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Moto Guzzi California prototype - Click above for high-res image gallery

Moto Guzzi, the other, other Italian motorcycle manufacturer, used its latest dealer meeting in Monte Carlo to pull the wraps off its two latest prototypes: a brand new version of the long-running California and the V7 Scrambler.

Each of these models would appear to be a direct assault at a specific machine from Triumph; obviously the V7 Scrambler would go toe-to-toe with the Triumph of the same name, while the California would be a logical competitor to the British brand's reborn Thunderbird.

Unlike most modern Guzzis, this California sees the displacement of its air-cooled transverse V-twin bumped up to 1400cc, which is about the minimum displacement these days to be considered a 'big' bike. Styling is spot-on, especially the fuel tank, which wraps around the dual chrome cylinders.

As befitting a Scrambler-style motorcycle, this V7 prototype looks capable of straying at least a little ways off the beaten path courtesy of its spoked wheels and raised side-by-side mufflers. The style side of the equation has been nailed, and the 750cc air-cooled small block V-twin is nothing if not a willing partner, as we found out when we reviewed the V7 Classic.

Check out both machines in our high-res image gallery below, then check out the press release after the break. Oh, and don't forget to let Moto Guzzi know if you want them to bring these bikes to the States in our Comments section.

Gallery: Moto Guzzi California and V7 Scrambler prototypes

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