Moto Guzzi California £14,734 (Custom), £15,134 (Touring) | 96bhp | 88.5lb-ft | 1380cc 90° V-twin
Tested by: Tony Carter Photos: Kevin Wing
This is a joy of a motorcycle. One of the best engines and chassis around make it as rewarding to ride as it is pretty to look at (and that’s a lot). The bike’s basically unchanged from the previous model, and two new red and blue colour schemes are for the States only, but that’s fine by me when the package is this good…
The 1380cc, 90º V-twin apes the original Cali. It’s the largest engine in Moto Guzzi history, belching out more than 88.5lb-ft of torque at a measly 2750rpm. The 104mm pistons are mated to four valves per cylinder, a single overhead camshaft with rocker arms and roller tappets. There’s a 52mm single throttle ride-by-wire system, with bi-jet injectors to ensure the right mix of fuels gets to the engine as and when needed.
Final drive is via a shaft with double flexible coupling after a new single clutch with reduced load. The six-speed ‘box runs top gear as an overdrive for comfortable cruising.