We’ve known about the impending release of the big new cruiser from Moto Guzzi, the California 1400, for some time. Now, the Italian web site Motociclismo has published a preview of the new model, claiming it will be released to dealers in Europe any day now.
Motociclismo also published the following specifications for the new air/oil cooled 90 degree v-twin. Displacement will reportedly be 1380cc, obtained by a bore increase over the existing 1200 (identical stroke). With a compression ratio of 10.5:1, it will develop 96hp at 6,500rpm, and peak torque of 90 Ft/Lbs at a lowly 2,750rpm – a pretty good spread of power. The fuel-injected lump will be controlled via ride-by-wire throttle, and feature electronic cruise control and three selectable ignition maps.
A six-speed transmission will send power through shaft drive to the rear wheel, which should push the beefy, 700+ pound beast down the road rather smartly compared to much of the cruiser competition ( most large displacement cruiser v-twins put out less than 80bhp). We will have more details and pictures when available.