MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE (2015 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
Power: 96 bhp
Seat height: Low (29.1 in / 740 mm)
Weight: High (659 lbs / 299 kg)

Prices

New £15,135
Used N/A

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 The new bike has a sporty stance and wide bars, while the footboards have been replaced by proper footpegs.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

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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

Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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 (4/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £220
New price £15,135
Used price -
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term 2 years

Top speed & performance

Max power 96 bhp
Max torque 89.24 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range -

Model history & versions

Other versions

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

Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI AUDACE (2015 - on)

3 owners have 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: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £220
4 out of 5
31 March 2020 by Jerome

Year: 2016

Surprisngly smooth once off of idle, abundant torque from way down low, excellent throttle, and somehow, despite its size, has sharp handling, steering, and brakes.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

It is comfortable except the bar position may be a little too sporty. Simple fix; swapping out for 2017 and up Audace handlebars. Great seat, comfortable peg position, and soaks up all but the worst bumps on the road.

Engine 5 out of 5

Super user friendly motor that cam sit and cruise happily just above 2000 RPM or up to 5000 RPM, hauling. There is instant and smooth torque everywhere. Shifts are very positive and pleasant.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Great build quality, except the exhaust hardware needed loctite.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

If only it got better than 35mpg. In its defense, combination of sport mode and mixed riding is all it sees. Otherwise most the maintenance is simple and enjoyable.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Personally I would be happier without the extra electronics but I admit cruise control is a plus.

Buying experience: privately bought

5 out of 5 Best bike that no-one know about.
12 July 2019 by ANDREW

Year: 2016

It's my first Moto Guzzi and my first non sport bike (my last bike was a GSXR 1000k4) so I was super pleasantly surprised how well this bikes handles accelerate and most importantly brakes!! By far the best stoping cruiser this side of the Ducati Diavel

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Handles like a dream on the first test ride I was alredy scraping pegs on roundabouts not because there is no ground clearance but because it handles so well!! 310kg should never stop accelerate and handle so well but it does!! One needs to try it to belive it. I tried a Fat Bob 114 and this bikes beats that bike in all this categories!

Engine 5 out of 5

This is the best thing about this bike it pulls like a train. Max tourqe is at 2750 rpm so you ride it till 4000rpm from 4000-5000rpm there is a drop in acceleration but once passed 5000rpm the engine hits it's power band and pulls like a train till red line. I tried a Fat Bob 114 and that bikes is leaving it behind in any gear.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No problems here no oil burning no electrical gremlins no problems what so ever. Starts every time and rides like a dream!

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

It's very thirsty!! In sport mode and my riding style I can get about 120 miles before the reserve light comes on. In rain mode it's about 150 miles but apparently one can do another about 50 miles before the tank is empty.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Three power maps, cruse control abs brembo brakes and traction control what more can one want. Plus there is the Moto Guzzi app that is given you all sort of informations like lean angles and so on.

4 out of 5 The real italian stallion
28 December 2016 by Wildy

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £220

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.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

So far so good, 3000 miles and the bike still looks like new.

Value vs rivals 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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