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2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring



2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Review

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

A sense of adventure and luxury, in perfectly balanced harmony.

These essential characteristics allow boundless horizons to be faced with bold spirit and maximum comfort. The technical solutions, the new mechanical components and the innovative but faithful design make the California 1400 Touring the flagship of Gran Turismo. Pure reference for the entire category.

The Touring is the California in its most classic expression, destined for great travelers, thanks to a level of comfort, aerodynamic protection and load capacity which only a Moto Guzzi can offer.

Equipped with a “Patrol” windscreen, supplementary chrome-plated headlights, 35 liter panniers, engine and pannier guard kit, the Touring is a lavishly chromed and technological “tourer” which, powered by the largest V-twin ever seen before in Europe, is able to trot along all day with a thrilling sound and, if necessary, leave behind any vehicle on two or four wheels.

The sensory indulgence continues with the engine off, outside your favorite bar or in your garage at home, where you can explore it in its smallest detail. Here there is plenty of choice, including engine and construction details or technological devices: among these, for the first time in its category, the possibility to choose the preferred engine response between Touring, Sport and Rain modes, or select the cruise control which, together with the anti-theft device, is part of the standard equipment.

But the luxurious standard equipment does not preclude the possibility of further customizing the California according to one’s own taste and needs: the accessories catalog is the most comprehensive ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

High performance silencers, chrome-plated and machined components, saddles of all types and materials, as well as support and the App which turns an iPhone into a supplementary dashboard to obtain all kinds of navigation, performance and technical data information.

Special attention has been given to the chromatic concept, developed in two colors: white with dark decorative threads on the tank, inspired by the California Highway Patrol versions, or classic black with white threads, reminiscent of the original versions, such as the V7 and 850 California.



2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Key Features

The California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring are presented as world ambassadors for the Moto Guzzi brand, embodying the highest values of Italian designed as an ideal of beauty and luxury. Everything on California Touring and California Custom helps to combine the best of the latest and most advanced technology with the classic style and elegance of the Moto Guzzi brand: brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control are among the key features.

Hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), where the Moto Guzzi are born continuously since 1921, the California 1400 is distinguished by the craftsmanship with which each component is assembled. Attention that makes every Moto Guzzi California a unique piece, able to marry and to emphasize the strong personality of a passionate and exclusive clientele.


 

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring Features and Benefits

A sense of adventure and luxury, in perfectly balanced harmony. These essential characteristics allow boundless horizons to be faced with bold spirit and maximum comfort. The technical solutions, the new mechanical components and the innovative but faithful design make the California 1400 Touring the flagship of Gran Turismo. Pure reference for the entire category.

The Touring is the California in its most classic expression, destined for great travelers, thanks to a level of comfort, aerodynamic protection and load capacity which only a Moto Guzzi can offer.

Equipped with a “Patrol” windscreen, supplementary chrome-plated headlights, 35 liter panniers, engine and pannier guard kit, the Touring is a lavishly chromed and technological “tourer” which, powered by the largest V-twin ever seen before in Europe, is able to trot along all day with a thrilling sound and, if necessary, leave behind any vehicle on two or four wheels.

The sensory indulgence continues with the engine off, outside your favorite bar or in your garage at home, where you can explore it in its smallest detail. Here there is plenty of choice, including engine and construction details or technological devices: among these, for the first time in its category, the possibility to choose the preferred engine response between Touring, Sport and Rain modes, or select the cruise control which, together with the anti-theft device, is part of the standard equipment.

But the luxurious standard equipment does not preclude the possibility of further customizing the California according to one’s own taste and needs: the accessories catalog is the most comprehensive ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

High performance silencers, chrome-plated and machined components, saddles of all types and materials, as well as support and the App which turns an iPhone into a supplementary dashboard to obtain all kinds of navigation, performance and technical data information.

Special attention has been given to the chromatic concept, developed in two colors: white with dark decorative threads on the tank, inspired by the California Highway Patrol versions, or classic black with white threads, reminiscent of the original versions, such as the V7 and 850 California.

 

FROM THE USA TO THE REST OF THE WORLD.

On the streets for more than forty years, the Moto Guzzi California is the most famous Italian bike in the world.

Its career began in 1970 when, after a series of stringent tests, the Moto Guzzi V7 Police won the selection to enter the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) fleet. For the first time a foreign bike had won a contract in America to supply the Police, beating out, in addition to the national manufacturer, the best English competition.

News of these stars & stripes uniformed Moto Guzzi bikes generated great interest in Europe as well, strengthening the excellent reputation that the V7 achieved with the 700 and Special versions. From the photographs of LAPD and Highway Patrol officers, however, it is clear that this Moto Guzzi V7 is decidedly different from the ones sold in dealerships: oversized saddle, bullhorn handlebars, platform footrests and an over-abundance of chroming.

These are elements that gave the V7 a popular Americanised style and stimulated a demand so strong that it convinced Moto Guzzi to begin factory production in 1971 with the name California.

