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Moto Guzzi October 1, 2017 posted by

Sunday Goose: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for Sale

It's a shame we'll probably never see a modern Moto Guzzi sportbike, since they've been nominated official "heritage brand" for the Piaggio Group. Especially disappointing, since Guzzi was active and successful in a variety of racing classes up into the 1970s. Guzzi even had a modern superbike in the works intended to compete head-to-head with the 916. This new superbike engine kept the longitudinal v-twin, but used a narrower angle between the cylinder heads for more cornering clearance, liquid-cooling, four valves, and even chain drive. Now, we'll probably never see a modern Moto Guzzi sportbike, since they've been nominated official "heritage brand" for the Piaggio Group. Until things change, we're got  this roadster V11 Sport as the sportiest production Guzzi of the modern era.

Tractor jokes aside, bikes like this V11 Sport were a definite step in the right direction after the charming, but very agricultural Sport 1100 that dabbled in modernity after the very long-in-the-tooth Le Mans series and the retro 1000S. It still used the company's torquey, two-valve and air-cooled twin, here displacing 1064cc and producing a respectable 91hp. After years stuck with a clunky five-speed box, the V11 introduced a much more modern, smooth-shifting six-speed that, although hampered a bit by the intertia of the shaft drive, could even be upshifted clutchlessly.

Handling and balance were good, although obviously it wasn't as light as naked offerings from Ducati. Considering that it's nearly 550lbs ready-to-roll with a full tank of fuel on board, the V11 Sport isn't a hard core sportbike and wasn't pretending to be. It was a sporty roadster meant to evoke Guzzi's history while simultaneously hinting at a future that would unfortunately never arrive.

From the original eBay listing: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for Sale

Very fine V11 Sport dressed in the stunning green with red frame. I am the second owner. I purchased the bike from a older gentleman who had put very few miles (1600) on the bike. I haven't done much better as my riding miles are spread between a number of bikes. Machine is in stock form except for the carbon fiber mufflers (beautiful music), CRG barend mirrors, headlight protector, and Ventura tail pack. Tail pack is simply removed by two screws as is very handy for day trips. 

Headlight rim and front brake lever have small rash spots due to tip-over.

A friend of mine bought one of these off eBay, without ever having actually seen one in person.

After winning the auction, he asked me, "It's not really that green right? That's just the photos?"

"No man," I said. "It really is that green..."

It's a shockingly vivid color, but it suits the bike. Certainly kids seem to love it, and they always wave when he passes cars, and point excitedly. He still has it, and loves it. The V11 Sport was also available in a subtle silver or a sleek black, but this color combination, meant to evoke the original, extremely rare "teliao rosso" version of the early 70s V7 Sport, is the one I'd have, hands down. Think of it a safety feature. With prices of the older Sport 1100 and Daytona variants on the rise, the V11 is the only game in town if you want an affordable, collectible Guzzi. It's definitely a quirky machine, but if you're looking for something odd and charismatic that can also cut a rug and comes with the trademark Guzzi boom, this is worth a look.

-tad

Sunday Goose: 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 20, 2017 posted by

Racy Goose: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale

Guzzi is generally thought of these days as a purveyor of weirdo touring rigs, butch nakeds, and alterna-Harley cruisers, all with their big v-twins turned 90° from the expected orientation and the cylinder heads sticking out by the rider's knees. But in the 1950s and 1970s, Moto Guzzi made genuine sportbikes and competed successfully in various racing series. They attempted a comeback in the early 1990s with this Daytona, the first Guzzi in decades to use something other than the Lino Tonti designed frame that was introduced on the original V7 Sport way back in 1971... Which tells you just how excellent that frame was to begin with, but also speaks to Guzzis very limited development budget.

When the time came to develop a new sports motorcycle, Guzzi actually turned to privateer Dr John Wittner for input, an American dentist who successfully campaigned a Guzzi in AMA Pro Twins racing during the 1980s. The new machine that resulted was built around a "spine" frame with distinctive side plates that featured holes where it was apparently joked that you could stash a sandwich... The powertrain featured Guzzi's familiar five-speed gearbox, automotive-style clutch, and shaft drive, but the engine featured a significant update in order to produce competitive power: four valve cylinder heads.

