2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Review

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2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom | Review

Moto Guzzi California Custom Test

The 2013 Guzzi California 1400 is a no frills stripped-down version of the with maximized handling

The big 1380cc V90 stomps out more 86 ft. lbs. of torque at 2,500 rpm and 96 6,500 rpm, making is a proper performance cruiser. the launch in Barcelona this each red light meant a race was on!

Compared to the California the Custom is a much tighter and handling beast. First of te Custom has shed a whopping 49 from losing its wind and assembly up front, and bags out Particularly the front feels solid on the Custom due to a new drag

The 740mm seat height is on the comfortable side, but obviously so for the pillion as the “sport” seat the lines of the rear fender. The position is still a conservative upright position with a inkling forward. Moto could have gone a bit and made the riding position more aggressive without the rider’s comfort levels

The same big comfy footboards the Touring are also in place for the

The double rear suspension is new and for a more front biased compared to the Touring. The California front end with its massive fork and double Brembo calipers is possibly the best end on any cruiser or custom bike. It plush and tight at the same and extremely sure footed for type of motorcycle.

If you like motorcycle to handle well, Guzzi has gone for the overkill the California Custom. The bike is notches better than the and rock solid. If the Moto California Custom doesn’t the best fork and brakes in its I’d be surprised.

While at many crossings in Barcelona, horns growing on my crash helmet. the clutch in first, there’s drive and a massive drive But it happened to be wet on the first morning of in Barcelona.

And despite the massive Dunlop D251 rear providing lots of grip, the control came in handy.

I admit that traction on a cruiser isn’t what I’m looking for, but on this it was brilliant and added peace of I had the traction control set to level 2 and map to Pioggia (Rain). With settings, you can then keep a the fully opened over wet lines and manhole covers worry.

The Pioggia engine map is also for easy cruising when you need a full rush of Being the technological marvel it is,  the Moto Guzzi 1400 Custom features ABS allowing the the 661-lbs. bulk to be in no time on both dry and wet surfaces.

For the dry of my test it’s an easy using the starter button to go the Pioggia to Turismo or Veloce maps. Lowering the traction setting to level 1 is more of an as you need to go into the menu while standing still. In 1 the traction control allows a amount of rear wheel which is always fun.

I was lucky enough to get two full worth of riding, which was as the first day almost rained On my second day, I switched the Custom and the Touring and we went up the mountains surrounding Barcelona for cornering. Here the Custom excels over the Touring as the rear suspension provides ground clearance and the lighter and better front end provides a sportier ride.

On the cold motorway leaving in the morning, I found myself on the wishing I was on the Touring with its screen. The longitudinal trademark Guzzi V90 provided a bit of shelter and to my legs, which turned the on its head from the last I was on the California Touring in fairly hot Now I cherished the extra heat that I criticized in the heat.

You call it bad luck, but this none of the bikes were with the optional heated which I would have to have on this ride. I know whether it’s of the different bars or riding but the Custom has better mirrors, the Touring should win that

The choice between the Custom and the should be a practical one, but the in me goes for the Custom because of the handling and plush ride but on the motorway where it’s all the way. The Custom is also because of the lighter weight and a bit more fun around town, and a lot fun in the mountains.

The Custom’s front end like it belongs to a completely bike despite having the components. It’s all about the rear ride height and the of weight over the front.

Back in town again the is king. The clutch is light and the radius is brilliant for such a big Balance is very near to and I could roll to a complete and be still for a bit before putting a leg Moto Guzzi really has for handling perfection with the

I really like this but help but thinking that has missed out on a trick where could have gone extreme in a few areas such as the position, creating an uber city poser Harley-Davidson

But that’s not quite the Italian and if it’s something they are of its people complaining about and brakes. Hence a brilliant but very ready for the custom should one wish for a more and personalized style. Ape hangers look great on the Custom!

In of finish, the fuel tank cut are great, but both the front and fenders are made of plastic – not at all. The LED lighting (both and back) creates a very styling, and the Custom looks at night cruising through the The double chromed exhaust great and on the Custom you can see that big rear tire in all its glory. The have Moto Guzzi in red on them and they look the

But as with all Moto Guzzi it is of course the prominent V90 that is the attraction, and the Custom looks muscular.

Moto Guzzi 940 Custom
Moto Guzzi 940 Custom

2013 Moto 1400 Custom Conclusion:

The Custom is something new from Guzzi and delivers a very package. Traction control, Ride by Wire are all great electronics that you’ll to depend on.

I’m disappointed, however, in the mudguards, which put it down a compared to American cruisers. would have been an easy decision in the developing Who wants to repaint plastic in the custom shop?

On the Touring this isn’t really an because it is something historic should stay the way it was meant to be. But the should have iron.

The is fantastic and, as stated I believe the California Custom has the front end in the business. The radial brakes are nothing less fantastic. The low seat height a comfy seat and an easy to drag bar is great stuff. On the the Custom obviously suffers to the Touring, especially on a cold

But on a warm day, the Custom provide much comfort plenty of wind in your Moto Guzzi has created yet great motorcycle with the and now all we have to do is to wait for people to customizing them properly. I wait to see the results.

2013 Guzzi 1400 Custom


+ Handling and brakes

+ than the Touring = more

+ Top quality electronics that helps a rider when


— Plastic reduces the finish on a fine

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