I include the power plant in my generalisation of the 1400.
I have to agree - the 1400 motor in current configuration is a more laid back, torque-focused item. On the Veloce setting I can get enough snap to smoothly whisk through our local roads properly, but not in the hard and fast way. Even the Tourismo setting has me rolling back more throttle than is comfy with trail braking, at least for me. Fortunately, I'm more into energy state management and smooth, relatively conservative transit. More of a smile and satisfaction motor than a rush and adrenaline one!
That said, I treat my California as if it is a sport cruiser and it does fine in the heavy sport cruiser role, especially considering the geometry, mass, wheelbase, and position. I will ride with my heels hooked on the passenger pegs at times, tucked behind the windshield. Clearly a compromise, but one I happen to find appealing.