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Motoguzzi rolls out elegant California 1400s

November 14, 2012|By Charles Fleming
  • First look at Motoguzzi's super-strong, super-styled street cruiser California 1400.
First look at Motoguzzi's super-strong, super-styled street cruiser… (Motoguzzi )

Forty years ago, Motoguzzi beat out the competition to become the first European motorcycle company to supply bikes to an American police force. The police force was the LAPD, and the bike was the Motoguzzi V7 Police.

Now the Italian manufacturer is bringing the classic V7 up to 2013 speed with the massive California 1400 Custom and California 1400 Touring -- featuring the biggest twin-cylinder engine ever made in Europe.Photo

Photo Gallery: The mighty new 1400s

Both models are outfitted with ABS Brembo brakes, a traction control system and engine settings for "Turismo," "Veloce" and "Pioggia" -- lovely, musical words that actually only mean "touring," "speed" and "rain." This cruiser even features cruise control, a Motoguzzi first.

Don't get too excited too fast, though. Unveiled at this week's EICMA motorcycle show in Italy, the bikes won't be in stores for a while yet.

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