California has done it again with its 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 which is equipped with a brand new engine and is designed to have superior handling capabilities. The best word to describe the California 1400 is that it is simply stunning. From its attention-grabbing body, its high powered engine, smart technology accessories and that trademark grumble while in idle, you know that California developed a motorbike that is road worthy yet again.
California has been churning out motorbikes that run on different engines like 750cc and 1100 cc. Now, the new 1380cc engine can be added to their list. Big pistons don’t necessarily need much prompting to give you that buzzing sound hence Moto Guzzi developed the “Elastic engine” where the system moves on to the rubber mounting that works together with three ball-jointed rockers instead of the engine. This means that the rider won’t have to be bothered by the sound too much which can disrupt his attention on the road.
With the elastic engine in place, the engine itself was able to reach its top torque which is at 120Nm at 2750rpm. After hitting its maximum torque it continues onward until it hits its ultimate power at 96hp at 6500rpm. Although there is a slight vibration this is to be expected. The best part is that it won’t be too much of a bother because the 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 just runs smoothly.
There are three riding modes to choose from and these are Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia. There is also the option to choose between cruise and traction installed in the California 1400 Touring bike. It can be quite annoying to see the traction light flashing even when it is not activated. This can be a problem for riders who want to have a clean looking dashboard while riding.
According to Moto Guzzi, they claim that their California 1400 Touring is capable of saving fuel for about 15-20 per cent with its 1380cc compared to the 1151cc.
The 2013 Moto Guzzi California 1400 is simply amazing to handle even with its 322kg weight. You can expect it to feel lighter as well when you ride it on different roads. It responds fairly quickly even with the slightest touch so you will feel that you are in command all the time. And another thing, the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Touring is definitely comfortable so you will be all smiles while you are pushing it through its paces soon enough.