Introducing the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring and Custom Models


| 11/13/2012 1:11:08 PM


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With the California 1400 project Moto Guzzi redefines the concept of the luxury bike, polarising it into two opposite personalities in style, but combined in the expression of reference technologies and performance. The emblem of a culture and capability of building unique bikes since 1921, the California 1400 Touring and Custom models are assembled by hand in the Mandello del Lario plant and, with their innovation and style, they represent the turning point in Moto Guzzi history, one of the oldest and most respected brands in motorcycle history.

Moto Guzzi California Touring 1
The Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring, one of two new models. 

From the USA to the rest of the world.

On the streets for more than forty years, the Moto Guzzi California is the most famous Italian bike in the world. Its career began in 1970 when, after a series of stringent tests, the Moto Guzzi V7 Police won the selection to enter the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) fleet. For the first time, a foreign bike had won a contract in America to supply the police, beating out, in addition to the American manufacturers, the best English competition. News of these stars & stripes uniformed Moto Guzzi bikes generated great interest in Europe as well, strengthening the excellent reputation that the V7 achieved with the 700 and Special versions. From the photographs of LAPD and Highway Patrol officers, however, it is clear that this Moto Guzzi V7 is decidedly different from the ones sold in
dealerships: oversized saddle, bullhorn handlebars, platform footrests and an overabundance of chroming. These are elements that gave the V7 a popular Americanised style and stimulated a demand so strong that it convinced Moto Guzzi to begin factory production in 1971 with the name California. Since then seven generations and four engine capacities (750, 850, 1000, 1100) have alternated in more than one hundred thousand units manufactured: a success.

The life of a star.

Well known by all, loved by many and literally revered by long-distance riders, during its forty year career the Moto Guzzi California has patrolled the American freeways, escorted monarchs and presidents and been parked in the garages of cinema divas and rock stars, becoming a reference point in motorcycle history.
More than any other model manufactured at Mandello del Lario, the California represents the values and strength of the Moto Guzzi brand: style, comfort, reliability and performance. Success motivated by a rare quality: knowing how to reconcile the comfort and cargo capacity of a custom bike with the dynamic nature and performance of a powerful street bike.

California 1400: An epic turning point.

Designing the heir to the most famous Moto Guzzi in the world meant taking on a great technological and economic challenge in order to replicate, like in 1971, the new reference point for the category. An impressive bike, exclusive, capable of enhancing the elements of nobility of a brand which is the symbol of 'made in Italy'. Starting from the stylistic intuition of an innovative but recognisable design and coherent with the heritage of seven California generations manufactured until today, the main distinctive Moto Guzzi traits were redesigned with the most advanced technologies of the top European motorcycle group, achieving a series of  results such as:

• The largest twin-cylinder engine ever made in Europe, able to produce an explosive torque of 120Nm at just 2750 rpm.
• The first custom in the world equipped with MGCT traction and multimap Ride by Wire technology, with the possibility of selecting three different power output curves: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia.
• The first custom in the world with a headlight assembly equipped with LED DRL daylight running lights, like the system used on late model cars.
• A brand new double-cradle frame equipped with an elastic support system capable of completely eliminating vibration transfer.
• A new cardan final drive, at the top of the category for smooth and quiet operation.




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