Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom




Make Model

Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom




Four stroke, 90° V-twin, SOHC, 4 valves per cylinder


1380 cc / 84.2 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 104 x 81.2 mm
Cooling System Air/ oil cooled
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Lubrication Wet sump
Timing System Diagram Intake valve opens 19° BTDC (1-mm checking clearance) intake valve closes 55° ABDC exhaust valve opens 49° BBDC exhaust valve closes 12° ATDC

Fuel Supply

Magneti Marelli IAW7SM; “ride by wire” Ø 52 mm throttle body, IWP 243 Magneti Marelli injectors, double oxygen sensor, integrated management of 3 engine mappings, traction control, cruise control
 Ignition Phased electronic Multipoint sequential injection
Spark Plugs NGK LMAR8F, 2 per cylinder


Exhaust Stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Battery 12V - 18 Ah
Alternator 12 V - 550 W

Max Power

96 hp / 71 kW @ 6500 rpm

Max Torque

89 ft/lb / 120 Nm  @ 2750 rpm
Clutch Single-disc with integrated anti-vibration buffer


6 speeds with final overdrive
Final Drive Shaft
Gear Ratio 1st 17/38 = 1 : 2.235  2nd 20/34 = 1 : 1.700  3rd 23/31 = 1 : 1.348  4th 26/29 = 1 : 1.115  5th 31/30 = 1 : 0.968  6th 30/24 = 1 : 0.8
Primary Drive 26/35 = 1: 1,346)
Final Drive Ratio Double cardan joint and fixed bevel gear seat, drive ratio 10/36 = 1: 3.6)
Frame Steel tubing, closed double cradle with elastic kinematic engine mounting system to isolate vibrations.

Front Suspension

Standard swingarm, Ø 46 mm, with radial calliper mounting bracket and telescopes on the stanchions,
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm / 4.7 in

Rear Suspension

Swingarm with double shock absorber with adjustable spring preload.
Rear Wheel Travel 110 mm / 4.3 in

Front Brakes

2x 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons

Rear Brakes

Single 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons
Front wheel Aluminium alloy 3.50” x 18”
Rear Wheel Aluminium alloy 6.00” x 16”

Front Tyre

130/70 R18

Rear Tyre

200/60 R16
Trail 152 mm / 6 in
Headstock Angle 32°
Steering Angle 38°

Length 2443.5 mm / 96.2 in

Width 1028.7 mm / 40.5 in

Height 1460.5 mm / 57.5 in

Seat Height 736.6 mm / 29 in
Wheelbase 1676.4 mm / 66 in
Ground Clearance 165 mm / 6.4 in
Dry Weight 322 Kg / 709.8 lbs

Wet Weight 

336.5 kg / 742 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20.5 Litres / 5.4 US gal
Reserve 5 Litres / 1.3 US gal


The California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring are presented as world ambassadors for the Moto Guzzi brand, embodying the highest values of Italian designed as an ideal of beauty and luxury. Everything on the California Touring and California Custom helps to combine the best of the latest and most advanced technology with the classic style and elegance of the Moto Guzzi brand: brand new powerful 1400cc engine in the classic transversal V2 architecture, ride by wire, cruise control, ABS and traction control are among the key features.

Hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), where the Moto Guzzi are born continuously since 1921, the California 1400 is distinguished by the craftsmanship with which each component is assembled. Attention that makes every Moto Guzzi California a unique piece, able to marry and to emphasize the strong personality of a passionate and exclusive clientele.

Maximum expression of strength and power.

Thanks to the presence of Ride by Wire management you can set the power curves and engine character in order to experience perfect symbiosis between rider and bike.

With the innovative MGTC traction control and ABS system you can experience firsthand the engaging riding pleasure and safety in all conditions. California Custom built for those who love overwhelming sensations.

The Bike

On a California 1400 Custom one becomes a traveler even for small trips. A vocation which provides every driving moment with overwhelming intensity: the combination of power and pleasure. The custom soul comes out in the ride by wire technology and cruise control system for selecting engine power curves and character. Nothing is left to chance.

The Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom is the “bad” sibling of the California family, in total contrast in terms of temperament and style.
It conquers the rider with the strength expressed by its unique cruiser design: two wheels, an engine, saddle and handlebars. All made with the rigor of form and function, combined with a typically Italian aesthetic sense, expression of attention to detail and execution ability worthy of the best interpretations Made?in Italy has ever produced in the automotive field.

This can be seen in the details, such as the two-seater saddle boasting the hot-pressed Eagle logo, the drag bar handlebars with light-weight supports and the original rear shock absorbers with external tank. To increase the expressive power of the design is the minimal graphics based on textured colors such as mercury grey and basalt black and certain skillful touches of style, such as the black lacquered wheels with red Moto Guzzi logo and black wing mirrors.

Once in the saddle, the differences compared to the Touring forcefully emerge: the new sport saddle and drag bar handlebars provide a low slung and backward sitting position over the rear wheel for perfect metropolitan showing off. One travels enveloped in the sound of the 1380 cc big bore, ready to unleash 120 Nm at 2750 rpm or cruise in overdrive, at little more than idling, trying to listen to the beats of the 104 mm pistons of the mighty 90° V-Twin made? in Mandello del Lario, filtered by the innovative elastic-kinematic fixing to the tubular frame.

The deliberately minimalist appearance of the design further enhances the presence of technological features not found in any other motorcycle manufactured by competitors. The California 1400 Custom, like the Touring version, has cruise control as standard, with MGCT traction control which can be set at three levels of intervention and, thanks to Ride-by-Wire; it is also possible to adjust the engine response according to three modes, Touring, Sport and Rain.

And if the “rider“ of the California Custom can choose the character of their motorcycle according to the type of route and use, they can also adapt it to their personality, drawing on the most extensive accessories catalogue ever produced by Moto Guzzi.