Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi September 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

Not too many motorcycles look good in screaming yellow, but I think the Guzzi 1100 Sport is definitely one of them. A two-valve version of the exotic Daytona that was developed by Dr John Wittner from his successful Battle of the Twins racer, the 1100 Sport was a very unconventional motorcycle. By the 1990s, sportbike convention dictated liquid-cooling, four valves per cylinder, six-speed gearboxes, full fairings, and chain final drive. Of course the 1100 Sport had none of these. Would it beat a CBR or GSX-R of the period on a racetrack? Of course not. But the Guzzi has charisma in spades, plenty of torque to punch you out of corners, and it makes up in stability what it lacks in agility.

The half-faired styling means that hulking engine and gearbox are proudly on display, with the two-valve cylinder heads sticking out into the breeze by the rider's knees, here fed by fuel injection, which replaced the Dell'Orto carburetors in 1996. In spite of the relatively low-specification suggested by the air-cooling, pushrods, and two valves per cylinder, the 1064cc engine put out an honest 90hp and 70ft-lbs of torque, with 82 ponies present-and-accounted-for at the rear wheel.

It seems like an odd choice for a powerplant, but the bike's long history goes some way towards explaining it. Some of the Guzzi's "agricultural" reputation comes from that honking big v-twin that rocks the bike to one side when you rev it, due to the longitudinal crankshaft arrangement, and the clunky five-speed gearbox. But it probably doesn't help that the package is often associated with an Italian military tractor that dates back to the 1960s, although even the earliest Guzzi V7 motorcycles apparently shared no mechanical parts whatsoever with that odd machine. Those origins may sound like an unlikely foundation for a fast, agile motorcycle, but Guzzi's V7 Sport and Le Mans were considered very capable sportbikes at the time.

Unfortunately, by the time of the 1100 Sport, the big Guzzi was probably more GT than actual sportbike, but that's just fine, considering that the majority of riders never actually use their bikes on track. And even then, most do so only occasionally. For weekend riding, the triple Brembo brakes can pull you up short to avoid errant deer in the roadway, while quality suspension means stable handling, but passenger accommodations aren't great, as no grab-rail is fitted.  Reviews of the 1100 Sport were generally very positive when the bike was tested in isolation, although the aforementioned gearbox and the bike's 490lb dry weight did come in for some criticism.

Unfortunately, this Goose never really had a chance when compared directly to rivals: the 916 was obviously lighter, more agile, and faster, as well as being the sexiest bike of the era. And Japanese machines were more powerful, cheaper, and user-friendly. But that's hardly the point here, and Guzzis have long been bikes you buy because you like Guzzis, not because they are quantifiably "better" than any other bike. And if you are a Guzzi fan, this particular 1100 Sport is in impeccable condition!

From the Seller: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

For Sale: Rare and Low Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Excellent Condition. I am the 2nd owner and bike came from California. There were only 1,314 of these produced in 1997 and approximately 450 units in Yellow. It has always been stored inside and very well maintained. It also has been stored, when not ridden on a bike stand. All service recently completed including:

* All oil and filters
* Full Tune-up
* Valve adjustment
* New Tires
* New brake pads
* New Battery - Lithium

You will be hard pressed to find one this clean and with low mileage. Bike starts up easily and rides and drives very good. As you will see in the pictures the bike is extremely clean and comes with original manual, repair manual, original brochure, a couple of magazines from1997/1998 featuring this bike, original and spare keys.

Bike comes standard with Brembo Brakes, Marchesini Wheels and all of the expensive Italian upgrades. 

The seller is asking $9,500 for this low-mileage example. Just a few years ago, a decent 1100 Sport could be had for half that, but values have been steadily rising and it's hard to find one with anywhere near this mileage. With solid performance, good reliability, and easy maintenance, this Guzzi can tackle winding back roads, attracts tons of attention wherever you stop, can even do a bit of light sport-touring, and will generally put a big smile on your face. 1100 Sports are odd and quirky and ergonomically-challenged, yet owners often rack up big miles on them, owing to the platform's soundness and the engine's reliability. And clutch-replacements aside, basic maintenance is a snap: the unusual engine configuration may have some ergonomic drawbacks, but this may be the easiest bike you've ever adjusted the valves on, and pushrods mean no rubber cambelts to replace!

-tad

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 6, 2017 posted by

Racer that Never Was: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01

The Moto Guzzi MGS-01 found itself in a weird doldrums between an ultra-premium streetbike and a pure race bike for the well-heeled. It was bedecked with super high-end kit befitting a competition machine, but was portly and down on power compared to its peers.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 for sale on eBay

With 121 horsepower out of a 1225 cc version of Guzzi's sideways-mounted v-twin and more than 420 pounds for it to push around, the MGS-01 pales in performance to much cheaper options from Japan and its countrymen at Ducati and Aprilia.

