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Cycle News 2013 Issue 22 June 4

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FIRST RIDE P100 2013 MOTO GUZZI CALIFORNIA 1400 CUSTOM Ci Piace (We Like) ...What's not to like about the new California Custom BY ALAN CATHCART PHOTOGRAPHY BY MILAGRO/THOMAS MACCABELLI P iaggio Group management has now pulled another trigger on its corporate shotgun, firing the second round in its double-barreled revival of the historic Moto Guzzi marque. After the debut in global showrooms last December of the born-again 1400 Touring member of its legendary California custom cult, now comes the relatively stripped-down but still pretty sumptuous 1400 Custom cruiser variant. This utilizes exactly the same chassis platform and new 1380cc big-bore engine as the Touring, but it's clad in leaner, lower and especially lighter styling designed by Piaggio's Miguel Galluzzi. At $14,900, the butch-looking Guzzone (big Guzzi!) is $3090 less costly than the full-dress Touring model (Guzzi plans to produce 600 of the Touring models in 2013 and 3000 of the Customs) and is available in two color schemes - gunmetal grey or gleaming black. We were fortunate enough to have a black one waiting for us outside the front door of Monte Carlo's Fairmont Hotel, ready for a cruise along France's Cote d'Azur – starting, of course, with a tour of the Monaco F1 Grand Prix circuit.

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