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Moto Guzzi October 12, 2016 posted by

Unicorn Sighting: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

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Guzzi is one of the oldest and most storied motorcycle manufacturers in existence, but they've drifted pretty far from their sporting roots in recent years, owing to their purchase by Piaggio, a move that has kept them afloat, but forever relegated to building vintage-styled and cruisers to prevent them competing with more sports-oriented bikes from sister-company Aprilia. Really though, the downward slide began long before that, as Guzzi just couldn't keep pace with the ruthless development of modern sportbikes from Japan. Luckily, there've been a few bright spots along the way, like this Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin that point out just how much life is still left in Moto Guzzi's v-twin package.

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If you're not familiar with bikes produced by Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno aka: "Ghezzi-Brian" you might remember the very exotic MGS-01 that they developed from Guzzi's seemingly obsolete shaft-drive v-twin platform. A race-replica designed around Ghezzi's successful racing machine, the Supertwin features quality suspension at both ends and clever engineering designed to reduce weight.

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The slim bodywork reveals the iconic longitudinal v-twin and contrasts nicely with the hulking mechanicals. The huge perimeter front brakes look incredibly trick and should offer up excellent stopping power to go with the increased straight-line performance that comes mostly from a huge weight reduction: the Supertwin weighs in at a claimed 427lbs dry, down 55lbs from the largely stock V11 Sport that donates its engine. Power is an modest 91hp but the 1064cc motor puts out impressive torque to match the amazing soundtrack. The gearbox unfortunately is the earlier Sport 1100's five-speed unit, which is as disappointing here as it is in the original application.

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From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Racing Edition Supertwin for Sale

Super bike extremely rare and mint, 7,499 kilometers from new, needs nothing, OZ Racing wheels made just for this model bike! Wide rear wheel, larger exhaust ports, under bike exhaust, sold on a bill of sale. The bike sounds incredible, bike has a factory race program in its CPU, much more special than the regular edition Ghezzi-Brian normal production Super Twin. These motorcycles never come up for sale.

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"These motorcycles never come up for sale" is very much an understatement. These are extremely rare here in the USA and I've only seen a couple being offered. New in 2001, you were looking at about $15,000 for a Supertwin, but I'm not sure what kind of premium the "Racing" edition might carry: these bikes . Current bidding is up to just $7,600 with the Reserve Not Met, although keep in mind that this bike doesn't appear to have a current title, which will affect the price somewhat. Certainly any Ghezzi-Brian is collectible, but they're very good on the road, so it's a shame this one may end up just sitting under a dust-cover somewhere.

-tad

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Unicorn Sighting: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 28, 2016 posted by

Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

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Shaft drive has well-known advantages in terms of maintenance and reliability but is rarely seen in the sportbike world as it limits gearing choices and generally adds too much weight to a bike like this Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing. In a world where every ounce counts and bikes are pared to the bone, sacrificing durability for agility, a driveshaft seems a step backwards. But although they played around with a chain-drive, liquid-cooled, v-twin to rival Ducati prior to their purchase by the Piaggio Group, Moto Guzzi was generally happy to just stay afloat and were often forced to work with what they had. Given their financial limitations, they have managed to develop the system to a very high level.

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Guzzi was stuck with the durable, but very clunky and outdated five-speed transmission but, in the Daytona, they curbed some of the more intrusive shaft-jacking by using a parallelogram rear suspension, although you’ll still feel the rotational forces of the longitudinal crankshaft as you power out of turns or rev the bike at a stoplight. Because of course you’ll rev the bike at stoplights: Moto Guzzi’s big v-twins are some of the very best-sounding twins on the planet, especially when fitted with a freer-flowing exhaust. The four-valve engine has "OHC" cast into those valve covers, but it’s not really “overhead” and more "high cam" as the cams operate the eight valves via a system of short pushrods and rockers, a system that offered the best of both worlds, with compact dimensions and good high-rpm breathing.

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A bit of a bridge between the earlier Daytona 1000 and the later RS, the "Racing" uses the earlier, hump-backed bodywork with some of the factory available engine hop-up parts. It was never officially available in the USA, as evinced by the odometer reading in kilometers. The seller claims this is is fitted with an 1100cc engine, but I believe all of the Daytonas had the 992cc engine, built to make it eligible for various race classes that limited twins to 1,000cc or less. Production of the Daytona stretched from 1992 to 1995 and saw a bit more than 1,000 examples built, with just 100 of the "Racing" version at the tail end of production for 1996.