Since then seven generations and four engine capacities (750, 850, 1000, 1100) have alternated in more than one hundred thousand units manufactured: a success.

THE LIFE OF A STAR.

Well known by all, loved by many and literally revered by long distance riders, during its forty year career the Moto Guzzi California has patrolled the American freeways, escorted monarchs and presidents and been parked in the garages of cinema divas and rock stars, becoming a reference point in motorcycle history.

More than any other model manufactured at Mandello del Lario, the California represents the values and strength of the Moto Guzzi brand: style, comfort, reliability and performance.

Success motivated by a rare quality: knowing how to reconcile the comfort and cargo capacity of a custom bike with the dynamic nature and performance of a powerful street bike.

CALIFORNIA 1400: AN EPIC TURNING POINT.

Designing the heir to the most famous Moto Guzzi in the world meant taking on a great technological and economic challenge in order to replicate, like in 1971, the new reference point for the category. An impressive bike, exclusive, capable of enhancing the elements of nobility of a brand which is the symbol of ‘made in Italy’.

Starting from the stylistic intuition of an innovative but recognisable design and coherent with the heritage of seven California generations manufactured until today, the main distinctive Moto Guzzi traits were redesigned with the most advanced technologies of the top European motorcycle group, achieving a series of results such as:
– The largest twin cylinder engine ever made in Europe, able to produce an explosive torque of 120 Nm at just 2750 rpm.
– The first custom in the world equipped with MGCT traction and multimap Ride by Wire technology, with the possibility of selecting three different power output curves: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia.
– The first custom in the world with a headlight assembly equipped with LED DRL daylight running lights, like the system used on late model cars.
– A brand new double cradle frame equipped with an elastic support system capable of completely eliminating vibration transfer.
– A new cardan final drive, at the top of the category for smooth and quiet operation.

Even looking closely at any other detail of the new California 1400, from the wheels to the instrument panel, from the components to the quality of the paint and the assembly, the magnitude of the change is clear: these Moto Guzzi bikes definitely represent a turning point in the brand’s history.

DESIGN: THE MODERN LINES OF A LEGEND.

Elegant, with a spectacular visual impact, the lines of the 1400 California convey unmistakeable Moto Guzzi class and tradition combined with never before seen size and technology.

Surprising in the smallest details as well as in its components, the design of the new California maintains a virtual continuity with its ancestors despite not having even one element in common with them.

The stylistic hints are in the saddle profile, the chromium grab handle and the side panels inspired by the T3, as well as a size ratio between the fuel tank and engine which favours the latter, precisely like the style of the V7 and V850 ancestors.

This impression is fed above all by the ingenious fuel tank, made of metal, with a 21 litre central body and two side panels, where the Eagle logo is lodged, moulded over the powerful head guards of the new 1400 cc round head engine.

Nestled within the V formed by the twin cylinder engine, the fuel tank contributes to making the side view significantly lower and more slender, also due to the clear lengthening of the wheelbase which is now 1685 mm instead of the 1560 mm from the last California 90.

The impression is further accentuated by the horizontal flow of the shiny silencers which end at the rear mudguard, moulded over the impressive 200 tyre and equipped with a spectacular dual LED taillight assembly which also houses the turn indicators. The front view is no less spectacular with a complex surface headlight that has a polielliptical light equipped with DRL daylight running light illumination, an absolutely exclusive feature, making it immediately recognisable.

The particular polygon shape of the headlight dominates the luxurious front end, enriched in proper California tradition by the indispensable windshield and supplementary lights.

More than thirty years after the T4, lightweight alloy wheels reappear on the California 1400, now with an original ribbed design.

The huge cross section of the 200/60-16 rear is striking, while the front mounts a more ordinary 130/70-18 size.

The 46 mm front fork is another reflection of its glorious ancestry: completely sealed by the imposing black “telescopes”, the style replicates the units which equipped the first V7 and V850 models. The riding cockpit is a perfect example of the marriage between design and technology that brings the new California to life. The instrument panel stands out for its attractive style and visibility, enclosed in a circular panel which is an impressive 150 mm in diameter with the analogue RPM indicator scale carved out along the outside of the multifunction, suspended full matrix display at the centre. The covered handgrips are also new, as well as the bullhorn handlebar and the electric blocks where, on the right hand the rider can, for the first time on a Moto Guzzi, engage the cruise control.

THE “ELASTIC” ENGINE.

Moto Guzzi history is marked with ingenious and innovative technical solutions.

From the “elastic frame” designed by engineer Giuseppe Guzzi at the end of the 1920s, to the aerodynamic studies developed in the famous wind tunnel, from the 8 cylinder engine to the first transversal twin cylinder with cardan transmission all the way to the integral braking system.

Today, with the new California 1400, Moto Guzzi develops a new idea applied to the fitting of the powertrain to the frame, introducing the concept of the “Elastic Engine”.

The innovation, introduced to obtain a new standard in terms of riding, consists in fitting the powertrain to the frame by means of an exclusive elastic-kinematic supports system made up of a front rocker, two side rockers and a series of rubber dampeners which allow the engine to shake around its own centre of gravity, filtering out all the vibrations preventing them from being transmitted to the bike and the places where the rider and passenger come into contact with it.

