California Cool Makes a Comeback: 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 — Classic…

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the Moto Guzzi California Touring and Custom Models

with a spectacular visual the lines of the 1400 California unmistakeable Mot.

Featuring an 1,380cc version of the Moto V-twin — the largest European ever, Guzzi says — the Moto Guzzi California 1400 has lots of presence.

Design details include the way the front rolled edge of the joins up with the gas tank, the white pinstriping on the tank, the big single instrument face, and the shaped-by-the-wind panniers. Expected without which a Guzzi couldn’t be a California include heel-and-toe gearshift (adjustable to toe if you prefer), barn door fairing, and a black and white seat with distinctive grab rail. There are no wheels, but whoever designed the wheels did a good job of mimicking

The big engine, adorned with new and “toaster” rocker covers, and rocks around its own center of when you start it, but that all as soon as you accelerate away, and subsequently intrude at any speed or as the new “elastic-kinematic” rubber supports and between frame and engine do job. With a claimed 96 available, the 8-valve engine is and powerful, but draggin’ away the lights isn’t what engine is about.

What it is about is opening the throttle in any gear and using the torque, a claimed 88.5ft/lb to be laid on the tarmac at just With smooth fueling the single 52mm throttle the torque’s very usable. In at a press intro in France, I most of my time aboard the in either third or occasionally gear, riding the kind of minor roads that are so good at, giving the footboards a scraping on tighter, twistier

Moto Guzzi 850 California

The big Guzzi acquits itself so on all of these, it would seem it would sit lazily in sixth on a long straight highway, control activated (a first for for day after day — it is designated the California after all.

The California’s sure-footed road are in its DNA. Even on skinny my 1976 T3 Cali does you want it to and does it well of its stiff and stable Tonti and low center of gravity. But with a wheelbase (1,470mm), the T3 is considerably than the new Cali 1400, is long at 66.3 inches

The 1400’s chassis is still a cradle steel frame, but considerably, and it breaks with tradition as it doesn’t use the engine as a member, using plates and mounts to attach to the big engine.

The forks (designed to echo the V7’s front end) are and stable, especially in conjunction the twin front Brembo discs and 4-pot calipers. The on the 1400 are superb and require rider effort. Along ABS and traction control, you feel in the ability to pull up fast, I had to do when a little old French just stepped out into the on a fast corner.

The engine mapping is easily on the go from Veloce (sport), to (touring, as the Italian suggests) or (rain), which softens the response for wet conditions and takes a bit of initial snatchiness riding town. I was slightly concerned the width of the 35-liter panniers and crash bars while through traffic, but it wasn’t too and the decent mirrors help.

not all perfect, however. This is one big and although it has a low seat height of over 29 inches, at 5 feet 10 I have to be careful paddling with my feet when at a standstill. I can’t understand why haven’t included a long, sidestand like the one on the T3 California; be that 743 pounds of 1400 ain’t going to topple on you, as it did for me on a very gentle after leaving it on the puny

Other niggles: I found the shocks a little harsh — they’d work better a passenger, for whom there is of room on the excellent and comfortable the alarm key fob looks like a last-minute afterthought; the transmission a whiney and the gearbox, though is still Guzzi clonky; the is non-adjustable — I found myself either through it or peering the top, though wind is generally good; and even in in the mid-60s F, I found the heat from the big ol’ cylinder heads to get a bit at standstill. How they’ll be in Sicily at 100 F, I can imagine.

For those who can afford it — European stands at €19,500, or approximately — the California 1400 is possibly the expression of a Moto Guzzi with 40 years on its shoulders. MC

Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California
Moto Guzzi 850 California


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