From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688

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Lot 189
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor
2009 MOTO GUZZI VINTAGE CALIFORNIA WITH WATSONIAN MONZA SIDECAR

Sold for US$ 11,040 inc. premium
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor
2009 Moto Guzzi Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar

Frame no. H1507
Engine no. A60688

• Only 573 miles from new
• Fitted with Watsonian Monaco DL single seat sidecar

Long Way Round? Long Way Down? Not with this outfit. It would be foolish to estimate how many 2009 Moto Guzzi Californias have been attached to Watsonian Monaco sidecars – with the sidecar on the right, American-style – but it cannot be many. Unique? Probably not, but certainly few and far between. But such an outfit owned by one Ewan McGregor? Unique. No question.

As CycleWorld's Peter Egan put it: "Every time I saw the Guzzi in my rearview mirrors, I flinched and wondered if I should pull over and produce my driver's license for the man with the big shiny boots and Ray-Bans. The Guzzi's classy retro styling... hearkens back to another era, when a 629-pound bike with hard saddlebags and chromed engine guards was considered huge rather than charmingly minimalist. The look and sound of the Guzzi goes all the way back to the V700s, Ambassadors and Eldorados of the late Sixties and early Seventies, so you'd expect it to be outclassed... Nevertheless, the California Vintage seemed to hold its own...and nearly all our group placed it among their three or four favorites.

With its excellent Brembo brakes and quick steering, the Guzzi was great for attacking tight corners, but the bike developed a noticeable high-speed weave in the 80–100-mph range. Turning the steering damper to full strength calmed this down to a merely subliminal level. Ride quality, though, was among the best of the bunch, feeling taut but not harsh. Both ends absorbed the brunt of almost all road bumps, making for an excellent ride unhampered by wallow or clown-effect bobbing. Perhaps what endeared the Guzzi most to our group was the feeling that this was a "real" motorcycle—light, efficient and no larger than it had to be, the product of logical development rather than an exercise in one-upsmanship. It's an enthusiast's bike."

The Watsonian Monaco DL is a modern single seat sidecar made in Moreton-in-the-Marsh (in the Cotswolds) England – the DL is defined by the sidecar's 10-inch alloy wheel. The cockpit is slightly wider than that of the GP and Monza allowing for a wrap-around windshield for greater passenger weather protection. In fact, a perfect attachment to a big Guzzi California.

Clearly this sale is a unique opportunity to acquire a rather special, virtually unused Guzzi-Watsonian outfit neatly handled by a genuine A-list-motorcyclist.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the sidecar is actually a Watsonian Monaco and not a Monza as stated in the auction catalog. The frame number is ZGUKDU001AM112477. The engine number is KT013220. The Title is in transit.
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From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
From the private collection of Ewan McGregor,2009 Moto Guzzi  Vintage California w/Watsonian Monza Sidecar Frame no. H1507 Engine no. A60688
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