In addition to guaranteeing a new standard of riding comfort, the new California’s frame has its strong point in its dynamic performance, obtained by seeking maximum rigidity between an oversized headstock and large diameter swingarm.

Characterised by a high strength steel tubular structure, the California 1400 frame is a closed double cradle with typically custom dimensions: the steering angle is open at 32°, the trail is 155 mm while the wheelbase is that of a true free way cruiser: 1685 mm.

These are dimensions that ensure stability and precision in direction changes and also, thanks to the low centre of gravity and the central position of the weight surprisingly agile handling for a bike of this size.

Sitting just 740 mm off the ground, a walking pace is all you have to reach in order to manoeuvre, with the ease and agility of a scooter, the powerful twin cylinder from Mandello, which responds to the slightest touch of the throttle, leaving the vibrations generated by the engine behind as a distant memory for those who rode the California of days gone by.

The more nostalgic rider may feel like something is missing, but all they need to do is leave the bike at idle speed on the stand to see it rock under the powerful action of the two 104 mm pistons, generating vibrations which disappear as soon as the throttle is touched. At a standstill the bike maintains, nay enhances, its “pulsating soul”, transforming it into speed without tremors once in motion.

The innovations don’t end here. The fork is also new, with 46 mm stanchions which, although in coherence with its custom style and the generous 120 mm travel, betrays its attitude toward high performance with the presence of radial mountings for Brembo four piston callipers.

On the other hand, a traditional solution was chosen for the rear suspension, where a pair of chromium shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload operates, while the choice of wheels goes against the trend for the category. Standing out with their “ribbed” design, the wheels are 18″ in diameter on the front and 16″ on the rear. The latter, thanks to a 6″ cross section rim, mounts a showy “traffic light-burning 200/60” tyre. The California 1400 abandons, after thirty years, the famed integral braking system, definitively surpassed by the advantages of ABS and the power of a braking system which has never been seen before in this motorcycle class: Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons that grip a pair of perforated 320 mm floating discs on the front and a 282 mm disc on the rear gripped by a Brembo floating calliper with two parallel pistons.

1380 CC: THE LARGEST V2 IN EUROPE.

Before the new California 1400 the record for engine size reached by the transverse 90° V twin engine was 1225 cc on the MGS01, basically a champion racing bike.

The new California engine, an evolution of the popular “Quattrovalvole” (Four Valve) pushes well beyond this and, using the same stroke as the 1151 cc engine, reaches a displacement of 1380 cc through a record breaking bore of 104 mm.

However, this is not a simple act of mechanical hypertrophy, but an engine which has been entirely redesigned from the externallayout to the internal components and all the way down to the electronics.

Aesthetically it looks like an aluminium sculpture, essential in its lines, but expressive in its mechanical content: the size of the head guards shows off the impressive displacement, while the shiny, Moto Guzzi silk-screen printed valve cover and the tight finning convey the great attention to construction detail.

After the 750cc small block this 1380cc big bore is also fuelled by a single Magneti Marelli throttle body, in this configuration increased to a 52 mm diameter and equipped with motorised action, which replicates the advantages in terms of fluid-dynamic performance which can be obtained by the single “Y” manifold, now arranged behind new long intake ducts which increase torque at low RPM.

Making its début on a Moto Guzzi and in the custom segment is the ride by wire electronic engine management system. This technology allows the rider to choose from three engine management mappings: Turismo (Touring), Veloce (Fast) and Bagnato (Wet).

The different mappings allow the rider to choose from the engine characteristic which best suits his/her riding style, the route or the weather conditions. In fact, modifying the torque output and engine brake management, the ECU is able to give the California engine all the smoothness needed to provide maximum comfort, aggressiveness for those who prefer a sportier ride or the control needed on a wet surface: in the latter situation this is nothing less than providential given the capacity of the engine to unload 120 Nm of torque to the ground at just 2750 RPM and stretch out up to 6500 RPM to reach the last of its ninety-six horses (71KW).

The dynamic nature of the vehicle is kept under control by the presence, for the first time on a custom, of latest generation traction control (MGCT) which can be adjusted to three different levels in order to enhance active safety without sacrificing performance and riding pleasure.

The new heads have four valves per cylinder, driven by an overhead cam in each bank, through a roller rockers system, to reduce friction losses. The modern nature of the engine is also expressed through the presence of the double ignition, in order to guarantee perfect combustion, as well as two oxygen sensors which make the mixture in the cylinders uniform in any operating conditions with a consequent improvement in fuel economy and harmful emissions.

Contributing to the overall general efficiency of the engine is the new larger size finning of the cylinders, enriched by the “brushed” finish of the external edge and the generous sizing of the oil radiator, equipped with a thermostat controlled electric fan, which reduces the average operating temperature, in addition to the new filter box, redesigned to cater to the robust thrust of the twin cylinder from Mandello.

