It doesn’t spoil the riders with accessories and shiny gadgets, but it wins their heart with the power expressed in its “drag bike”, style design, hard and pure: two wheels, an engine, saddle and handlebars. Nothing else, but all made in the strictest form and function, combining with a typically Italian aesthetic sense, an expression of attention to detail and executive capacity worthy of the best interpretations that made in Italy has ever produced in the automotive field.
A bike with instinct, domineering and solid as a rock, possessing a powerful personality that stems from its full bodies lines, sculpted with artistic inspiration into a blaze of chromium and burnished finish that reveal another small detail at every look.
Long, powerful, with clear and recognisable bulk that converges on the engine, the California 1400 Custom expresses extremely clean style in the balance of the engine’s volume and that of the superstructure that envelops it.
This impression is enhanced by the ingenious fuel tank, made of metal, with a 21 litre central body and two side panels, where the Eagle logo is lodged, moulded over the powerful head guards of the new 1400 cc round head engine.
Nestled within the V formed by the twin cylinder engine, the fuel tank contributes to making the side view significantly lower and more slender, also due to the clear lengthening of the wheelbase which is now 1685 mm instead of the 1560 mm from the previous generation model.
The impression is further accentuated by the horizontal flow of the shiny silencers which end at the rear mudguard, moulded over the impressive 200 tyre and equipped with a spectacular dual LED taillight assembly which also houses the turn indicators. The front view is no less spectacular with a complex surface headlight that has a polielliptical light equipped with DRL daylight running light illumination, an absolutely exclusive feature, making it immediately recognisable.
The riding cockpit is a perfect example of the marriage between design and technology that brings the new California 1400 Custom to life. The instrument panel stands out for its attractive style and visibility, enclosed in a circular panel which is an impressive 150 mm in diameter with the analogue RPM indicator scale carved out along the outside of the multifunction, suspended full matrix display at the centre. Other innovations include the covered hand grips, the drag-bar handlebar and the electric blocks where on the right hand, just like on the Touring version, the rider can engage the cruise control.
But the similarities to its travelling sibling end here; in the ‘find the differences’ game, the new California 1400 Custom, compared to the Touring, has at least twenty brand new features. From the two seat saddle, where the Eagle logo is hot printed, to the drag bar handlebars with lightweight supports, to the brand new fully adjustable rear shock absorbers equipped with external tank, all the way to the lacquered black wheels with the red Moto Guzzi logo.
To enhance the expressive power of the design, a minimalist graphic appearance based on material colours like mercury grey and basalt black converge.
Once the rider is in the saddle the differences with respect to the Touring version come out clearly; the new sport saddle and the drag-bar handlebar create seating which is low and shifted over the rear wheel for a perfect metropolitan show off, also aided by a weight which is 30 Kg less than the Touring version.
You will ride immersed in the sound of the big bore 1380 cc, ready to unload 120 Nm of torque onto the asphalt at 2750 RPM or sail into, overdrive at just above idle speed listening to the 104 mm pistons pumping in the chest of the majestic 90° V made in Mandello del Lario, filtered by the innovative elastic-kinematic fitting to the tubular frame.
Wide open spaces where the rider dialogues with his mount, in the velvety gait of a bike with a deep soul, capable of giving its utmost in powerful sprints just as easily as it glides majestically at parade pace to follow with its gaze the reflection of an image that rolls along the surfaces of the glass store fronts in our cities, engulfed in the characteristic rumble of ‘made in Mandello’ powertrains.
Starting from the stylistic intuition of an innovative but recognisable design and coherent with the heritage of seven California generations manufactured until today, the main distinctive Moto Guzzi traits were redesigned with the most advanced technologies of the top European motorcycle group, achieving a series of results such as:
- The largest twin cylinder engine ever made in Europe, able to produce an explosive torque of 120 Nm at just 2750 rpm.
- The first custom in the world equipped with MGCT traction and multimap Ride by Wire technology, with the possibility of selecting three different power output curves: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia.
- The first custom in the world with a headlight assembly equipped with LED DRL daylight running lights, like the system used on late model cars.
- A brand new double cradle frame equipped with an elastic support system capable of completely eliminating vibration transfer.
A new cardan final drive, at the top of the category for smooth and quiet operation.
The new California engine, an evolution of the popular “Quattrovalvole” (Four Valve) pushes well beyond this and, using the same stroke as the 1151 cc engine, reaches a displacement of 1380 cc through a record breaking bore of 104 mm.
However, this is not a simple act of mechanical hypertrophy, but an engine, which has been entirely redesigned from the external layout to the internal components and all the way down to the electronics.
