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    Posted: 21 Nov 2017 at 20:56
In my 50’s and proud owner of my first motorcycle, a 2004 EV California and I am loving it. I had a bit of a rough start. I bought it before I knew how to ride. I had a couple training mishaps resulting in a broken clutch lever and a torn hamstring. I then proceeded to fail my Basic Rider course because I couldn’t do slow speed turns on the little training bikes they use. I usually do well in most things so I think the early humiliation was helpful. That was in May and I ride almost daily. I always start my ride with a turn in to the local church parking lot to practice slow speed turns, stop/starts and swerves. I still have issues with the dang thing shifting rough at times or missing a gear entirely but I love it.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tarquin Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Nov 2017 at 21:15
Welcome , why not post some pics of your bike.

I love the Cali EV.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 08:56
Welcome!  Lots of advice on the heel/toe gear change here - some relatively easy things that can be checked for adjustment.  But patience, slow and deliberate changes go a long way - and suit the bike!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote c13pep Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 09:12
Hello and welcome
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hi and welcome. Happy memories of Key West and Ft Lauderdale.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ken-Guzzibear Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 13:20
Welcome I have 2 Brothers in Sarasota Area one is into Guzzis and old Brit bikes the heel toe takes getting used to Best advice is make sure all adjusted spot on (Free to download manuals on Greg Bender Moto guzzi site ) also replace your gearbox oil either with the red shock oil or hp80/90 with a tablespoon of molyslip additive At least you have great roads and nice sunshine to ride in.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote helmetbolt Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 14:08
Hi and welcome to the forum from another Cali owner.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote ironrick Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 16:51
Good morning from Nevada!  I can relate to mishaps, I started with motorbikes late in life also, I have owned and ridden many brands...my first Guzzi is the exact Guzzi you have and have only had it a couple of months.  Yes, the transmission can be a bit tricky at times and operating the rear brake pedal took some getting used to.  Overall, you made a great choice, I think that this EV is my favorite so far.  Good riding, be safe.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Barry Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 17:18
Ah, the trick with the brake pedal is to learn to feel that little 'nubbin' on the back of the pedal against your ankle. Foot up and on - heel on the 'nubbin', sole/forefoot on the pedal itself.

I've seen this better described elsewhere, in an old Cali T3 article, I think. If I rediscover it, I'll link it!
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Stick a sidecar on it and the foot-boards become a positive thing....1995 California 1100i and Charnwood outfit. Welcome to the Forum!
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Thank you! I will when I figure out how.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Freekeydiver Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Nov 2017 at 23:21
Thank you. I have noticed that the shifting is dependent on “input” and operator error is a large factor.
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Thank you.
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My 90lb Shepherd mix keeps bugging me to get the sidecar!
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