Motorcycle Types Cruiser 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring | First Ride Test

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring | First Ride Test

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring First Ride Test

The all new Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring is the most comfortable beast ever to leave the Mandello del Lario factory gates. The plush seat kept me comfortable and happy during our whole 125-mile test ride in Cannes, France

There’s some excessive heat dissipation from those big new cylinder heads that hits just below my knees, and luckily for us the temperature only ranged between 55-68 degrees Fahrenheit.

The new 1380cc air-cooled V90 is very impressive, and while I preferred to keep her under 2,000 rpm it gets really lively all the way up past 5,000rpm. The new 1400 is a really flexible engine that hasn’t sacrificed its low end sweet spot to achieve an almost sporty top end. That’s unusual for this size cruiser.

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The Guzzi California 1400 Touring features Cruise Control, Traction Control and riding modes to play with. The latest ABS technology is also included for safe braking.

With a big section 130 front and 200 rear from Dunlop, I hadn’t expected the California 1400 Touring to handle quite as well as it did. This 742-lbs. mammoth really handles well. When the footboards touch the tarmac it’s quite a soft feel rather than a dramatic rattle which can happen with other big cruisers.

With the California 1400 Touring Moto Guzzi is really close to other big twins and gone is the cramped seating position of the old California Vintage. Moto Guzzi certainly means business with the new 1400.

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Photos by Milagro

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