Wednesday, November 5, 2014


New Audace and Eldorado models make their debut at EICMA 2014.

2015 Moto Guzzi California Audace studio 3/4 view
Moto Guzzi showed an upgraded 2015 V7 at the recent INTERMOT show in Germany, but I knew they had more in store for EICMA 2014. After all, Moto Guzzi’s Mandello del Lario headquarters are only about 40 miles from Milan. And sure enough, Moto Guzzi delivered today in Italy with two new California models: the California Audace and the California Eldorado.
The new Audace (which means bold in Italian) is the starkest evolution of the Moto Guzzi California, replete with a matte-black color scheme, polished edges on the cylinder fins and valve-cover ribs, plus megaphone-shaped mufflers. The Audace is basically an evolution of the California Custom model, sharing the same gas-charged Sachs shock absorbers and cast aluminum wheels, here with Moto Guzzi logo in red.
In addition to the matte-black color scheme, the Audace is immediately identifiable thanks to its drag handlebar bar with tall risers, its “naked” front fork and its suede-trimmed seat, which has contrasting red double stitching. Most significant, though, is the adoption of a fatter 200/65-17 rear tire. Also, footpegs replace the California’s floorboards, which means the rocker-type shifter has been replaced by a conventional “push-down/pull-up” shift lever.

2015 Moto Guzzi California Eldorado studio 3/4 viewMOTO GUZZI CALIFORNIA ELDORADO
The new Moto Guzzi California Eldorado resurrects the name of one of the original Moto Guzzi California models of the 1960s. The name brings with it a number of finishing touches, such as chrome inserts on the rear half of the fuel tank, the 16-in. spoked rear wheel, the white-sidewall tires, and the ampler spoon-shaped seat, which is only 28.5 inches above the ground. In addition to the standard electronics suite found on all Moto Guzzi California models, the new Eldorado has cruise control as standard equipment.