The result is that the California engine, despite the generous increase in displacement improves fuel economy by 15-20%, depending on the conditions of use, compared to the “Quattrovalvole” 1200 cc engine.

On the transmission front there are also important innovations.

The transmission is now a six speed instead of five, while the clutch goes from a twin-disc to a new dry single disc with built in flexible coupling and reduced activation load.

The cardan final drive has been completely redesigned and satisfies the new need to transfer, with maximum fluidity and comfort, the enormous torque of the engine, in addition to boasting an elastic aspect with significantly more modern and technological aesthetics.

MOTO GUZZI CALIFORNIA 1400 TOURING:

This is the California in its most classic expression, intended for great travellers, long distance riders and those who are so dependent on motorcycles that they can do without a car. After all, where comfort, aerodynamic protection and cargo capacity are concerned, the Touring version rival even four-wheeled flagships, but with that feeling of freedom and riding pleasure that only a bike, or rather a Moto Guzzi, can provide.

Luxuriously equipped with a prestigious two-tone saddle, a “Patrol” windshield, chromium supplementary lights, 35 litre side panniers, engine guard and pannier guard kits, the Touring is an ultra chromium and technological “tourer” which, powered by the largest V-twin ever built in Europe, can run all day long with a thrilling sound and, whenever necessary, can provide a bull-like power that will leave any two or four-wheeled vehicle in its wake.

The sensory satisfaction continues when the California 1400 Touring is standing still too, parked outside of your favourite eatery or in the intimacy of your garage at home, where you can explore it in every detail. Here there is an embarrassing wide range of choices, between engine and chassis parts or technological devices: among these you will find, for the first time in its category, the possibility of choosing the engine response you prefer – Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia – or you can select cruise control which, together with the antitheft system,, come standard on this fantastic bike.

Nevertheless, the luxurious standard equipment does not prevent you from being able to further modify your California Touring in line with your own aesthetic tastes and needs, taking advantage of the most complete accessories catalogue ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

High performance silencers, chromium and billet components, saddles of all types and materials up to the support and Apps which allow you to transform your iPhone into a supplementary dashboard to obtain a wide variety of information on navigation, performance and technical data.

Particular attention is given to the chromatic concept, developed on two evocative graphics: the Eldorado, white with dark ornamental lines on the tank, inspired by the California Highway Patrol versions, or Ambassador, which expresses the classic black with white lines similar to its origins, like the V7 and 850 California.


MOTO GUZZI CALIFORNIA 1400 CUSTOM:

The Moto Guzzi California Custom is not the sport twin to the Touring but its “wicked” sister, in stark contrast where temperament, style and vocation are concerned.

It doesn’t spoil the riders with accessories and shiny gadgets, but it wins their heart with the power expressed in its cruiser style design, hard and pure: two wheels, an engine, saddle and handlebars. Nothing else, but all made in the strictest form and function, combining with a typically Italian aesthetic sense, an expression of attention to detail and executive capacity worthy of the best interpretations that made in Italy has ever produced in the automotive field.

All you need to do is look at the two-seater saddle, where the Eagle logo is hot printed, at the drag bar handlebars with the lightweight supports, at the brand new rear shock absorbers equipped with external tank.

To increase the expressive power of the design, a minimalist graphic appearance based on material colours like mercury grey and basalt black converge with a few skilled touches of style, such as the lacquered black wheels with the red Moto Guzzi logo and the black rear view mirrors.

Once the rider is in the saddle the differences with respect to the Touring version come out clearly; the new sport saddle and the drag-bar handlebar create seating which is low and shifted over the rear wheel for a perfect metropolitan show off.

You will ride immersed in the sound of the big bore 1380 cc, ready to unload 120 Nm of torque onto the asphalt at 2750 RPM or sail into overdrive, at just above idle speed, listening to the 104 mm pistons pumping in the chest of the majestic 90° V made in Mandello del Lario, filtered by the innovative elastic-kinematic fitting to the tubular frame.

Wide open spaces where the rider dialogues with his mount, in the velvety gait of a bike with a deep soul, capable of giving its utmost in powerful sprints just as easily as it glides majestically at parade pace to follow with its gaze the reflection of an image that rolls along the surfaces of the glass store fronts in our cities, engulfed in the characteristic rumble of ‘made in Mandello’ powertrains.

The intentional minimalist look of the design further enhances the presence of technological content which is simply not found on any other bike the competition makes. The California Custom, just like its travelling sister, comes equipped standard with cruise control,

MGCT traction control which can be set to three different levels and, thanks to the Ride by Wire system, the engine response can also be adjusted to three modes, respectively “Turismo”, “Veloce” and “Pioggia”.

And if the California Custom rider can choose his bike’s personality based on the type of route and use, he can also do the same to adapt it to his personality, taking advantage of the richest accessories catalogue ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

MOTO GUZZI ACCESSORIES RANGE: CHOOSE THE BEST TO MAKE IT PERFECT AND UNIQUE.

There is only one way to make a unique bike like the California Vintage SE even more rich and luxurious: customise it with original Moto Guzzi accessories.

