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    Posted: 07 Feb 2019 at 07:04
I remember reading in a "Gambalunga" some time ago of the great difficulties in changing the rear wheel of the California 1400. There was an article sent by a reader, with big picture, taking an entire page or the great part of it. Scary stuff.

At that time the California 1400 was fairly new, and it might have been an issue with the mechanic not knowing what "tricks" to use. Or - and this would not entirely surprise me - the project has a big flaw that was not seen before the bike went into production because, well, that's how Guzzi does these things.

Now, some years later, there should be more clarity about it.

So, which is which?

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It is a huge PITA to do at home. Mainly due to the hefty weight of the bike and pannier and exhaust silencers in the way. Not unique problem to Guzzi...think big Harley, Goldwing, Kawasaki GTR and the like.
In my view only BMW 1200 range have quick and easy wheel removal. But don't want another BMW.

I found it just as quick to whizz up to Teasdale's in Thirsk, 90 minutes away, and have a leisurely lunch while they did the tyre change for me. Change the bevel oil at same time for a few quid extra for peace of mind.

Its really not a job I'd want to do at the roadside. Was always a worry on tour abroad.





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Do these not have centre stands?
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Thanks Motomike. My worry was rather (as I would never dream of changing a tyre myself) that the tyre shop would charge a disproportionate amount of money because of the extra work required by a wrong design. If this is the same as in other big bikes, I think it's understandable.
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Originally posted by Ken-Guzzibear Ken-Guzzibear wrote:

Do these not have centre stands?

No.

And fun to balance on the platform scissor lift.

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Actually my local dealer charges no more if they supply the tyre and they are no more to buy off than anywhere or the online tyre plus postage and fitting .....The Cali they pop onto a ramp lift stick the centre lift under it ... no worries I am lucky enough to have a bike lift so will pop the wheel off and take it in to them .....Have to say no centre stand on a touring bike would really put me off it 
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A mate with a Goldwing GL 1100 did this once (we're talking a while ago, early '80's?). The whole family got involved. Some tilting the bike and holding it, some pushing things, some pulling things, him trying to lift the wheel and get it in, then the brake pads fall out for the umpteenth time because there's nothing to hold them in place if the disc is out. They were cursing Mr Honda that day. Big smile

EDIT: AND it had a mainstand. Still had to tip it tho.



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