Despite its ponderous weight and relative lack of horsepower, the big v-twin had torque in abundance, pushing out 80-odd pound feet well before redline. That made the engine friendlier than standard track bike fare, while still allowing the big Guzz to properly scare you. In a very Moto Guzzi touch, the bike carries a shaft drive set up, so all that power will come over with a velvet hammer delivery.

The bike listed here is gorgeous, and has been kept immaculately over the last 13 years, having covered under 100 miles in that time. It looks the every bit the part of the racer it's playing, too, with taught carbon fiber bodywork and a racebike dash draped over a hand-welded frame.

The seller appears to be the same Italian group that offered this 2006 MGS-01, though the bike seen here is in far nicer shape.

From the eBay listing:

Moto Guzzi MGS-01

model year 2004

VIN 0034

One of the most iconic Italian racing motorcycles of all times!
60miles, just test, NEW BIKE, perfect conditions, amazing bike.
It comes with manual, stand and original dust cover.

Parade race and collect.

Bike is currently located in 33080 Roveredo in Piano, Italy but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem. I can supply US references.
For info's please call +39 347 2656235 Gianluca or email gianluca@stileitaliano.com

With about three days left, the reserve on this rare beast has not been met. Rarity and curiosity are not always good harbingers of value, but this is for sure a very classy footnote in the history of an interesting and storied brand.

Racer that Never Was: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01
Moto Guzzi August 7, 2017 posted by

A Bottle of White – Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

In the late 1970's Moto Guzzi created a line of smaller-displacement machines based on the classic 850 Le Mans, and though they have largely been forgotten, they're still a great lightweight - especially for fans of the marque.  This Quebec-based model has been given a rider's restoration and has a nice patina.

1983 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza ( Canada ) for sale on eBay

 

The V35 Imola and V50 Monza incorporated many family Guzzi features such as the longitudinal V-twin, air cooling, shaft drive, and linked triple-disk brakes.  The chain-drive single overhead cam engine used a novel Heron head, where the combustion chamber is largely carved out of the machined piston and the head itself is quite flat.  This saved manufacturing dollars though it's not the best for intake and exhaust flow.  The engine was also somewhat easier to service than the V7, the oil filter being more readily accessible and the clutch was a lighter design.  Otherwise the 353 lbs. junior, with star alloys and handlebar fairing, walks and talks like part of the venerable Moto Guzzi lineage.

 

Professionally converted to a white/black scheme, this V50 has just under 14,000 miles and except for the seat, looks great for a 35 year-old.  With its low-maintenance drivetrain and fresh cosmetics, some new foam and vinyl is all that's in the way of a sweet ride.  Some notes from the eBay auction:

I bought the bike many years ago from a local mechanic, who had the bike and it had been dropped and scratched the gas tank severely.  The bike also had had the fairing removed and a round light was installed. I bought a NOS front light system and a fairing imported from Italy by MG Cycle in Wisconsin.  Had the bike rebuilt top to bottom and a complete impeccable body job and paint redone by the mechanic before giving it to me.  It turned out as you can see really beautiful. The original color of the bike was red and black, and I had it painted white and black, and bought original decals for it.  It's a professionally done body job and looks factory!

It has spent it's last winter in a professional bike dealership who have an amazing garage, I just picked it up exactly one month ago (July 1 2017)  and had many things done to it including:

  • Cleaned flushed & tuned the whole system carb system out (changed the carbs from the original Dellorto to Mikuni)
  • Flushed the gas tank
  • Oil change
  • Changed the spark plugs
  • Complete cleaning
 
Truth be known, the V50 Monza was a little more economy than sport, and Guzzi boutique prices soon put it on the back burner.  But it's an interesting data point on a manufacturer who has been there from the beginning.  None other than Billy Joel said in a 2011 edition of Motorcyclist, that he rode a V50 Monza around Manhattan for many years, and the bike was responsible for his ongoing interest in Moto Guzzis.  While the factory pursued the global smaller displacement market for several years, they didn't last long here and are quite rare now.  This one has had a nice rejuvenation, never losing sight of reality.  It would be just the thing for a Le Mans or V11 owner, many of whom appear to be bidding in ernest !
-donn
A Bottle of White – Moto Guzzi V50 Monza
Moto Guzzi July 10, 2017 posted by

Too Soon: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

Looking very much like a mid-1970s 750S, this Moto Guzzi 1000S was retro before retro was cool. In possibly the most Moto Guzzi-ist move ever, the company beat the classic styling craze by decades simply out of necessity. Faced with an outdated product line, Guzzi needed a sporty machine to fill the gap before the introduction of the Daytona in 1992, so the company slapped their big, longitudinally-oriented 90° v-twin and shaft-drive combo into the long-serving Lino Tonti frame, fitted modern brakes and some 18" wheels and called it done. Unfortunately, the concept was a bit too far ahead of its time and some sat unsold at dealers for years.

