Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi March 23, 2011 posted by

A Very “Giallo” 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

A Very "Giallo" 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

That is some serious yellow, giallo in Italian, paint.  No, I'm not worldly, I just know how to use Google Translation.  This is another bike I picked just because of its' eye appeal.  I guess you have to like yellow but other than that I think you would have a hard time finding a fault with this bike.

 If the engine is this clean I think the rest of the  bike should speak for itself.

 

Writing for RSBFS is becoming bad for my wallet.  You couldn't have paid me to own a Guzzi but since writing about several of them I'd like to own: and a Bimota, and a Ducati and a.....and so on.

The seller gives a nice account of the bike.  It's a little long but be sure to read it.  The bike has some fine details that aren't obvious by just glancing at the bike:

The previous owner came into possesion of this bike by purchasing an entire Moto Guzzi collection, the other bikes in the collection; including a Daytona RS of the same year, were of a similar museum level quality. Needless to say, the original owner was a true Moto Guzzi fanatic.

Because all four bikes were purchased at once, and because each one had so much work completed, a lot of the details were passed by word of mouth at the time of sale, the description of work completed below is what was communicated to my by the previous owner and various reliable sources including Ken Zeller at Evoluzione Cyclesports; who has worked with the original owner and his bikes through the years. I am unable to reach the original owner for confirmation however, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information communicated to me relating to the history of the bike. Details of the amount of time and money spent on this bike could fill a novel, the Cliffs Notes are below.

As communicated to me, the bike was purchased new by the original owner who immediately had Pro Italia pull the engine and crankshaft to balance it. The brand new bodywork was also removed and repainted by Pro Italia in the original color. Why would someone do this you may ask, because the owner simply wanted a money is no object, perfect version of what the factory imagined for the bike. Pro Italia is famous for their paint work and they currently use Tony Marcus who is a true artist and charges thousands of dollars to paint a sport bike. This yellow paint on this bike is simply stunning, glass smooth and perfectly even. After the brand new engine was put back together, all of the fuel lines were wrapped in heat resistant protection before the engine was reinstalled. The bike features a full Staintune, stainless steel exhaust system including crossover and is finished with carbon fiber canisters, Before I saw this bike I was unaware that Staintune even produced carbon canisters but apparently they do, if you are willing to pay, a lot. They are beautiful, far beyond the quality of any Termingoni systems I have ever purchased. The bike sounds amazing, no other way to describe it, exotic and angry. Staintune does not list a system for the 1100 sport on their site, I would not be surprised if the original owner had this system custom fabricated by them as a one-off. The bike also features a full carbon fiber airbox, I have been unable to locate any information on this piece and in addition to looking incerdibly trick it is a wildly complex design and I assume a one-off item as well. The bike was apparently tuned on a dyno and a power commander is installed under the tail section. Power is unlike any Guzzi I have ever ridden. The bike also features Braking Tech brake rotors with carbon fiber carriers, and a Sport Cycle Pacific carbon fiber alternator cover. It features a rare set of Evoluzione Cyclesports billet adjustable levers and the seat and passenger pillion have been recovered in synthetic suede, with yellow stitching on the passenger grab handle to match the paint. The bike features a custom carbon fiber gauge cluster with a functional veglia oil temp gauge from a Daytona RS. The grey speedo is standard for US spec bikes of this era I am told. The bike features beautifully made Rossopuro billet rearsets, a note on these, the shifting effort with these rearsets is very high and I do not have the originals. I contacted Rossopuro who explained that while the rearsets are marketed for the Sport1100, they were originally developed for the V11 and the leverage required to change gears with the 1100 5 speed is higher than with the V11 six speed. If you intend to ride the bike in traffic often I would source a set of the originals, out on the highway and in the canyons I do not find the extra effort required bothersome. Bike features a carbon fiber rear hugger and even a Ventura headlight protector. Only minor paint nicks here and there typical of a bike with only 3K miles can be found. Bike includes one key, manual, and numerous period magazines featuring tests of this model when it debuted. Bike has a clean CA title with registration paid through March of 2012.

 

It has not been ridden much since 97:  3982 miles.  Fit and finish looks pretty good to me.  Can anyone compare Moto Guzzi's fit and finish compared to other Italian bikes?

Mmmmm, carbon fiber glistening in the sun.  I bet it sounds as good as it looks.  Obviously we've showcased some Moto Guzzi's that are more rare but this one sure ranks up there in quality.  The bike is in excellent shape and the components that have been added are top notch.  If the reserve is reasonable I would think this bike would find a new garage to call home in a hurry.  .

