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Why Moto Guzzi? Moto Guzzi Originals

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Miguel Galluzzi in the historical Moto Guzzi motorcycle wind tunnel in Mandello del Lario. Moto Guzzi created the first ever motorcycle wind tunnel in 1950 which enabled racers to mimic real-life riding conditions and optimize their seating and body position at varying racing speeds – an unprecedented advantage for racing and production motorcycles.

Do the two California 1400 Touring and Custom models best represent Moto Guzzi tradition or its future? The California 1400 is a balancing point between tradition and the future. The design was intended to be reminiscent of the traditional California design, with the sleek lines of the fuel tank, the curved handlebar, the chromium passenger grab handle on the Touring, and the long mudguards.

At the same time the new 1400 is more modern, more comfortable, more hospitable, richer and more sumptuous than the previous model. The style was born, I believe in a balanced way, based on tradition which we did not want to forget on one hand, and on the other it brings innovation and an advanced spirit that a modern day Moto Guzzi must have if it aims for the top.

The center of the bike strongly recalls tradition as the lines of the tank and saddle converges there, forming that imaginary cross which is so typical of previous models. On the other hand, there is no lack of a certain innovative style, provided by the wide rear tire and the front headlight assembly. In fact, the characteristics of the lights are ultra-modern, the front light has full LED illumination like those on high end and elite cars.


It is really as if it wants to illuminate the road that opens up before Moto Guzzi, in a new light, brighter and clearer.

What was the primary goal in designing the California 1400? Exploiting the lines of its engine. It is the only one of its kind in the world and it deserves to be left as visible as possible.

The engine, which is such a signature of Moto Guzzi, became a true aspect of design. Its brand new lines represent the character and power that this 90° V twin is capable of doing. This explains why we decided to trim back the tank side fairings, in order for them to not cover the cylinder heads. Its most attractive view is from behind, the two cylinders can be seen emerging, better yet, exploding from the fuel tank.

This is a clear representation of the bike’s character, an ultra-modern cruiser, splendid to ride at low speeds, but also ready for a bold and fun ride at a moment’s notice.

What sets it apart from the competition? First and foremost the brand on the tank. It is 100% Moto Guzzi, all built by hand in the Mandello del Lario plant. On a dynamic level, it stands out for its features of handling and riding pleasure, which is unique in its category. On a design level, it catches the eye with its powerful engine which bulges from under the fuel tank, as well as its refined details and the style of some of its solutions such as the light assemblies and the instrument panel.

The California 1400 is one of the few bikes that manage to convey the impression of craftsmanship and truly exceptional attention to detail.

What is the aspect that a Moto Guzzi will always have? Personality, style and character of a ‘made in Italy’ bike. The new California is the only custom that rides like a normal bike, with a high potential for fun in turns, in addition to comfort and protection from the winds at the highest levels.

It is an example of an excellent combination of design and function.

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