Serene, superb, long as a cappuccino and struck with character like a macchiato, the California 1400 Touring brilliantly put the Calif ‘dynasty back on its path of seduction. The deep blows of the big V2 never cease to stir up emotion on the road. However, they must review their combustion breaths to meet the standards..
Guzzi takes the opportunity to polish the finish of the 1400 California. The twin cylinder heads are painted black, the commodos benefit from an aluminum patina, the ride-by-wire is refined and the rear suspension improved. The shock absorbers are adjustable in preload via a dial located at the level of the right calf. The standard setting has been revised and its possibilities have been extended.
Finally, a new cruise control enriches the experience: the system makes it possible to increase or decrease the cruising speed by pressing a button located on the electric control on the left side. The speed can be temporarily increased by screwing on the accelerator; once the throttle is released, cruising speed resumes its course. The system disengages automatically, not only when the pilot brakes or presses the select button, but also when the throttle grip is twisted in the opposite direction. Once deactivated, the last cruising speed can be resumed with the function "reprise".
Enough to allow him to quietly pursue his desire for the road, yesterday and tomorrow. Whether in 850, 1100 or 1400, the California is above all a Guzzi. And a Guzzi is an engine, the famous twin whose cylinders overflow on the sides. An identity all by itself, this mechanism. In this version, it sports a displacement of a large caliber, the biggest in the history of Mandello. With 1380 cm3, the block gains strength and torque. Forget the 73 horsepower of the 1100 – up to 96 nags perched at 6500 rpm. The couple makes a masterful leap: from one Calif to another, the force goes from 9.5 to 12.3 mkg. Above all, its maximum is available twice as early.
This block can really unleash passion and thrill controversy, skillfully playing on modern technique and historical solutions. It is also not completely unknown: it is derived from the 1200, whose piston stroke is preserved. But the bore goes to 104 mm. The styling effect of the cylinders perforating the tank and the sculpted cylinder head covers are striking. In the belly, what contrast. A single ACT per cylinder and a tumbled distribution, but 4 valves on each side, a Magnetti Marelli injection, a ride by wire accelerator, and a surprising level of electronics for a custom. The 1400 California has 3-level adjustable traction control, cruise control and 3 injection maps (Veloce, Turismo and Pioggia – Sport, Road and Rain). The Veloce mode gives the Calif a sporty character, the Turismo is aptly named, and the Pioggia reduces the mill potato by 25% while smoothing the arrival of the couple. Far from being a gadget, this system truly changes the face of the 1400 and can save the bike’s ass on wet terrain. Speaking of the fleet, it was long believed that this new engine would be provided with water cooling. It is not! The category remains pegged to certain principles, and the heat is here evacuated by air and oil.
Big twin, reinforced on-board electronics, generous line, the machine could stop there. But Guzzi has recreated everything for his majestic machine. Starting with its frame, type double steel cradle. Its particularity is the diffusion of vibrations within it. According to the brand, the flexible mounting of the twin cylinder allows its pulsations to propagate at idle then annihilate them once the accelerator is mobilized..
Mandello has revised the gearbox, with now 6 speeds, the cardan transmission, and the brakes. Upon learning that coupled braking has disappeared, the "Californists" will cough a little more. Perhaps they will be consoled by the standard ABS, the radial calipers with 4 pistons, and the new pretensions of the part-cycle. Everything widens: 46 mm in diameter now for the fork, and large gommards at the front and rear. The front will split the road with 130mm of rubber while the rear axle will sit firmly on 200mm of rolling. With its 110 and 140 rises, the old 1100 suddenly seems to have mob tires.
And the lighthouse? Watch this intriguing lens. Complex shapes, a lenticular element, LEDs … It would almost monopolize the attention. Under the large windshield, another element has been the subject of great creativity: the dashboard. A single dial, round, circled in chrome, placed in front of the triple tree, with a central digital window and multiple information. Simple and complete at the same time, elegant, modern, superb !
A true invitation to the pleasure of riding, the new Moto-Guzzi 1400 California carries on its hips a pair of (very beautiful) suitcases with a capacity of 35 liters each; unfortunately, they cannot contain a helmet. The machine stands out for its design, its engine and its build. Almost 350 kilos, 1685mm of wheelbase, almost 2.50m long, that sits you on a motorcycle. Equipped with advanced electronics, a copious twin and a serious chassis, the Italian cruiser becomes a serious competitor against American and related productions. Harley Road King, Indian Chief Vintage or Springfield have found who to talk to.
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1400 California Touring 2018
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about 180 km / h
The technical aspect
Moto-Guzzi 1400 California Touring 2019
- Tank: 20.5 liters
- Width: 1,030 mm
- Height: 1,460 mm
- Wheelbase: 1685 mm
- Dry weight: 346 kg
- Train before
- secondary by cardan
- Rear axle
(104 x 81.2 mm)
at 6500 rpm
at 3000 rpm