The updated 992cc engine was designed to squeak in under the 1000cc limit for various racing classes and is claimed to be overhead cam as well, but it's really more "high-cam" as the heads do each have a cam, but the valves are actuated via pushrods and rockers, and the bike lacks liquid-cooling. Power was a respectable 92hp and with high-quality WP suspension the bike did handle well, although significant weight compared to other sportbikes meant fast riding was hard work. That longitudinal engine layout means you do still get some torque reaction accelerating out of a corner, but it's relatively minor and something that you adapt to quickly.

 

 

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale

My understanding is Moto Guzzi Built 150 Daytona's in 1993. They imported 50 into the US.  Bike has been serviced & ready to ride. New tires, All fluids changed, valves adjusted, fuel tank was cleaned & sealed.

Significantly, this Daytona features the European-market trapezoidal headlight instead of the more common rectangular unit like the one seen on last week's Sport 1100. I'm a huge fan of these Guzzis in general, and the headlight makes a huge difference to me in terms of looks: a later 1100cc Daytona with the headlight seen here has a place in my dream garage. This bike also features a desirable pair of Termignoni exhausts that should liberate a glorious boom from the Italian twin. It's a bad sign when it's easier to do valve adjustments than oil changes on your motorcycle, but that's probably the case with Guzzi's longitudinally-mounted engine. Even as late as the V11 Sport, you had to drop the pan to change the filter, It appears that the bike has an aftermarket, external oil filter adapter fitted: you can see it at the front of the engine. It's not mentioned by the seller, so maybe it was added by a previous owner? In any event this is a practical addition, and suggests that maintenance has been a priority for this bike. Overall, the bike's condition is very good, and mileage is just 3,473 from new. There's been no interest so far at the $10,000 starting bid but, with just 1000 or so built and Italian good looks, these are definitely collectible.

-tad

Racy Goose: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale
BMW September 2, 2017 posted by

Little Red – 2007 BMW R1200S

In the late 2000's, BMW was most of the way through development of the WSBK-oriented S1000RR, but the flat twin R1200S had a couple of more seasons to play out.  The R1200S was lighter and more powerful than the previous R1100S, and this one was nicely ordered and custom-painted in a Corvette red.

2007 BMW R1200S for sale on eBay

New pistons and cylinders gave the R1200S a little more displacement than it predecessor, and a substantial increase in compression helped increase power to 122 hp and torque to 83 ft.-lbs.  The cast backbone was replaced by a steel trellis, saving a good deal of the 29 lb. weight reduction.  The bike retained the BMW-centric Telelever front and Paralever rear suspension, not light but relatively dive-resistant up front and the shaft drive virtually maintenance-free.  Brakes are massive, EVO servo-assisted and have ABS, but in a nod to sport, are un-linked and the ABS has an override.  The monoposto fairing / tank / seat combo is pretty radically sculpted, the stubby nose housing the oil cooler.

With low miles for a BMW, this is about the only red R1200S around, custom painted since the factory's red was a candy-stripe option.  The owner has somehow kept up with the exhaust polishing, and sheltered it from the accessory dealers as well as the scratch-and-dent garage elves.  The owner shows off his writing chops in the eBay auction:

Only 17,840 miles. 2007 (only year sold in US, only about 348 imported) BMW R1200S.  Just serviced.  ABS, heated grips.  Never wrecked.  Previous owner had the bike professionally painted to match his red corvette.
Looks and rides like a sport bike, but comfortable enough to do 300 miles rides.  Goes from zero to holy crap in just a few seconds.  She pulls like a freight train with all that Boxer torque and when you hit the power band at 5000 RPM and blow past... well, lets just say it brings a smile to your face and a warm feeling in your loins.
Only 410 lbs dry with 121 hp stock.  Very good condition.  Mechanically a 10 out of 10, cosmetically a 9 out of 10.

