Moto Guzzi California 2013 first test Bike Social

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Moto Guzzi California III C

2013 Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring first

Moto Guzzi has finally its best selling model of the 40 years, the California. There are two the 1400 Custom and the one I rode, the Touring.

It’s the best California ever, with presence, very clean, low lines, clear traditional cues blended with modern touches like LED lights, and the size of the V-twin by the cut-outs in the fuel tank to its big air-cooled cylinders.

It feels good too. The peaks at just 2,750rpm, the engine to thud and shake lazy muscularity to the unique sound and still respond to the throttle. The capacity increase to from the old 1200 motor is to bigger pistons, and to tame the the engine is rubber mounted previous ones were components of the frame.

This has added some but it’s still at least lighter than an equivalent and it’s very smooth now at all speeds other than when the bike shakes and as you’d want it to.

It’s a but it’s also a touring hence the decent sized and screen, and it should do this job with one proviso. Comfort is good, although there’s turbulence from the top of the screen 75mph which vibrates helmet, and the overdrive top gear for relaxed motorway riding, but the doesn’t appear to be good, to 30mpg around town on my Guzzi claims 42mpg in riding, but that seems a optimistic, in which case the will be only 170 miles or so, not for a tourer.

There’s even traction if things get slippery but most riders will rarely it’s there. The three maps are used more, in it’s worth switching to (wet) for town riding as the response can be too sudden in the other two Turismo and Veloce. But how refreshing for a not to default to English for this of thing — this is an bike after all.

Quirks aside, the California’s an beast. It handles well, the is perfectly neutral and the bike direction with astonishing considering its size, making it a pleasure on twisty mountain where it ought to be a handful.

Not perfect, but still seductive.

Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C

Model tested: Moto California 1400 Touring

UK £15,770

Available: December

Engine: 90 degree V-twin, air ohc 4v, 1380cc

Power: 95bhp @

Torque: 88b.ft @ 2,750rpm

Moto Guzzi California III C
Moto Guzzi California III C


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