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Moto Guzzi 850 California

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They say: “The new for the Moto Guzzi brand.”

We “This could be the rebirth of the

There’s been quite a bit of about how the new Moto Guzzi 1400 Touring is inspired by the police bikes of the 1970s. I actually ride (and on an old ‘70s Moto Guzzi bike, the boss thought a guy’s perspective sounded a good idea. We’ll see that.

Since the original GT, the California has resurfaced in quite a few the most popular version the Tonti-framed 1975 T3 California, shares almost every with my ’78 LAPD 850-T3 the police-specific seat, windshield, and box. Starting in 1987 the California III, through to the California “90th Anniversario,” the model was largely a styling

The art-deco stylings are courtesy of Galluzzi, who also designed the Ducati Monster. Dual fog are standard equipment on the Touring

The art-deco stylings are courtesy of Galluzzi, who also designed the Duca

Not so with the new California Touring. This machine has purpose-built as an all-new interpretation of the California, intended as a capable and modern touring mount. In aesthetic and mechanics, this is an new motorcycle, a pretty big deal for a “boutique” manufacturer like Guzzi.

The engine is the largest ever by the factory on the sunny shores of Como. It’s an all-new, engine with single cams and a total displacement of Does that say torque?

It to our dyno, where the Cali hit its torque of 70.2 lb.-ft. at 2300 rpm. Horsepower the graph smoothly, peaking 77.5 at 6500 rpm. The and the relatively heavy flywheel of Guzzis means you’ll all the grunt you need exactly you need it.

I was able to easily low-rpm, roll-on passes wondering if I was going to clear cars in time.

The Magneti-Marelli controlled fueling—yes, ride-by-wire on a predictable and smooth, even in (Sport) mode. Turismo and Pioggia (Rain) are the other modes. The bike has tons of Guzzi character at idle, but is smooth and quiet at speed. The Loggins “yacht rock” of smoothness can be attributed to Guzzi’s engine” design that the entire powertrain via rubber

Moto Guzzi 850 California

The mufflers are even rigidly to the frame and breathe through couplings.

I’m aware that pipes are a necessary regulatory these days. Most consider the California’s decibel perfectly appropriate for a polite touring bike, but I can’t wondering how beautiful the song be if this 1400cc Italian eagle was let out of its stainless steel Fortunately, Moto Guzzi has developed a wide range of for the California, including “race-only” that work with the OEM mapping.

The six-speed gearbox is well shifting predictably with feedback via a heel-toe setup is a pleasure to use. It allows you to rest your foot on the with the heel shifter aft and slightly raised from the The front is positioned to allow you to get toe underneath if you don’t want to use the shifter.

Since my old T3 has a heel-toe, I no such aversions, but it was nice not to to lift your entire leg up off the for each shift, and be able to your foot around on the

The California Touring is a pleasure to on any kind of road, with expect handling. There’s no not to get out of town on it.

The California Touring is a to ride on any kind of road, better-than-you’d expect handling. no excuse not to get out of town on it.

Wind is typical for a bags-and-windshield touring so expect your legs, and upper arms to be exposed. At I had almost no helmet buffeting the windshield, and the top lip was in my line of vision if I slouched. Another staffer a mild high-speed vibration in the above 70 mph that could annoying, but I didn’t encounter it.

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

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