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Published on April 22nd, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez


Moto Guzzi California 1400 for 2014

Moto Guzzi has just announced that the all-new 2014 California 1400 models will arrive soon. Moto Guzzi has reached into its past to revive the California name on a motorcycle that bears a 1380cc 90-degree V-twin engine. The all-new 2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 brings modern technology and amenities to classic cruiser geometry.
The engine is the heart of a motorcycle, and this one has a good heart. The new engine in the California is rated to produce 96hp and 8 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque arrives at 2750 rpm, which means that the grunt is available at a quick twist of the throttle. The engine is rubber mounted in the frame, a first for Guzzi  in order to quell excessive vibration. This cruiser is not stuck in time when it comes to engine technology. It features four valves per cylinder with dual ignition, and a very sophisticated electronic throttle. The “ride-by-wire” technology is the first link in a chain of rider aids. First is electronic cruise control, a vast improvement over mechanical throttle locks. Set the desired cruising speed, and the bike maintains velocity through changing conditions. Next is engine management, which adjusts throttle response levels to give a different feel to the engine.
Antilock brakes (ABS) are standard on the California, and so is traction control, with three levels of intervention plus “off.” The brakes are independent front and rear, and have excellent feel. Curb weight is reported to be 709.8 lbs for the Touring model with windshield, dual hard side bags and touring seat; 661 lbs for the more basic Custom model. The Touring model also gets a more upright set of handlebars for a slightly more relaxed riding position. Both models get a 46mm front fork and a swingarm with dual spring shocks in the rear. The Custom’s rear shocks are adjustable for damping and preload, while the Touring makes do with preload adjustment only.

The 18″ front wheel and 16″ rear wheel carry wide 200 and 130 series respectively tires, wide enough for some visual presence but not so wide as to negatively affect handling. The bike’s low saddle height (29.1″) combined with roomy floorboards made for a comfortable, relaxed riding position.
The 2014 California 1400 new features:

A 1,380cc 90° V-Twin engine
Traction control
Tri-Map Ride-by-Wire technology with three different power output curves: Turismo (Touring), Veloce (Sport) and Pioggia (Rain)
Electronic Cruise Control
LED Daytime Running Lights
Elastic Engine – An elastic support system fitting the powertrain to the frame, aimed to filter out engine vibrations.

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