Posted by Andrew on April 27, 2015

Category: New bikes

Moto Guzzi USA has just unveiled the new 2016 pre-production Audace model for the first time in the North America, along with pricing at $15,590. The Audace, that couples the mechanics of the beautiful California with a muscular and completely chromeless look, is set to arrive at US dealers in July as a brother of another special bike, the 2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado. The Audace will be available in a single paint scheme called the Nero Travelgento.

The newest member of the California family, the Audace

The newest member of the California family, the Audace

The new Audace is the starkest evolution of the Moto Guzzi California so far and it is without doubt the darkest one. The bike couples a muscular and fierce look with chromeless design that brings out the mechanical details of the large cruiser. It can be picked out immediately by its front end, made stylistically lighter by the circular headlight unit and the carbon mudguard mounted on a fork without any telescope covering. It has no chromium plating so every mechanical detail, each small exposed metallic part is dark as the night.

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The Audace has a dark soul

The Audace has a dark soul

Was ditching chrome a good decision from Mandello del Lario? Some might argue that it was not but the Audace is a purist’s bike after all. You can also tell this from the absence of any exotic accessories and parts. And what do you get for this price tag? A metallic radiator grille, short megaphone exhaust, sportier footpegs, lowered Alcantara saddle with red stitching, new drag handlebar and LED turn signals. Thanks to the new footpegs and seat, riding position has changed: the Audace offers a longer and more dominating riding position.

The beautiful 2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

The beautiful 2016 Moto Guzzi Audace

Another elegant feature include burnished valve covers, rear shock absorbers with separate gas bottle and the aluminium alloy wheels personalized with the Moto Guzzi logo, as well as the minimal mirrors. You will find polished edges on the cylinder fins and valve-cover ribs. The adoption of a fatter 200/65-17 rear tire is a significant change, though. The tire runs a bit taller, the ratio bumping up to 65 from 60.

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The Italian designers did not change much on the mechnical side, though. The bike features the same gas-charged Sachs shock absorbers and cast aluminum wheels as the California Custom and the engine remained the same, too. The 1388cc transverse V-Twin puts out 96 hp at 6,500 rpm and 120 Nm (88 lb-ft) of torque at 2,750 rpm and is mated to a 6-speed overdrive gear box.

The dealers expect the first shipment in July.

Source: Moto Guzzi USA

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