Leather side panniers:
The side panniers, designed by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, are available covered in genuine natural leather by specialised craftsmen. The resulting product matches the original line of the bike, providing an attractive personalisation using prestigious Italian skins.

Leather saddle.
For those looking for a luxurious finish, a saddle is available covered in genuine natural leather by specialised craftsmen. The type of leather, the style and the quality match that of the side panniers.

Luxury fibreglass top box.
Spacious fibreglass top box (60 litres) painted to match with chromium locks and handles built into the upper shell half.
It has a large and comfortable backrest cushion for the passenger, covered in the same material and colour as the saddle. The interior is finished in velvet and has a mirror and a cargo net.

50 litre top box.
Spacious quick release top box which can accommodate two flip up
helmets. The upper shell is painted to match the vehicle and has a comfort backrest for passenger finished in same material and colour as saddle.
Inside there is a document pouch and an elastic cargo strap.

Internal bags for panniers and top box.
The internal bags were made to have the same shape as the panniers and the top box which contains them. They can be easily removed and carried with handles and shoulder straps. The set of bags is made with high performance and innovative technical materials which guarantee that it is waterproof and resistant to atmospheric agents.

Tank bag kit.
The kit is made up of a water repellent leather strap that covers the central part of the tank where the leather tank bag can be fixed in order to guarantee additional cargo room for the more demanding Guzzista. The bag can be easily removed by two quick release clips. This kit was designed by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre in order to guarantee perfect integration with the bike itself. The materials used were tested to react perfectly in the harshest weather conditions.

Luggage rack.
Designed in chromium pipe by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, this luggage rack increases the bike’s cargo capacity, allowing dedicated accessory top boxes to be installed thanks to the special fitting predispositions.

Low windshield.
Similar to a top fairing, it protects against the wind even though it is small.
It contributes to the personalisation of the bike because it integrates perfectly into the original design.
Windshield deflectors.
Air deflectors to be applied at the bottom area of the windshield to increase protection and riding comfort for the rider.

Slip on “sound” exhaust
For those who want to “hear” the roar of a true
“custom”, slip-on exhaust pipes were made with a style similar to the factory exhaust but with a dedicated finish and specific bottom.

Exhaust bottoms.
These are special bottoms to be applied to the factory exhaust to customise the style of the vehicle. The external housing is made in polished stainless steel while the internal muffler is made from billet aluminium with a polished finish.

Black chromed handlebar.
To allow an exclusive personalisation of your bike a black chromium handlebar is available. This handlebar was developed by our testers to maintain an optimum riding position to control your bike.

Rear-view mirrors.
Special approved rear-view mirrors made in billet aluminium with polished, scratch-proof finish.

Aluminium handgrip kit.
Special handgrips made from billet aluminium with anti-slip inserts in rubber and polished finish.

Rear brake fluid reservoir cover.
For those who love to change the look of their bikes, customising with finishing different than the factory version, a rear brake fluid reservoir cover is available. It is made from billet aluminium and covers the entire body of the brake fluid reservoir, so it has no effect on the functionality. It is easy to install and has a polished finish that contributes to the “custom” design of the California.

Brushed upper fork yoke.
For those who love to customise their bikes, the upper fork yoke is available with a brushed finish that contributes to enhancing the “vintage” look of their California.

Horn cover.
Two billet aluminium horn covers are available for the bike. They contribute to enhancing the “vintage” look of your California with their polished finish.

Brake-clutch levers.
Special brake and clutch levers made from billet aluminium with a customised design and polished scratch-proof finish.

Front brake and clutch master cylinder covers.
Special brake and clutch master cylinder covers made in billet aluminium with polished, scratch-proof finish.

Tank cover kit.
The tank side covers, made in aluminium with a brushed finish, personalise the style of the bike, making it a true “custom”.

Chromed head covers.
For those who love to customise their bikes, head covers with brushed finish are available.

License plate bracket kit.
Elegant approved license plate bracket in stainless steel with polished finish.

Mudguard shield.
To personalise your bike a chromium pipe is available which protects the front mudguard. It is made in chromium pipe and connects the external perimeter of the mudguard.

Swingarm aesthetics kit.
Special washers made in billet aluminium to personalise the style of your vehicle.

Cylinder side guards.
Special side guards made from billet aluminium with mirror polished finish, these integrate perfectly with the style and design of the bike. Complete with brackets made in mirror polished stainless steel.

Injector-covers kit
The pair of injector covers made in aluminium with a brushed finish replaces the factory set, giving the vehicle a richer, more elegant look and coherent with the aluminium parts which are already on the vehicle.

LED supplementary lights
These small advanced electronic LED lamps absorb very little energy but are able to produce the light of a 55 watt incandescent bulb for each lamp. They make night riding safe and comfortable. Mounting brackets are included.

LED turn indicators.
Use of these turn indicators allows greater brightness and less energy consumption. They are characterised by elegant lines which are perfectly designed to match the vehicle.

