The stunning details of the Moto Guzzi California 1400

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Get over the fact that the Moto Guzzi California 1400 is a cruiser and there’s actually a lot of neat motorcycle stuff going on here. “Details make the motorcycle,” says its designer, Miguel Galluzzi. The California is the first all-new Guzzi to benefit from his tenure as Piaggio group’s VP of Design.

In this view, for instance, we see the “Moto Guzzi” text that’s been silk-screen printed on the brushed aluminum valve cover, which then tucks neatly under the side of the steel fuel tank. The Guzzi eagle is cast in chrome, nestling under the white pin stripping tht then flows through the seat. This is motorcycle as art.


This is one case where I feel I can’t really do better than the press release at explaining this bike to you. There’s some language hiccups, but it’s worth taking the time to read, a lot of passion and history and technology have gone into the California. It’s kinda exhausting to think how much.


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  • Glenngineer

    When and for how much can I get one?

  • Ben W

    I am no cruiser fan, but I love some of those details.

  • Rick

    Not unattractive at all, and it has some cool details (one of which is NOT the headlight!), but that 709 pound curb weight is gonna need way more than 96 horsepower and 89 foot-pounds to entertain anything more than a notion.

    • Chris Davis

      I don’t know what the benchmark is in this class, but the Guzzi’s got a slightly better torque to weight ratio than an H-D Road King for what that’s worth. And that H-D 103 motor is only putting out 73hp.

  • John

    I sure hope they put this much energy into upcoming bikes.

    • Rick

      And more kinetic energy!

  • Ganesh

    have to admit .. I hate cruisers with a passion but love this bike.. shows thinking.

    If only Guzzi will produce the other conepts like strada with a modern updated componentry..

  • Denzel

    Nicely styled panniers…they don’t detract at all…

  • paulo

    any word on a big block V7 ? That Griso SE is still taunting me at my local Guzzi mechanics.

  • carbon

    Damn. That is one sweet Harley!

    • Lawrences

      no no! repeat: “Moto Gootsi”

  • Kevin

    Cruise control on the Touring version! Win.

    That is one lovely bike.

  • Eugene

    Really nice design and detail. guzzi is probably the only mfg who could make a cruiser sexy.

  • Sean MacDonald

    I can’t for the barrage of “you’re only saying this because you like moto guzzi” and “if this said Harley on the side, you’d be making fun of it”.

    • carbon

      I think you forgot a word or so in your post. What are you trying to say?