Moto Guzzi California Touring (2013- ) expert review — Bike Trader UK

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Moto Guzzi California Aluminium

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By Roland (photos by Milagro)


4.5 out of 5

“The California Touring is not a revamp of Guzzi’s famous It’s a stunning, new generation that combines traditional US style with sophistication.”

handling for such a big bike

Price is high

Ground limits cornering

Windscreen not


As ever the California is powered by an V-twin engine with sticking out sideways. With a of 1380cc, it’s the biggest Guzzi has ever produced, and designed for flexibility rather top-end power. In fact the output of 96bhp is 6bhp Guzzi’s old 1151cc engine.

But the makes 15 per cent more with a peak at just

This California is a much sophisticated machine than the old or any other Guzzi come to It incorporates ride-by-wire throttle cruise control and traction Its rider can choose from engine modes, patriotically Veloce, Turismo and Pioggia of Fast, Touring and Rain.

But regardless of mode, the softly California has a wonderfully laid-back delivery that makes for a relaxed ride. It’s enough for touring use, rumbling up to three-figure speeds if and cruising effortlessly at 70mph. The capacity meant Guzzi’s had to develop a rubber mounting to combat vibration.

At very low revs you can feel a not lumpiness, then as the revs the shakes magically disappear to a very smooth ride.

the original California was launched in it has been notable for combining US style with respectably handling. That’s also of this latest model, steers with a remarkably touch for a long bike. The is also heavy at over

At least its stylish black-and-white is very low, which slow speed manoeuvrability.

quality is very good, at speed excellent, and on twisty the Cali handles improbably But it can’t lean very far its footboards start scraping, before the Dunlop tyres their limits of grip. restricts cornering speeds in conditions, though few owners are to mind too much. Guzzi compromise on the California’s front set-up of twin 320mm discs with four-piston calipers, which would a super-sports bike.

The result is very powerful with plenty of feel, up by efficient ABS. Surprisingly the doesn’t have a system front and rear discs, as by the California and other Guzzi in the ’70s.

Our rating: 3.5 out of 5

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