2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

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Like its predecessors, the 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom offers an interesting mix between the classic style of the old cruisers and modern technology. Among the modern features offered by the new Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom you’ll find a brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control.

The company says about its new California 1400 Custom that is “the “bad” sibling of the California family, in total contrast in terms of temperament and style.”

Talking about style, the motorcycle features a classic cruiser design: two catchy wheels, shiny engine, comfortable saddle and imposing handlebars. All merging together to form a typically Italian design language which inspires power and sportiness.

Other notable styling details include the two-seater saddle boasting the hot-pressed Eagle logo, the drag bar handlebars with light-weight supports and the original rear shock absorbers with external tank.

Hit the jump for more information on the 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom.

Overview

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

The California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring are presented as world ambassadors for the Moto Guzzi brand, embodying the highest values of Italian designed as an ideal of beauty and luxury. Everything on the California Touring and California Custom helps to combine the best of the latest and most advanced technology with the classic style and elegance of the Moto Guzzi brand: brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control are among the key features.

Hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), where the Moto Guzzi are born continuously since 1921, the California 1400 is distinguished by the craftsmanship with which each component is assembled. Attention that makes every Moto Guzzi California a unique piece, able to marry and to emphasize the strong personality of a passionate and exclusive clientele.

On a California 1400 Custom one becomes a traveler even for small trips. A vocation which provides every driving moment with overwhelming intensity: the combination of power and pleasure. The custom soul comes out in the ride by wire technology and cruise control system for selecting engine power curves and character. Nothing is left to chance.

The Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom is the “bad” sibling of the California family, in total contrast in terms of temperament and style.

It conquers the rider with the strength expressed by its unique cruiser design: two wheels, an engine, saddle and handlebars. All made with the rigor of form and function, combined with a typically Italian aesthetic sense, expression of attention to detail and execution ability worthy of the best interpretations Made?in Italy has ever produced in the automotive field.

This can be seen in the details, such as the two-seater saddle boasting the hot-pressed Eagle logo, the drag bar handlebars with light-weight supports and the original rear shock absorbers with external tank. To increase the expressive power of the design is the minimal graphics based on textured colors such as mercury grey and basalt black and certain skillful touches of style, such as the black lacquered wheels with red Moto Guzzi logo and black wing mirrors.

Once in the saddle, the differences compared to the Touring forcefully emerge: the new sport saddle and drag bar handlebars provide a low slung and backward sitting position over the rear wheel for perfect metropolitan showing off. One travels enveloped in the sound of the 1380 cc big bore, ready to unleash 120 Nm at 2750 rpm or cruise in overdrive, at little more than idling, trying to listen to the beats of the 104 mm pistons of the mighty 90° V-Twin made? in Mandello del Lario, filtered by the innovative elastic-kinematic fixing to the tubular frame.

The deliberately minimalist appearance of the design further enhances the presence of technological features not found in any other motorcycle manufactured by competitors. The California 1400 Custom, like the Touring version, has cruise control as standard, with MGCT traction control which can be set at three levels of intervention and, thanks to Ride-by-Wire; it is also possible to adjust the engine response according to three modes, Touring, Sport and Rain.

And if the “rider“ of the California Custom can choose the character of their motorcycle according to the type of route and use, they can also adapt it to their personality, drawing on the most extensive accessories catalogue ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

Specifications

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Engine Type90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
Cooling: through air and oil and an independent cooling pump. Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
Engine capacity1380 cm³
Bore and stroke104 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio10.5 : 1
Timing system diagramintake valve opens 19° BTDC (1-mm checking clearance) intake valve closes 55° ABDC exhaust valve opens 49° BBDC exhaust valve closes 12° ATDC
Maximum power71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 min-1
Maximum torque120 Nm (12.3 kgm) 2750 min-1
Fuel supply / Ignitionphased electronic Multipoint sequential injection, Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243 Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise control
StarterElectric
Spark plugsNGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder
Exhaust systemstainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Type approvalEuro 3
Gearbox6 speeds with final overdrive
Primary drivewith helical teeth, ratio 26/35 = 1: 1,346)
Final drivedouble cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat, drive ratio 10/36 = 1: 3.6)
Clutchsingle-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer
Chassissteel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
Wheelbase1685 mm
Trail155 mm
Headstock angle32°
Steering angle38°
Front suspensionUDS fork, Ø 46 mm, with radial calliper mounting bracket and telescopes on the stanchions
Front wheel travel120 mm
Rear suspensionSpecial shocks with separated reservoir tank, adjustable spring preload and compression /reboud damping
Front brakedual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
WheelsAluminium alloy
Front wheel rim3.50” x 18”
Rear wheel rim6.00” x 16”
Front tyre130/70 R 18”
Rear tyre200/60 R 16”
System voltage12 V
Battery12V - 18 Ah
Alternator12 V - 550 W
Length2445 mm
Width1030mm (Custom: 850mm)
Height1460 mm (Custom: 1181 mm)
Saddle height740 mm (Opt: 720 mm)
Minimum ground clearance165 mm
Dry weight300kg
Curb weight315kg
Fuel tank capacity20.5 litres
Reserve5 litres
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

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