Chromium headlamp.
For those who love to change the look of their bikes, customising with finishing different than the factory version, the rear body of the headlamp with chromium finish is available.


iGUZZI.
iGuzzi is a new device that allows easy connection of your smartphone (BlueDash technology) with the California, transforming it into a true multimedia platform, capable of managing all the vehicle information as well as useful travel information.

The Bluetooth connection provided by iGuzzi, together with the GPS and Internet features, allows the Smartphone to become an integral part of the instrument panel. Customisable in graphics and content, iGuzzi offers the possibility of accessing numerous features such as: on board computer (averages, fuel economy, residual range, etc.), additional indications (temperature, RPM indicator, levels, operating values).

Satellite navigator mounting kit
Mounting bracket made in polished stainless steel predisposed for installation of the GPS satellite navigator.

Satellite antitheft.
This antitheft system, which can be activated via transponder, tracks the position of the bike in order to find it in case of theft. An operational centre is in constant contact with the vehicle to monitor bike anomalies and in the event of theft steps are taken to coordinate with local law enforcement to recover the vehicle.

There are 36 Operational Centres available all over the world that can intervene in the event that the bike crosses over international borders. Apps available for Apple and Android provide the bike owner with the itineraries that have been travelled so they can be shared with Biker communities.

Telepass Bracket (Italian Motorways).
For those who love to travel the motorways (in Italy) a telepass bracket is available which allows the rider to bring the telepass along, protecting it during the trip but at the same time ensuring passage through tollbooths and automatic payment of the tolls.

Garage stand.
This accessory is very useful for periods when the bike is not being used.
It supports the vehicle in the correct position during small upkeep and maintenance jobs.

Motorcycle cover.
Tailor-made cover for indoors to protect against dust, intended for use during long periods of storing the bike in a garage. It is made from an elasticised two-coloured fabric with graphics dedicated to the bike. Available in two versions – with or without top box.

 

 

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Interviews

Miguel Galluzzi, formerly head of the Piaggio Group Motorcycles Style Centre, now head of the Piaggio Group Advanced Design Centre in Pasadena, California in the USA

Q – Do the two California 1400 Touring and Custom models best represent Moto Guzzi tradition or its future?
A – 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 was to be more modern, more comfortable, more hospitable, richer and more sumptuous than the previous model. So a style was born which tends, I believe in a balanced way, toward tradition which we did not want to forget on one hand, and on the other to the innovative and advanced spirit that a modern day Moto Guzzi must have if it wants to aim for the top. The centre of the bike strongly recalls tradition: the lines of the tank and saddle converge there, forming that imaginary “cross” which is so typical of previous models as well. On the other hand there is no lack of a certain innovative style, provided by the wide rear tyre 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.

Q – What was the primary goal in designing the California 1400?
A – Exploiting the lines of its engine: an engine which is the only one of its kind in the world deserved to be left as visible as possible. The engine which is so typical of Moto Guzzi became a true aspect of design, precisely because of its brand new lines which represent the character and power that this 90° V twin is capable of expressing. So this explains the choice to trim back the tank side fairings, in order not to cover the cylinder heads. The most attractive view is from behind: the two cylinders can be seen emerging, no, 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.

Q – What sets it apart from the competition?
A – First and foremost the brand on the tank: it is 100 percent 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, unique in its category. On a design level it catches the eye with its powerful engine which bulges from under the fuel tank, 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 manages to convey the impression of construction quality and truly exceptional attention to detail.

Q – What is the aspect that a Moto Guzzi will always have?
A – 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 despite the fact that comfort and protection from the wind are at the highest levels. It is an example of an excellent combination of design and function.

 

Romano Albesiano, head of the Piaggio Group Motorcycles Technical Centre.

Q – Recreating a legend is always a difficult job. What are the main characteristics of the California 1400 project?
A – Historically Moto Guzzi California has always been a model which was popular for its comfort combined with excellent rideability. The optimum combination of rideability and comfort determined its success from the very first version in the seventies. We acknowledged this important heritage, transmitting the unique California spirit into the new bike, naturally in a modern interpretation, since technically speaking the new California 1400 has nothing in common with the previous versions. We took advantage of the consolidated experience and technological skills of the Piaggio Group brands to build a completely new, refined and technical bike at the top of its segment for riding pleasure and comfort. It is the California of the new millennium, an Italian style cruiser, modern and fun, a bike which objectively sets a new standard straight away in the maxi cruiser segment.

