2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado 1400



Price: $13,490.00 plus feight, setup, and tax, $50 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing. Original MSRP: $16,490

Save: price listed reflects a $3,000 reduction (includes Guzzi's rebate) good through September 30, 2017.

Financing

ENGINE
Type Four-stroke V 90 twin, four valves, dual ignition, Ride by Wire with 3 engine maps, 3 level adjustable traction control, Cruise Control as standard equipment
Capacity 1380cc
Maximum power 95 HP (71 kW) @ 6,500 rpm
Maximum torque 88.5 lb-ft (120 Nm) @ 2,750 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalyser with lambda probe
TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speeds with final overdrive
Final drive CA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive
Clutch Dry single plate with flexible couplings
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Wheelbase 1,695mm
Front suspension standard swingarm Ø 46 mm, with radical calliper mountain bracket and telescopes on the stanchions
Front wheel travel 120 mm
Rear suspension swingarm with double shock absorber adjustable spring preload
Rear wheel travel 120 mm
Brake system Brembo
Front brake Dual 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial callipers with 4 horizontally opposed pistons: ABS as standard equipment
Rear brake 282 mm stainless steel fixed disc, Brembo floating calliper with 2 parallel pistons: ABS as standard
Rear wheel 16 in polished aluminum, spoked with tubeless system, 180/65
Front wheel 16" in polished aluminum, spoked with tubeless system, 130/90
Front tire Metzeler Lasertec 100/90- 18 56H TL
Rear tire Metzeler Lasertec 130/80 -17 65H TL
DIMENSIONS
Length 2445 mm
Width 940mm
Height 43.8 inches (1,115 mm)
Saddle height 29.1 in (740 mm)
Curb weight 692 lbs (314 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.4 Gallons (20.5 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)

"If Roman gods had ridden motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi Eldorado would have been chosen by Bacchus." This was how Cycle World magazine concluded their test of the luxurious Italian bike, the latest evolution of the 90° V-twin with cardan final drive introduced in the States in the late sixties by the importer Berliner Group. The metaphor effectively highlighted the intoxication experienced on a modern, powerful, luxurious and fast bike, painstakingly studied down to the smallest details and extremely satisfying to ride. Forty years later the experience is repeated in the shape and substance of the new Eldorado.

Staying on the theme of mythology, the new Eldorado leads us to Janus, the two-headed divinity who is the keeper of all passages and transitions. By looking at it one can see clearly how this Moto Guzzi has preserved the personality of its ancestor, drawing it from the past to the future along the path of technological evolution and stylistic continuity.

The flashback effect comes out in the details: the spoke wheels, the fuel tank with chromium sides, the oversize saddle, the rear mudguard with the gem-shaped taillight, the bullhorn handlebar, the passenger grab handle.

With a lower setup thanks to the new sixteen inch spoke wheels that mount whitewall tyres (130/90 on the front and 180/65 on the rear), attention is drawn to the new wraparound mudguards. The front has a particularly "clean" design which enhances the powerful front end, whereas the rear, on the other hand, is the element that draws the most attention on this ultra elegant Moto Guzzi. Its smooth and generous shape integrates with the new full cover shock absorbers, the gem-shaped rear light cluster and the classic rounded turn indicators.

At the front the Eldorado, like the Touring and Custom models, is also distinguishable by its original complex surface headlight with polyelliptical light equipped with LED daylight running light (DRL). Speaking of digital technologies, the instrumentation is particularly satisfying, contained in a 150 mm diameter circular panel with the analogue rev counter scale finding its place along the external circumference and a multifunction full-matrix suspended display at the centre, all packaged neatly, like a luxury watch, in a bright chromium housing.

You never get on the Eldorado, but rather you settle comfortably into the saddle. Positioned just 724 mm from the ground, the new saddle, together with the generous floorboards an the comfortable bullhorn handlebar grip, is an invitation to take a seat, press the start button and let the asphalt roll under your feet for at least 300 kilometres, which is the minimum range guaranteed by the sculpturesque 21 litre fuel tank.

