2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

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Both the 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring and Custom models are built with performance and luxury in mind. The motorcycles are packed with a long list of modern features like a brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control.

Perhaps it goes without saying that Moto Guzzi’s engineers have spent a lot of time to develop perfect ergonomics for their new Touring. Thereby you get a comfortable riding position, proper aerodynamic protection and generous load capacity.

As far as style goes, the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring is equipped with a “Patrol” windscreen, supplementary chrome-plated headlights, 35 liter panniers, a pair of tasty exhaust pipes, engine and pannier guard kit.

The bikes are hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), so you can expect to first class craftsmanship and reliability.

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


Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

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 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.

A sense of adventure and luxury, in perfectly balanced harmony. These essential characteristics allow boundless horizons to be faced with bold spirit and maximum comfort. The technical solutions, the new mechanical components and the innovative but faithful design make the California 1400 Touring the flagship of Gran Turismo. Pure reference for the entire category.

The Touring is the California in its most classic expression, destined for great travelers, thanks to a level of comfort, aerodynamic protection and load capacity which only a Moto Guzzi can offer.

Equipped with a “Patrol” windscreen, supplementary chrome-plated headlights, 35 liter panniers, engine and pannier guard kit, the Touring is a lavishly chromed and technological “tourer” which, powered by the largest V-twin ever seen before in Europe, is able to trot along allday with a thrilling sound and, if necessary, leave behind any vehicle on two or four wheels.

The sensory indulgence continues with the engine off, outside your favorite bar or in your garage at home, where you can explore it in its smallest detail. Here there is plenty of choice, including engine and construction details or technological devices: among these, for the first time in its category, the possibility to choose the preferred engine response between Touring, Sport and Rain modes, or select the cruise control which, together with the anti-theft device, is part of the standard equipment.

But the luxurious standard equipment does not preclude the possibility of further customizing the California according to one’s own taste and needs: the accessories catalog is the most comprehensive ever produced by Moto Guzzi.

High performance silencers, chrome-plated and machined components, saddles of all types and materials, as well as support and the App which turns an iPhone into a supplementary dashboard to obtain all kinds of navigation, performance and technical data information.

Special attention has been given to the chromatic concept, developed in two colors: white with dark decorative threads on the tank, inspired by the California Highway Patrol versions, or classic black with white threads, reminiscent of the original versions, such as the V7 and 850 California.


Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
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
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 Touring

Cycleworld ---- "The new Moto Guzzi California 1400 is available in two versions, a full-dress Touring model complete with Plexiglas Highway Patrol screen and twin non-detachable 11.8-gallon hard panniers that can be locked but won’t, however, hold a full-face helmet - "They look too fat and ugly if you make them big enough," proclaims Galluzzi - and the more stripped-down Custom musclebike variant that’s essentially a Guzzi streetfighter."

Ultimatemotorcycling ---- "The 2013 California 1400 doesn’t need more than 5,000 revs but it certainly was fun to take it over from time to time. This 1380cc power house has got great potential and I wasn’t the only one that started drooling a bit over the thought of a potential 1400 Café Racer. Turismo mode reduces the engine braking and smooths out the torque response whilst Veloce gives a more beastly character."

Motorcycle ---- "The new California provides an involving ride and it sounds great. Comfort levels are up there with the best, which instantly makes the California 1400 a touring monster. The California 1400 now stands as much more than just a quirky Euro cruiser alternative. It’s a real contender and maybe even a Big Twin touring killer."

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring

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