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MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE (2015-on) Review

Published: 06 July 2015

It’s more Jack Russell than Rottweiler

MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE  (2015-on)

It’s more Jack Russell than Rottweiler

  • At a glance
  • 1380cc  -  96 bhp
  • Medium seat height (740mm)
  • New: £15,135

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Guzzi has taken its California and given it the mean and moody treatment to come up with the new Audace. The new bike has a sporty stance and wide bars, while the footboards have been replaced by proper footpegs. It handles better too. The Audace feels lighter, the handling is sportier as there is less lift and squat from the shaftdrive under acceleration and deceleration. The sporty stance puts you forward in the chassis and there’s more ground clearance than you’d expect.

Guzzi produce excellent cruisers, the classic California and the new Eldorado are fine examples. They are classy, sophisticated, smooth and comfortable. Guzzi cruisers are not built for outright speed or performance but they exude confidence and quality, built up over decades of evolution and trust, with racing success deep in the company’s DNA. But somehow the Audace doesn’t quite come off.

Guzzi claims the Audace is mean with a dark side. Truth is, it’s not mean enough. Yes it’s a little sportier than the Eldorado and has some nice touches but I don’t think many will choose one over a California or a new Eldorado – not for such a small saving (£1500 and £500 respectively).

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 5

The twin shock now has more adjustment, there’s 3mm more ground clearance and the wheels have changed in size as well as design. The Audace has an 18in front and 16in rear rather than 16-inchers all round, while a meaty 200-section rear replaces the standard 180. The exhaust has been chopped too, not just to give a more aggressive stance but also add a little noise. Overall the Audace weighs 15kg less than the Eldorado and it’s £500 cheaper.  

Engine 4 out of 5

It may appear to be a hard-nosed cruiser, whereas in fact it’s a little soft. It wants to be mean, but can’t quite pull it off. The big air-cooled V-twin is a little too lazy and soft to be considered angry. Yes the exhaust barks, but it’s more Jack Russell than Rottweiler. The huge air-cooled V-twin is identical to that of the California 1400 and Eldorado versions, but thanks to different fuelling power, behaves in a slightly different way, with torque being a fraction higher at 3000rpm.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

It's a modern Moto Guzzi, which means build quality to please parent company Piaggio, so problems should be very few and far between. 

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

At £15,135, the Audace is neither cheap, nor expensive against a landscape of similar large-capacity cruisers. The biggest benefit of owning one is that you're unlikely to pass another on the road - and that individuality can be very attractive. 

Equipment 4 out of 5

In common with the Eldorado you get rider modes, three-stage traction control and ABS Brembos. Again scratch deep enough and you’ll find the same California underneath.  But in all honesty engine-wise they feel identical. The big difference between the bikes is feeling, ergonomics and image.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £15,135
Used price -
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £220
Performance
Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 89.24 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Specification
Engine size 1380cc
Engine type Air-cooled V-twin
Frame type Steel double cradle
Fuel capacity 20.5 litres
Seat height 740mm
Bike weight 299kg
Front suspension 45mm fork, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable extension and spring preload with remote tank
Front brake 2x 320mm stainless steel floating discs, 4-piston Brembo radial calipers
Rear brake 282mm disc, 2-piston Brembo caliper
Front tyre size 130/70 R18
Rear tyre size 200/60 R16

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

This is the street-bruiser version of the existing California 1400. there's also a heritage inspired Eldorado version. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE (2015-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

The real italian stallion

28 December 2016 by Wildy

Looks amazing. Sounds even better. Handles great, and it makes you just want to go out and ride. Different, you will be unlucky to find another at your local bike meet. Draws attention, due to its size. Downside, fuel economy could be better 38 mpg. Servicing needs to be done when the engine is stone cold and ideally left overnight at the dealers.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Surprisingly very comfortable, cruise control is great, tank range of around 150 miles.
Engine
5 out of 5
Sounds epic. Tons of torque low down makes riding it effortless. If you like to arrive in style then you will not be disappointed. Its not the fastest bike, but open her up and listen to that engine.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far so good, 3000 miles and the bike still looks like new.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
My nearest dealer is 65 miles away. Moto Guzzi could do with having more dealers.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Favourite feature cruise control. Really comfortable seat. Beautifully finished with little details that you don`t notice at first and then find across the bike.
Buying experience

Bought from a non franchised dealer, got a good deal.

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