Moto Guzzi California 1400: first production-spec photo

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You’ve seen the all-new Moto Guzzi California 1400 before, but you haven’t seen it in finalized, production form. Until now, this is it. A unique blend of classic and retro-futuristic styling cues, the bike employs Guzzi’s new “big block” motor. reports the 1380cc air/oil-cooled 90° twin produces 96bhp and 88lb/ft of torque. Uniquely amongst cruisers, it’s equipped with an advanced ride-by-wire throttle which enables switchable engine maps and traction control.

Those features, along with ABS brakes that new motor and its 4-valve head make the new California unprecedentedly sophisticated within the cruiser market.

This California is an extremely significant model for Guzzi, not just because of that motor, but because it’s the first all-new product to benefit from the full might of Piaggio Group’s efforts. After hemming and hawing about what to do with the storied brand for several years, Piaggio announced a major re-investment in new model development last year, using the profits of massive scooter sales in Asia to do so. The California will form the basis for several spin-off models as well, equipping them with versions of the “big block.” Even if you’re not a cruiser fan (we aren’t) look to the quality of the detailing, the strong visual statement made by the motor’s very clean lines and that retro-futuristic thing as an indicator of where the brand will be going over the next few years.

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  • Martin Cron

    Moto Guzzi has some very interesting design right now. The V7 stone looks good on the web site, but it’s just stunning in person.

    • Frosty_spl

      Just don’t sit on the V7 racer, because then it will seem cheaply made.

  • Frosty_spl

    Still waiting on the Terblanche designs to be put into production.

  • Michael Engle

    My eyes, my eyes. Zee goggles, zey do nothing!

    • Ross

      If you mentally white out the touring junk it is a pretty good looking bike.

      Now the only thing left is hotting up the engine a smidge and dropping it in the griso frame. Also, yes please to those wheels and a single sided swingarm.

  • carbon

    Nice Harley!

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    I’m not old enough to like this.

  • stempere

    The front wheel reminds me of this.
    Coincidentaly i just bought one (a 82 RT with a swapped RS fairing).

  • Mykola

    First thing noticed: Giant goofy headlight, then handlebar mustache mounted side lamps. Then the rest of the bike comes into focus, and disappoints me as I recall the svelte ’09 California Vintage

  • Rick

    I would WAY rather have a Griso 8V “bagger” than this Shriners’ Parade wannabe.

    Yet another ridiculous entry from The House of Goose.