear to go with it, but not a lot of time to list it all.

Thanks!

Guzzisteve's post this morning and your own checking on w/g, Robert, were pretty darn serendipitous!  :grin:

For anyone musing about following up on Robert's Guzzi, let me assure you from miles of riding with Robert and hours watching him in the GarageMahalo that he is meticulous in buying, owning, maintaining, and all the other "ings" involved in m/c ownership.

Whoever gets his Cali will get a beautiful beast from a gentleman of a PO.

Robert, Kathi says "hi" to you, Melonie & Ana-Verie. Come up this way and visit sometime!

Bill
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on May 27, 2017, 09:49:21 AM
Pretty nice Yellow one Robert has, I didn't know if it sold yet, now we know.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Atlanta Guzzi on May 27, 2017, 10:17:30 AM

Bill & Steve - You're both too kind as always.

Also, responding via my phone is now a lesson in grammar skills when using a tiny screen and typing with your thumbs!!  :laugh:

This is an impromptu sale, so contact me to discuss and make me an offer.  I've got a lot of Guzzi gear from all the years of owning this bike, so if this is something that might peak your interest bring a big truck.  Here's my most recent photo, probably from late September.


(http://thumb.ibb.co/dxyzoF/2001MG.jpg) (http://ibb.co/dxyzoF)

photo upload (http://imgbb.com/)


BTW - I have a really sweet Watsonian GP700 sidecar I'll try to post on one of the sidecar websites over the weekend too.  Just one of those projects I never had time to complete.

Thanks for your interest,

Robert

Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on May 30, 2017, 06:13:33 PM
The Winchester Moto Sports Bassa sure looks like what I would want...have submitted an inquiry as to additional specifics and will go from there.  Thanks to all for the leads.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: britman on May 31, 2017, 06:15:06 AM
The Winchester Moto Sports Bassa sure looks like what I would want...have submitted an inquiry as to additional specifics and will go from there.  Thanks to all for the leads.


Sorry Marc, the Winchester Bassa lives at my house now.  I bought it months ago, apparently the owner of the business is a little slow removing his stock photos.  Keep looking, they show up on Craigs and Flea Bay every so often and all the best on your search......

George

(http://thumb.ibb.co/dODG3F/DSC02939.jpg) (http://ibb.co/dODG3F)

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Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on May 31, 2017, 09:18:34 AM
George...thanks for the update on the Winchester Bassa....the hunt continues.  Marc
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Sheepdog on May 31, 2017, 07:02:57 PM
I realize that the Vintage is not a Bassa or a Special, but I saw that you counted one so here is mine...an '07:

(http://i28.photobucket.com/albums/c229/JamesBagley/2A82F38E-7F34-4551-B4B8-45E39A3DF6D4.jpg)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Denis on June 02, 2017, 07:21:51 AM
Here's my new California. Not a Bassa, not a Special, not a Cal III, not a Vintage, just a straight up California. Tt's pretty special. It's one of the 15 LeMans powered '91 Californias that Guzzi sent to the US.

I'm exploring seat options. The Corbin is nice but man is it tall. Anyone know if a seat from a California Vintage comes anywhere close to fitting?


(http://thumb.ibb.co/frUVFv/IMG_9689.jpg) (http://ibb.co/frUVFv)

upload pic (http://imgbb.com/)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on June 02, 2017, 08:25:33 AM
Vintage seat should fit, you will need the latch set up and a hole in rear fender. You may need to remove the rear grab rails also
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on June 02, 2017, 06:26:59 PM
Here's one for marc--

http://www.ebay.com/itm/2001-Moto-Guzzi-California-Sport-Special-/322537633070?hash=item4b18bdb52e:g:SioAAOSwcgNZLuEq&vxp=mtr

No affiliation,   Low Miles
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on June 02, 2017, 06:41:26 PM
Yes, I've been monitoring ebay, cycletrader as well as this forum.....I'm really taken with the pearl white models.... a good color for our hot Texas summers too.  Thanks for the continued collective interest on this forum regarding my search.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on June 07, 2017, 07:42:53 AM
BRITMAN....is this the same Bassa I see now on Cycletrader.com for sale that you purchased from Winchester recently???  Looks to be the same bike.  Whazzup???
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: britman on June 08, 2017, 07:00:35 AM
BRITMAN....is this the same Bassa I see now on Cycletrader.com for sale that you purchased from Winchester recently???  Looks to be the same bike.  Whazzup???