Occupying the luxe end of sport segment, the R1200S raced occasionally ( mostly in HP2 spec ) but never achieved the privateer racing successes of the R1100S.  Reviewers praised the relaxed riding position and steady handling, the Paralever and EVO brakes had the side effects worked out, and it's great for covering miles quickly.  The option Öhlins dampers would be a nice, if not cheap upgrade.  Good for three seasons with the heated grips and ABS, might be a thought as summer draws to a close...

-donn

 

 

Little Red – 2007 BMW R1200S
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 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
Honda June 16, 2017 posted by

Tariff Buster: 1984 Honda Nighthawk S

The 1980s were a crazy-good time for motorcycling. Every major manufacturer was exploring the boundaries of what was possible. Everyone was in search of the silver bullet for performance; be it at the racetrack or the showroom. This was a heady era for Honda, as they pumped out new motorcycle variants seemingly every year. From two strokes to turbos, singles to six-bangers, Honda tried nearly everything. One of the surprising successes during this time was the Nighthawk S. Intended as a sporty commuter (comfortable, reliable, low maintenance), the Nighthawk S impressed with it's power and handling prowess. Today, the Nighthawk S remains a beloved, bygone model.

1984 Honda Nighthawk S with 2,500 miles!

Between 1984 and 1986, the American motorcycle scene was a mess. Harley-Davidson, the only remaining American manufacturer at the time, was flirting with bankruptcy like it was a super model. Using patriotism as their platform, H-D convinced Congress (and then President, Ronald Reagan) to increase the tariff on imported motorcycles greater than 700cc. This 10x tariff increase ensured H-D - who only produced bikes above the 700cc threshold - could be price competitive. Enter the Nighthawk S: Originally designed as a 750, the Nighthawk's 700cc air-cooled, inline four cylinder featured 4-valves per pot and hydraulic valve lifters - a nod to reducing the maintenance interval. With a willing motor, a solid chassis, 16" GP-inspired front wheel, comfortable seating position with bikini fairing and shaft drive, the CB700SC (as it was formally known) became the do-it-all hot rod - equally home in the canyons as it was for commuting.

From the seller:
HONDA'S all-new "HOT-ROD", the title given in 1984 by the trade magazines and publications. The Honda CB700SC was produced specifically for the US market. It was during this period steep tariffs were levied by the US International Trade Commission on motorcycles with engines larger than 700cc, With this tariff Honda provided an America-style, shaft-drive sport-custom that honored another American custom, a hot-rodding machine. Take a look at the specifications provided by a Cycle Guide Magazine of February 1984, you will see then why it was Honda's Hot-Rod.

If you are a serious buyer looking for an exceptional-almost new condition, original no aftermarket modifications, with possibly the lowest mileage NIGHTHAWK S of less than 2500 miles, for sale by original owner, well then this is your bike.

Performs and runs like new, seeing is believing! Note: Original magazines as show in photos will be provided to buyer.

Although produced for only a handful of years, the Nighthawk S is not rare from a "limited edition" marketing perspective. In fact, it sold rather well during its years of availability; American riders loved the combo of sport and reliability (the opposite of what Harley was offering) and they voted with their wallets. However like many UJM machines, finding a loved and cared-for one some 33 years later is nearly impossible. These Hondas are as reliable as your average chunk of cement - and are about as prone to leaking (again, the opposite of H-D hardware from the time). They are also pretty economical as far as older bikes go, making them excellent "buy and hold" motorcycles.

The verdict is still out in terms of whether or not the NightHawk S will ever be a collector bike - but like all UJMs, anything 30+ years old with low mileage and this clean will always have a market. This auction starts at $4,999 with a reserve in place. The Buy It Now option is available for one buck shy of $7,500. That is a good bit more than the sub-$4k that this model went for new, but good luck finding another 2,500 mile example in this sort of condition. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts and experiences with the NightHawk S in our Comments section. Good luck!!

MI

Tariff Buster: 1984 Honda Nighthawk S