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Featured Listing July 25, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

Considering just how few Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100s there are running around anywhere, let alone North America, I’ll forgive the “WTF” face your computer or phone’s built-in camera is secretly recording because of an undetected malware infection. You’re looking at what is functionally a Moto Guzzi sportbike, the company’s pushrod, two-valve twin and shaft-drive and dropped into a lightweight, better-handling package. Long associated with a slightly stodgy, “Italian BMW” image, Moto Guzzi got a kick in the pants in the 1980s when dentist and weekend warrior Dr John Wittner decided to base his racebike on Le Mans IV and reminded the world that the venerable Italian company had racing in its DNA, although the production bikes like the Daytona and Sport 1100 inspired by his efforts were still banking on their character, not their raw performance, to sell them.

Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno, two halves of the Ghezzi-Brian team, decided to follow Dr John’s muse and build highly-spec’ed, boutique sportbikes and even racers around Moto Guzzi’s characterful, but relatively antiquated powertrain. It’s a shame their MGS-01 didn’t see anything like mass production, but you can still pick up a legitimate Moto Guzzi sportbike like this Supertwin that could be considered a test bed for the ideas later used on the MGS-01 that was also Ghezzi’s brainchild.

Based on their successful racebike, the Supertwin 1100 took its name from the Italian Supertwins series, where it won 9 out of 32 races in the 1996 season. The main performance increase came from a significant reduction in weight: overall, the Supertwin tipped the scales at 427lbs dry, 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport. Handling and braking were upgraded with an adjustable Paioli 41mm fork and a Bitubo shock out back, with distinctive perimeter disc brakes mount to the rim of the front wheel, instead of the hub, to further reduce weight and more evenly distribute braking forces. The concept never really took off for mass-produced motorcycles, excepting the ever-contrarian Buell, but they work well in practice.

The Supertwin makes do with the earlier five-speed box which is a shame as the torquey engine doesn’t really need a sixth cog, but the newer unit shifts much more smoothly. Luckily, the boutique nature of the Supertwin allows for a lightened flywheel that helps minimize the usual Guzzi torque reaction: the longitudinal crankshaft, flywheel, and shaft drive all conspire to give anything powered by a Guzzi twin its characteristic torque reaction that makes handling slightly asymmetrical, but you really do get used to it pretty quickly.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

Rare opportunity to own a little known piece of Italian motorcycle history. Believed to be only 5 examples in the US, one of which can be seen at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama. Selling for a friend who has owned it for almost 10 years and is now thinning out his collection. For any questions, or if you'd like the owner to contact you directly, please reply through the listing.

Bike is in good original condition and ready to ride

Shorai lithium battery 

Recently re-surfaced front brake rotors

Known to have been down at low speed on left side and at a stand-still on right side

Left rear cowling has been cracked and re-enforced from underneath 

Various scuffs and scratches from normal use

Note: Odometer reading is in kilometers. Actual "mileage" calculates to around 10,600

Clear South Carolina title

Located near downtown Greenville, 29601

The seller also includes a nice video of the bike starting and running. These were pretty expensive when new: $15,000 in 2001 dollars, and the wild colors and abbreviated, curving bodywork suggest that Britten’s racebikes were an inspiration for the styling. It's not cosmetically perfect, but miles are still pretty low and the bike is ready to run, and minor issues shouldn't detract from the riding experience: reviews were very positive and the striking looks should get plenty of attention!

-tad

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
Moto Guzzi November 13, 2011 posted by

2001 Moto Guzzi Supertwin 1100: Back To Their Future?

 2001 Moto Guzzi Supertwin 1100:  Back To Their Future?

Update 11.13.2011: Back on eBay, links updated. -dc

Believe me guys, I'm trying to find some bikes closer to home but this is another one that requires a passport.  Belgium is your destination this time.  Moto Guzzi's future has looked pretty darn bleak at times but recently showed some signs for life with those sweet concept bikes they rolled out last year (see below).  A forward thinking Italian shop though has already been hand building some technologically upgraded Moto Guzzi's for years now.  Ghezzi & Brian is a small  boutique shop not far from the Guzzi factory that has used their past racing experience to upgrade a series of Moto Guzzi models.  If you think this Supertwin 1100 is cool, check out their site and take a look at the Sport Monza!

I keep asking myself, "Why didn't Moto Guzzi just build this bike?".  I think they would have sold every single one they could produce.  The bike keeps their unmistakable engine and surrounds it in a modern frame and front end and some sexy bodywork.  If I was CEO material (hint, hint)  this seems like a no brainer to build. 

The seller does a good job describing what you get with a Ghezzi & Brian Moto  Guzzi:

Only 35 pcs street legal, still for sale but only for track use (27,000 Euro, without Euro4)

this one has German registration

Only 16,000 kms, mature driver (46)

I'm selling some pieces of my collection, this one can go

Complete with German title, Technical homologation book, selling brochure,

G&B Cover & Racing stand.

