When I first saw a picture of the Moto Guzzi Eldorado featuring the new 1380cc v-twin engine, I fell in love with the classic styling (it happened to be a red one, not the color of our black test unit). I knew that the big v-twin was a gem, having named the first bike to feature it, the California, our Bike of the Yearback in 2013.
Expecting the Eldorado to have the same capable chassis as the California, I was intrigued by the stealth offered up by the classic looks (including white-wall tires). It also looked comfortable, and a capable long-distance touring mount. I asked Moto Guzzi for one to test, and made sure they included the optional leather bags and wind screen.
The Eldorado has the same enormous plateau of power we found on the Audace tested last year. Moto Guzzi claims a beefy 87 foot/pounds of torque at just 2,750 rpm, while a healthy peak of 96 horsepower arrives well up the tach at 6,500 rpm. With three engine maps to choose from (including Sport, Touring and Rain), the well-tuned fuel injection allows the rider to squirt through gaps in traffic effortlessly, and confidently.