2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado 1st Look

November 5, 2014
Bryan Harley
By Bryan Harley
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Italian manufacturer Moto Guzzi introduced two new additions to its California 1400 line at EICMA, a classy spoked-out, whitewalled version called the 2015 Eldorado and a meaner-looking blacked-out model dubbed the 2015 Audace. Both will carry the techno-goodies that help set the Moto Guzzi California 1400 apart from its cruiser counterparts, the package including ride-by-wire, three different engine maps (Turismo, Veloce or Pioggia) and traction control with three-way adjustment. They will also be powered by Guzzi’s 1380cc transverse 90° V-Twin that puts out a claimed 88.5 lb-ft. @ 2750 rpm.

The 2015 Moto Guzzi Eldorado has styling that caters directly to the American market, the bike looking very Fat Boy-esque with its long fenders, thick USD fork and “bullhorn” bars. Thanks to its 16-inch spoke wheels and smaller 180mm rear, the wide saddle sits a little lower than the standard California 1400 at a seat height of 28.5 inches. In contrast to the new Audace, it has a small pillion pad in addition to passenger grab handles and rider floorboards.

The look of the backside has been dressed up with full-cover shocks, round turn signals, and what Moto Guzzi touts as a “gem-shaped” taillight. The new seat is big and wide, while pinstriping on the tank and fenders add to its classy disposition. In front, the Eldorado is equipped with the same flashy headlight as the California 1400 Custom and Touring models, a polyelliptical unit with LED daylight running lights. Chrome accents complete the package, from the trim on the headlight to the speedo housing to the big pipes streaking down its side.

In stark contrast, the 2015 Audace is black as night, from its trimmed down carbon fiber front fender to its black exhaust. Straight drag bars on pullback risers fit the Audace’s racier disposition, as do the added shrouds around the radiator. The back tire is still a stocky 200mm wide but runs slightly taller, the ratio bumping up to 65 from 60. Whereas the Eldorado runs floorboards, the Audace has forward-mounted footpegs. The headlight is also much different, simple and round compared to the space-age look of the one on the other California 1400 models.

Other differences include the rear shocks, the units on the Audace with an external gas bottle, and alloy wheels instead of spokes. The Eldorado runs a solo seat, but has mountings for a foldaway passenger seat. Thanks to a different pipe said to be tuned for better performance at high revs and a few pounds less on the scale, Moto Guzzi states the blacked-out bike is “definitely quicker off the line.”

Both the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Moto Guzzi Eldorado will hit US dealerships in the summer of 2015. Pricing and color options have not been listed, but the 2014 Moto Guzzi California 1400 Custom has an MSRP of $15,490.

2015 Moto Guzzi Audace and Eldorado

Moto Guzzi also unveiled its exercise in styling design at the 2014 EICMA show  the project titled the MGX-21 concept. With traction control  three different engine maps  ABS and ride-by-wire  the 2015 Moto Guzzi Audace should be a blast to ride. The 2015 Moto Guzzi Eldorado runs 16-inch spoke wheels  a 180mm rear  and a lower seat height  giving it a unique identity among the California 1400 models.