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From the original eBay listing: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing for Sale

1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona Racing, number 100 of 100 ever made 4 valve twin, mint condition. Rare Stay In Tune stainless steel exhaust system, new battery, recent fluid change and tune up, low mileage: 21,446km. Part of large collection that is being liquidated, 1100cc 4-valve twin, this bike is a joy to ride, we at buyer's expense can ship worldwide. Clean, lien-free title, this is a no-issue bike that is beautiful and rare.

Bidding is up to 7,600 with the Reserve Not Met. No surprise there as sellers are generally looking to get at least $10,000 for nice examples, with one recent low-mileage bike selling for over $14,000! But more often, these Daytonas are a hard sell: they don’t meet their reserve or receive little attention from bidders. Mileage on this example is pretty low, especially for a Guzzi, with a little more than 13,000 miles worth of kilometers rolling under the wheels. The Staintune exhaust may be a bit too shiny for your taste, but they are a quality brand and those… less restrictive pipes should help make the big v-twin sound great and add a little bit more oomph.

-tad

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Getting the Shaft: 1996 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 20, 2016 posted by

Rolling Thunder: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

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A sportbike powered by a 1064cc two-valve pushrod twin seems positively antediluvian in context and was absolutely outclassed by the competition even when new. But Moto Guzzi managed to take their rugged and very entertaining powertrain and fit it into their 1100 Sport that, while not cutting-edge, offered up charisma, handling, durability, and exclusivity. I’ve always been a huge fan of the looks and, unlike many of the earlier Tonti-framed bikes, prices on these have stayed pretty low so far, aside from the obviously collectible Daytona and RS models. If you’re into long sweepers and midrange grunt, these are pretty cool motorcycles.

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These are miles from “light and flickable” but, thanks to quality suspension at both ends and fundamentally correct geometry, they do handle. You just need to plan things out a bit more ahead of time and be very smooth. Fortunately, the Guzzi engine makes that fairly easy: the longitudinal v-twin, especially the two-valve model, is torque-rich and flexible, which is a very good thing because the antiquated five-speed gearbox is notoriously poor and likely a huge factor in the bike’s “agricultural” reputation.

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For years, even the sportiest Guzzis had very effective, but purist-offending linked brakes that saw the right hand lever operating one front caliper and the foot pedal operating the other front caliper and the rear, with a proportioning valve to control brake balance. The top-spec triple Brembos on the 1100 Sport were unlinked and had great feel and plenty of power, but braking performance is less than period rivals as those normally very effective stoppers had to haul the bike's 487 pounds dry down from speed.

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So the Sport is too heavy to be a real sportbike and not comfortable enough to really be a tourer, although plenty of folks fit a set of Helibars and some soft luggage and do it anyway. Certainly the sound from the carbon cans should have the next owner actively seeking out every tunnel on their tour route. Guzzis are famously durable, the shaft-drive very low-maintenance, and basic valve-adjustments on the two-valve twin should be a snap, since you don’t even have to remove any bodywork to get to the heads…

From the original eBay listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

1552 km/ 2136 mi

Clean and clear NC title! Runs and rides great, normal wear and tear, ready to ride now and is in an EXCELLENT condition! The 1100 Sport is one of the very best looking models ever built by Moto Guzzi and is a REAL collectible motorcycle. This MOTO GUZZI 1100 Sport is part of an extensive Italian motorcycle collection at the moment and the previous owner was The Wisconsin Motorcycle Museum.

This is a European model and speedometer is in kph. Very low miles for the year model, original unmolested condition. Original paint with very few small chips. No dents.

No mechanical problems. Clutch and transmission in excellent condition. Drive shaft joints are perfect. Forks are not leaking and rear White Power shock is working very well. No leaks or dents in exhaust system. Period correct aftermarket performance carbon fiber mufflers. Not too loud, sounds fantastic.

New rear tire, front is good. Few chip marks on wheel rims from changing tires, no accident damage. See pictures.

Original scratch less screen.

Original toolkit included.

Fairly new battery.

This bike is ready for a cross country trip.

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Bidding is pretty slow so far, well below what I've seen these sell for, and mileage is very low for a Guzzi. The seller insists that, although it’s titled as a 1995, it is in fact a 1997 model. Guzzi was an early adopter of fuel injection on their roadbikes and the 1100 Sport had fuel-injection in 1996, so it looks like the seller is correct. An 18" rear wheel would be a giveaway that it was the earlier, carbed bike as well.