Aesthetically it looks like an aluminium sculpture, essential in its lines, but expressive in its mechanical content: the size of the head guards shows off the impressive displacement, while the shiny, Moto Guzzi silk-screen printed valve cover and the tight finning convey the great attention to construction detail.
After the 750cc small block this 1380cc big bore is also fuelled by a single Magneti Marelli throttle body, in this configuration increased to a 52 mm diameter and equipped with motorised action, which replicates the advantages in terms of fluid-dynamic performance which can be obtained by the single “Y” manifold, now arranged behind new long intake ducts which increase torque at low RPM.
Making its début on a Moto Guzzi and in the custom segment is the ride by wire electronic engine management system. This technology allows the rider to choose from three engine management mappings: Turismo (Touring), Veloce (Fast) and Pioggia (Rain).
The different mappings allow the rider to choose from the engine characteristic which best suits his/her riding style, the route or the weather conditions. In fact, modifying the torque output and engine brake management, the ECU is able to give the California engine all the smoothness needed to provide maximum comfort, aggressiveness for those who prefer a sportier ride or the control needed on a wet surface: in the latter situation this is nothing less than providential given the capacity of the engine to unload 120 Nm of torque to the ground at just 2750 RPM and stretch out up to 6500 RPM to reach the last of its ninety-six horses (71KW).
The dynamic nature of the vehicle is kept under control by the presence, for the first time on a custom, of latest generation traction control (MGCT) which can be adjusted to three different levels in order to enhance active safety without sacrificing performance and riding pleasure.
The new heads have four valves per cylinder, driven by an overhead cam in each bank, through a roller rockers system, to reduce friction losses. The modern nature of the engine is also expressed through the presence of the double ignition, in order to guarantee perfect combustion, as well as two oxygen sensors, which make the mixture in the cylinders uniform in any operating conditions with a consequent improvement in fuel economy and harmful emissions.
Contributing to the overall general efficiency of the engine is the new larger size finning of the cylinders, enriched by the “brushed” finish of the external edge and the generous sizing of the oil radiator, equipped with a thermostat controlled electric fan , which reduces the average operating temperature, in addition to the new filter box redesigned to cater to the robust thrust of the twin cylinder from Mandello.
The result is that the California engine, despite the generous increase in displacement improves fuel economy by 15-20%, depending on the conditions of use, compared to the “Quattrovalvole” 1200 cc engine.
On the transmission front there are also important innovations.
The transmission is now a six speed instead of five, while the clutch goes from a twin-disc to a new dry single disc with built in flexible coupling and reduced activation load.
The cardan final drive has been completely redesigned and satisfies the new need to transfer, with maximum fluidity and comfort, the enormous torque of the engine, in addition to boasting an elastic aspect with significantly more modern and technological aesthetics.
Choose the best to make it perfect and unique.
There is only one way to make a unique bike like the California 1400 Custom even more rich and luxurious: customise it with original Moto Guzzi accessories.
Leather side panniers kit.
The side panniers, designed by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, are available covered in genuine natural leather by specialised craftsmen. The resulting product matches the original line of the bike, providing an attractive personalisation using prestigious Italian skins.
Side panniers kit
The side panniers significantly increase cargo capacity. Each pannier has a volume of 35 litres and is painted to match the original colour of the bike.
Chromium pipe side pannier guards
Designed in chromium piping by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, they follow the bike’s stylistic lines. They provide specific protection to the side panniers installed on the bike.
Gel comfort two-seat saddle
For those looking for greater riding comfort, a saddle with a gel insert is available. Both the rider and passenger enjoy this comfort thanks to the gel inserts placed specifically in the saddle seating areas, enhanced by «comfort gel» embossed on the side. The saddle is the same height as the factory model.
Lowered gel comfort two-seat saddle
This saddle combines gel comfort with the convenience of a revamped and lowered profile in order to give the rider more secure footing on the ground. This peculiarity combines with the different foam design which ensures an every more familiar feeling with the bike. The passenger enjoys the same comfort with a gel insert placed specifically in the saddle’s rear seating area, enhanced by «comfort gel» embossed on the side.
Leather two-seat saddle.
For those looking for a luxurious finish, a saddle is available covered in genuine natural leather by specialised craftsmen. The type of leather, the style and the quality match that of the side panniers.
Luxury fibreglass top box.
Spacious fibreglass top box (60 litres) painted to match with chromium locks and handles built into the upper shell half. It has a large and comfortable backrest cushion for the passenger, covered in the same material and colour as the saddle. The interior is finished in velvet and has a mirror and a cargo net.
50 litre top box.