If the road is a never-ending Interstate Highway you can activate cruise control by pressing the button on the right-hand electric block and sail along as you listen to the throbbing 90° V-twin filtered by the big block's elastic-kinematic mounting system, knowing that if you need or desire it, the cardan final drive will be ready to unleash up to 120 Nm onto the tarmac at 2,750 rpm. Technically unchanged, the twin cylinder confirms its monumental architecture enhanced by the polished valve covers with Moto Guzzi silk-screened on them and the tight and smoothed cooling fins. The engine is an absolute benchmark in its category for engine capacity-performance-consumption ratio thanks to excellent thermodynamic performance combined with advanced Ride-by-wire multimap electronic management. This technology allows the rider to choose one of three engine management maps: Turismo, Veloce and Pioggia. And that's not all: the dynamic performance of the vehicle is also kept under control by its latest generation traction control system (MGCT) which can be adjusted on three actuation levels in order to increase active safety without impacting performance and riding pleasure.

The California name has long baffled some people. Why would an Italian motorcycle have an American name? It’s because all of Italy was proud of Moto Guzzi for selling police motorcycles to the California Highway Patrol. And since the early 70s, police-style Guzzis have born this name. But here’s a dirty little secret: ever since the 1976 T-3 police introduced the California name, the bikes have really just been dressed up sport bikes. I say this because the frame has been the same basic design as the old V7 Sport and original 850 LeMans. So there were compromises. Sure, the bikes were sporty but ergonomics could be cramped and it seemed like if you were under 5’ 6” you could hardly touch the ground and if you were over 5’ 10” you didn’t have much leg room.

So for the 1400s, Moto Guzzi designed a new bike from the ground up.

The engine, in simplistic terms, is the 1200 8V from the Griso, Norge, or Stelvio with a bigger bore, raising displacement from 1151 to 1380cc. But of course, there’s a lot more to it than that. The 1400 also gets two spark plugs per cylinder and its intake ports are about half the size of a 1200s. Plus, the 1400 has longer intake runners and a single throttle body. The idea is to maximize response, especially at low speeds. And it sure works, as this bike honks! You’d probably bet it’s much bigger than a 1400. And that’s the idea Guzzi had: make big-cruiser power but keep the engine flexible. Some really big twins seem ponderous and unable to freely rev. The Guzzi 1400 maintains the sporty nature of past Californias while competing with the big boys in acceleration.

The rest of the engine management system is a big step forward for Guzzi, and big cruisers, for that matter. This is the first cruiser with the ride-by-wire system, popular on sport bikes. It’s a much more responsive system, so bikes like the Cal 1400 have three switchable response curves, leaving the rider to choose the right feel. Unlike other bikes I’ve ridden with this system, even the least-responsive mode is very useful.

The electronics package also includes ABS brakes, traction control, and cruise control. I sort of laughed at the idea of a Guzzi with traction control, as that’s what I always thought a big flywheel was all about! I’d never ridden a bike with cruise control before and didn’t think I’d care for it but I found it useful and quite intuitive to use.

Starting the bike, it’s a bit rumbly. I hear that this was purposefully done to make the 1400 feel like other big-twin cruisers. I don’t know if it’s engine balance, mapping, or the rubber engine mounts, but once the bike’s revved up just a little, it becomes the smoothest of all current Guzzis.

It’s a sure handling bike and will cut the corner with the best of them. It’s just not quick transitioning in a chicane, nor would I expect it to be. Here we see the tradeoff of a big heavy bike: it’s tremendously stable on an interstate but obviously can’t be as nimble as smaller, lighter bikes. But those lighter bikes don’t leave you as relaxed on a long ride.

I’ve noticed some interesting responses from owners of these new models. The people who have had several Guzzis often go on about this being their favorite Guzzi ever. Now, everyone loves their newest bike so that alone isn’t noteworthy. But it’s the strength of their enthusiasm that stands out. I’ve also asked Guzzisti looking for a bike to try one, even if it’s not their type of bike. They rarely change what they want but they always come away impressed. Something equally interesting about customers previously riding other brands: we have several of them. And by that I mean that we’ve had an unusually high response from riders of other brands. 

Specific to the Eldorado: this is a style variation of the California 1400 Custom, with 16" spoked wheels and different handlebars, fenders, and seats. 

Ciao,

Dave Richardson

VIN: ZGULVC02XGM200112

Approx. miles: 40

BuyBacks: Occasionally manufacturers get bikes back from dealers because they will not be continuing in that capacity. This can be due to retirement, giving up the franchise, closing, bankruptcy, etc. When this happens, the manufacturer buys the bike back and then resells it to another dealer. The bike may have some miles on it and possibly and nick or scratch or two, but is otherwise brand new, never been sold or registered, and gets its full two-year unlimited-mile warranty beginning when purchased.

