"The California 1400 is a balancing point between tradition and the future. The design was intended to be reminiscent of the traditional California design, with the sleek lines of the fuel tank, the curved handlebar, the chromium passenger grab handle on the Touring and the long mudguards. At the same time the new 1400 was to be more modern, more comfortable... and more sumptuous than the previous model. So a style was born which tends, I believe in a balanced way, toward tradition which we did not want to forget, and the innovative and advanced spirit that a modern day Moto Guzzi must have. The engine which is so typical of Moto Guzzi became a true aspect of design...so (we) trim back the tank side fairings, in order not to cover the cylinder heads. In the view from behind: the two cylinders can be seen exploding from the fuel tank. This is a clear representation of the bike's character, an ultra modern cruiser, splendid to ride at low speeds, but also ready for a bold and fun ride at a moment's notice."