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Moto Guzzi June 5, 2011 posted by

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello

While many won't think of a Guzzi as a sportsbike the company has a very long and proud racing history.  Just to give you an idea look at these stats. By the time of its pull out from Grand Prix racing, Moto Guzzi had won 3,329 official races, 8 World Championships, 6 Constructor's Championships and 11 Isle of Man TT victories. The Rosso Mandello was built to celebrate 80 years of the company and only some 300 were created so this is a rare bike across the globe.  No denying the look of the red rocker covers in the sunshine, these are very fine bikes.

The Seller seems to look after his bike well and from the listing:

Changes within my Circle of Life compel me to sell my beautiful 2001 Italian Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello V-Twin motorcycle. I am the original owner of number #261 of 300 originally built limited edition Rosso Mandello cafe bikes. After seeing a debut picture of this model in a cycle magazine, I chased down the Moto Guzzi VP of Marketing North America himself in order to locate this bike back in late September 2001. To his knowledge, there were 2 available in the USA east of the Mississippi River at the time & one sold as soon as it hit the show room floor. A Guzzi-guy all my life, I bought #261 sight unseen from Myers Ducati of Ashville, North Carolina. The Limited Edition Rosso Mandello celebrates the 80th anniversary of Moto Guzzi motorcycle production. This shaft-driven bike represents it well. I refer to it as my two-wheeled Maserati. The burbling exhaust notes from the V twins are superb. The ride is powerful & soulful. This Guzzi is now 10 years old with only 3,147 miles (5065 km). Time does fly & so does this motorcycle.

The V11 Sport Rosso Mandello features carbon fiber fairing, front fender, dashboard, starter cover & exhaust covers. It has red anodized valve covers & pork-chop framing and a unique reddish factory paint that is beautifully mesmerizing under varying lighting conditions…in other words, it’s one sexy bike…a real good looker & performer. Basic specs for the Rosso Mandello can be viewed here:

The V11 Sport Rosso Mandello provides 30+ mpg with a range of approximately 180 - 200 miles per tankful depending on driving habits. Specs claim a top speed of 124mph (200km/h). I’ve personally done 115mph (185km/h), which was plenty fast enough on 2 wheels.

I originally planned on keeping this bike until I became a doddering old fart, no longer able to ride on 2 wheels. But I just don’t find the time to ride anymore & my riding season is so short; plus my favorite bike pals are now dead or gone. This Guzzi was last registered & driven during the 2009 season. It is unjust to have this bike set covered up like unseen fine art. It must be driven & enjoyed by its next rider. If you want exclusivity, this is the motorcycle for you. It was produced only for the 2001 Model Year. There really aren’t many numbered Rosso Mandellos in America. Except for a gathering of  the MGNOC (Moto Guzzi National Owners Club), you will probably never cross another Rosso Mandello’s path.

Included with the purchase of this bike are:

  • the original complete tool kit
  • one UFI oil filter & oil filter cover removal tool
  • a rare factory workshop stand & spindle
  • a Road Gear red flannel indoor cover
  • a complete 2 volume workshop service manual in both paper & CD formats
  • V11 Sport workshop manual & parts manual on CD
  • original operator’s manual
  • framed factory-issued certificate of provenance for Rosso Mandello #261
  • an Ian Smith Motorcycle Report containing V11 Sport & Rosso Mandello motorcycle magazine articles & literature
  • one container each of Golden Spectro 4 Blended SAE 20w50 Engine Lubricant, Golden Spectro Full Synth SAE 75w90 GL-5 Differential Gear Lube & Bel Ray DOT4 brake fluid
  • Key-operated helmet cable lock
  • Key-operated red Kryptonite front disc lock
  • Documentation of factory recall 101EBS (Shift Ring & Cush Drive Assembly) completion


The bike received its warranty-required 1000 mile valve adjustment & subsequent scheduled service from a factory-authorized shop in Avon NY before the closing of its sales/service business. Each driving season thereafter, I performed basic scheduled maintenance & service using the following products:

  • Golden Spectro 4 Blended SAE 20w50 Engine Lubricant
  • Golden Spectro Full Synth SAE 75w90 GL-5 Differential Gear Lube
  • UFI oil filters
  • NGK sparkplugs
  • Bel Ray DOT4 brake fluid (every other driving season)

This bike is factory original with the following exceptions:

  • Moto International valve cover protectors
  • Battery Tender connector affixed to gel battery terminals
  • The emissions canisters (included in this sale) have been removed & lines plugged to provide more storage room under the seat
  • 3 of 4 side reflectors no longer attached (Inferior metal brackets fracture & fail after several seasons of riding. 2 of the 3 detached reflectors included)
  • Cherry DC1 replacement front brake light microswitch from DesignTech Engineering, LLC (original switch failed in 2007). The Cherry DC1 is a superior robust design & the preferred replacement for the prone to fail OE switch.
  • NGK Racing sparkplug cables & caps (the rare original Champion PRO5U 5KOHM cables & caps are included in this sale)
  • Tire Minder 32psi safety pressure indicating valve caps. The cap color visually tells you if tire pressure is incorrect.
  • A few tasteful Italian motoring-related decals