Q – Is this the most technological Moto Guzzi ever built?
A – Absolutely, but not only: it is one of the most technological motorcycles ever built. However, the technology applied in the California 1400 is not simply for the sake of technology, but it has a very specific function: increasing riding pleasure, safety and comfort. For the first time on a Moto Guzzi the electronic Ride by Wire accelerator appears, technology introduce for the first time on Aprilia production bikes more than 5 years ago and which, thanks to the exchange of information between the various Piaggio Group brands, came to Moto Guzzi in its fully mature and reliable state. RbW is a essential for managing and taking the best advantage of modern engines. And so on various engine mapping arrives for the Moto Guzzi California 1400 too, capable of best meeting the rider’s needs in touring as well as in sport riding and situations of slippery asphalt. Dual channel ABS is also standard equipment on the California 1400, as well as performance traction control which can be adjusted to three different levels, and cruise control is also introduced: it is the only cruiser in the world with all three of these technologies. However, technology doesn’t stop at only the control systems: the entire California is the child of an ultra modern project and in this case the know-how transmitted from the Group R&D Department has also contributed to creating a functional and reliable bike. Included in the technological aspects are also the heavy bench testing cycles of the engine and the chassis, the hundreds of kilometres ridden on roads and tracks in search of the perfect combination of rideability, comfort and reliability.

Q – Besides technology, what sets it apart from the competition?
A – Its absolute riding pleasure. No cruiser in the segment is so much fun to ride even in turns. For the first time enthusiasts of this type of bike are not forced to sacrifice fun on any type of route or even great handling. On a bike, rideability depends on a lot of factors which are all calculated and included in the initial project. Frame distances, weight distribution, suspension calibration and much more: all this has an impact on the ride. Another unique aspect is its completeness. The California 1400 Touring come ultra complete with standard factory equipment: it is truly lacking nothing, even if the dedicated accessories catalogue – as is only right for this type of bike and customer – is quite vast and allows each rider to uniquely personalise his California.

Q – How are the vibrations of an engine this size contained?
A – By using a type of elastic engine mount to the frame which is exclusive to and patented by Moto Guzzi. In fact, the 90° V engine is characterised by strong vibrations which cause the engine to oscillate and rotate simultaneously. For this reason an elasto-kinematic system was designed, calculated through modal simulation systems, made up of three connecting rods and two silent blocks which allow the vibrations which hinder riding comfort to be eliminated without having any negative impact on riding dynamics. Designing and fine tuning it was no small thing: just think of the possible implications that an engine oscillating within a frame can cause. One of these is the fact that the engine no longer contributes as it did in recent Moto Guzzi bikes to the rigidity of the frame. In order to make up for this important contribution, the frame had to be closed with a double cradle and the structure had to be appropriately stiffened, using geometries and materials which were calculated with FEM systems. Although the principle is the same, the system which we realised is different from the one the competition offers. It is the first time it is used on a Moto Guzzi. And it works very well.

Q – What aspect about this Moto Guzzi satisfies you the most?
A – The sensation of high quality that you get from your first contact with it, the refined construction and prestige of the individual components. The materials, the combinations, the technologies used leave no doubt that you have an object of excellence before you. And the sensations you get, before starting the engine, and then beginning to ride the bike and enjoying the excitement that it so skilfully transmits win over the rider of this California even more. This is a bike which brilliantly meets the painstaking construction standards which every Moto Guzzi around the world has learned to expect from Mandello.

Q – 200 tyre, 1685 mm wheelbase, 1400cc, 46 mm fork, weight of about 300 kg. Oversizing reigns supreme on this Moto Guzzi.
A – This is our interpretation of the modern cruiser: sumptuous, rich, exclusive, popular, but also comfortable on long trips and fun in turns. Actually, however, it is lighter than the competitions’ maxi cruisers, easier to manage when stopped and more satisfying on the road. In short: it is a Moto Guzzi cruiser.

Q – If the true California of Moto Guzzi tradition is the 1400 Touring, what does the Custom represent?
A – The Custom is the more sporty, aggressive, muscular interpretation of the California. It was born almost as an afterthought: since the technical foundation allowed for so much fun, we thought we’d make a lighter and sportier version. The result was a beautiful muscle bike, for young riders who use it primarily for one-up riding. And it is just one of the possible interpretations of this bike.

Q – A record setting V-Twin. No one in Europe and very few anywhere in the world have ever built a similar engine. What is new on this 1400 engine?
A – The engine is completely new and it took more than three years on the drawing boards to first determine the ideal engine capacity and then for development and reliability-related decisions. It is the largest engine ever made by Moto Guzzi as well as the largest V twin in Europe and it employs the cutting-edge in electronic management, a result of all the experience that the Piaggio Group can boast.

Q – What are the outstanding characteristics of the 1400 engine?
A – For Moto Guzzi the engine is the heart of the entire bike. So it is the key player in design, setting itself into the lines of the fuel tank. Going into the technical specifics, we have powerful 104 mm pistons, dual ignition, four valves per cylinder timing with roller hydraulic tappets, mixed air/oil cooling and, new for Moto Guzzi engines, a fuel system with full Ride by Wire single throttle body.

Q – What goals had you set for yourselves?
A – Definitely the plentiful torque at low revs, ready but smooth response from the gas and powerful acceleration: in short, pure riding pleasure. Obviously in addition to quality and excellent reliability. In numerical terms the goals were to have maximum torque greater than 12 kgm at less than 3000 rpm, simultaneously with maximum power close to 100 HP. Both were fully achieved.

