Moto Guzzi California EV 80th Anniversary

April 2nd, 20109 Comments »

In an earlier article, we looked back at the 75th anniversary edition Moto Guzzi California motorcycle.  An even  more exclusive limited edition California EV was produced for the 2002 model year to celebrate Moto Guzzi’s 80th anniversary, the EV 80.  These  bikes sold  for around $13,990 US, which was about $3,000 more than a Special Sport and a whopping $2,000 more than a standard EV at the time.


The seat, the removable panniers, the grip covers and the ignition key for the 80th anniversary Moto Guzzi California EV were done in a very bold red leather, which certainly was not your ordinary biker-style leather.

The leather on this Moto Guzzi California EV was produced by the high-end Italian leather goods manufacturer, Poltrona Frau.  This is really what made this special edition Moto Guzzi stand out from just about any motorcycle on the road.

Moto Guzzi EV 80As with the 75th anniversary California, this one also has a special serial number plaque mounted on the handle bar clamp indicating the rareness of it.

Some get confused by the EV 80 name.  The “80” stands for 80th anniversary.  The engine in this motorcycle is the standard Moto Guzzi California 1064cc (V11) engine.

At the time of writing this, there is a EV 80 Moto Guzzi for sale with only 3200 miles on it, with an Moto Guzzi California EV limited edition 80th anniversaryasking price of for 5995 GBP (about $9000 USD or 6700 EUR) at Moto Strada in Shipley, near Leeds in the UK.

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John Clay is the author of MotoGuzziCalifornia.Com. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding and maintaining his Moto Guzzi California Vintage.

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9 Comments

  1. Jay Wolfe says:

    I purchased a super clean 80th Anniversary EV 1100 last week with added Velorex 565 sidecar painted to match. Rode the rig 619 miles home mostly in the rain. The 18,000 mile Guzzi ran flawlessly. I know I’ll enjoy it for years to come. The seller also has the identical 80th for sale with 11k miles in mint condition, no sidecar, for $6500 in Augusta, Ga. The EV makes a fine sidecar tug and it’s gorgeous & comfortable. The fancy leather is “cute” but the saddle bags are too narrow & have a difficult latch. The bike was well maintained & garage kept. I’m happy to have it.I appreciate this blog,

  2. Jay Wolfe says:

    Just purchased Cal. EV80 with Velorex sidecar & 18k miles. Quite near “as new” condition overall- so well cared for. Rode her the 619 miles home and enjoyed every minute of it…….well….except for the torrential rains, insane winds, madmax traffic……empty sidecar handling….never operated a sidecar rig before…….Okay it actually was a bit nerve wracking & life threatening…..BUT the Guzzi was solid, reliable & got me home witjhout missing a beat. Looking forward to years of pleasure on the more gentle back roads & fair weather.

  3. jeanmichelcouture says:

    je vends 3 sacoches poltrona frau prix a négocier.

  4. Arrigo says:

    Nigel, did you manage to find them? I lost a cover and i need a replacement. Tks

  5. Nigel Watt says:

    Wanted: a pair of saddlebags for an EV80

  6. Lebidon says:

    Bonjour , pour info , je suis vendeur d’une ev 80th anniversary (2002), numéro 102 , 20 000 km , très bon état . Faire offre
    Cordialement

  7. GRAZIA says:

    Monsieur,

    Avez-vous toujours votre guzzi poltrona frau à vendre ?
    (Still have your guzzi Poltrona Frau to sell?)

    Pouvez-vous m’envoyer plus de photos ?
    (Can you send me more pictures?)

    a quelle adresse puis- je venir la voir ?
    (What address can I come see?)

    Merci pour votre réponse

    Manu

    0032 2 241 22 84

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