The Touring is the California in its most classic expression, destined for great travelers, thanks to a level of comfort, aerodynamic protection and load capacity which only a Moto Guzzi can offer.
Equipped with a ‘Patrol’ windscreen, supplementary chrome-plated headlights, 35 liter panniers, engine and pannier guard kit, the Touring is a lavishly chromed and technological “tourer” which, powered by the largest V-twin ever seen before in Europe, is able to trot along all day with a thrilling sound and, if necessary, leave behind any vehicle on two or four wheels.
High performance silencers, chrome-plated and machined components, saddles of all types and materials, as well as support and the App which turns an iPhone into a supplementary dashboard to obtain all kinds of navigation, performance and technical data information.
Special attention has been given to the chromatic concept, developed in two colors: white with dark decorative threads on the tank, inspired by the California Highway Patrol versions, or classic black with white threads, reminiscent of the original versions, such as the V7 and 850 California.
Before the new California 1400 the record for engine size reached by the transverse 90° V twin engine was 1225 cc on the MGS01, basically a champion racing bike.
The new California engine, an evolution of the popular “Quattrovalvole” (Four Valve) pushes well beyond this and, using the same stroke as the 1151 cc engine, reaches a displacement of 1380 cc through a record breaking bore of 104 mm.
On the other hand, a traditional solution was chosen for the rear suspension, where a pair of chromium shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload operates, while the choice of wheels goes against the trend for the category. Standing out with their “ribbed” design, the wheels are 18″ in diameter on the front and 16″ on the rear. The latter, thanks to a 6″ cross section rim, mounts a showy “traffic light-burning 200/60″ tyre. The California 1400 abandons, after thirty years, the famed integral braking system, definitively surpassed by the advantages of ABS and the power of a braking system which has never been seen before in this motorcycle class: Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons that grip a pair of perforated 320 mm floating discs on the front and a 282 mm disc on the rear gripped by a Brembo floating calliper with two parallel pistons.