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Moto Guzzi January 12, 2019 posted by

Cool As a Cucumber: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S

When you think retro-cool, it’s hard not to picture Moto Guzzi. Long the archaic slugger in a room full of mixed martial arts experts, Moto Guzzi created (relatively) modern machinery faithful to the image built over decades. The elder statesman in nearly every motorcycle manufacturer conversation, M-G made their way by choosing their own path. And while some may argue their path was not too wisely chosen given that technology and competition have passed them by, the fact remains that Moto Guzzi is Europe’s oldest motorcycle constructor still in operation. We will politely ignore the number of starts and stops and owners endured throughout the years, and focus instead on the highlights. Place this 1000S against, say, an original 900cc Ninja (a watershed bike by all sport bike standards), and the Moto Guzzi will be blown away in most performance contests. Yet that Ninja was introduced nearly a decade before the 1000S. Such tales tell of what is important in the long run, and this Guzzi looks absolutely classic and solid while today the Ninja resembles a love child from the age of plastic (although we love it dearly). Guzzis have a solid look, and a solid feel and a long term presence – and this does not come by accident.

1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for sale on eBay

Powered by a lumpy, booming, 1000cc V-twin, the 1000S follows the classic Moto Guzzi recipe: Big slugs at low RPM, 2-valve head with big valves for good airflow, air cooled with carburetors for simplicity, and the classic crankcase webbing on the outside to give the whole motor/trans assembly a carved out of billet look. The lines are long and muscular, and there is just enough chrome to make the whole package stand out – without looking tacked on. Wire wheels add to the retro factor, but they are also robust and light. With its big tank, long seat and “old fashioned” round headlamp and stick-up square tail lamp, the 1000S looks like a bike from another era. And it many, many ways, it really is. Twin shocks work without any progressive mechanism, and beware the jacking effect of the shaft drive mid-corner. All problems of another era, pulled (unwillingly) in to the 1990s.

From the seller:
I have decided to part ways with one of my 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000s bikes.
This one is the sought after green frame and graphics
It is also the Big Valve model.
It has a little over 24k miles,
It runs excellent, just needs a new home.
Tires are like brand new, looks amazing.
This bike is show ready or ride the heck out of it, it’s also an amazing runner!
One of the coolest bikes around for sure and rarely on the market.
I have another that I will be posting up for sale as soon as this one runs, along with others.
Clean and clear title,
I will gladly store the bike until shipping or pickup is arranged.

The first thing you will undoubtedly notice is the color. What is it about Italians and their love of colors not usually found in the palette of other manufacturers? Ducati celebrates the green frame 750 SS, Bianchi bicylces offers their own unique green color. Moto Guzzi dabbled in the color as well, creating a striking – yet relatively rare – shade of the spectrum. Aside from the retro aspect and the color, one cannot help but notice how clean this bike is. Stare at the pictures and drool away. This bike is seriously sano, and is well represented. It is also located right here in the U.S. of A. That’s right – no overseas locales, strange importation deals, or foreign currency. Win!

Like a solid stock market choice, the older Guzzis are appreciating steadily. Classic lines are always in demand, and this particular example is no exception. With a Buy It Now of $21,000 USD, entry to this party is not cheap. But quality and longevity are rarely the basis for bargain hunters. Look carefully and remember back when you saw such a unique color combo Guzzi in this type of condition. You may argue with the “sport bike” part of it, but this example is every bit a RSBFS worthy addition. Check it out here, and then share your thoughts. This beast screams “want!” to me. Does it rev up the retro longings in you? Good Luck!!

MI

Cool As a Cucumber: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S
Moto Guzzi January 3, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa

1.3.2019: Dave has renewed his Featured Listings and is adding a couple more in the next few days, stay tuned. Thanks for supporting the site and good luck to buyers and seller! -dc

If there was ever any question about RSBFS bringing you the best classifieds online every day, this Featured Listing of the ultimate Italian unicorn should erase all doubts. Nor is this gem hidden in some far-flung corner of the globe, but rather in the continental U.S., Seattle, WA. If you’ve been drooling and dreaming about a MGS-01, there will never be a better opportunity than now – this very nearly brand new beast awaits a new home.

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa!