Ian

Moto Guzzi March 3, 2011 posted by

Hey There Good Lookin: 2004 Moto Guzzi Coppa Italia

 Hey There Good Lookin:  2004 Moto Guzzi Coppa Italia

Very pleasing to the eye if you ask me.  I don't consider Moto Guzzi's the sexiest looking things around but they are growing on me.  Does this mean I'm getting old?  Maybe but I think it has more to do with the fact that they don't have cookie cutter looks.  The Coppa Italia (Italian Cup according to Google) is about as good as it gets with Guzzi's.  There are other Guzzi limited editions but I haven't come across one with the quite the specs as the Coppa Italia. 

Yep, Ohlins suspension.  Other Coppa Italia goodies include a racing ECU and ti racing exhaust:  me like!  With only 50 imported to the United States you are guaranteed exclusivity.

From the auction:

Coppa Italia, very rare, one of 49. Has Ohlin rear shock and Ohlin upside down front suspension. Brembo Gold brakes and  Moto Guzzi racing titanium exhaust. Racing Moto Guzzi

ECU and Power Commander. Stucchi cross-over [original comes with it] Stucchi rear fender hugger, carbon fiber [comes with original] Ferracci airbox [comes with original] Bar end mirrors. Has new tires with about 100 miles [Michelin Pilots] Change out the head protector. The oil was changed, value adjustement, and injectors balanced at 3900 miles.

this bike is owned by a senior rider and has had great care. I have to many motorcycles, I need to sell with a very reasonable reserve.

 A little lurking on some messaged boards showed this is a sought after model amongst Guzzi fans.  I would think the looks and features would make it appealing to even non-Guzzi owners.  The auction looks like it reflects this with several active bidders.  The only question is where is that elusive reserve set.  On the message boards I saw discussions ranging in the $10,000 to $12,000 range.  .

IK

Moto Guzzi February 28, 2011 posted by

2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

For Sale: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

With Ducati becoming such a household word these days, it is refreshing to see some inventory from that "other" Italian v-twin company: Moto Guzzi. In fact, we have seen more Guzzi's this past month than is usual; can we blame global warming for this too?

From the seller:
Gorgeous, reliable. Getting too old to ride.

Somehow, if I had a bike this pretty I would be inclined to say more about it. But perhaps the seller thinks that the bike speaks for itself. For those of you listening, there are nearly 22,500 miles on the clock, nearly everything looks stock, and there do not appear to be any major areas of rash anywhere. Here are some more pics to drool over.

These "modern era" Guzzis are very nice, modern bikes. Price wise they do not seem to pull in what the more classic (i.e. Mk I, pre 1980) bikes command, making them a pretty good deal. If you want an alternative to a Japanese sportbike - and your interests fall more to sport-touring than knee-dragging and peg-scraping, then this could be a good choice.

The seller is asking $4,500 for the bike, which is pretty fair money. The last V11 Sport we listed here on RSBFS had many fewer miles and sold for $4,350. It might make sense to contact the seller and work something out. For details, pictures and contact info, click on the link and Good luck, and tell them RSBFS sent you!

MI

Cafe Racer February 25, 2011 posted by

Good things happen in threes: 1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans 850

For Sale: 1977 Moto Guzzi MG LeMans 850

Wow - three Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I bikes in a row! RSBFS readers are going start thinking that perhaps these are not the rare and desireable machines we have made them up to be.... Nah! Collector interest and rising price points should both defend the RSBFS stance on these fine machines - even if we have had a banner week of them on this site!

From the tiny fairing to the visually dominating motor, to the extremely narrow waist - these Guzzis are as unique a riding experience as anything you will find in motorcycling. While perhaps not the fastest bikes on the road, they are overbuilt and reliable machines meant to devour mile after mile of pavement with a pronounced Italian flair. You can't help but look the part when you roll up to your favorite eatery on one of these.

From the seller:
Hi,i m listing this bike for my frend,he is a ritired police investicator, he is the second owner.This bike was his personal bike for last 21years.Bike stars and runs very good.It has 56000 orininal mille on it.It was rebuilt 15000mille ago.It recived 1000cc kit balanced conrads,pistons.I did light porting on heads,installed Fiat brass velve guaids with teflon seals.It comes with Bitubo fork cartiges,DynaIII ignition and Koni rear shocks.Bike has original faded paint exept front faring.Brakes are very stong,shifts nice...
VIN# 072962and motor #*072962*...

