2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom- First Ride Review- Photos

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2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom – First Italian V-Twin power gets ….

Long the glamorous center-stage unveiling of the 1400 at last year’s show, Moto Guzzi that its new V-Twin power had the potential to restore the image of one of the names in the history of motorcycling. the money to bring this new to market was an investment worth

Pillar of the whole project is the 1400 Touring because it targeted a specific segment of the lovers of classically styled, and well-equipped, but not overloaded, grand-touring The competition in this class is starting with none than Harley-Davidson . the undisputed one, but the return, in money and can be worth the effort.

Now, the California 1400 extends the range to a more price level: $14,990, less than the Touring. a … version of Touring, the has a narrower, lower handlebar and shocks with 10mm travel, equaling that of the 46mm Sachs fork. The of the rolling gear is the same. The notable difference is the substantial in curb weight, owing to of the Touring components.

At 701 pounds, the is 42 pounds lighter than the

Nothing has changed in the engine The massive 1380cc, 90-degree, V-Twin comes in exactly the state of tune as the Touring, a claimed 96 horsepower at 6500 rpm and 87 of peak torque at 2750 The full electronics suite on the Touring is also on duty

A cold, cloudy but dry morning me at the Moto Guzzi factory in where I took delivery of the Custom prepared for my test. good knowledge of the roads in area, I hit the freeway going with Lake Como on my side, a few hundred feet

On the sweeping curves of the freeway, the Custom felt perfectly at While the lack of the excellent windshield left me exposed to the air from the Alps, it made the completely indifferent to the not-too-friendly The heavy steering geometry (32 rake, 6.1 inches trail) a solid, reassuring feeling, no delayed response.

I left the freeway after 40 miles and started up an alpine to check the handling qualities to the weight loss. Because the were dry, I set traction on its least-intrusive number-one setting and mapping to “ veloce ” (fast). The rear radial took care of the massive torque by Guzzi’s largest-ever V-Twin.

Moto Guzzi Daytona
Moto Guzzi Daytona

This alpine roads a nice mix of tight corners and fast ones, as well as steep grades. Once I was positively surprised by the agility of a that, by the numbers (wheelbase 66.3 in.), should not you feel at home on a twisty road. But the Custom was even agile than the Touring I last November on a slightly road.

The great flexibility of the reduced the need to use the six-speed to enjoy a spirited ride.

Brembo brakes never a beat, and the longer shocks lean angle. Cornering had to be watched, mainly because the leans rather eagerly corners while the under-footboard do not send strong signals they contact the tarmac; up would have been a part of the frame.

A very nice ride in a really miserable way. As I to Mandello, the skies opened, and the shoot had to take place in the While the California Custom is a and pleasant multi-purpose roadster, the with its heated grips and would have been a choice in the cold and wet conditions.

If I forced to choose between the two I would sell one of my wife’s and go for the California 1400 Touring.

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Moto Guzzi Daytona
Moto Guzzi Daytona

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