Moto Guzzi California 1400

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by ikonoklass, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Your goose is cooked. :razor


    Uh, is there a pun somewhere in there. :scratch


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  2. Bongolia

    Bongolia stop acting

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    minimalist?
  3. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Anyone ridden one yet?

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  4. oldhippie1

    oldhippie1 Been here awhile

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    My friend in Larned, Kansas has one. He has 250 miles on it. The next nice day I'm going to ride it. Its VERY heavy.
  5. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    Yeah, go back a page and take a look at the write-up I did on my extended test ride.

    jdg
  6. UnderNewOwnership

    UnderNewOwnership Thread Slayer

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    Well, it might be due to several factors. A somewhat 'enthusiastic' riding style, a few bugs in the injection mapping software (it is a new one), an extremely conservative low fuel sensor (showing empty when there's still a third full), etc.
  7. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    If you would trouble yourself to contact a dealer, I think you will find that the opposite is true.

    All reports indicate that the bikes are flying off the showroom floors, and the bike appears to be a (Guzzi-sized) home run.
  8. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Toad,

    All I ever see you post is negative comments and things you don't like.

    Do you ever post about things you do like?

    Nobody knows why that journalist reported such low fuel economy numbers.

    The fact is, though, the Cal 14 is not languishing in showrooms, so your correlation is a fallacy.

    p.s. Guzzi is much more than "The Harley of Italy". Much more. Other than air cooling and pushrods, the two companies could not be farther apart in just about every area of comparison.
  9. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    I can't believe the 23 mpg is accurate. If the bike got that low a mileage, MG would never have released it.
  10. jdgretz

    jdgretz Looking for new places

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    As for mileage, I only know what I experienced when I rode one (again, see the last page for my write-up).

    I averaged 29 and a bit for the day and was getting in the high 30s on the freeway at 65MPH on a relatively flat stretch of road.

    Guzzis typically get better mileage once they are broken is (this one was under 1000 miles total), so I would not be surprised at better than 30 combined and over 40 on the open road at only slightly over legal speeds.

    jdg
  11. JustKip

    JustKip Long timer

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    I kinda agree with the Toad's assessment of motojournalists, to a point. Their job is to find the edges of a bike's performance. On my brief test ride of the CA14 I discovered that the bike is a joy to flog! The torque is similar to a HD, but it puts out 50% more HP and has twice the rev range.

    I was in 4th gear on the freeway, checking out passing power. Sure; it'll accelerate from 65mph in 6th, but in 4th it'll pull hard up to 80+.
    I suspect if one were to cruise at the speed limit it would get MUCH better than 23.

    My R12GS averages well over 40 on long trips, but my worst tank ever was only 28mpg.
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    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Was just reading a thread on another forum and the dealers who chimed in noted mid-30s is what they're seeing on the Cal 14 demos.
  13. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Crikey, mid 30's isn't very good, and I doubt that they are loaded up.

    I have a V11 Sport (which I love), and thats a gas guzzler to. Not a problem on that as its a weekend cafe, but it is an issue on a tourer with a 5 gallon tank.

    Looking forward to seeing some road tests.
  14. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Injected Guzzis are not known for high fuel economy numbers.

    35 mpg and 5 gallons is 175 miles. That's about the range of my V11 LeMans.

    I'm sure more info will be coming out as new owners start posting on the forums.

    I wouldn't hold my breath for 50 mpg, though. If you can get an injected Guzzi to average 40mpg at lower elevations, it's doing good.

    My Nero Corsa averages 38 mpg here at 1000-2000 feet. When in Colorado at 6000-10000 feet, it will return mid 40s, almost 10 more miles per gallon...

    :dunno

    p.s. you'd think after the Stelvio fuel tank fiaso, Piaggio would've learned that consumers want range. I think this Cal 14 should've had a six or seven gallon tank, if not eight. Especially since its benchmark, the Road King has a six gallon tank and returns mid-40s.
  15. UnderNewOwnership

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    It's not just good looking, but also surprisingly high-tech. And Guzzi doesn't hide it under 'retraux' make-up like other brands.
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    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    I saw the cruiser up close and personal yesterday, and it is simply stunning. Beautifully put together, and the new techy features (4 valve heads and the neat instruments) blend perfectly with the old.

    They have a winner for sure.
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    natez1 Gear Head Deluxe

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    Got to sit on and here one run today from Moto International at the Snohomish Bike Show. Sounded a little too mellow(it was stock), egros felt good, overall I like it. I wasn't sure by looking at the pictures of it but in person it is quite attractive! It sure torqued to the left when throttle was applied in neutral. Gathered a good size crowd, I think Guzzi has a American sales hit on it's hands.
  18. Lobby

    Lobby Viel Spass, Vato!

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    Motorcyclist has a very positive review on it this month.

    They pretty much touched on every aspect of the bike and were quite complimentary about it. No mention of engine heat - the big bugaboo for me. Let's see.
  19. MaddBrit

    MaddBrit Now officially a Yank.

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    Oooh!

    I need to buy that magazine.

    :D
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    Attack Pug Been here awhile

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    I took one out on a 15-30 ride a couple weeks ago. The dealer is very nice to let me take spin even though I was just passing through......I'm 5'6" tall so I'm reaching a little riding it but not bad....First off it had very good power right off idle till I was going oh shit mph. I liked the heel toe shifter cutting off a little of the rear part like that was done in another post is the first thing I would do. Well built ,smooth and with cc . I was very impressed