With apologies to the Who, this cheesecake of a sportbike is one of Guzzi's greatest hits. The design was based on the Daytona and shown in fall 1993 as a 1994 model. One of the last carburetted Guzzis, the 1996 model had fully adjustable suspension front and rear, and the company's torquey 2-valve L-twin. This higher-mile example has been well-loved and presents well.
No denying the 1100 Sport tends toward the traditional, with the slightly oversquare air-cooled mill and 5-speed shaft drive. But a new frame design began the updates, W-P provided the outstanding forks and monoshock, and un-linking the brake system was a nod toward sportier riding. The riding position and fairing compare to other supersports of the day, and the company eagle soars over a nicely finished machine, this time in the deep red.
This owner's mods show the sportier side, the factory's catalyzer traded for a full Termignoni exhaust, and the airbox removed in favor of foam air filters, which also gives a good view of the rear shock. Fork tube cozies and head guards are a nod to the realities of road riding. 15 years and 30,500 miles on, the owner has been in for the long term and provides a maintenance update in the eBay auction:
I've decided to part with this beauty after owning her for 15 years. I've owned 2 of these up until a few years ago. I bought this one at Meyers Ducati/Moto Guzzi in Asheville (since closed). I've always considered these to be one of the sexiest Italian V twins of the era. I've read there were 215 of this year produced. Not sure if that's accurate. They are getting rare these days and are destined to become more valuable. This Sport 1100 is equipped with a few extremely hard to find after-market performance parts including Termignoni stainless exhaust full system and Marvic wheels, UNI Pod air filters (air box was removed before I got it). It runs strong and starts easily. It's always had good maintenance, regular valve adjustments, and primarily full synthetic oil. I only run ethanol free premium fuel. Most recently serviced at HCV Motorsports in Asheville NC.
A regular in supersports and thunder-twin race series, the race-developed frame was shared with the 1100 Sport. The weight can't be erased but the biked tested as good to hold a line once turned in, and strong torque numbers make the back roads unwind. No worries about the longevity of the drivetrain, and with a fan's updates and up-to-date care, this might be a good entrée into a classic sportbike...