The 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400, perhaps the coolest, most stylish luxury touring motorcycle in the world right now. This is one tourer we love, floorboards and all...
The 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 has finally been unveiled at the EICMA, in all its 1950s-style art deco glory. No, really, it’s a beautiful motorcycle, this Guzzi – almost makes us want one, floorboards and all. Hand-assembled at Guzzi’s Mandello del Lario plant in Italy, this is one luxury touring (not adventure touring, thank god!) bike that shows what the Japanese still can’t do.
Guzzi have been building touring bikes named ‘California’ since the early-1970s, with varying engine capacities – 750, 850, 1000 and 1100. Most of these have been, we’re sorry to say, more than a bit crappy, but all is forgiven with this new 1400 California. It’s not just utterly gorgeous to look at, it also seems to be, mechanically, quite capable. Mated to a six-speed gearbox, the bike’s 1380cc opposed-twin 8-valve engine produces 96bhp and 120Nm of torque at only 2750rpm, which should mean that low-rev performance should be damn good. There’s even ride-by-wire, traction control and selectable engine mapping (Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia, and who cares what they mean or do…) here. What are Guzzis coming to?!
The California 1400 also has a brand new double cradle steel tube chassis for improved riding dynamics, and a new cardan (shaft) final drive for smooth operation and low maintenance. The quality of paint and brightwork is the best in the business and the Guzzi even has LED daytime running lights. The bike rides on 16-inch (rear) and 18-inch (front) wheels, shod with 200/60 and 130/70 tyres. There’s a beefy 46mm fork up front and twin shocks at the back, Brembo brakes with twin 320mm discs at the front and, of course, ABS.
Since the California 1400 is a luxury tourer, it’s kitted out like one – large windshield, plush two-tone saddle, 35-litre side panniers and a factory accessories catalogue that you can spend days poring over. Honestly, we love this Moto Guzzi and we want one in our garage. Parked right next to our Ducati 1199 Panigale R, of course! ;-)