First ride! New Moto Guzzi California

Published: 23 November 2012

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.

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