Doesn't hurt to test the waters.  I have since pulled the ad and gonna ride "Snowflake" to the Virginia Rally later this month.  I was really thinking about thinning the herd to get a four wheel project, VW Bug or van, British sports car, MG or Sprite,  so forth.  Probably never find another EV this sorted out so it's off the market for now.  My wandering eye hits occasionally and something goes and something new comes in, usually not at any profit in my favor, but I enjoy the process........
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on June 08, 2017, 07:31:25 PM
'nuf said!!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on June 08, 2017, 08:44:39 PM
There is one one ebay in your color.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on December 07, 2017, 09:05:15 AM
I know this is an ancient post, but since I posted here previously I'm hopeful those interested might still be lurking around.  The pearl white Bassa I've been searching for seems to be 1) a very rare animal and 2) gone to a new home by the time I respond.  Once again, if anyone has a lead on an original, well maintained, pearl white Bassa for sale....please let me know.  As always, your help is appreciated.  Marc
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Kiwi_Roy on December 07, 2017, 09:30:04 AM
A beautiful thing


Sent from my shoe phone!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on May 27, 2018, 07:00:37 AM
Another Bassa (mostly stock)
(https://thumb.ibb.co/igQDAo/DSC01520.jpg) (https://ibb.co/igQDAo)

(https://thumb.ibb.co/ep5PGT/DSC01521.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ep5PGT)

(https://thumb.ibb.co/gKrWwT/DSC01528.jpg) (https://ibb.co/gKrWwT)

(https://thumb.ibb.co/iPrWwT/DSC01525.jpg) (https://ibb.co/iPrWwT)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: PandionExpress on May 30, 2018, 08:20:59 PM
I don't have a photo sharing thing yet so no photos.   But I am a new owner of a 1999 pearl white Bassa.  Just got it off Craigslist from a guy in Winchester.   


Also saw I guy riding a similar California in downtown Baltimore today.  Black with slick hard bags including a bag guard.   Nice looking bike.  Don't know if he is on this forum.

Andrew
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: fotoguzzi on May 30, 2018, 08:39:28 PM
I now on my 3rd Bassa.. want to buy Guzzi Sport windscreen and Jackal/Stone bars.. anyone?

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Foto/i-tP3Wbw4/0/55b212cd/M/Bassa%204%20IMG_2219-M.jpg) (https://fotoguzzi.smugmug.com/Foto/i-tP3Wbw4/A)
since this pic it now has HB bags.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: DanD on May 30, 2018, 08:42:08 PM
Congrats! Pearl Bassas are my fave too!  :bow:
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on May 30, 2018, 08:48:31 PM
I am new to the Bassa machine and am not that familiar with the different windscreens available.  Could you post a pic of the Sport windscreen you are looking for??  I intend to keep the windscreen that is currently on my Bassa (as shown in the photos above), however, I have another windscreen and mounting brackets for the Bassa (which were included in the purchase)....I don't have a pic of what I have right at this moment.  If you can't provide me with a pic of what you're looking for, I'll try to post a pic of mine.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: rodekyll on May 31, 2018, 04:34:00 PM
(http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee303/bassarusty/Image001-3.jpg)

99Bassa dirt br

Chet, Show them the pic of what a chic magnet the brown one is.

Tex
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: fotoguzzi on May 31, 2018, 07:17:19 PM
Marc, this is the Sport screen..
(https://photos.smugmug.com/Foto/i-vbgzmpZ/0/367e6530/L/IMG_0637-L.jpg) (https://fotoguzzi.smugmug.com/Foto/i-vbgzmpZ/A)

(https://photos.smugmug.com/Foto/i-R7s8rqf/0/f0f80be7/L/GOPR0626-L.jpg) (https://fotoguzzi.smugmug.com/Foto/i-R7s8rqf/A)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on June 01, 2018, 06:38:10 AM
Sorry Foto, what I have is one of the touring windscreens....than ks for clarifying thru pics what you are looking for....good luck, it's out there somewhere.  Marc
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: param2000 on February 11, 2019, 02:40:08 PM
1999 Bassa Black, new paint metallic black with golden flakes , all chrome converted to black satin powder coat finish

current in restoration mostly cosmetic like paint powder coating fixing hoses , service oil changes
will paste some pics here

i have thread on guzzitech of the restoration
https://www.guzzitech.com/forums/threads/new-owner-1999-bassa-need-help-in-process-of-restoring.19269/
thank you
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: TN Mark on February 12, 2019, 08:54:14 PM
Great thread with awesome pictures. Love the 99-00 Bassa's, my 2000 blue/silver was my all time favorite Moto Guzzi. It was fun reading my old posts under Chicago Mark from 2008. They had adjustable forks and even a drain plug on the bottom of each fork leg to make fork oil changes a breeze. The 99-00 also had tubeless wire wheels. The Bassa, IMHO, still has the WOW factor in the looks department. The fenders made sense with the side covers and the tail light. The bike just flowed well except for the side cover chrome piece not reaching far enough towards the intake. Even the Swiss made leather bags looked like they belonged on the Bassa instead of being an after thought item.  As did the Classic and Sport windshields.