The seller also believes it’s a European model, but I’d guess it’s more likely Canadian. Unfortunately, whatever its provenance, the bike has the US-friendly square headlamp that looks like it was shared with the Ducati 900SS of the period. That’s a shame since some Euro-spec models had the much slimmer trapezoidal unit that the designers obviously intended for the bike. If you didn’t know that different design existed, you’d probably never miss it. But once you’ve seen it, this headlight looks crude and awkward. If I bought one, I'd instantly begin a quest for the sleeker unit.

-tad

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Rolling Thunder: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 1, 2016 posted by

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale

Relisted from last November, with a 20% price reduction - Martin

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In the early 1990s, Moto Guzzi was trying to revitalize their staid image and appeal to a younger, more sporting audience. Famous Guzzi tuners Ghezzi and Brian were brought in to style the new top-shelf sportbike, and the result was a machine uncharacteristically elegant and modern, considering Guzzi's products of the period. The MGS01 managed to look forwards and backwards at the same time: it was true sportbike that managed to be relatively lightweight while using a highly-developed version of their classic longitudinally-mounted v-twin and shaft drive.

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The bike used a bored-out version of the "high cam" eight-valve engine with Cosworth pistons and a 1225cc displacement, backed by the V11 Sport's compact six-speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It put out a very healthy 121hp and a stump-pulling 83lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, although it was far lighter than other Guzzis being built at the time, the 420lb dry weight was still pretty portly when compared to its rivals.

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Intended as a track day toy and gentleman's racer, it wasn't light enough or powerful enough to really compete against the Ducatis and Japanese inline-fours on track, and sourcing bodywork and parts should you crash could be a serious headache. It's just a shame that the promised roadbike production never materialized: Guzzis typically take a serious dive in the used market, but I could imagine that this one might have held its value...

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale (LINK UPDATE FOR RELIST)

One of the most beautiful bikes ever made. Italian art at its best...

Extremely rare 1 of 50 produced only 7 ever imported into the US by Moto Guzzi.

This bike was bought new in 2004 in California by a collector for display only.

Bike is still on the original MSO. I have all the original sales documents, original red Moto Guzzi bike cover. Everything that came with the bike new. I still have the original side of the Moto Guzzi crate.

A very rare opportunity to purchase an extremely rare exotic, will only appreciate. You can purchase to ride or display in your office or wherever. Hard assets like this are much better and safer than the market.

Can be viewed anytime in Las Vegas, Nevada by appointment.

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Not sure I'd take financial advice from someone trying to sell me a motorcycle, and I'm really not sure that using a rare motorcycle as a part of your retirement planning is exactly good advice anyway, but regardless: this is a very special motorcycle, and I certainly wouldn't argue with his claim that it's one of the most beautiful bikes ever made.

The question is: "Is the MGS01 $60,000 80,000 beautiful?" Because that's what the seller is asking for this well-preserved, virtually unused example. Opinions on production numbers vary a bit, but whether it was 50 or 100 or 150, you're very unlikely to see another for sale anytime soon.

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Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale
Moto Guzzi June 29, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

After bringing Moto Guzzi under the Aprilia umbrella in 2000, the company's depth was a great help to Guzzi, and build quality improved within the year.  The V11 Le Mans was introduced in 2001, the recipient of many special parts and paint schemes.  Offered by a Mass. dealer, this example was stored since the buyer balked, and has been freshened up for a new life.

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2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

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The V11 Le Mans uses the 1064cc longitudinal V-twin, modernized in the 1990's - and though 91 hp isn't bad for a 2-valve engine, the 70 ft.-lbs. torque is more important and comes on early.  The chassis has been lengthened around 20mm for the Le Mans, and the massive frame connectors developed for earlier models look great here too.  Forks are 40mm Marzocchi upside-down units, and a Sachs monoshock controls  the Guzzi cantilever swingarm, which includes linkage to limit the tendency for a shaft drive swingarm to raise the bike under acceleration.  Though the linked brakes of older Moto Guzzi's are gone, the industry-leading Brembos are up to the task with 320mm fronts and 282 mm rear.  The frame mounted supersport fairing provides better protection than any previous Le Mans, directing air to the cylinder fins and away from the rider.

