Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom
- Engine: 1380 Cc
- Mileage: 10 Kmpl
- Power: 97.3 bhp
- Weight: 318 Kg
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- True Italian Exotica
- Powerful Engine
- Comfortable Long Tourer
- Inadequate Dealer And Service Network
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Overview
Moto Guzzi has built up a reputation for itself as a bespoke motorcycle manufacturer over the years. Well known for its transverse V-twin layouts, Moto Guzzi offers has also managed to specialise in cruisers and the products have managed to make inroads into the holy grail of cruiser market, the United States of America with quite a few police forces incorporating these sturdy cruisers into their fleets. The California 1400 Custom is Moto Guzzi's answer to the customised Harleys and Indians of the big-bore cruiser/ tourer world. Does is have what is takes to cut the mustard is what we attempt to find out. Visually the California 1400 Custom distinguishes itself from the California 1400 Touring by having a more stripped down look & a sloping rear end. The handlebars are different too and are more inspired by drag racers thus giving the bike a slightly more aggressive look as compared to its touring oriented sibling.
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Engine & Transmission
The transversely mounted V-twin engine has been a Moto Guzzi specific engine configuration. Over the years,all the Moto Guzzis produced have had this distinctive layout making it easy to spot a Guzzi a mile away. The signature throb and the rocking motions the engine makes between your knees are a surefire way to get your heart racing. Powered by a 1398 cc air/oil cooled longitudinal 90 degree V twin, the engine is a work of art. It boasts 4 valves per cylinder with SOHC. The engine itself is tuned for oodles of creamy torque. With a compression ratio of 10.5:1 and bore X stroke dimensions of 104.0 x 81.2mm the electronically fuel injected beast of an engine manages to crank out peak power of 96 HP @ 6,500 rpm and peak torque of 120 mm @ 2,750 rpm. Mighty impressive numbers these are and when you crank up the bike, the longitudinal crank layout makes the bike pull slightly to the right- classic Moto Guzzi indeed. Mated to the grunty engine is a six speed transmission with a hydraulic clutch that can be a bit overwhelming at low revs but becoming progressively lighter as the revs build up. Power is transmitted to the rear wheel via a shaft drive as opposed to chain drive.
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Mileage
Fuel economy is important as always is important although on a bike as lovely as this one might want to overlook that fact. With a 20.5 litre fuel tank the Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom returns around 13 kmpl in the city and 17 kmpl on the highways giving you an overall usable range of around 250-270 km in total.
Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom Performance and Handling
The California 1400 Custom is a heavy bike given that it's a big bore cruiser, tipping the scales at an impressive 332 kgs of dry weight. That means one needs some serious muscles to erm..... muscle this bike into place. Moto Guzzi has however splurged on the California 1400 Custom and given it advanced digital electronics. Thus the bike boasts of class leading features like digital engine management, ride-by-wire, traction control, cruise control, a choice of 3 different riding modes and ABS. The twin cradle steel frame has exceptional rigidity and features a kinematic support system with elastic engine mounts that isolate the massive engine form the frame thus keeping vibrations to a minimum. The massive iron lump of an engine however has amazing performance courtesy the throttle-by-wire system which greatly aids acceleration and keeps the engine oozing out oodles of torque. Ride quality is silky smooth thanks to the Sachs suspension units featured on the bike and the 46 mm front forks. For such a heavy bike, it still handles quite well and drops into turns with ease despite the longish 1685 mm wheelbase and kicked out front rake and trail. The braking department is taken care of by the radially mounted twin 320 mm Brembo disc and four pot calliper setup with the rear brakes being handled by a single 282 mm disc with a twin pot setup. The massive 200/60 16 inch rear tyre and front 130/70 18 incher help grip the road and keep things on an even keel.
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