2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom and Touring: Southern California…

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2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom and Touring: California Riding Impression

We written extensively about the new Guzzi California 1400 and Touring models, including a piece. as well as our report the European press introduction a few ago. Those two articles all of the technical details, and I will touch on a few of those below.

is the first all-new, ground-up, of a Moto Guzzi model the purchase of Moto Guzzi by several years ago. In Piaggio views Moto as the top European brand, and it seems to spend the money necessary to motorcycles worthy of that

I had to ride the new California 1400 for myself, and Moto Guzzi an invitation to MD to test both near Malibu, California week. The massive machines in Custom and Touring iterations lined up behind a Santa hotel, and I boarded one of the …, Custom models for my first After being schooled by a Guzzi representative on use of the three engine maps (essentially Touring and Rain), the adjustable control and the cruise control into the ride-by-wire throttle, we our way at slow speed through city traffic before the Coast Highway.

Having the Sport mode (designated my first chance to twist the hard led to a big surprise. These look like big, cruisers, but this is no cruiser This engine revs almost like a sportbike, its very over-square bore/… and four-valve head design.

As a footnote here, the 1380cc 90 v-twin motor has a bore of and a relatively short … of The horsepower kings in the “heavyweight category are arguably offered by and Victory. Both of those are long-… designs with the displacing 1844cc and having a of 100mm and a … of 118mm.

The Victory engine is 101mm x The four-valve heads on the new 1380 cc also have significantly compression at 10.5-to-1 (versus on the Star and 9.4-to-1 on the Victory).

So is not a “cruiser” engine in the traditional It is primarily air-cooled, so the compression is still significantly below of modern sportbikes, however. The has a fairly light flywheel further distinguishing it from the slow-revving, heavyweight cruiser The primary balance of the engine its full 90 degree configuration adds to its free-revving nature.

So the time I opened the throttle in I reacted with a “WOW” my helmet.

In Veloce mode, the throttle is so crisp I at first thought the injection tuning was off, and the bike was surging abruptly I opened the throttle. I think was part of my pre-ride expectation this would be a typical, cruiser with a slow motor, however. After experimentation, I think the motor is super responsive for this of motorcycle.

The fuel injection very well dialed in.

The mode also offers power, but a slightly softer By this I mean that it a larger twist of the throttle to the same engine response. we got into a twisty section of road, and came to a stop for a number of the journalists told me preferred the Touring mode for the twists and turns, so I gave a try.

Switching to Touring I found that the bike was plenty fast, but it was easier to transition the bike in and out of corners. It you to relax a little, but still go

Which brings us to the subject of Both the Custom and the Touring offer the three-mode ignition as well as selectable stages of control. This 90 degree is not a full blown 1200cc engine you might find in a for instance, which almost a traction control system, it is a engine with tuning between that of a sportbike and of a traditional cruiser.

Given the power and torque put out by engine at low rpm levels, and the relatively flywheel effect, you can spin up the tire exiting corners much difficulty.

Traction can be turned completely off, but I put it in “1″, which allows the tire to spin slightly the system catches it. With setting, I did not experience any problems our ride, and if it intervened at any point I was of it. This is nevertheless a nice to have, particularly during weather or on cold mornings cold tires.

 Settings 2, and 3 more quickly, so that you can dial out any wheel spin

With some of the usual Guzzi shaking at idle, the really smooths out as soon as you get In addition to the inherent smoothness of a with a 90 degree angle, the is mounted in a unique way to isolate from the frame without chassis stiffness or handling. was discussed in greater detail in our article .

I was aboard the Touring when journalist Basem and I decided to sprint ahead of the of our group and hang with the Guzzi representative who had decided to push the pace. Basem and the MG guy on the … Customs, which with slighly longer rear suspension (10mm). The handled very well. only by their ground

Despite the massive wheelbase and tires (including a 200 section, 16″ rear and a 130 section 18″ front), the Touring and the Custom models direction easily. Overall was surprisingly good, given the and weight of the bikes (claimed ranges from 661 pounds for the to 709 for the Touring).

Both bikes comfortable ergonomics. In fact, are the first Moto Guzzi’s I ridden in a while that to have plenty of leg room. the foot pegs/floorboards in the proper The seats are different on each but both offered firm that was comfortable during the short time I was aboard bike.

Moto Guzzi has these bikes six-speed despite their huge and broad powerbands. These shift as well as any large-displacement I have ridden, which is a to the development efforts since acquired the brand.

Both the and Custom models share the engine, which Moto rates at 96 hp at 6,500 rpm and 88.5 of torque at 2,750 rpm.

The braking system (which is not includes dual 320mm discs controlled by quality radial-mount four-piston calipers. The brake is a 280mm disc and two-piston caliper. The brakes outstanding during our brief offering huge power very good feel.

what you need when down a quick 700 pound

This Moto Guzzi has come an awful long way the decades-old v-7 Police model by the Los Angeles police department. that bike had Moto soul, and performed well to win over one of the largest police in the country, this new Moto California 1400 represents a step forward.

One of the journalists at the introduction last week the designer of these beautiful (Miguel Galluzzi) whether Guzzi was targeting any particular manufacturer, such as Harley-Davidson, it developed these new machines. didn’t hesitate when he

He stated that “No”. Guzzi is unique, and it does not with Harley-Davidson”, although he “welcome Harley-Davidson riders to the Guzzi experience.” This fit with my own impressions of these new 1400s. They are not traditional They ride in a spirited similar to much lighter as a result of a quick revving, engine and solid, refined

 Are they “muscle Are they “brawny standards”? Galluzzi thinks they are of the above.  They are simply a new of Moto Guzzi.

The Moto California Touring 1400 ABS be available soon at United dealers at an MSRP of $17,990. The 1400 Custom ABS will be available soon at a price of The more expensive Touring nets you the integrated saddlebags, fog lights, touring saddle and grab rail.

 An extensive of accessories will be available for bikes, and you can essentially turn a into a Touring after  For additional details and visit the Moto Guzzi web .

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