Moto International has a long reputation for seeking out these exceptional bargains.

BuyBack Price:

Washington State Resident

Fly-and-Ride (You pick the bike up in Seattle)*

To Your Door (Complete price delivered to you within the Continental US**

MSRP

$16,490.00

$16,490.00

$16,490.00

Less discount

-3,000.00

-3,000.00

-3,000.00

Less rebate

-1,000.00

-1,000.00

-1,000.00

BuyBack price

$12,490.00

$12,490.00

$12,490.00

Freight to dealer

500.00

500.00

500.00

Setup

310.00

310.00

310.00

Document fee

50.00

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Subtotal

$14,350.00

$14,300.00

14,300.00

Sales tax

1,492.40

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Title/license (est.)

240.00

35.00

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Shipping

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650.00

Total

$15,082.40

$14,335.00

$14,950.00

*Verified out-of-state residents only. 

All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Price: $15,990.00 plus feight, setup, and tax, $50 document fee, and title transfer / tab renewal unless verifiable out-of-state residency. All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

Save: price listed reflects a $3,000 reduction (includes Guzzi's rebate) good through September 30, 2017

Financing

About the Northwest Edition:

Back in the 1970s, Moto Guzzi produced the original Eldorado as an 850. It had great potential as a touring bike but lacked the accessories people wanted. So Bob Nolan along with other Seattle-area members of the Moto Guzzi National Owner’s Club made their own touring version which they called the Northwest Edition.

Starting in 2016, Guzzi produced the Eldorado as a 1400. It had great potential as a touring bike but lacked the accessories people wanted. Moto Guzzi does not offer hard saddlebags for this Eldorado and no one listed a luggage rack/backrest for it. Since there has always been interest in these accessories, we figured a way to make it all possible. Also featured are Guzzi's fine Touring windshield and a seat with more comfort for the passenger.

Fly-and-Ride: This program is for people verifiably living outside of Washington State. Your Fly-and-Ride price is just the selling price of the bike plus the freight & setup and $35 for a temporary license plate (unless you can bring your own from where you live). Fly-and-Ride saves you the document fee and our state’s very high sales tax and title/license fees. You will still have to pay sales tax (if it exists where you live) and title/license fees back home (hopefully at a much lower rate). We also reimburse you up to $300 for a one-way coach fare to get here. And if timing works out, we’ll pick you up at the airport or train/bus station.

Here’s more on Fly-and-Ride.

To Your Door Pricing: This program is for people living in one of the 47 continental US states other than Washington. Your “To Your Door” price is just the selling price of the bike plus the freight & setup and $650 for insured shipping. For some west coast states the price may be less. Alaska, Hawaii, plus Canada and other countries naturally are more, due to higher shipping rates. To Your Door saves you the document fee and our state’s very high sales tax and title/license fees. You will still have to pay sales tax (if it exists where you live) and title/license fees back home (hopefully at a much lower rate).

Washington Residents

Fly-and-Ride (You pick the bike up in Seattle)*

To Your Door (Complete price delivered to you within the Continental US**

MSRP

$18,990.00

$18,990.00

$18,990.00

Less reduction

-2,000.00

-2,000.00

-2,000.00

Less rebate

-1,000.00

-1,000.00

-1,000.00

Sale price

$15,990.00

$15,990.00

$15,990.00

Freight to dealer

500.00

500.00

500.00

Setup

310.00

310.00

310.00

Document fee

50.00

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Subtotal

$16,850.00

$16,800.00

$16,800.00

Sales tax

1,856.40

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Title/license (est.)

285.00

35.00

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Shipping

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650.00

Total

$18,991.40

$16,835.00

$17,450.00

All prices reflect a 2% discount for payment by cash, check, wire transfer, direct deposit, debit card, or through financing.

*Verified out-of-state residents only.

**Slightly lower shipping rates are sometimes possible for short distances. Purchaser can also arrange their own shipping, in which case the Fly-and-Ride price applies.

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Type
New
Available Colors
Black
Stock Status
In Stock
Pricing
MSRP: $16,490.00
Less Reduction: -$2,000.00
Less Rebate: -$1,000.00
Sale price: $13,490.00
Freight to dealer: $500.00
Setup: $310.00
Document fee: $50.00
Tax: $1,596.40
License (est.): $270.00
Total: $16,216.40
*Tax and license fees apply to Washington State residents only.