This bike is cosmetically excellent with the following exceptions:

  • This bike’s black engine paint, like all early production V11s, exhibits the unintended original factory “crinkle coat” finish (see pic)
  • Scratched carbon fiber on right muffler surface (see pic) from taking the sharpest corner in my life on its Bridgestone BattleAxe tires!
  • Two small nicks on right red anodized valve cover (see pic)
  • Front tire roadblasting on alternator cover (see pic)
  • Minor steering head paint-rub caused by keys (see pic)

All rubber & vinyl covered components are in excellent condition. The rear monocoque seat cover can be removed for two-up seating. The Bridgestone BattleAxe tires have at least 2 more seasons worth of sensible driving.

There is No rust whatsoever. This bike has NEVER sat outside neglected in the elements; always stored inside the garage under a breathable cover. This motorcycle starts right up & is ready for more road adventure. There is No Reserve on this auction, so bid confidently for one of the rarest Guzzis of this New Millenium!


Current you can start the bidding at $6k which I think is a very good price.  Tough to say what it could get to given they are rare to see but with a Guzzi buyer it could well press higher. Reading through the post the owner looks after the machine and it has a low mileage for a 2001 bike.  If I had more garage space ....


Moto Guzzi May 6, 2011 posted by

1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

For Sale: 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

These Guzzis have such classic lines and timeless style that I was torn between posting this beauty here on Rare Sport Bikes For Sale, or on our sister site, Classic Sport Bikes For Sale. For while this bike is new enough to belong here, it just looks like a classic in the making.

This bike has everything you expect from a unique and rare motorcycle: Great big cylinders pumping out loads of torque, a cockpit with a purpose - including a center-mounted tach, and peerless Italian styling and cachet.

OK - enough teasing. Here is a great shot of the whole bike. These Guzzi twins are real riders, and it is rare to see one without double digit mileage. After all, don't we believe sport bikes are made to be ridden? This one has done just that, with the clock sitting just shy of 40k. The best part? This is a one owner, clean and cared for machine.

From the seller:
For Sale - My 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V. I am the original owner. Adult owned & ridden since new. Always garaged. Always serviced properly and completely. 39,XXX miles. Bub performance exhaust system, complete and unmolested original exhaust system comes with bike. Aftermarket clip-on handlebars, originals included. K&N air filters, Corbin seat, fresh Avon tires, cylinder head guards. Owner's manual, original sales brochure included as are various extras and spares. Everything works - needs nothing but it's next owner. Easily one of the cleanest, best maintained LeManses anywhere.

With all of the original parts included, this looks to be a pretty good package deal. The one-owner concept really appeals to me as you are much more likely to find a honest example when compared against a bike that has been passed down through many hands. So a clean, one owner bike with tasteful and useful mods plus the OEM parts is the upside.

The downside here is that this auction opens with an ask of $5995. Mileage aside, the more recent vintage Guzzis have simply not held their price like the earlier V7 or Mk I, II or III models. That is unfortunate, as the Mk V is a great machine. So, stuck between new and classic, here is a bike that is easily worth that to the current owner, but may be a bit high for the rest of the collector world. To check out this bike, all the details and lots more pics, . Be sure and tell us what you think!


Moto Guzzi March 30, 2011 posted by

More Italian Hardware: 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

More Italian Hardware:  2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

The Bimota's have slowed down but the limited Moto Guzzi's keep coming.  There were under 50 V11 Coppa Italia's imported here and this will be second one we've posted in just a couple of months.  Like the last one, this one looks like a keeper.

Here's the story on her:

This special motorcycle is a limited edition, of which only 47 were imported into the U.S.  Very collectible and desirable motorcycle, with all the special performance and appearance features that a fine Itialian motorcycle should have.  The bike is sporty yet comfortable.  Light but solid.  Shaft drive, of course.  Comes complete with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, adjustable steering damper, carbon fiber front fender and starter cover, passenger seat cowl cover, factory race exhaust and ECU, further tuned and dynoed (chart provided)  by Redline Motorsports with added Power Commander.  Roper Sloppage Sheet. The seat was upgraded for comfort by custom seat builder

Rich Maund. No damage or cosmetic flaws.  No known mechanical defects. Owner's Manual, all service records, and complete service manual on CD are included.  Fully serviced most recently  at 4300 miles.



There really isn't anything to pick on even if I tried.  This is the type of bike you just have to pull the trigger on if you've been waiting for one.  RSBFS has listed two but who knows when the next one will come up for sale.


What would you pay for it?  The last one sold for $8,100 and was very similar in miles and condition.  As of this writing the auction had just started and I'm sure it wasn't even close to the reserve price.  $8,100 seems very reasonable for a unique bike with a some nice curb appeal.

Anyone else looking forward to the Moto Guzzi's in the pipeline?  Might be an interesting year or so Guzzists.  Lets just hope those prototypes were more than just eye candy.  .


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.  .


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.  .


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!