Q – After the “small” V7, this 1400 is the first of a new series: what does the future hold for Moto Guzzi?
A – Even though throughout its history Moto Guzzi has developed almost all the configurations of existing engines, and all it takes is a visit to the Mandello del Lario Museum to realise that, the present and near future are inextricably bound to the 90° V which plays the key role in the unique design, sound and riding characteristics of the best Moto Guzzi bikes. The development of this and other 90° V engines continues, introducing the best technologies available with the goal of continuously increasing riding pleasure.

Q – How is the need for high fuel economy reconciled with that of having so much torque and 96 HP?
A – In order to have so much torque and responsive acceleration from low revs we need to have high thermal and fluid dynamic efficiency at all points of operation, in addition to low internal friction. This translates into extremely low specific consumption. In particular, the use of a single throttle body, with long intake ducts, together with highly advanced engine management, ensure that excellent results will be achieved even from low revs, which are the ones most used on the road, without compromising performance at higher revs (maximum power).

Q – Reliability: how was this issue handled?
A – In order to guarantee the necessary high levels of reliability, the engine was carefully designed using modern FEM calculation systems. Also extremely long road tests and, above all, hours and hours on modern test benches in the bike technical centre put the engines through their paces in order to validate the technical choices and certify the necessary functionality.

Q – What difficulties were encountered in building the new engine?
A – Such a high engine capacity was deemed necessary in order to break into the large cruiser segment with our heads held high. The choice of the 1400cc engine and the stroke/bore ratio was pondered in order to obtain the best balance between performance and efficiency. The defined bore of 104 mm required the introduction of dual ignition which, together with the independent injection management system via double lambda probe, guarantees optimum combustion in any operating conditions. Also, the high unit engine capacity, together with the 90° V layout, essential for a Moto Guzzi, implies a high vibration level which led the designers to develop the elastic mount system, capable of completely eliminating vibration transfer to the vehicle.

 


 

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring – American Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $17,990 USD

ENGINE
Type 90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
Cooling air and oil with an independent cooling pump. Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
Engine capacity 1380 cm³
Bore and stroke 104 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Maximum power 71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm
Maximum torque 87 ft-lb – 120 Nm @2750 rpm
Fuel supply / Ignition phased electronic Multipoint sequential injection, Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243 Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise control
Starter Electric
Spark plugs NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
Exhaust system stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Type approval EPA and CARB

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6 speeds with final overdrive
Final drive double cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat
Clutch single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Chassis steel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
Wheelbase 66.3 in – 1685mm
Trail 6.1 in – 155 mm
Headstock angle 32°
Steering angle 38°
Front suspension Ø 46 mm hydraulic telescopic fork, with radial calliper mounting brackets
Front wheel travel 4.7 in – 120 mm
Rear suspension swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable spring preload. No rebound adjustment on rear shock.
Rear wheel travel 4.3 in – 110 mm
Front brake dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
Wheels Aluminium alloy
Front tire 130/70 R 18”
Rear tire 200/60 R 16”

DIMENSIONS
Length 96.2 in. – 2445 mm
Width 40.5 in. – 1030mm
Height 57.4 in. – 1460 mm
Saddle height 29.1 in. – 740 mm (Opt: 28.3 in. – 720 mm)
Minimum ground clearance 6.4 in. – 165 mm
Dry weight 709.8 lbs.- 322 Kg
Kerb weight 742.9 lbs. – 337 Kg
Fuel tank capacity 5.4 gal. – 20.5 litres
Reserve 1.3 gal. – 5 litres

 


 

2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring – Specifications/Technical Details
MSRP Price: $18,490

ENGINE
Type 90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
Cooling air and oil with an independent cooling pump. Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
Engine capacity 1380 cm³
Bore and stroke 104 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio 10.5 : 1
Maximum power 71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm
Maximum torque 87 ft-lb – 120 Nm @2750 rpm
Fuel supply / Ignition phased electronic Multipoint sequential injection, Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243 Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise control
Starter Electric
Spark plugs NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
Exhaust system stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Type approval EPA and CARB

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6 speeds with final overdrive
Final drive double cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat
Clutch single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Chassis steel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
Wheelbase 66.3 in – 1685mm
Trail 6.1 in – 155 mm
Headstock angle 32°
Steering angle 38°
Front suspension Ø 46 mm hydraulic telescopic fork, with radial calliper mounting brackets
Front wheel travel 4.7 in – 120 mm
Rear suspension swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
Rear wheel travel 4.3 in – 110 mm
Front brake dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
Wheels Aluminium alloy
Front tire 130/70 R 18”
Rear tire 200/60 R 16”

DIMENSIONS
Length 96.2 in. – 2445 mm
Width 40.5 in. – 1030mm
Height 57.4 in. – 1460 mm
Saddle height 29.1 in. – 740 mm (Opt: 28.3 in. – 720 mm)
Minimum ground clearance 6.4 in. – 165 mm
Dry weight 709.8 lbs.- 322 Kg
Kerb weight 742.9 lbs. – 337 Kg
Fuel tank capacity 5.4 gal. – 20.5 litres
Reserve 1.3 gal. – 5 litres


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