Piaggio could put the 1400 motor with the 6 speed in it, go back to those good forks and tubeless wheels and call it Bassa II. Offer them in black, blue/silver and pearl white just like the original. and yes, keep the Bassa style tank instead of using the one from the current 1400 lineup. A Bassa II would be an easy redesign and IMHO, they'd sell in North America and beyond.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John Croucher on February 12, 2019, 09:07:50 PM
This is my 2003 Aluminum Special Sport with a few changes.

Tried to keep it close to stock by using parts from 17 different Moto Guzzi bikes. 

(https://i.ibb.co/vHCtrMR/Guzzi.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vHCtrMR)

(https://i.ibb.co/NFrT9SX/Guzzi-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/NFrT9SX)

sulphate ion lewis structure (https://aluminumsulfate.net/ammonium-sulfate)
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Jerryd on February 14, 2019, 06:35:27 PM
What is the difference between these and the EV?
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on February 14, 2019, 07:27:09 PM
foot pegs & seat
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Jerryd on February 15, 2019, 06:16:19 AM
foot pegs & seat

So, the trim and all the mechanicals, etc. are the same?
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: s1120 on February 15, 2019, 07:29:03 AM
Im new to the MG models...  But looks wise, Im surprised the Bassa is OLDER then then EV, stone, etc...  Stylewise it looks so much closer to the modern vintage... 

John... that bikes a stunner. I started looking at the Cali/EV, stone, etc bikes because the price, and because they were around..  My plan was to get one and do like you did... I do really like the look of the Stone Metal I ended up with, so might keep it as it is, and find another to work on... 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: TN Mark on February 15, 2019, 08:00:35 AM
The early EV's used an older large ECM under the seat. The Bassa (99-00) used an updated and smaller ECM under a side cover. Likely one of the reasons the EV seat looked so big and the Bassa (Italian for Low) was sleeker looking with the smaller seat. But yes, for the most part, the mechanical structure Frame/Engine/Drivetrain between the EV and the Bassa plus the CA Special Sport are the same. 

The later EV's also used the much more aesthetically pleasing Bassa rear fender and tail light. Though I don't recall if the EV retained the original odd looking chrome panels between the rear fender and the side covers. I think the EV also retained the smaller triangular side covers throughout its production run. The original EV tail light was quite an odd looking piece and to many, its looks were enhanced with the Bassa rear fender and taillight. .

After the 2000 Bassa model, the subsequent CA Special Sport model lost the tubeless wheels and the adjustable forks. Making them, for many, a cost cutting exercise from Piaggio. Similar to the no frills Jackal.

I had a 99 black Bassa and a 2000 blue/silver one. On both of them I swapped the Bassa footpeg subframe assemblies with an EV rider who preferred footpegs over boards. They also had the Bassa saddlebags with the Guzzi rear seat backrest luggage rack. One thing that made them comfortable for me was to replace the Bassa beach bars with a set of the V10 Centauro bars and risers. I think I had all three of the Bassa windshields as well. They had a Classic one, a Sport one and the one called the California Touring windshield. Both of my Bassa's also had Mistral mufflers with an aftermarket Italian made K&N style air filter. One of the trim pieces offered by Agostini were chrome throttle body covers that perfectly blended the chrome horn on the Bassa side cover with the intake track to the head. The Guzzi accessory throttle body covers never aesthetically flowed right and looked more like an after thought.

Like I posted earlier, Piaggio could easily come out with the Bassa II by retaining all the goodies from the original Bassa but using the 1400 engine and drivetrain. Stretching the ergonomics a bit to make two up riding roomier would also be a huge plus.
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: guzzisteve on February 15, 2019, 08:50:09 AM
98EV's got a stripped down version in 99, same wheels, different rear fender. Bassa and EV are same running gear, Special Sports were next then evolved into the Aluminum & Titanium.
There is a White 01 in the Club Classified now. Seems like Shelby isn't riding much. Should be a nice one.

http://www.mgnoc.com/classifieds.html
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: MGrego on February 15, 2019, 09:44:52 AM
.......The later EV's also used the much more aesthetically pleasing Bassa rear fender and tail light.....

