A ‘Bagger’ version of the Moto Guzzi California 1400 was recently spotted undergoing trials in Mandello del Lario, Italy.
Though the test mule was heavily camouflaged, the bike’s overall profile and unique engine orientation disclose the bike’s identity. The motorcycle sported heavy camouflage on the front fairing and the rear section hinting at the sections that are going to be transformed in the new model.
The front fairing of the new motorcycle seems to be heavily influenced by the MGX21 concept, which broke cover at last year’s EICMA Show in Milan. And though the rear saddlebags don’t seem to be integrated with the rear fender like in the ones in MGX21, they do carry the styling influences from the concept. Also unlike the concept, which was a solo machine, the test mule also sported a passenger seat. Mechanically, the bike will be identical to the California 1400 and will be powered by the 1,380cc 90 degrees V-twin engine producing 95bhp and 120Nm of torque.
Though their demand in the European markets is negligible, Bagger models have a huge following in the US market. The California 1400 Bagger will rival other Harley-Davidson cruisers like the V-Rod, Fat Boy and the Heritage Softail Classic.