The California revival immediately seduced, its ostentatious presence and its large engine clearly visible giving it a charisma hitherto unknown to Moto-Guzzi. Completely new, equipped with a technology far beyond the aspirations of a conventional cruiser, the Calif also wants to appeal to a wider range than before..
Superb, the 1400 California Touring is similar to an 18th century vessel ready to cross the Atlantic. The Custom rather plays in the courtyard of the patrol boats, where rebels and brigands ogle at the machines of character. Rid of all the Grand Touring equipment of his sister, this tall and long fellow remains California while displaying his own identity.
The large windshield, the elegant suitcases, the two-tone color and the piping, the passenger support bar, the additional headlights, the protection bars and about twenty kilos have been left out. Thus, the 1400 Custom displays in broad daylight its long exhausts like a highway and bevelled at the end of the race. The rims are black here, with the surname Moto Guzzi branded with a hot iron on the edge. A less comfortable and less spacious saddle took place between the generous 20.5-liter tank and the very distinguished rear headlights. The passenger loses the change, and almost half of the seat compared to the Touring version. The rider is perched 740 mm from the ground, as on the Touring, but his riding position changes by the present of a Drag Bar handlebar and the thickness of the saddle revised downwards. Still on display, the large running boards, the generous twin-cylinder and all the essentials of the California.
Because all Custom that it is, this machine has retained all the strength and technique of this new episode of the legend Guzzi. Its aplomb, its capacity, its technology make it a choice competitor against the Triumph 1600 Thunderbird, Harley Breakout or Softail Slim. A long chassis like this, consisting of a double steel cradle frame, a solid 46 mm fork complete with radial brake calipers, a duo of shocks with separate cylinders and a new cardan transmission , different from the CARC widely used in the transalpine range. The brakes…. oh yes, the brakes. Purists will swallow askance when they learn that coupled braking has disappeared. Modernity forgets the charms of the past to assert its technology. This allows the Calif Custom to be equipped with sporty 4-piston calipers, assisted by an ABS.
Generous in its volumes, the Guzzi is just as much with its engine. A 1380 cc twin, sculpted in detail, huge to burst the tank. Nothing less than the biggest engine ever produced by the Mandello brand. Very fat, designed to distribute torque with a ladle, the mechanics reach 96 horses, and especially a good 12.3 mkg at 2750 rpm. Guzzi did not stop there to enhance the character of his mill. The electronic assistance was invited to a staggering level for this kind of machines. We find on board not only a cruise control and a traction control with 3 intervention levels, but also 3 engine management modes: tourism, fast and rain. Now, you can choose your type of nervousness on a custom depending on the environment and / or your mood.
In front of the eyes, only the road and a huge counter measuring 150 mm in diameter. In this circle of metal, a somewhat surprising but shy instrumentation comes to life. In fact, just like this California: a machine with an assertive size, a luxurious and defiant identity, serene to face the behemoths of the category. Gadget or master of character, the choice of cartography can be an interesting crutch. Traction control on a motorcycle of this power seems less useful to us.
More distinctive, nastier than the Touring, the 1400 California Custom announces less comfort, less weight, less euros too, but just as much elegance. She can bluntly rub shoulders with American machines, and respond to them with beautiful shots of transverse bowls..
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1400 California Custom 2013
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about 180 km / h
The technical aspect
Moto-Guzzi 1400 California Custom 2014
- Tank: 20.5 liters
- Width: 850mm
- Height: 1,181 mm
- Wheelbase: 1685 mm
- Dry weight: 300 kg
- Train before
- Secondary cardan drive
- Rear axle
(104 x 81.2 mm)
at 6500 rpm
at 2,750 rpm