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder !  The early and later EV rear fenders are quite different, but I like them equally well.  I have the "Old" style on my '96 Cali, and the "New" style on my '04 EV.  I wouldn't say one is much more aesthetically pleasing than the other..... IMO
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Zoom Zoom on February 15, 2019, 10:05:27 AM
This is my 2003 Aluminum Special Sport with a few changes.

Tried to keep it close to stock by using parts from 17 different Moto Guzzi bikes. 

(https://i.ibb.co/vHCtrMR/Guzzi.jpg) (https://ibb.co/vHCtrMR)

(https://i.ibb.co/NFrT9SX/Guzzi-2.jpg) (https://ibb.co/NFrT9SX)

sulphate ion lewis structure (https://aluminumsulfate.net/ammonium-sulfate)


And I might add this looks even better in person than in pics, and it looks pretty darn good in pics! John, your bike is very well executed. :thumb: :bow:

John Henry
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: BrotherJim on February 15, 2019, 11:34:36 AM
John, your bike is very well executed. :thumb: :bow:

+1
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: John Croucher on February 16, 2019, 09:22:49 PM
And I might add this looks even better in person than in pics, and it looks pretty darn good in pics! John, your bike is very well executed. :thumb: :bow:

John Henry

The "secret sauce" is, they are all Tonti Frames under the sheet metal and plastic.  A design that was copied by many manufactures into the future.  Designed for racing. 

After buying my first Guzzi in boxes, a 79 SP, rebuilding and riding for many miles, I was ready for something modern but with old school looks.  Knowing that the Tonti frame was very similar through out its life cycle, I began to looked at many models to see what tank and side covers would match.  The rear fender is a trimmed Stone/Metal.  Grab bar and side covers are 850T, Tail light many models,  Seat and Tank Lemans 4.  Bassa/Sport 1100 front fork upper tubes with compression and rebound adjustment, Brake and clutch levers Sport 1100/Centauro, Foot pegs, Stone/Metal, Windscreen is a GIVI replica of the Titanium.  I threw in a Magni swing arm, Ram Clutch, removed lower frame rails, relocated foot pegs to the passenger peg location and made a new shift and brake lever, Aluminum tubeless rims and a lot of other changes.  The bike runs great, rides great. 

I have another engine that I am waiting on the heads to be twin plugged and a  set of high compression pistons to install.  I had installed the high compression pistons last year and rode it a few miles.  I could not get the detonation tuned out at wide open throttle.  It ran great, but sounded like two metal spoon being tapped together at wide open throttle. Before I shimmed the base of the cylinders, it was showing 225 psi cranking pressure.  I shimmed the base and got it down to 190.  Pete Roper said I was going to blow the heads off.  That would be interesting to see, from a distance. It's a  toy and something to keep me occupied in the long cold winter. 
 
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: Jerryd on March 19, 2019, 12:48:16 PM
This is my 1999 Bassa,  I like the looks of the Bassa but could do without some of the chrome.
YSS shocks, Hyperpro fork springs, 5.5mm fully floating Brembos, Harpers floorboards, xover, 30mm SS handle bars.
Its my daily rider. I noticed allot of posts on this thread  are people in Georgia, we should all get together sometime.
I know of two other Bassa owners that are not on this board. One has a pearl white 1999 Bassa, he is also Georga.
Another friend has a Black 1999 Bassa.

(http://i490.photobucket.com/albums/rr261/todd900ss/Guzzi015.jpg)

I sure like the color of this Bassa! The black/grey would be my second favorite! Just have to sell my 2019 Softail LowRider :wink:
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: marcmorrison on March 19, 2019, 07:21:40 PM
After all of these years, this thread and the Bassa refuse to die....makes me want to cry!!!
Title: Re: Calling all California Special/Bassa Owners!
Post by: param2000 on March 19, 2019, 11:24:02 PM

(https://i.ibb.co/x5CD9Y3/IMG-3141.jpg) (https://ibb.co/x5CD9Y3)

(https://i.ibb.co/ZTTGKFc/IMG-3142.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ZTTGKFc)

(https://i.ibb.co/fnrHWWx/IMG-3143.jpg) (https://ibb.co/fnrHWWx)

(https://i.ibb.co/CPnNH97/IMG-3144.jpg) (https://ibb.co/CPnNH97)

(https://i.ibb.co/XjcmMWJ/IMG-3145.jpg) (https://ibb.co/XjcmMWJ)

(https://i.ibb.co/FWsCVCx/Inked-IMG-3146-LI.jpg) (https://ibb.co/FWsCVCx)


Almost Ready, after couple of months working on it
1999 bassa