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First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

By MCN Editorial -

First rides & tests

 23 November 2012 13:20

Moto Guzzi's new California 1400 is proving every bit as good to ride as it is to look at. MCN Senior Road Tester Adam Child is currently putting the all-new heavyweight cruiser through its paces in the south of France and is impressed.

He says: "I've been riding it along the coast road between Cannes and St Tropez and am loving it so far. It still retains that classic Guzzi character, the way the big V-twin rocks a little at standstill and so on, but once you get going is incredibly smooth – it's the smoothest Guzzi I've ever ridden.

"On these roads I've yet to fully open it up – that will come later – but it's clearly got bags of stomp. The ground clearance is a little limited, but for this type of bike is OK and, despite its massive dimensions, it's not as much of a handful as expected. I'm only 5'7" and can easily get both feet flat on the ground, for example.

"Best of all, though, I really like the look of it: It's stylish, classy and being able to see the cylinder heads sticking out the sides of the tank as you ride along is a nice touch."

Read Adam's full report in next week's Motorcycle News – out Wednesday 28th.