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Official: Guzzi's new California

2012-05-07 08:39

Moto Guzzi has added to its California model range, which has been going since 1971, with an all-new model for 2012.

Above is the first official picture of the new 1400cc California designed by Miguel Galluzzi, perhaps known best until now as the designer of the Ducati Monster of the early 1990's.

There's speculations, however, that the California’s looks – similar to those of the Ducati Diavel and Harley V-Rod sport bikes – will likely cause some division among traditionally conservative cruiser buyers.

NEW ENGINE, MANY APPLICATIONS


It's also rumoured, according to the UK's Daily Telegraph, that Moto Guzzi probably has a more conventional cruiser in the pipeline since the comany said the California’s all-new 1400cc air- and oil-cooled V-twin would be used in a number of new models in the next few years.

The Telegraph also reports that Galluzzi will move to Pasadena in California to head up a new Piaggio Group design centre.

According to Piaggio CEO Roberto Colaninno: "Setting up a research centre in California opens a window on the changes that will be taking place in our society, way of life, and urban and metropolitan mobility models in the next few years."