First L.A. Times Ride: Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom — Los Angeles Times

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First L.A. Times Moto Guzzi California Custom

Moto Guzzi is oldest and most elegant marque. In continuous operation at its del Lario plant since and now owned by Aprilia and Vespa company Piaggio Group, the was invented by three young men met during World War I in an Italian squadron — hence the on the company’s logo — and on to dominate the Italian motorcycle for decades to come.

The Guzzi’s V-twin, shaft-driven engine was the plant that drove of Isle of Man TT and MotoGP winners, as as the Los Angeles Police Department, Guzzi became the first motorcycle company selected for an police motorcycle unit.

The California 1400 is the latest of that noble V-twin and is said to be the largest-capacity V-twin manufactured in Europe. A Cadillac of cruisers, it is a wonder of elegant and engineering.

It’s a land Riding it is a little like a grand piano — a for sure, but a grand piano the same. Standing still, or into a parking place, as sturdy and stable as a bank — and, at 701 pounds, as agile.

At 96 inches in length, it’s a shorter than a Gulfstream

But it’s just as sleek. underway, this beautifully Titanic begins to change The gentle rock of the crankshaft friendly and familiar to anyone ever ridden a Guzzi gives way to gutsy, torquey

Even in Turismo mode a much calmer mode the most exciting Sport — the quiet power of the is evident.

At speed, the real joy of the beings to express itself. The stops feeling like Potemkin and starts feeling Starship Enterprise. The acceleration is up to and well past 60 mph, an effortless pull from mph and beyond.

Moto Guzzi 940 Custom
Moto Guzzi 940 Custom

You can push this very hard and not get to the bottom of the band.

Like the Ducati Daivel this machine is meant to to a rider who wants a stylish and is willing to pay a premium for Italian but is too hip for a Harley.

That customer a lot for the $14,900 MSRP. Standard on the hand-built California include throttle, traction control and cruise control, tooled seat and chrome parts look like they hand-carved from blocks of Italian silver.

Motorcycle-savvy friends of mine interested in the California’s horsepower and Non-motorcycle friends were more impressed with the — caught by the winning of heavy metal, black and chrome.

Indeed, the California has so functions and options you almost it to be able to make its own espresso, or at offer roadside barista It’s that cushy.

The model of the same Guzzi standard with windscreen, and other long-distance features including a sticker price of

Moto Guzzi 940 Custom
Moto Guzzi 940 Custom
Moto Guzzi 940 Custom

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