2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Road Test Rider Magazine

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Moto Guzzi 850 California

2014 Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring Road

Lights, chrome, action! The 1400 Touring offers a style, good wind bagger convenience and plenty of

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September 4, 2013

Flashback to Richard Nixon is in the White American troops are in Vietnam and the AMC is in dealerships. Little known in the at the time, Moto Guzzi a slice of the lucrative police with a full-dress version of the 850, which was more more maneuverable, lighter and expensive than the dominant bike at the time, the Harley-Davidson FLH ( . October 2012).

A civilian the 850 GT California, was introduced in 1971 and version of the California has been in Guzzi’s lineup ever

Like many Californians, Guzzi’s stalwart cruiser—now in its model generation—has been altered and technologically enhanced. New balances the past and present. details like a buckhorn police-style windshield, floorboards, lamps and plenty of chrome are by modern touches, such as instrumentation and LED taillights and daytime lights.

The California’s trademark longitudinal V-twin now displaces 1,380cc, up 1,064cc, making it the largest ever built by Moto And in the notoriously analog cruiser the California stands apart a full slate of digital throttle-by-wire, riding modes, control, electronic cruise dual trip computers and an alarm.

Long and low, the

California requires effort, but it on course and has ample cornering

Thumb the start button and the big rumbles to life, rattling the and sending seismic vibrations the grips and seat. Blip the and the longitudinal crank twists the to the right. Sounds and feels like a cruiser should. is, until you ease out the clutch and on the throttle.

Beyond a walking the California’s shudder-n-shake melts and the engine relaxes into a quiet cadence. At cruising barely a tingle creeps the grips and floorboards, hardly a emanates from the twin pipes. Grab a handful of and the Goose will honk but otherwise it purrs like a

To reduce felt vibration, the V-twin is not a stressed member of the double-cradle frame, as it was on the previous It’s isolated from the by a kinematic support system uses automotive-type elastic The system works well, too well.

As much as I appreciate a smooth engine, on a big cruiser, one made by an Italian manufacturer for its throbbing V-twins, I want to something. And I want to hear too. But the California is no more than a Vespa.

At least fussy neighbors won’t

The new, torquey 1,380cc is a major styling element.

and fury may be muted, but the California’s powerplant kicks some asiago. Throttle response is torque is generous, bursts of are a guilty pleasure. This is the Moto Guzzi with and the Marelli 7SM ECU does a superb job of engine modes, traction and cruise control.

In Veloce mode, the California’s air/oil-cooled, twin-spark V-twin spun its rear tire up to 87.7 at 6,500 rpm and 78.5 lb-ft of at 2,900 rpm on Jett Tuning’s Turismo (Touring) mode throttle response without output, but Pioggia (Rain) dials it back to 67.2 and 70.4 lb-ft. Selecting a mode also sets the of traction control intervention 1-3), or it can be turned off.

Power reaches the rear by way of a hydraulically actuated, single-plate dry 6-speed transmission with top gear and a double cardan-joint shaft. Clutching and shifting is a quiet affair, with of the low-gear clunk common cruisers.

Comfort and style coexist on the California 1400 A broad, flat seat, set 29.1 inches above the (an optional 28.3-inch seat is provides a comfortable perch, and the handlebar allows for straight-back perfect combination for long, rides.

Moto Guzzi 850 California

Because the cylinder jut out sideways at tank level, the are located more amidships on most cruisers, which is a thing since the result is a neutral, less stretched-out position. Rubber-insulated footrests what little engine reaches the frame, and the heel-toe and brake pedal don’t the rider’s feet.

The police-style windshield diverts of the windblast around the rider, smooth airflow and minimal up to about 70 mph. On warm plenty of engine heat back over the rider’s and because the windshield is short, enters the cockpit underneath—welcome on afternoons, less so on cold

The single instrument cluster is and brimming with useful

With a long 66.3-inch lazy-daze steering geometry and a rear tire, the California’s requires effort. But, to its wide handlebar and low center of not as much as you might expect. It elegantly through turns, has of cornering clearance (replaceable sliders under the floorboards loud scraping when you the limits) and feels rock

Its 46mm fork and dual both made by Sachs, up bumps well and provide a well-controlled ride, with inches of front/rear travel. The is not adjustable, but spring preload and damping can be tweaked on the shocks. And the Brembo triple disc with radial-mount front and standard ABS, are some of the in all of cruiserdom, with the sort of power and feel you’d from a sport tourer.

In stock form, the California Touring is ready for the long with 35-liter, top-loading saddlebags that can be left protection bars for the engine and and feature-rich instrumentation. Set within a bezel, a single large, instrument cluster has an analog with an array of indicator around the perimeter and an LCD display in the that’s packed with speed, ambient temperature, position, fuel level, mode and numerous dual-trip

Use the Mode button on the left to change trip functions and menus; press the starter to change riding modes on the The California’s fenders may be plastic, but its gas tank is steel and easily a magnetic tankbag. Admittedly, the mpg and 186-mile range averaged this test are rather but we rode this smooth, beast pretty hard.

And we received the bike with miles on it, after 4,000 the rear tire was pretty toast.

Even though it has always a niche player, the Moto California’s unique combination of style, comfort and performance has for four decades. With its reworked Italian lines, air/oil-cooled V-twin and modern the new California is better than Honoring the early V7 models gave rise to the California, the model ($17,990) is available in White with black or Ambassador Black with pinstripes.

And if you prefer a more look, the Custom model foregoes the windshield, saddlebags, bars, driving lamps and saddle. Either way, the really is one of a kind.

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