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    Posted: 15 Feb 2021 at 14:48
Hello
Finally found my password after losing it for a couple of years!
I'm looking to buy another Cali( just missed out on one on ebay this weekend).
I'd prefer what I'm used to...which is a mid Nineties EV1100. But will consider other options.
Anyone selling one or knowing of one for sale please let me know.
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Quick look Autotrader 95 Cali £3490 and 2003 £4490
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I must have missed those...thanks...I'll check them out now.
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The £3495 one is what I was pipped at the post on this morning...shame it's exactly what I want..down to the hepco and beckers.
The other one ( Jackal) isn't quite ' me' and I'd prefer one with two front discs, footboards and such frippery.
Thank though for your very rapid prompt on my behalf.
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they turn up daily m8 MCN auto trader and of course e-bay sometimes Gumtree many avoid e-bay due to charges A fair few 1100 Breva with luggage about
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Thanks...yes I'm keeping an eye on all of those potential sources.
Have to say though that the Breva has never really floated my boat. Each to their own etc. But they're not for me.
I'm probably the only one alive who actually likes the standard foot brake set up on a Cali. There's something quirky and somehow homely about having to lift your foot and rest it on what is , essentially, a spigot with a bit of garden hosepipe wrapped round it..

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yep get that no you are not the only one had my V1000 over 30yrs and over 250k miles other bike now is Cali EV ...... both footboards. You can often find a Cali due to someone fancying one then can't get on with footboards ...yipeee 
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I'm hoping for just that....one of the reasons I was pleased to unearth my forum login details. At least I'm fishing in the right pond.
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The bike I missed out on today was frustrating...saw it on Saturday evening on ebay...shop shut till this morning....rang first thing and number engaged. When I got through I found it had been engaged because someone was buying ' my' bike.
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Originally posted by alatamost alatamost wrote:

I'm probably the only one alive who actually likes the standard foot brake set up on a Cali. There's something quirky and somehow homely about having to lift your foot and rest it on what is , essentially, a spigot with a bit of garden hosepipe wrapped round it..


You're not alone.Thumbs Up

I love the footboards and the levers. It all just adds to the enjoyment and character for me.LOL
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It's good to know I'm not alone. Maybe we should start a support group.
Friends of the Holy Spigot?
Whenever I read an advert where the seller proudly mentions their brake pivot conversion I think to myself ' What a shame.'
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" It's the way the 'V'was meant to be.".
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That heel and toe gear change is a delight. Love itBig smile
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Love mine you get comfy with it went on a Ride safe course with Leics Police, not only a great day but informative the Police instructor was utterly fascinated with the '76 V1000 especially the heel toe gearchange footboard brake arrangement.

At lunch he complemented the smooth gearchange and noticed how i flicked brake lights when shutting the throttle, it is a habit i got into when instructing. He would not ride it for obvious reasons but did sit on it for "feel" was genuinely interested to know it was a Police bike.

I will say we had a test ride on the 1400 Eldorado the footboard/gearchange and brake ergonomics are utterly brilliant everything right there and the weight is so low it was easier than the EV superb engine and drive ...absolutely fell in lust
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i had an 1100i and loved it - only mod i thought useful was the non OEM adapted foot brake pedal that came up from the front of the foot board and had a pad instead of a spigot.  they were made for a short time and then dissapeared
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I so appreciate that everyone is different....what to me is quirky charm is sometimes to others damn annoying.
Nonetheless I remain an adherent of the holy spigot.
I did take a close look at the 1400 when it came out but a) they were too expensive for my parsimonious taste and b) I found some of the fittings e.g. the pannier lids were rather flimsy in my humble.
I also didn't want to pay all that money and not be assured of total reliability in the finest Guzzi tradition.
It's all those electrickery things..... I somehow couldn't imagine that Guzzi would get it right given the ideosynchratic nature of the factory's efforts up till then.
At one time I kept a stash of 3 ECUs under the bed having experienced a major failure on an 1100i.......who on earth at Guzzi decided that wax potted components were appropriate? 
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