This is the lightest Racing Guzzi ever made, it steers and corners like no other,

the Braking brakes are Amazing, but i'm getting too old for it 😉

This bike is the Father of the Moto Guzzi MGS-01 (also made by Ghezzi & Brian)

- Ghezzi & Brian Racing Frame

- Moto Guzzi 1100 Injection Sport Engine & Technology (92 HP)

- Paioli USD Front Fork

- Braking brake system

- Tubi Style Exhaust (Ferrari has them too) - amazing sound !!!! (street legal, not too loud)

Pics tell the rest,

Low starting price,

Price includes crate & crating, shippingcosts are for buyer, I can assist with shipping

Wordwide shipping, African and Asian buyers have to contact me first before bidding.

You may have noticed the "Powered by Dynotec" stickers.  Dynotec is a German tuning company that has a good rep for getting the most out of Moto Guzzi engines.  I can't quite tell how massaged the engine is from what the seller lists in the ad.  Apparently a "normal" Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin is mostly a chassis/braking/suspension upgrade without a lot of engine work. 

This one is actually a listed as a classified ad with an asking price of $18,000.  That is not far off what I've seen previous G&B Supertwins listed for here on RSBFS.  The bonus here is the seller is also open to offers if you are in a wheeling and dealing mood.  It can all be seen here.
Build these please!

IK

Moto Guzzi March 3, 2010 posted by

2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 With 2,700 Miles

If you're a fan of hand-built, Italian, craftsmanship and like your twins transverse; This Ghezzi & Brian is for you!  Located in Denver, Colorado is a 2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 with 2,700 original miles.  Phil posted a Supertwin this time last year, making this only the second Supertwin we've had on the site.  This example is finished in stunning bright blue and electric pink--you can forgive your friends at bike-night when they think you've ridden up on a Britten!  Ghezzi & Brian was created in 1995 and these Supertwin examples are inspired by Giuseppe Ghezzi's Italian Supertwins Championship in 1996.  Some technical details about the Supertwin:

Like Guzzi's original, Ghezzi's frame is based on a steel spine and uses the motor as a stressed member, but that's where the similarities end. The Supertwin spine doubles not as the oil tank but as the airbox, taking in air under the tank to feed the intakes that run back from those jutting cylinders.  There's plenty of clever engineering rearward, too, where a multiadjustable Bitubo shock lies horizontally and is worked by a rising-rate linkage. In Guzzi fashion the Supertwin's box-section steel swingarm incorporates a parallelogram arrangement to cancel torque reaction.  But this bike's real innovation is up front, where its multiadjustable, inverted Paioli fork holds a 17-inch wheel whose twin discs are a massive 420mm in diameter, and are fixed to the rim rather than the hub. The entire system, incorporating four-piston calipers biting on thin discs that are fully floating to allow for heat expansion, has been developed by local firm Braking, in conjunction with Marchesini, manufacturer of the wheel.

More information can be read here, as this bike has a laundry list of special items--it isn't just a re-badged Moto Guzzi.  With it's specifications and rarity this bike is a real stunner--the blue & pink scheme doesn't hurt either.  The asking price for this example is $17,999.  If you feel that Bimotas are far too common and love an Italian V-Twin, see this Supertwin here.

AG

Moto Guzzi December 3, 2009 posted by

2003 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100

I apologize for getting this listing up so late, but there's still another day to go for this auction, so I'll post it up anyway. 

So, what do we have? :

Here's what the seller has to say about this pretty cool bike:

A stunning combination of Italian design, racing heritage and vintage feel, the Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100 is the ultimate modern cafe racer. Born from the racing world-the same bike, with that frame, that set up, that legendary Moto Guzzi engine has been adapted for road use and improved with the best technical innovations. Specifications include the following; Moto Guzzi 1100 V-Twin, Weber Marelli digital electronic fuel injection system, Paioli upside down front forks, Hydraulic Bitubo rear shock, hollow Marvic wheels, custom TUBI exhaust, BRAKING dual perimeter front disc brakes and BRAKING rear disc brake. The body color is actually a light metal flake and combined with the blue chassis is it absolutely wonderful. Very few of these incredible road race machines were imported into the US. The original color brochure and owner's manual come with the bike. This machine has been on display in a large Italian motorcycle collection and would benefit from an oil change and new battery.

Ghezzi & Brian is THE Guzzi specialist - they are like AMG for Mercedes or Ruf for Porsche.  To sum it up on one word: very cool (OK, that's two).  Ghezzi & Brian are also responsible for designing and developing the truly awesome Guzzi MGS-01 limited edition track bike, so you know they're good.

Not sure how many of these were made, but when was the last time you've heard of a Ghezzi & Brian being offered up for sale?  If you're in the market for an Italian V twin and want something different and special, this bike has your name written all over it.

phil





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