2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 California Custom Review

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Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom

2013 Moto 1400 California Custom

Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom

2013 Moto 1400 California Custom

Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom

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of a Non-Guzzitista – Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom – A Rider’s

Have you ever taken a bike up into the canyon to photos, ride really and when you were done get the keys to a large cruiser and on your way? Me neither. Not Ultimate MotorCycling Editor Don wrapped up our sport bike last week and sent me on a Moto Guzzi California Custom.

To say this was akin to shock is an understatement, especially me in full leathers and road gear.

Naturally, the first my lizard-brain did was to ensure that I the full-power Veloce fuel map, shunning the Tourismo and Pioggia (rain) settings. was my first mistake because in mode this Guzzi can be a if not a bit brutal in lower gears and terrain. With 87 ft/lbs of most of which is on tap from off idle, and with 97 horsepower, beast will stretch arms and challenge your skills with its limited clearances.

Working my way out of Stunt Road in the Monica Mountains could not been more different and than on my way in. Trust me, this was not the introduction one might have a new friend but things got better.

in 40 plus years of riding, I never ridden a single Guzzi motorcycle. I have many and known a bit about but they were never on the of this dyed-in-the-wool ’60s guy. I will leave all the and technical facts to Editor in his June 2013 review of the Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring. as well as other of the bike on this website, and more on the impressions this cruiser made on me.

It appears really big and attracts a lot of wherever it’s parked. in Mercury Gray, our test was the glossy Basalt Black trim in chrome and billet for a that impresses everyone. The surround and inlaid LED taillights are two of the many parts that this bike unique.

Fit and are excellent and the element of art within is highly evident. I’ve more new acquaintances with bike than any in recent

I’ll admit that at I didn’t appreciate so much with little commensurate ability. It was only after I put my preconceived notions and switched not into Tourismo mode but that I found the sweetness this bike can dish

For example, the Custom likes to go and I mean that in the best It just eats up the pavement a firm neutrality, provided pavement is smooth. Given the stiff rear suspension (preload and rebound adjustable) to harness this, claimed, 701 behemoth and allow it to hustle turns results in a, sometimes, ride over road

Find your kidney and wear it if you intend to ride but I digress. If you ride the Custom as it is to be ridden, you will be rewarded a steady, effortless pace makes going straight I’m not kidding, as it is that smooth.

the road gets curvy a pace is best and you will effortlessly perfect arcs the apexes with nary a or wallow and a planted feeling. It its line, carves the turn and is upset by bumps. You can even it out of the turns but mind the plastic of the floorboards.

This Guzzi is a at parking lot pace, but once up to it steers more with his than with the handlebars. shifts in weight set the bike on its and inputs to the fairly wide are very light. The Custom as well as the geometry of the frame and might suggest, meaning if the pace is right, this offers real, European-bred even at this weight and wheelbase.

Riding freeways on the Custom without a windscreen has its limitations but the is tight and great fun. the torque handle and we rocket up the to 80 mph in seconds and just feast on the and controlled smoothness. The Custom can go this all day long especially to the comfortable bucket seat and like cruise control, control, floorboards and rocker lever.

The transmission shifts and the long lever more offsets the slightly stiff The hydraulic clutch operation is stiff and requires a strong

In my 500-mile test I favored our back country roads. the twisties weren’t a problem ridden at a respectful pace, but the were those long, grove dotted straights with undulating curves seem to go on forever. In 4th and 5th gears, 45 and 65 mph, this Euro is in its happy place and you will be

Wick it up a little more and the will respond instantly. It is of a pretty spirited ride as as the pilot accepts the limitations set During the test I averaged 35 mpg with the 5.4-gallon fuel the range is respectable.

I won’t all the functions of the trip computer as it is Fueling is good at all speeds and the control allows three-level control as well as cruise One limit on the cruise is that is no accelerate/resume/coast function and all you can do is engage it at the speed you are traveling.

If you want to down or speed up you must the button to disengage then set it when next you want it. Not but better than nothing, I

As for the TC, its effect is like cutting and varies widely from intruding to intruding at every in many curves. I used the intrusive (1 of 3) and saw little of the warning

I found the Moto Guzzi California Custom to be an engaging, cruiser capable of operating in a range of settings. It challenges you to it the way it wants to be ridden and rewards a world-class experience. Once to its personality, I suggest you switch to Veloce mode and put an even smile on your face.


— Helmet: C3 Pro

— Pants: AGV Sport

Gloves: RevIt

— Chippewa

Photography by Don Williams


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