2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Review — Motorcycle USA

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2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom Review

We a spin on Moto Guzzi’s cruiser motorcycle. Come for the ride in our 2013 Moto California 1400 Custom Ride video.

You can’t a Moto Guzzi of lacking Of course, character can be a double-edged if a manufacturer focuses more on charismatic motorcycles than on performance. And while Moto roots may hark back to and its California model has been since 1971, the latest of its cruiser motorcycle, the 2013 1400 Custom, sheds any of antiquity the brand may have

It’s not every day you come a cruiser with high-end aids like traction variable engine maps, cruise control and a ride-by-wire system as standard equipment.

not, Guzzi loyalists. The didn’t entirely abandon its The 2013 California 1400 sports classic styling and you thumb the electric starter it greets riders with familiar Guzzi character.

Its V2 engine with a longitudinally-mounted creates plenty of shake, and roll in the bars at idle and the twist from the rotating is also still present throttle is applied, but get it rolling and the quirkiness at idle quickly The 1380cc rigid-mounted Twin as a striking focal point of the and the crowns of its cylinder heads out below the tank cut-outs the bike an imposing presence.

setting off, riders can from three riding Veloce (Sport), Turismo and Pioggia (Rain). After the California 1400 Custom up, the red starter button to the right and it down for a second, then The engine mode display in the gauge will have a bar it, then tap the starter to cycle the engine maps.

In Veloce mode, its 104mm drum inside the 81mm like a Neil Peart In its full-power setting the California to life, throttle response it launches with authority and like a mule. Wringing out gear will jet you up to almost 50 mph in a In Veloce/Sport mode, more is available earlier in the rev range to the engine output of its American

Set on Turismo it tones the throttle a notch and hits its sweet at a higher rpm. Instead of a drum roll, it’s about smooth roll-ons and power as the arm-stretching hit of Veloce is down. We did notice the bike a bit under 2000 rpm in this when we let engine speed dro

The 1400 Custom’s traction gave us peace of mind we decided to take it off the beaten, path.

p down in sharp and tight switchbacks. Click it in and the syncopated beat of the big pistons even lighter. Output is cut noticeably, throttle response and rev is yet it doesn’t totally neuter the

The mode does its intended job keeping wheel spin for adverse conditions and is a useful for getting acclimated to the feel of the as well.

The MGCT, as Guzzi calls its control system, likewise has modes, indicated by 1-2-3. It is by the Mode button situated in a housing on top of the left handlebar. The toggles through standard from a clock to trip but has a MGCT setting as well.

it is illuminated on the display, hold the button down a sec then able to adjust the traction settings. It is during hard and hard braking that the of the traction control is most Off the line, it keeps the back from spinning out so the motorcycle hooks up and goes. During braking, it keeps the bike in line and steady.

Its presence is reassuring on our Oregon roads are often littered with and dirt in turns, residuals spring rains and winter

But that’s part of the beauty of the of our homegrown testing grounds. provide real-word hazards will quickly point out a strong points or deficiencies. out of a small logging community Cave Junction on our way to the Oregon the California 1400 Custom is up the increasingly steep roads little effort, even the added weight of a passenger on

Moto Guzzi lists numbers at 89 lb-ft of torque at rpm while its peak of 96 horsepower hit until 6500 rpm, the higher revving nature one of the it differentiates from most V-Twins.

As the road to the Oregon Caves pines stretch skyward as the of asphalt snakes through the layered forest. To our right a doe out of the brush with the smallest fawn I’ve ever in tow. The deep-seated note of the 1400 Custom halts the deer in her tracks, eyes for an angle of escape but her legs frozen.

We’re cruising at almost 60 mph when there’s instant when you don’t whether she’s going to in front of you or shoot back the forest, but thanks to the California’s big 320mm discs and Brembo calipers, we’re down to 15 mph by the we pass the duo. Having discs on a big cruiser is an exception of the norm despite the fact the niche is comprised of the biggest, bikes around.

The California’s are very powerful, particularly the on the front with its four arrangement that really dig in. full-on emergency braking we were impressed with how the tandem can bring the bike to a controlled stop. We like the ABS isn’t as intrusive as other and the only pumping sensation is on the brake lever.

Heading into town on Hwy. we’re barely aware of any in the road as we cruise along at 65 With a stout 46mm fork sporting a generous travel and twin rear with both preload and adjustability, the California’s suspension for a smooth, enjoyable ride. The is facilitated by a

The 2013 California 1400 is rock-solid through sweepers and is to manuever at parking lot speeds, but it a lot of its weight low and forward and will slightly on tight turns.

transmission as the clutch and six-speed are nicely sorted. It requires a clutch pull, but only a short tug to get it to slip through First clunks into during engagement, otherwise it smoothly.

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We noticed occasional from the shaft drive, but alarming.

“The Moto California’s suspension is supple and for an extremely comfortable ride. It an admirable job damping a big, bike. I wouldn’t describe the as sporty, per se, but it can hustle way better a 700-pound cruiser should to the suspension,” agreed Motorcycle Managing Editor, Bart

Because at 709 pounds, it is a heavy Surprisingly, this doesn’t the California from sticking glue through sweepers and require manhandling at parking lot The engine is a load-bearing member of the and the bike feels like of its bulk is carried low and forward so it fall into corners on of the tighter radiuses.

Its floor are up high and allow plenty of when banked over.

The Moto Guzzi California is you’d expect for a motorcycle by Miguel Galluzzi. It melds with contemporary, all infused Italian machismo. The classic is in its upright riding position, and traditional cruiser lines. The begins with its futuristic-looking and extends to the LED strips formed the rear fender.

The flake of the pops under full the black lacquered wheels hypnotically, and it’s muscular and back, from the thick tubes to its 200mm rear. The of the instrumentation from behind the bars is clean and tidy and adjustable levers are always a thing in our book. While the tank and accompanying cut-out are what you’d expect a $15,000 bike, the plastic aren’t.

Being equipped cruise control as a standard is a bonus. On the California 1400 it engages with the press of a on the right handlebar and being to rest our wrists on long is always appreciated. The fact an indicator blinks on the dash activated but not engaged is a bit tiresome The calibration of the fuel sensor seems a tad off, too, the low fuel light comes on and often.

We pushed the bike to its limits to see if the reading is accurate and at one the fuel bar completely disappeared but the kept running before one bar We did discover that it chugs gas as we averaged 31.22 mpg during our in the saddle.

In spite of a few slight nuances, the Moto Guzzi California Custom is one impressive ride. Our Editor Madson sums it up

Moto Guzzi ups the ante in the market by equipping its 2013 1400 Custom with a of high-end electronics, including control, variable engine ABS, cruise control and a throttle system.

“The really is a beautiful bike, by Miguel Galluzzi — the man who Ducati’s Monster. It’s that the two most interesting new models in recent years are Italian. But where the Ducati is only nominally a cruiser, in its feet-forward stance mated to performance, the California is a true in form and function. The Moto delivers a refined performance and will appeal to riders want an authentic cruiser experience.”

Competitively priced at under $15,000, making if grand less than the Diavel and on-par with Dyna models, we’d be if we were a competitor. The California the Italian marque kicking and into the 21st century. And a good thing.

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