Today's Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 is the living, breathing result of an almost unbelievable underdog story. Italian and British motorcycle manufacturers never seem to lack enthusiasm. But cash? Well that's always a problem. So while manufacturers like Honda have the financial backing of large companies to drive development and new technology, brands like Ducati and Moto Guzzi are often left without the cash to make their two-wheeled dreams a reality.
So when the time came for Guzzi to develop a serious sportbike to top off their long-in-the-tooth range, where did they turn? To a dentist. In the United States.
In the mid-1980's Dr. John Wittner, a dentist and weekend racer was campaigning, for some insane reason, a Moto Guzzi v-twin in ProTwins and endurance racing events. His unlikely successes brought him to the attention of the folks over in Italy, and Wittner was asked to design a new sportbike for Guzzi, using what he'd learned successfully racing these supposedly obsolete machines.
The resulting bike featured a 992cc version of the classic v-twin with four-valve heads, fuel-injection, and a lightweight spine frame that had distinctive side plates with a characteristic hole where Wittner joked you could store a sandwich... The electronics were stored under that prominent seat hump, and dual-seat bikes looked very ungainly, with a pillion pad perched atop. Best just to go for the solo seat, as seen here.
Today's example is a bit dusty, but looks to be in otherwise nice shape and has just 11 miles from new! From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale
[Helpfully translated from Allcapese by the author]
New 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Serial #39. Sold on MSO. 11 test miles from the factory. It's dusty from sitting in my garage for the last 8 years. One in a lifetime chance to buy #39 of 50 imported to the US. I have owned 3... This probably being the last.
Yes, it's dusty... Yes, it has cobwebs... Yes it may have a few scratches.
Watch for more rare bikes and parts being sold as I have 3 college tuitions to pay for.
To be honest, it doesn't bother me that the bike is a bit dusty. But the seller could at least take some better pictures for us! The Buy It Now price is set at $14,950, you're looking at some serious change for a modern Guzzi. But this is a historically significant machine, basically ground zero for Guzzis of the modern age: the very first production bike to use both the four-valve engine and the spine frame that was used on sporty Guzzis for years afterwards, most notably on the Sport 1100 that was powered by the two-valve engine.
With just 11 miles on the odometer, I'm sure it's worth it to spend an afternoon cleaning and scrubbing this one up...