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RideApart Review: Moto California 1400

You know the cruiser compromise: riding one you achieve a certain image, a experience, but at the expense of everything that makes riding a so fun and so practical. But, what if we to tell you that it’s to have all your cruiser all your cruiser image, in a package that doesn’t handling, performance, safety or You can do that with this new Guzzi California 1400 .


It’s probably easier to what isn’t new: the case.

The first new product of a $50 investment in the brand by its Piaggio parent company, the California much of what used to be tradition. The new, larger is now rubber-mounted to reduce vibration. 1971, thanks to a man name Tonti.

Guzzis used motors as stressed members in the

While the direction and extent of its is controlled by special rods, method of vibration reduction can be as a bit of a cost cutting. By losing the as a stressed member, the frame has to heavier and stronger. A balance could have … without adding much but would have necessitated the expense of new cases.

At 710lbs ready to ride and fueled, the California is no welterweight, but does still come in at less than the equivalent the Road King.

The California is considerably more affordable that model, starting at $14,990 to the Hog’s $17,699.

And the has one other thing that other cruiser on the market the brain of SBK Championship winning RSV4. That means cruiser uses a ride-by-wire with switchable riding and three-position traction control. It has ABS as standard.

That new, motor is created by fitting pistons onto the block of existing 1,151cc air/oil-cooled Outright torque only modestly from 80 to 88lb/ft, but the engine character become more relaxed and flexible as torque shifts from all the way down to 2,750rpm. Power decreases from 110 to 95bhp, but also shifts down the rev from 7,500 to 6,500rpm.

The is a flexible, torque, easy-going that’s still capable of a turn of speed.

There’s two of California: Custom and Touring. the same bike, the Touring adds a screen, running and hard bags for a questionable premium.

LED running lights bring a dazzling modern touch to an timeless design.

Departing Monica in busy Friday traffic, we eventually headed up Malibu’s famous canyon even hitting the infamous

Splitting is often discouraged on due to liability concerns, but sitting in traffic for nearly an hour, in plus temps, proved a test of the big Guzzi’s user Where most air-cooled could edge towards in these conditions, the California even tempered and easy to Event crawling along, a few inches progress between stops, its on-paper weight was by a low center of gravity and natural

Unlike most cruisers, the are easy to reach, relatively and aren’t subject to binding or as things heat up.

Things much more fun once we off the congested Pacific Coast and onto Malibu Canyon Its flowing corners are where the is most at home, making use of its torque to maintain what’s a fairly impressive pace.

other Guzzis, the California in that ever-elusive “feel” Thank the longitudinal crank and suspension components for that. The of the tires, suspension and brakes what they’re doing in a uninterrupted fashion is immense

Even with your forward and your hands up and out in front of you.

The California’s are sheathed on the bottom with sliders. Think Ducati 1100. They’ve got enough that they won’t go in sweepers, but on tight corners as those found on The Snake, definitely will. In fact, the is happy lifting its boards that the frame occasionally down.

At least when you like a 32-year old speed more used to dragging than hard parts.

even with that dragging on the ground, the front end delivers confidence and stability, once feeling like about to be lifted off the ground. that confidence, I was able to a road that’s challenging for sportsbike riders with aggression and at a pace that have left most of riders eating my dust.

Two photoshoots that only in virtually unusable photos for the press shots being in their place) later and I the Guzzi guys that be splitting on the way home. So it was back out on to the PCH and traffic at what’d be my normal on any bike all the way back to Santa

What’s Good

The handling! you won’t believe you’re a cruiser. While outright is going to be a bit lower than of a sportsbike, feel is actually to many current Japanese bikes.

The California has light, steering that just into corners, tracks a with utter stability, lets you rocket out on that fat curve.

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Don’t worry those fairly unimpressive making the engine boring. twins are about making rapid progress, not turning straight into a drag There’s more than torque here to maintain a healthy pace through a canyon road.

And, if you do want to drag race, spin the rear tire from the lights with throttle. If you have the traction switched off…

Which us to the electronics. In a fit of national pride, Turismo and Veloce” stand in for the “Rain, Touring and Sport” You’ll end up using Turismo of the time as it delivers full and smooth throttle response, but noticabley sharpens things up to the of abruptness while Pioggia both outright power and for slippery conditions.

Traction again based on the smooth, intervention of the RSV4, can by set to three of intervention or completely off. I most of the day in the lower level, still allows some without letting things get too Big bikes like these a ton of momentum, so the little helping is much appreciated, allowing you to serious liberties in complete

The front end is all about safety too to the standard ABS. No shudders or here, it just brings you to a halt. Brakes are front and use powerful radial calipers, most other cruisers, you can two-finger the right lever to them through corners.

really do deliver sportsbike-like of feel, control and power.

too, is solid. I’ve adapted to taking all the weight off my and legs and directing it through my but only experience minor discomfort on the tightly sprung, Guzzi. Anything else all and v-twiny typically causes in my lower back.

It’s far, far, far superior to the California; tall folks fit as as short.

Miguel Galluzzi’s is a masterpiece, appearing timeless every other entry in the is either a shameless throwback or futuristic. The Harley crowd is to be able to relate just as as the blind people who were told the Diavel is a good bike and believed that.

The California’s mechanical components of both quality and function.


LED brake lights and turn on the rear pretty much in direct sunlight.

You’ll be to do way better in the aftermarket with a budget than the Touring nets you. The bags are well integrated, but come that’s an entire Cleveland bike worth of premium.

The bars are going to require too of a reach for shorter riders.

The pillion accommodation is… not good .

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