Power from the 949cc two-valve, air-cooled motor was unremarkable, even in 1991. But the twin's 82hp came with a very beefy 76 ft-lbs of torque, enough to push the 1000S to just a shade under 130mph. There was certainly nothing wrong with their proven Lino Tonti-designed frame, other than that it was nearly twenty years old in 1991 and the Guzzi combines long, low looks with decent cornering clearance and stable handling.

Triple Brembo brakes meant the 475lb machine could pull up pretty short, and the bike used Guzzi's linked braking system that had the brake pedal operating the rear caliper and one front caliper, with a proportioning valve to distribute pressure. The other front brake was operated by the the right bar-mounted lever. Purists have often complained and some have even de-linked their brakes, but the system has always worked very well.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

Welcome! You are looking at a very stock and original 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S with the big valve engine and green stripes and frame. This bike started life on the east coast and was bought by a friend of mine a few years ago from the original owner. My friend moved out here and looked me up to help him service the bike. I have been servicing, restoring, collecting and preserving Guzzi's for many years. The bike was a bit rough but was very stock. Short story is, I purchased the bike last year to preserve it and to get it back on the road as the loving beast it is.

I completely went through the entire bike. The heads were completely rebuilt with new valves, guides, etc. They were in great shape but I like to be safe with the intention of making sure someone is getting a great solid bike. All seals, gaskets, hoses, bearings, and rubber bits were replaced including intake boots. I also replaced the timing chain tensioner, timing chain, and oil pump sprocket. Carbs were completely rebuilt with new everything. The clutch had been replaced at one point but was in great condition so I left it alone. Rear drive was rebuilt and shimmed as was the trans. It is sporting a brand new pair of Pirelli Sport Demon tires. She also has a set of Dyna coils along with a brand new Dyna ignition. The original owner had rat holed away the original exhaust, seat, and chrome bits so they have very few miles on them and look great. The bike also has a brand new Duracell motorcycle specific battery and also has a brand new Valeo starter. It is rare to find one with all the original bits on it. This thing is running so good! I just re torqued the heads for the final time and gave it a good tuning.

She is a runner with an awesome personality. Cosmetically the bike has allot of honest riding wear from running up and down the east coast most of its life. The paint on the side covers is worn through and paling off in many places. I have another 1000S here I am looking after for a very good friend that has the same type of wear from being ridden allot too. Overall though, the bike just has a very cool character and loves to be ridden. Plus its not so nice you don't want to ride it! The decals and even new side covers are readily available if one wished to repaint a set. I am a stickler for keeping things as original as possible though. I will include a near new complete Lafranconi Competzione exhaust with head pipes and crossover. I will also include the stock points set, reflectors, and jets.

This example uses, as the seller mentions, the "big valve" version of the v-twin engine. The 1993 bike used smaller valves for improved midrange torque and better emissions, but it was down on top end power as you'd expect, with 71hp at 6,800 rpm versus 82 at a surprisingly high 8,000. The bikes came stock with wire wheels, with cast wheels as an option that are featured on this example. Just a few hundred of these were imported to the US in 1991 and 1993, making this one of the rarest Guzzis of the the "modern" era. The Buy It Now price for this bit of retro-performance is $15,000 which seems pretty on-the-money for a nice 1000S these days. Guzzis certainly don't appeal to everyone but if you're a fan, and looking for classic looks with modern-ish performance, they don't get much nicer than this.

-tad

Moto Guzzi July 3, 2017 posted by

Runneth Over – 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

More than just a model, Moto Guzzi's V11 was a nice collection of special editions made from 1999 to 2006.  The tri-colore Coppa Italia commemorates the firm's participation in the Italian naked bike championship in 2003.  This 2004 has been lightly ridden and upgraded and appears to want only a healthy owner.

2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia for sale on eBay

 

Moto Guzzi held the V11 back until the new engineering management from Aprilia had made their review, and the result was a classic Guzzi with up-to-date mechanicals and quality control.  The Coppa Italia came in the middle of the model run and capitalizes on the mature longitudinal V-twin with 91 hp.  Nearly 70 ft.-lbs. torque makes the road flatter for the 5-speed transmission.  The Öhlins upside-down forks and adjustable Sachs monoshock work well with the venerable shaft drive system.  The bikini fairing, tank and convertible solo seat fairing are finished in red, pearl white, and green stripes.