This bike is a little more used, a little more modified, and a little rougher than the other two LeMans Mk I bikes we posted earlier (see HERE and HERE). While the big-bore kit does not raise the value of the bike, it does add to the torque of the motor making it more fun to use. Sure, the paint is a bit faded in places too, but that is an indication that this is a survivor. This is a bike you can ride around for a while, and then run a full restoration on it in the future. In short, I think this bike is a keeper.

Pricing for this cafe racer should be in line with the others we have seen, but lower due to the mods, miles and condition. The auction currently has zero bids with a start of $5,500, which is right about where this one should be. There is no reserve, so anybody wanting to pay fair money for a solid investment should sign in quickly. Take a look at the pictures, troll through the seller comments and Q&A, and let us know if you come home with this classic. Click the link to . Good Luck!

MI

Cafe Racer February 24, 2011 posted by

It’s raining Guzzis! 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I

There is no doubt, Guzzis are hot right now. This beautiful Mk I bike was pointed out to us by the lucky new owner of the last LeMans we covered (click here for details), who just so happens to also be a RSBFS reader. And as is common with the rare models we seek, you may not find a bike for months only to suddenly come across several; when it rains it pours.

This bike has very few miles, and appears to be in good condition. It certainly helps when a bike stays in one home for a long period of time, and that is certainly what has happened here - this is the original owner!

From the seller:
I bought this bike new in Geneva, IL. Original bill of sale and IL title. All paint and seat is factory. 120 miles ago (April 1995) Harpers went through the bike and did a full mechanical restoration at a cost of $5,247.22. Has DYNA III ignition, Bitubo fork springs, and oil sump extender. The exhaust was purchased from Reno Leoni in 1979 or '80. The starter was replaced in 2007 but I saved the original. I have the ORIGINAL TIRES AND EXHAUST SYSTEM. Also have shocks somewhere and will include if found. FLAWS: a small ding on each side of the tank where the handle bars made contact. Also, a small piece broken off an upper fin on the right head BUT, there is a new right head included in the sale! The Guzzi has always been stored in my work area at the shop. I rode it once in 2008. Very reasonable reserve. For sale locally.

We don't often see this quality of classic Guzzi, much less a low-miles, original owner example. If you have been on the hunt for one of these cafe racer bikes, I would consider this your opportunity. This auction is on now, and the current bid is at $6,600 with the reserve not yet met. Earlier Guzzis LM models have mostly crossed for $8k+, so this is still in bargain bin territory. The seller will even throw in a few extras!

Don't miss out on this one, because who knows when we will find another one like this to post. . As always, good luck on this one, and tell 'em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Moto Guzzi February 21, 2011 posted by

Guzzi Exotica: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS01 CORSA

Guzzi Exotica:  2006 Moto Guzzi MGS01 CORSA

If it looks this good standing still, it must be a sight to see and hear in motion.  Can anything really be bad with word "Corsa" in the title?  This is as exotic as they get straight from the Moto Guzzi factory to date.  Trying to find accurate info on the MGS-1 is confusing to say the least so Guzzi enthusiasts please correct me in the comments if need be.  It looks like the bike debuted in 2004.  I keep seeing production numbers of 50 bikes.  I do not know if that is a yearly total or an overall total.   I can't even determine if any of the bikes were "officially" imported to North America.  It also looked like Moto Guzzi had plans for a street version that never materialized.

It might date from 2004 but it doesn't look dated to me.   Slap some light and turn signals on it and I bet you'd sell a few.  I read several reviews of the bike and for the most part there was nothing but positive comments about it.  This review on MCNEWS.COM was one of the more interesting ones, plus it has some good pictures for those of us that loose interest quickly.  It  covers what technical enhancements were made to the bike that made it drool worthy.

Just a bit from the auction:

THIS BIKE HAS HAD VERY LITTLE USE AND IS IN IMACULATE CONDITION, VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THIS VERY COLLECTABLE FACTORY BUILT RACE BIKE, ONE OF ONLY 50 IN THE WORLD.

From the side it looks like such a wide bike but from this photo it looks pretty darn thin.

This particular MGS01 has an accent, it is located in New Zealand.  I'm sure that might scare off a few bidders but I'd assume a  Guzzi collector would jump at the chance to own one of these rare bikes.  The bidding is starting at $25,000.  It looks like they sold for close to $50,000 originally.  .  If that starting price sounds high, it is actually quite a drop from the starting bid price on the same a bike from a year ago.  Check out the post Jay did on the bike last year:  unless of course there are two MGS01's in Christchurch with number four plastered on them.

They sound as good as they look.

IK