Moto Guzzi made a statement the way only Moto Guzzi could: building a racer to go after the legendary 916 racebike. As audacious as that sounds (and given the winning streak of that other Italian machine), Guzzi pulled out all the stops to meet the goal. While in difficult straights from a financial and business perspective, Moto Guzzi still had the kind of legendary cachet to make a splash on the world’s stage. Employing well-known design and speed merchants Ghezzi & Brian with a miniscule 9-month commission, the MGS-01 (Moto Guzzi Sport – model number one) Corsa (race only) made its debut at the Intermot show in Munich, Germany in 2002. The result stunned the press and the public, and set tongues wagging about a massive comeback from the world’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production.

From the seller:
How do you even begin to describe this bike? The bike that was never meant to be?? This bike was purchased in November 2006 by a collector and has been stored away until 2014 when Moto International “woke it up” for its first time. It was taken around the block and then placed back into environmentally controlled storage again until it arrived here at SUB last week. 1225cc of Italian Thunder, one of a kind for sure. Bike comes with rear stand, a garage cover and a spare set of race bodywork.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa – under 5 miles – ZGULRRA004M10045 – $55,000.00

Contact: Dave at Seattle Used Bikes (dave@seattleusedbikes.com)

While potentially tame by today’s standards, one look at this large cubic centimeter v-twin belies anything but. Passe use of air cooling shows deep roots, but with a deep oil sump and large oil cooler hidden behind the headlight area the MGS-01 is an Italian take on the air/oil cooled first generation GSX-R. Technology rears its head in the form of the 4-valve heads and includes special hi-temp metallurgy to ensure high RPM longevity. The big slugs that slide through the ceramic-lined cylinders are specialty items from Cosworth. Ultimate power came in at 122 HP at 8000rpm, with a 83 lb/ft wall of torque at 6500 RPM. The tranny is an upgraded six-speed unit. The frame was a one-off, suspended by Ohlins front and rear, and riding on specialty OZ Racing wheels. Braking is brick-wall solid stopping power thanks to radial mount Brembos with floating rotors. Although shaft drive is retained, this is a no-holds barred racebike.

There are some who may not view this as a legitimate racer – which flies in the face of Mike Baldwin winning an AMA championship on a Guzzi 850. The DNA is there, the roots are there, but unfortunately the finances and follow-through were not. Moto Guzzi, first acquired by Aprilia – who was later acquired by scooter conglomerate Piaggio – continues to market a few motorcycles based on the successful V7 concept, but the MGS-01 was the last of the real thunder. And while the world held its collective breath for a new model to appear with lights and horn, sadly none arrived. Thus, the racer (the wealthy gentleman’s track day bike) is all that remains of the project. An estimated 150 Corsas were scheduled to be built, with as few as 50 to be sent to the US. In typical Italian fashion numbers are very hard to corroborate – but rest assured that you are looking at something very rare and very special indeed.

This particular example has but 5 miles – total. Long a collector museum piece, VIN number “…0045” was brought to life in 2014. This is as close to new – with veracity of having been run – that you can get, and far better than most of these (few) models we have seen. The price is very much in line with historical numbers, and represents a bargain compared to where this bike will go. This model is part myth, part miracle and utterly magnificent. The legend of the MGS-01 has grown since inception, as has the waiting list for an available example. If you are in the market, RSBFS recommends you contact Dave quickly – this is one bike that will not hang out for long. Good Luck!

MI

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa
Moto Guzzi December 24, 2018 posted by

Some of its parts? 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods

While we here on RSBFS tend to favor the original over the modified, sometimes there is a clean enough project bike that deserves some attention. I believe this V11 is one such bike, and I think you will by the time you get to the bottom of this post. Pull up a chair, grab some coffee (or something stronger) and read on!

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 build for sale on eBay

While we tend to see major dollars thrown at the odd Ducati or custom two stroke, it is not often we come across a Moto Guzzi bestowed with such a lavish wardrobe. Guzzis are relatively rare enough in the US and a V11 would find itself on these pages if in decent condition, but when somebody takes the time and money to bridge the stocker into something more while retaining nearly all the stock pieces, you see a potential collection in the making. After all, there are nearly enough parts here to build a second bike!

The V11 is as straightforward a Guzzi as you can imagine: The big V twin is situated across the chassis. Displacing 1064cc and with valves actuated with pushrods, the focus is more on torque than outright, high RPM power. Still, there are over 90 ponies at your disposal in stock form, which ensures respectable performance. Modern touches such as fuel injection and a six speed gearbox bring the Italian relic to the current century. Evolution is a good thing, and Guzzi took advantage of a solid foundation to provide minor improvements to the lineup: a lighter clutch made engagement easier (and reduced the torque roll), enhanced swing arm / driveshaft geometry reduces shaft jacking, and revised chassis rake/trail numbers enhance handling. If you ever drooled over a 1970s or early 80s LeMans, the V11 line offered the same great bones with far greater refinement and reliability. Better yet, the V11 was offered in several guises, including Naked, Sport and LeMans formats along with a few limited specials.

