2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

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With its mean look and bad boy attitude the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom is an imposing presence each time you see it passing down the streets.

Offering a perfect compromise between luxury and sportiness, the California 1400 Custom combines the latest technologies in the industry with the classic lines of an old school roadster.

Talking about technology, the California 1400 Custom is backed up by a 90° V-Twin, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition engine with a capacity of 1380 cc. Fire it up and it will reward you with a maximum output of 71 KW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm and 87 Ft-Lb (120 Nm) at 2750 rpm.

Other features offered by the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom include ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control.

The bike is priced at $15,490.

Hit the jump for more information on the 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.

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

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.

2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Key Features:

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom

• New powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture
• New ride by wire
• New cruise control
• New ABS and traction control
• Adjust the engine response according to three modes, Touring, Sport and Rain
• Unique cruiser design: two wheels, an engine, saddle and handlebars

Specifications

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
Engine type90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke, 4 valves, double ignition
CoolingAir and oil with an independent cooling pump. Oil radiator with thermostat controlled fan.
Engine capacity1380 cm³
Bore and stroke104 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio10.5 : 1
Maximum power71 kW (96 HP) at 6500 rpm
Maximum torque87 ft-lb - 120 Nm @2750 rpm
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 approvalEPA and CARB
Gearbox6 speeds with final overdrive
Final driveDouble cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat
ClutchSingle-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer
ChassisSteel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic-kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.
Wheelbase66.3 in - 1685mm
Trail6.1 in - 155 mm
Headstock angle32°
Steering angle38°
Front suspensionØ 46 mm hydraulic telescopic fork, with radial calliper mounting brackets
Front wheel travel4.7 in - 120 mm
Rear suspensionSwingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping.
Rear wheel travel4.3 in - 110 mm
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 tire130/70 R 18”
Rear tire200/60 R 16”
Length96.2 in. - 2445 mm
Width40.5 in. - 1030mm
Height57.4 in. - 1460 mm
Saddle height29.1 in. - 740 mm (Opt: 28.3 in. - 720 mm)
Minimum ground clearance6.4 in. - 165 mm
Curb weight701 lbs. - 318 Kg
Fuel tank capacity5.4 gal. - 20.5 litres
Reserve1.3 gal. - 5 litres
Color OptionsMercury grey, Basalt black
Price$15,490

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