2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Test

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Moto Guzzi California Touring Review

Forty-two ago a distinguished, but financially struggling, brought out the first of a long of cruiser motorcycles with the name California.

Its longitudinal powerplant and shaft drive the company, becoming the basis of motorcycles from Italy to – you it – California.

With the Los Angeles Department and California Highway upholding the law on Americanized versions of the Ambassador 750, Moto sensed an opportunity and a North civilian edition – the California – was

Over the decades, the California in displacement and the 1100 came being in 1994. By the 2000s, the was sold as a retro machine, names like Vintage and appending. The final 1100 – the California 90 Limited Edition – was an unusual machine, though one we thoroughly enjoyed riding.

letting the California name a breather for a year, Moto brings it back with a with an all-new machine boldly brings the historic into the modern day. on all comers in the increasingly popular category, the 2013 California Touring is a motorcycle to be reckoned

Sharing the same ownership as Moto Guzzi taps the motor technology offered by the Superbike Championship winning for the 1400. Yes, the California is air-cooled (with a huge oil and just a single cam controls headís four valves, but have their say,

Ride-by-wire starts the ball and allows Moto Guzzi to the 1400 three interesting advantages. The first is the cruise It operates smoothly and intuitively – in thanks to its freedom from operation – and a single oversized on the right handlebar is the sole

A bit of a surprise is the choice of three curves – Veloce, Turismo, and – all displayed in the Guzzi’s native on the California’s new highly functional and tach/clock combined display.

(“fast”) offers full and quick revving; Turismo has full power with the spinning up more slowly; (“rain”) handles slippery with less power and rpm advance. While this is stuff on sport bikes, it is something new for a cruiser/tourer.

The big shocker is the choice of three of traction control, something we even sure we really Our testing was in dry conditions, though we did through a mossy paved crossing and a short gravel-covered of road. In both cases, we in Turismo and the most restrictive control setting.

If it kicked in, we feel or hear it. However, we be singing a different tune on a Los Angeles freeway on the first after a long dry summer.

and advanced features are welcome, yet the of a motor is in the ride. Here, the 1400 Touring is a remarkable Moto Guzzi’s latest motor has huge 104mm sliding through the 81mm left over from the engine.

This over-square favors higher revving and performance.

At the other end of the powerband, is a single 52mm throttle with long intake that enhance low-rpm The result is a motor that out its maximum torque of 89 ft. lbs. on at 2750 rpm, and if you let it rev up to 6500 rpm short of the redline) you will be with 96 horsepower.

The practical aspects of this play out nicely – you have roll-on power that you to pass on the highway without out of the overdrive 6th gear, plus you can shifting frequently, as there is of rev-out.

The magic ratio is 4th which works flawlessly 30 mph to about 100 mph. A 50-mile through the mountains on a fairly two-lane road can be done a single shift.

On the subject of Moto Guzzi reworked the and the Cardan joint to smooth out considerably. Gone is the traditional big transmission clunk; replacing it is a positive engagement using the operated heel/toe shifter.

The floorboards have a traction-enhancing insert to isolate the rider the vibrations of the motor, which is now rubber-mounted.

At a stop, the motor around noticeably in the frame, and waves cause the bars to Once underway, the vibrations disappear, as the chassis and motor in perfect harmony.

Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California

Also harmonious is the handling and the Just as the engine – the largest V-twin out of Europe – is both and sporty, the chassis is a willing regardless of your riding

Without any doubt, riders who to push the bike along be enthusiastic about the California Touring. Owing to its Italian the big bike is impressively nimble on roads.

Suspension action is though not the least bit harsh. gives a great feel for the regardless of the situation. You never isolated from the task at a and no one wished for a softer ride. is effortless; just a shift of weight gets the job done, allowed Moto Guzzi to fit that are purely designed for rather than leverage.

corrections are instinctive, giving the even more confidence.

isn’t unduly sacrificed. You quite riding on rails, if you set a path the Guzzi will it, unless you initiate a change. high-speed stability is fine up to 90 mph or so – for a touring cruiser.

The windshield looks short and eyes will peer it, while there is plenty of from the blast. Thanks to shield width, your doesn’t suffer, and the swept angle sends most of the over your helmet front-end buffeting. We hit some crosswinds on the California Touring and the refused to be unsettled.

This is for both touring and sightseeing.

Bag and interior shape are very though the side of the lockable lid slightly restrict the size of can be fit into the bag. The organic of the hard bags works with the rest of the styling. At a gas a rider on a competing marque was “That is nice,” he said a bit of envy.

Given how unusual the California was, it is amazing how the California 1400 Touring is. with its longitudinal V-twin and performance, the new Guzzi has that of individuality many of us crave in a

If you’re looking for a touring that makes you part of a brotherhood of brand-aware riders who flash a thumbs up at every the 2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring is not your However, if you want a motorcycle is different, yet completely satisfying, machine demands your

This story is featured in the 2013 issue of Ultimate magazine — available on newsstands and bookstores everywhere. The issue is available free to readers on Newsstand (for iOS devices) and Play (Android). To subscribe to the edition, please visit our Services page .

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