Spacious quick release top box which can accommodate two flip up
helmets. The upper shell is painted to match the vehicle and has a comfort backrest for passenger finished in same material and colour as saddle.
Inside there is a document pouch and an elastic cargo strap.
Internal bags for panniers and top box.
The internal bags were made to have the same shape as the panniers and the top box which contains them. They can be easily removed and carried with handles and shoulder straps. The set of bags is made with high performance and innovative technical materials which guarantee that it is waterproof and resistant to atmospheric agents.
Tank bag kit.
The kit is made up of a water repellent leather strap that covers the central part of the tank where the tank bag made of corduraÒ with leather inserts can be fixed in order to guarantee additional cargo room for the more demanding Guzzista. The bag can be easily removed by two quick release clips. This kit was designed by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre in order to guarantee perfect integration with the bike itself. The materials used were tested to react perfectly in the harshest weather conditions.
Handlebar bag Kit
An elegant and functional handlebar bag made of corduraÒ and natural leather that frames the Moto Guzzi brand to enhance it and make it unique and exclusive. Its functionality is ensured by easy installation and removal from the handlebar.
Designed in chromium pipe by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, this luggage rack increases the bike’s cargo capacity, allowing dedicated accessory top boxes to be installed thanks to the special fitting predispositions.
This is a connecting ‘eyelid’ between the bike’s headlight and the instrument cluster.
It contributes to the personalisation of the bike because it integrates perfectly into the original design.
Slip on “sound” exhaust
For those who want to «hear» the roar of a true «custom», slip-on exhaust pipes were made with a style similar to the factory exhaust but with a dedicated finish and specific bottom.
Steel exhaust bottoms.
These are special bottoms to be applied to the factory exhaust to customise the style of the vehicle. The external housing is made in polished stainless steel while the internal muffler is made from billet aluminium with a polished finish.
Black rear-view mirrors.
Special approved rear-view mirrors made in billet aluminium with galvanised black finish.
Aluminium hand grip kit.
Special hand grips made from billet aluminium with anti-slip inserts in rubber and polished finish.
Heated hand grip kit
For those who love long rides in any season, heated hand grips are available that can be easily installed on the bike thanks to the fact that all California bikes are predisposed for them. These contribute to riding comfort, avoiding sore hands due to low temperatures.
Rear brake fluid reservoir cover.
For those who love to change the look of their bikes, customising with finishing different than the factory version, a rear brake fluid reservoir cover is available. It is made from billet aluminium and covers the entire body of the brake fluid reservoir, so it has no effect on the functionality. It is easy to install and has a polished finish that contributes to the «custom» design of the California.
Brake and clutch levers.
Special brake and clutch levers made from billet aluminium with a customised design and polished scratch-proof finish.
Brake and clutch master cylinder covers.
Special brake and clutch master cylinder covers made in billet aluminium with polished, scratch-proof finish.
Tank cover kit.
The tank side covers, made in aluminium with a brushed finish, personalise the style of the bike, making it a true «custom».
License plate bracket kit.
Elegant approved license plate bracket in stainless steel with polished finish.
Swingarm cover kit.
Special “washers” made in billet aluminium to personalise the style of your vehicle.
Cylinder side guards.
Special side guards made from billet aluminium with mirror polished finish, these integrate perfectly with the style and design of the bike. Complete with brackets made in mirror polished stainless steel.
The pair of injector covers made in aluminium with a brushed finish replaces the factory set, giving the vehicle a richer, more elegant look and coherent with the aluminium parts which are already on the vehicle.
Fork stanchion covers
For those who love changing the look of their bike, two chromium finish fork stanchion covers are available.
Chromium engine guard
Designed in chromium piping by the Moto Guzzi Style Centre, it follows the bike’s stylistic lines. It provides specific protection for the engine and the rider’s legs
Supplementary fog lights kit
The supplementary lights provide better visibility for night riding and they integrate perfectly with the bike’s look thanks to the chromium finish. The two lights are
installed under the turn indicators with brackets.
Passenger grab handle kit
The passenger grab handle can be installed to make the passenger’s ride easier and safer.
Satellite navigator mounting kit
Mounting bracket made in polished stainless steel predisposed for installation of the GPS satellite navigator.
Electronic antitheft system
This is installed easily on the California thanks to its predisposed wiring harness. The electronic antitheft system is a latest generation compact, radio controlled and self powered system. Some of its features are: engine lock, built in movement sensor, high level of protection.
Tailor-made cover for indoors to protect against dust, intended for use during long periods of storing the bike in a garage. It is made from an elasticised two-coloured fabric with graphics dedicated to the bike.