2014 Moto Guzzi 1400 California Test Ride

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I should have something was up. Last time we had a Guzzi in the mag’s test (just a few months ago), I up being pretty impressed the overall competence of the thing, considering its user-friendly price

Sure, the V7 Stone’s fueling was and suspension iffy, but I had to admire the progress with the venerable in a relatively short time lots of help — and $54 in cash infusions — it be noted, from parent Piaggio, who took over the in 2004). But we hadn’t ridden a model since 2006, we took the Vintage model for a out to Americade.

A New Breed

Seven on. and the newest version of the California now 1400cc — might as have been made on so different is it in every sense the 1200 of yore. During the press briefing, Styling Miguel Galuzzi (officially, the of the Piaggio Group Advanced Centre in Pasadena, California) some insight into how important this bike is to

The California 1400 is a balancing between tradition and the future. The was intended to be reminiscent of the traditional design, with the sleek of the fuel tank, the curved the chromium passenger grab on the Touring and the long mudguards. At the time the new 1400 was to be more more comfortable. and more than the previous model.

So a was born which tends, I in a balanced way, toward which we did not want to forget, and the and advanced spirit that a day Moto Guzzi must The engine which is so typical of Guzzi became a true of design. so (we) trim the tank side fairings, in not to cover the cylinder heads. In the from behind: the two cylinders can be exploding from the fuel

This is a clear representation of the character, an ultra modern splendid to ride at low speeds, but ready for a bold and fun ride at a notice.

Guzzi also says the California 1400 is the most cruiser on the market today and a look at the marketing brochure much confirms it: It boast the twin cylinder engine in Europe; three-level traction Ride-by-Wire technology featuring different power output [ Turismo (Touring), Veloce and Pioggia (Rain)], electronic control; LED daytime running and what Guzzi calls The Engine — a rubber support system fitting the to the frame.

The new California is available in two Custom and Touring. The California Custom dispenses with accessories and chrome overkill, but still a looker with a design that includes details like an information-rich instrument readout, ABS and traction frenched-in rear taillights and a elliptical LED headlight.

The new Touring a hard styling and function from the base model with its broad leather saddle, a tall Patrol chrome fog lights, 35-liter and chrome crash bars the bags and engine. It retains the of the Guzzi California designed for the back in the day, which got tricked out with an oversized bullhorn handlebars, platform and endless swaths of chrome Since then, we’ve generations and four engine (750cc, 850cc, 1000cc, through various iterations of the

I had a chance to ride the Custom (with an even shorter on the Touring) in the hills around California last month and away with some positive impressions of the new machine.


For a big bike — it much bigger than its moniker would suggest the California makes nice use of design cues to minimize its with integrated curves and in what are usually visually places. It caps the classical with a mix of high-tech details-things in LED taillights and ABS brakes. Fit and finish is class, with lots of surfaces and fine textures.

aboard, the first thing you is there’s no getting away the brand’s trademark transverse V-twin engine, a layout has employed since the 1960s. The heads’ V-shape juts out the sides, while the crankshaft lengthwise on the bike, which is gives Guzzis their effect under throttle. The rotation rocks through the with the bike leaning to the when you hit the throttle.

It’s no big deal once you get to it, but first-timers will probably themselves wondering what’s up. The cool cylinder cutouts the heads under the gas tank to draw your eye down, and think they cut into capacity, too, though the 5.4 gallon number seems plenty.

But the main show on the is still a big V-twin, this one out from 1,151 to 1,380 centimeters — the largest of any European V-twin, according to Eight valves and overhead are further augmented with all modern engine management

Kick her into gear California now has six of them instead of the you’re used to, and feel the burst of grunt — 89 of torque at 2,750 rpm and a claimed 96 (at 6500rpm, redline). You still get a drive connected to the rear by means of Guzzi’s CARC (the drive shaft is the single swing-arm).

In parking lot maneuvers the bike’s is apparent, but get ‘er going and the is solid and balanced, even at low speeds and in tight turns. The is superb, and rolling on the throttle things out appreciably. The new rubber system quells the quakes and only minute buzzing through to the bars.

At idle the shuddering and vibrations reminds you on a Guzzi, but release the clutch and up, and all is quiet with the world

During our mountain route, the was perfectly planted through with easy shifting and ground clearance. Even onto the freeway, the new Cali was than up to the task, motoring up to sixth gear, blowing past 80 mph.

MSRP for the California 1400 Custom ABS is while the 1400 Touring ABS run you $17,990. Now that Ducati it has a Touring Cruiser in the lineup yep, the Diavel Strada, to them — we’ll be forward to an interesting matchup summer.

For a more in-depth riding on the new Moto Guzzi California Custom, see Motorcycle Cruiser’s issue, on sale May 25th. A on the Touring will be out the following

For more details about the new Moto Guzzi California visit www.motoguzzi-us.com.

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