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Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring

The big-bore market has another heavy-hitter in its This new addition does the name proud with a engine and great handling

The 1400 Touring is a seductive – period. The engine oozes it’s comfortable, is sensational on the has plenty of technological flair, and is about vibration-less – while holding onto that Moto Guzzi tremble at

The $24,990 1400 Touring is an machine for Moto Guzzi, so will be high hopes it can repay parent company with plenty of sales. probably won’t be one of the key drivers – the market just isn’t a big one – but in other key western markets are immense windows of opportunity for the to really make an impact. If happens, it will add even cachet to the California name, began with full-scale in 1971 and since then has about seven models and different engine configurations: 850cc, 1000cc and 1100cc.

And now we can add a engine into the mix, the Mandello factory using the 1151cc Quattrovalvole engine – in such bikes as the Norge and – as a donor and adding a “record-breaking” of 104mm. They are seriously big and the hike in capacity via an increase in means that Moto didn’t have to redesign the end of the engine, which would been an expensive exercise.

Big pistons generally don’t too much prompting to generate of buzzing, so Moto Guzzi’s is to introduce a concept it calls engine”. The system basically using the engine as a stressed and introduces rubber mounting in with three separate rockers.

The end result is that the bounces and burbles around in its own and it really does isolate the from all those shenanigans. I was enough to be handed the keys to the 1400 Touring at the same as I was heading out of Melbourne to help at my school camp at Wilson’s and in every riding situation – urban, highways, byways and roads – there was only the hint of vibration. And that no complaints about the mirrors.

But as Moto Guzzi points the California has forgotten its past, and “at a the bike maintains. its pulsating That’s code for a shudder and but it then disappears once the lever is let go and bike begins its forward thrust.

With the isolated inside the “elastic” the engine is an absolute jewel. It from the bottom end with a punch, and then reaches its torque of 120Nm at just After that, it continues its march and only tails off until it reaches its power of 96hp at 6500rpm. After well, who cares really, as by you’re really up and going, all in a and enjoyable manner.

If you then to drop the tempo down a there’s always the overdrive top to sit back and relax – and to give the D251F hoops a break.

is a lot of heat emanating from hulking engine though, and was particularly felt when I was through peak hour on my return to the Victorian capital. The temperature wasn’t high, but the pace of riding meant heat was becoming an issue. In the of summer, it could become a

Moto Guzzi has opted for one Marelli 52mm throttle to look after both fed through longer intake to increase torque at low rpm. The are massive, eating into the tank’s real estate.

The 1400 Touring’s ride-by-wire allows three different to be selected — Turismo, or Pioggia (no English here!) and there’s also traction and controls to complete the electronic I spent most of my time in but the throttle response is quite so there’s no ‘shame’ in trimming the tempo a little in one of the other As for traction control, it’s there and I didn’t really about it too much, which was the deal for the ABS.

One little feature is that the traction light flashes on the instrument when it’s on without activated. I like a clean, dash, so it just may be a function of my nature, not the Guzzi’s. I am not a huge control user anyway, so I really used it a few times to its efficacy more than else.

Moto Guzzi claims the economy is 15-20 per cent in 1380cc guise compared to the version, which is just as as I was only able to achieve an range of about 230km the 20.5-litre tank. That’s not for a touring machine, especially as was no passenger on board and the panniers only filled with cargo.

At one stage I limped a service station just in – but with a huge smile a brilliant stretch of twisty consigned fuel consumption to a concern. For a bike that in at 322kg wet, the 1400 is one of the sweetest handling tourers sampled, and feels a lot lighter it actually is.

The handling is just so and the only time it gets a distressed is when it has to push a succession of bumps through a with some understeer the result as the dual Sachs fight to regain composure. But no surprise, as the wheelbase is a rangy after all. But the 1400 responds to some gentle on the bars to get it back on track, shows just how manageable it is for a big

And the grips are nice and soft, so no sore hands.

The 35-litre are easy to use, but are not waterproof so need to buy the accessory internal to take on that function. standard features on the 1400 include the windshield, ancillary LED daytime running lights, guard, pannier guard and alarm.

Back on less roads, the California 1400 — available in black or — is extremely comfortable, that feeling of really cocooned in the cabin. The screen is – a mistake, as is the absence of any power – but thankfully is fixed at a good

It’s not often that tourers surprise you with vitality, energy and chutzpah, but bike is one of them. There are a few features – or lack thereof but they are small fry in the scheme of Instead, dwell on the positives: the just offers so much for the with that strapping the real cause celebre. also comfortable and is a delight to through corners.

Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring

Very compelling indeed.



Type: 90-degree V-twin


Bore x …: 104mm x

Compression ratio: 10.5:1

system: Electronic fuel

Final drive: Double joint

Clutch: Dry


Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring
Moto Guzzi California Touring

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