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Guessing the dealer had a soft spot for this bike, since he kept it around after the purchase fell through.  Basically unused with 478 miles, as the eBay auction relates:

2002 MG Le Mans , MINT, Has been Dealer Climate controlled storage since new, ONLY 478 miles, Dealer ordered for a customer, made out paperwork, customer never came thru, so it sat while new paperwork was done, dealer rode it a couple times. It is now Serviced, Oils and new battery, and ready to go. Bike is Mint, NO scratches or dings, AS NEW.

Around town might be ok, but new tires would be a requirement for pushing 600 lbs. with rider more seriously.  Not much to worry about in the engine dept. since the cam is chain-driven and it has electronic fuel injection.  Might expect a seal here or there but that's all.

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Even now, Moto Guzzi recalls their heritage on every bike, they have a continuity of character which can't be replaced by the latest innovation.  This new-(er) Le Mans is a fast, stable ride, modern in ways that effect safety and rideability, with great reverence to Guzzi's past.  One of their sportier offerings of late, this Le Mans has taken a long break in the back of the dealer's shop, but will still grab attention on the next owner's first coffee run...

-donn

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Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans
Moto Guzzi June 11, 2016 posted by

Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale

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If pure speed, cutting-edge technology, or drive chains are your thing, then today's Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 probably isn't the bike for you. But if race heritage, character, and v-twin torque are things you enjoy, you can't go wrong with this big Guzzi. The Daytona is certainly not light weight, but it does handle: with quality suspension front and rear, and based around a frame developed by dentist and privateer-racer Jr. John Wittner that would be used for decades following its introduction, it was the first modern sportbike from Moto Guzzi.

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The Daytona featured Guzzi's traditional longitudinally-oriented v-twin, backed by a five-speed gearbox and shaft drive, but was updated with fuel injection and four-valve cylinder heads. Interestingly, the engine isn't exactly "overhead cam." It's more "high cam," as the belt-driven cams actuate short pushrods, which in turn operate a pair of rocker shafts that open and close the valves. The engine had a 992cc displacement to squeak in under the limit for racing, as unlikely as that might sound. Half-faired looks show off that huge lump of a powertrain and that bulbous tail section houses the bike's electronics. A dual-seat version was available but, with the pillion pad basically stuck on top, it looks pretty ridiculous and is best avoided.

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Think of the Daytona as Moto Guzzi's 851, a bike that attempted to thrust the marque back onto the podium by applying modern technology to a familiar formula. Not a bike for everyone, but if you're a Guzzisti, this bike looks very tasty, and those Termignoni exhaust pipes should make this bike sound even better than it looks. Seriously: if you like the sound of a big v-twin sportbike, it doesn't get much better than a big Moto Guzzi with a set of Termis...

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From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

These were imported that year to homologate them for battle of the twins racing. Only 50 bikes came to the US and sources state that only 250 bikes were made worldwide, and this one is #21. This bike runs as perfect as it looks and the sound is even better through the dual Termignoni's. I bought this bike fifteen years ago for $10k and it has been worth every penny.

The original owner whom I purchased it from said it had the factory "A" kitted motor. I have no proof myself as I have never had the motor apart. I can say that it is fast, but it is no Gixxer thou.

The bike came with WP shock, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes witch were top shelf items in its day. I believe the Daytona and MGS-01 were the only models to ever come with the performance 4-valve heads.

Of all of the bikes I have owned, this one is the most fun to ride and has more charisma than a Ducati. I think the pictures speak for themselves as it is almost perfect and you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. About the only flaw is the paint is bubbled around the gas cap. I tried to capture this on the picture but the paint still looks perfect but is slightly bubbled. In the fifteen years I have owned the bike it has not gotten any worse.

This does come with the factory center stand lift.

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This example appears to have a spin-on filter conversion clearly visible on the front of the engine: most of the time, you need to drop the sump on a Guzzi to change the filter element, so this is a very desirable update for anyone who plans to use their Daytona regularly. The "A kitted motor" the seller mention refers to the bike's state of tune. The A kit was an updated chip and intake/exhaust, with an available C Kit that included different cams as well.

There are several days left on the auction, but no takers yet at the $10,000 starting bid. That's probably a pretty fair price, considering the condition, updates, and low miles. Guzzis of the era are definitely on the rise, and this looks like a nice bike to ride or collect.

-tad

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Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale