Both have very high-performance engines for the class but run in very different ways. Triumph's Commander takes the storied parallel twin to a very V-twin place: low revving, smooth power delivery, monster torque. We don't want to make this motor sound slow; it's like a typical cruiser engine—but on steroids—with a claimed 111 foot-pounds of torque. Guzzi opted for its traditional layout as well, with the 90-degree Vee. While it doesn't have the outright grunt of the Commander, it makes up for it in free-spinning fun, with a redline 2,000 rpm higher and cruising speeds about 1,000 higher. While the Triumph rumbles in a reserved fashion, the Guzzi practically explodes with motion, shimmying and shaking at idle. The transverse motor has a slight torque effect, pulling to the right at start, on downshifts, and when revving up. If it's character you're looking for, the California has it.