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Discussion in 'Cal 1400 8V' started by Dan Brooks, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. Dan Brooks

    Dan Brooks Tuned and Synch'ed

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    8 months ago I got a cali touring. Was pleased with everything but the lean angle. I've ridden mountain roads 45+ yrs. this past weekend I put 2500 miles on it on the highway.
    Okay that's why they named it touring instead of sport touring. 2 up, bags and trunk maxed out and it road superbly. Did not bottom out once even through Tennessee and along the Great River Rd in Iowa and Wisconsin. Never got it over 110 mph. It is an excellent touring bike and a so so sport touring. No regrets just will do the spirited mountain rides on my 1984 Cali 2.
     
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    Purchased my first Cali 1400 Custom in May 2013. I believe I was the first buyer in the USA, haven't had anybody dispute my claim.

    First thing to go was those ridiculous plastic scrapers under the floorboards. I have no idea what the reason was for their presence. Next were the "sacrificial anodes" (if I may borrow a boating term) that are mounted on the floorboard bracket close to the frame. I chewed through heaps of these things, and have a collection of flattened ones in my workshop storage.

    Later, I learnt to get around the corners without having to lean the bike so far, just me. I very seldom scrape now.
     
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    This is my first touring bike (both of them), and I love it! If I wish to go straight up sport, I take the Ducati M1200S. If a full sport ride is needed, I take the 1999 Ducati 996. The new sportbikes are way too much for me. The Ducati 851 usually stays in the garage. I just like to look at it. :)
     
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  4. Dan Brooks

    Dan Brooks Tuned and Synch'ed

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    You're right Dave, the plastic 'sliders' and the 'OH S#iT' nubs went in the deleted stock parts tote within a couple weeks of purchase (along with most of the tag bracket). Every once in a while I forget and start flicking it into hard curves and grind some floorboard. My Cali 2 is the only stock bike I have ever had that I haven't reshaped the pegs or boards with the asphalt grinder. Never owned a true sport bike but have had a lot of 1960's Triumphs, BSAs and Nortons.
     

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