 

 

Presented by a Jaguar specialist, this Coppa Italia shows just over 7,000 miles and sports some piston-like hydraulic reservoirs as well as auxiliary oil pressure gauge and bar end mirrors.  Motratech lowers footpegs cope with the design's short-legged ergonomics.  Both the titanium exhaust and mufflers appear to have been jet-coated and looks like new.  From the eBay  auction:

I am offering my low mileage Coppa for sale.  It has 7,220 miles on it, has never been down or scuffed up.  It has the titanium exhaust and the racing ECU (re-flashed by Guzzi Tech).  There are no skips or stutters at any RPM.  The complete exhaust has been jet coated so there are no blue pipes.  It has:

  •  billet Rizoma clutch and brake reservoirs
  • CRG bar end mirrors
  • Roper plate
  • Motratech lowered foot controls (also originals)
  • Motratech oil pressure gauge
  • update on the Ohlins forks
  • some custom powdercoating
  • valve cover guards
  • 100w Piaa headlight bulb

 

 

Peak horsepower was never a Guzzi hallmark,  but the steady handling and good torque make it a worthy companion to other European super sports.  The big fuel tank requires a forward riding position, though the owner's lowered pegs will help.  The premium components and graphics pushed the showroom price over $14,000 and with only a few hundred imported, they're not often seen here.  With its careful and knowledgeable previous owner, this might be a good Guzzi to bid for...

-donn

Runneth Over – 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia
Moto Guzzi June 18, 2017 posted by

Not so fast: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 in Italy

2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 in Italy

Moto Guzzi is often thought as being a sort of italian Harley Davidson, probably because  both manufacturers have a defining configuration that has long formed the basis of its lineup and neither is really thought of as a sportbike manufacturer.  Moto Guzzi has even used this portrayal in its own marketing, telling would-be owners that a Moto Guzzi is a motorcycle for traditionalists/for people who think the journey is more important that the speed at which they get there.  But back in 2002 Moto Guzzi had just opened a new design center and the company tasked their designers to come up with new designs around existing hardware.  A team of designers led by Giuseppe Ghezzi & Bruni Saturno took up the task and the MGS-01 concept was the result, a V-twin powered sportbike that was unlike anything the company had produced previously or since.

The MGS-01, which stands for Moto Guzzi Sport number 1, was powered by a 1200+cc 8V engine featuring chrome cylinder walls (!!!!), cosworth triple ring racing pistons, nimonic valves and a special lubrication system that sprayed oil under the pistons.  The MGS-01 would also come with an all new six-speed gearbox with reinforced clutch,  an aluminium swingarm, Ohlins for the rear shock, Brembo brakes and OZ aluminium wheels.  All in all, a huge departure from the typical Guzzi offering of the time.

The embedded video below gives you an idea of what this big red beasty looks and sounds like (skip to the 1:50 mark for just the sound).

Sounds like it can't miss, right?  Sadly, no. The MGS-01 had the misfortune of arriving right when parent company Aprilia was going through some serious financial troubles.  It took until 2004 for the first MGS-01 corsa editions to actually roll off the production line and when the Aprilia group was sold to to Piaggo in 2005 the new owners quickly pulled the plug on what they determined to be an unprofitable "halo" model.  Production numbers are under some dispute but most agree no more than 150 were produced, with the final editions going out the factory door as 2006 models.

For anyone who is interested in reading a very good writeup of the entire MGS-01 effort, click here.

As for this particular MGS-01, mileage is 2460 so its barely broken in.  The current seller does not provide any detailed service info in the Ebay auction so we are forced to rely on the pics which there are a good quantity and quality of but ..uh oh...one of the pictures shows a receipt for a repaired valve and some engine work.  The receipt does indicates mileage of 0 at the time so perhaps it was a factory recall but it it is a concern along with why the paint appears to be flaking off the engine case, the fluid color and what appears to be some sort of fluid on the tires.

So should you consider this particular MGS-01?  Well on the negative side of the ledger is the previously mentioned valve service receipt and the fact that the MGS-01 was a one-off model that marked the end of production for 8V Guzzi racing engines which means that service and parts would be an ongoing concern.   I suppose if you are really interested you could contact a dealership about parts availability and also the current seller to inquire about the valve service (or try to contact the owner who had the valve work done).   Location is also an issue unless you are willing to pay for import.

On the positive side of the ledger the M GS-01 is probably the ultimate expression of Guzzi's being used as modern day racers....you can think of it as the ultimate Dr. John Whittner Daytona.  And given its limited production run of 150 units the MGS-01 seems destined to be a rare sportbike that will appreciate in value over time.

As for price, from what I have been able to find OEM price from a MGS-01 was about $37,000 but the few of these we have had on RSBFS have been priced at at least that.  I don't think I can give an estimate on this one due to the service history concerns but I will say that I wouldn't be surprised to see it go for right around the OEM price.

-Marty/Dallaslavowner

Not so fast:  2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 in Italy