Sheldon Aubut's 2002 Moto Guzzi Stone "Metal"

From the Moto Guzzi North American web site:

California Stone Metal

Moto Guzzi California Stone Metal

California Stone Metal: An Affordable Special Edition

The Stone Metal is a young bike for young people, and marks the easiest entry to the long-established world of the Guzzi California. It combines all the charisma of the classic cruiser with a decidedly non-conformist soul.

Several features instantly differentiate this collectors' bike from the standard California Stone introduced earlier in 2001. The Metal version gets its name from its distinctive chrome finish tank. It's a real eye-popper, an attention getting look whether on the road or parked at the nearest watering hole. The logo and graphics are in keeping with the bike's youthful personality. A linear anatomical seat with passenger handles provides a safe, comfortable ride for two.

Elsewhere the Stone Metal picks up a number of innovations that were included in the basic California Stone model. These include handlebars that are now 30 mm in diameter with new handgrips and electric controls to improve riding comfort. The gearbox has also been revised, with a reduction in shift throw and effort. The ride is more comfortable, with modified calibration of the rear shock absorber (also equipped with new springs) and a new, more comfortable saddle. The frame and rear swingarm have been modified to allow a wider cross-section tire to be fitted.

Stone Metal Tank Stone Metal Shocks Stone Metal Side Stand

 Technical Specifications
 Engine Type: 4 stroke air cooled 
 Displacement: 1064CC, 90 V-twin
 Bore/Stroke: 92mm x 80mm
 Max. Power: 74 HP at 6400 rpm
 Max. Torque: 70 ft/lbs. at 5000 RPM
 Fuel System: Magneti Marelli IAW Multipoint phased sequential fuel injection
 Cooling System: Air-cooled
 Ignition: Magneti Marelli IAW electronic digital ignition with inductive spark
 Clutch: Double disk, dry
 Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
 Valves and Operation: 2 Overhead valves with light alloy push-rods
 Starting: Electric
 Lubrication: Forced lube with gear pump and pressure regulator
 Transmission: Primary: helical gears; secondary: shaft
 Gearbox: 5 Speed, constant mesh gears with built in cush drive
 Frame: Detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strength steel
 Suspension: Front:45mm telescopic fork, Rear: Swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers
 Electrical System: 12 V; 14 V 25A alternator; 30 Ah battery
 Brakes: Front: single Brembo ORO series stainless steel 320mm floating disc with Brembo 4 piston caliper
Rear: single stainless steel 282mm fixed disc with Brembo 2 piston caliper
 Wheels: Rront 2.5018", Rear: 3.5017"
 Tires: Front 110 / 90 VB 18; Rear: 140 / 80 VB 17
 Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.9 Gallons
  Fuel Consumption: 47 MPG
 Dry Weight: 541 lbs.
 Wheelbase: 61.4"
 Seat Height: 29"
 Maximum Speed: 124 mph
 Color: Black with Chrome Tank
 Suggested Retail Price: $ 9,290

The below is from the Moto Guzzi Italy web site:

California Stone Metal
As essential and precious as a rare gem.
There's a youthful air on the new Moto Guzzi path. And it shows in the choice of new models, beginning with the names, behind which lies a specific philosophy. The California Stone is heir to the glorious Jackal, a motorcycle with no excess, two wheels and a frame for dreaming and travelling free of everything, including prejudice. A young motorcycle for the young, the easiest entrance to the world of the Californians, with all of the charm of its older sisters and a non-conformist spirit. Minimalist and hard as a rock, with no useless frills, and with personality to burn. An individualistic nature that is brought to new heights in the special Metal version, featuring a series of elements that set it apart from the standard version. The most salient feature is, of course, the colour of the tank for which it is named. Its refined chrome finishing does not contradict the Stone's minimalism, but actually enriches it with a little display of attitude. Its designs are also new and in full harmony with the strong personality of the bike. The sharp, clean lines of the Stone Metal find their perfect complement in the sleek, body-forming single seat, which can still ensure a comfortable ride for two. The supporting handlebars are also designed with a passenger in mind, because minimalism doesn't mean giving up comfort. For the same reason, even the youngest riders will appreciate the new kickstand, which is more ergonomic and practical to use for fast and easy parking. For technology buffs, we've dedicated new adjustable shock absorbers to always find the right setting, depending on the route and weight carried.

Photographs, technical data, specifications and colours refer to the Italian
market, version and may be subject to change without prior notice.


Technical Info:

Engine 90 V-twin, 4-stroke
Cooling system:   air cooled cc
Displacement 1.064 cc
Bore and stroke 92 x 80 mm
Compression ratio:   9,5 : 1
Maximum power 54 kW @ 6.400 rpm
Maximum torque 94 Nm @ 5.000 rpm
Valves and operation 2 overhead valves with light alloy push-rod
Fuel system two 40 mm throttle bodies with Weber IW 031 injectors
Ignition Magneti Marelli IAW electronic digital ignition with inductive spark
Starting system electric
Lubrication forced lube with geared pump and pressure regulator
Gearbox 5 speed, constant mesh gears with built-in cush drive
Primary transmission helical gears
Secondary transmission Shaft drive
Clutch double disc, dry
Fuel Capacity 19 litres
Frame detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strength steel
Caster angle 29,5
Wheelbase 1.560 mm
Length 2.355 mm
Width 850 mm
Height 1.150 mm
Seat height 760 mm
Dry Weight 246 kg
Front Suspension telescopic fork 45mm
Adjustment: 140 mm
Rear Suspension swing arm with 2 hydraulic shock absorbers
Adjustment: 89 mm
Front brake single Brembo Oro series stainless steel 320 mm floating disc with 4 piston caliper
Rear brake single stainless steel 282 mm fixed disc with 2 piston caliper
Wheels front: 2.50 x 18"
rear: 3,50 x 17"
Tyre front: 110/90 VB18
rear: 140/80 VB17

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