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Moto Guzzi CALIFORNIA 1400 Touring Motorbike Review

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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The new California is a fabulous looking bike, it’s sophisticated and, dare I say it, sexy, too – it’s a successful modern twist on a classic design. In short it has that little something extra that Japanese, and even American, cruisers can’t match in standard form. What’s more, the big transverse V-twin has typical Guzzi traits, but is far smoother than any previous Guzzi once on the move, and makes fat torque from the smallest throttle opening. It’s just a shame that in standard form it lacks any soulful noise which would give it more character.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

On the move the California’s big transverse V-twin is impressively smooth. There’s so much torque the rev counter isn’t really needed. The big Guzzi will happily pull from as low as 2000rpm in the first five gears. Sixth is more like an over-drive. Cog down the heel and toe shift and, for such a heavyweight, the Cali has an impressive turn of pace, too. You can feel the traction control working in the wet as the fat 200-section rear tyre fights for grip.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
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The handling is far better than its ‘on-paper’ weight and bulk suggest; ground clearance isn’t bad for a custom and the radial Brembo stoppers aren’t half bad either. And let’s not forget that ABS comes as standard, and there are rider modes and traction control too. Despite the California’s 337kg wet weight, it is surprisingly manageable at low speed and the only worry comes from you burning your calf muscles on the hot exhaust…


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The Touring comes with panniers, three fuel modes, traction control and cruise control as standard.

Moto Guzzi California Touring 1400 (2013-current)

Detail Value
New price £16,132
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Engine size 1380 cc
Power 95 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
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The build quality seems high and the heel boards even have plastic sliders to protect them should you start to corner hard.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The California is cheaper than a Harley but more expensive than a Japanese cruiser.


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Model History

New for 2013

Other Versions

The sportier Custom model comes without the panniers or screen and costs £14,732.


Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 95 bhp
Max torque 88 ft-lb
Weight 337 kg
Seat height 740 mm
Fuel capacity 20.5 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 180 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 1380 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, air-cooled DOHC, 8v V-twin
Frame Steel double cradle
Front suspension adjustment 46mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Twin shocks, spring preload adjustable
Front brakes 2x320mm discs. Brembo four-piston radial calipers. ABS
Rear brake 1x283mm disc, Brembo two-piston caliper. ABS
Front tyre size 130/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 200/60ZR17

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