The model, which will be available April 15, features a new 1380cc 90-degree V-twin engine and ride-by-wire throttle control, the latter being a first for a Guzzi. Moto Guzzi claims the California 1400 is the only cruiser in the world to combine cruise control, a dual-channel ABS and three-level traction control.
Other model highlights include a new dual LED taillight assembly on the rear fender, a 200 mm rear tire, and the Moto Guzzi logo silk-screened onto the brushed aluminum valve covers.
The Custom version comes in black or gray, the Touring version in black or white.
Moto Guzzi is now running a California 1400 "My Bike, My Pride" global advertising campaign featuring actor Ewan McGregor. The relationship between McGregor and the OEM began in 2007 when he attended Moto Guzzi World Days in Mandello del Lario, Italy, on his white vintage California.
Starting April 15, licensed motorcycle riders can visit their local participating dealer and test ride a California 1400 Custom. By visiting www.motoguzzi-us.com, they can complete a test ride appointment request, locate a participating dealer and receive a personalized product introduction.
Moto Guzzi builds the California by hand at its factory in Mandello del Lario, where its motorcycles have been built since 1921.
The history of Moto Guzzi’s California model goes back four decades. In 1970, Moto Guzzi won the first motorcycle fleet contract in America ever awarded to a foreign manufacturer and developed the California model for the LAPD and the California Highway Patrol. Moto Guzzi credits the model for its subsequent success in the U.S. market.
The Moto Guzzi California designed for the LAPD was decidedly different from the base model V7 sold in dealerships. The California featured an oversized saddle, bullhorn handlebars, platform footrests and an abundance of chrome protection. Since then (and before the new model), seven generations and four engine capacities (750, 850, 1000, 1100) have alternated in more than 100,000 units manufactured, according to Moto Guzzi.
Posted by Arlo Redwine. Photos courtesy Moto Guzzi.