From the seller:
After 5 years of ownership and countless dollars and hours spent on restoring and modifying this Moto Guzzi V11 Sport (serial #1 for the 2003 model year), I have decided to part ways with this fantastic motorcycle. My BMW car hobby has overgrown the garage, and I haven’t rode any motorcycles in a few years now. I’ve sold off all my other bikes and this is the last one I was hanging on to. I’ve only ridden this one about 64 miles since I completed the resto-mod. There’s still a few things I’d like to do to be fully complete to my satisfaction, but I will have to leave those items to the new owner. I’d be happy to discuss all the details with potential buyers.

As a brief overview, I purchased the bike in 2013 from a local seller here in Tucson. Although it had fairly low miles, it had seen some sun exposure and needed some serious TLC. Being serial number 1 for the 2003 model year (the very first bike with all of the Piaggio group updates), I had to save this bike, and also put my flare into it. About 9 months later and thousands of dollars later, I had created a wanna-be Cafe Sport model, with actual Ohlins suspension from a Le Mans (sourced from The Netheralands), a brand new Quat-D exhaust, and custom SpeedHut digital gauges with GPS speedometer (to name a few mods). Lots of OEM and Italian carbon fiber bits too, along with a Power Commander III. Tons of brand new parts from Italy, including a new gas tank and hand controls just to name a few parts. Including the purchase price of the bike, I probably have close to $15K wrapped up in this restoration.

More from the seller:
I will consider getting the old Odyssey battery I have installed and try to get the bike started for interested parties, but I may not have the opportunity during this holiday season. The tank has been drained and not run for a few years now, as it’s just been on display in my garage (sad I know). It was running fantastically before putting it away, as I had adjusted the valves and balanced the throttle bodies with the special adapter cable and multi-meter, as well as a digital differential pressure gauge I borrowed from work. That said, I would highly recommend that the bike be gone over thoroughly by a Moto Guzzi expert before taking to the streets. The tires are old now and should be replaced, even though the tread is still within spec. Again please remember that this has been sitting un-ridden in a climate controlled garage for at least 3 years. The engine oil, trans oil, and final drive oils are 4 years old, but only have 64 miles on them.

More from the seller:
In the pictures below, please note that I am selling ALL of the spare parts with the bike, so if you are the lucky winner, please plan on arranging for transport of the motorcycle as well as the huge spread of parts as shown. There’s probably $3000 in spare parts alone. On that note, please do not ask me to part out the Quat-D exhaust, carbon fiber pieces, etc. At this time, the winning bidder will be rewarded with a large collection of rare OEM and aftermarket parts to which he or she can part out as they see fit. I truly think this resto-mod is a great ‘sum of its parts’ motorcycle, but I understand if it appeals to some people as a source for parts and profit; however I will not be tearing the bike down for that purpose.

Selling as shown in the photos, no warranties expressed or implied. Happy to work with your moto-shipping company for transport. The bike is located in Tucson Arizona. I will be keeping the personalized license plate!

Not only is this a gorgeous build full of some awesome parts, it has been chronicled in a few different formats. First off, there is an extensive thread in the Guzzi forums HERE. If you want to see a timeline, this is your chance. There is also a video of the bike in action, however it may not be in its final configuration:

As you can imagine, the seller has invested more into this V11 (with serial #1) than he is likely to get back out of it. Bespoke items for Italian hardware do not come cheap, and modified machines rarely recoup the purchase price (or labor) of the upgrades. And at the heart of it, the base V11 Sport is not exactly rocketing up the charts when it comes to valuation. That makes this auction extra interesting: with a $7,500 opening ask there is a lot of value here, even if that is on the high side for this make/model. Check it out here – there are many more pictures available. Enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor and obsession, and if you play your cards right you might end up with an Italian steed with a boatload of spares for a decent sum. Viva Italia!

MI

Some of its parts?  2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods
Moto Guzzi November 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale

1.4.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Much as Moto Guzzi’s purchase by the Piaggio Group saved the company from possible [likely?] extinction, it also doomed any chance that a new superbike to compete with Ducati or Aprilia would see the light of day. And one did reach the prototype stage, with a narrower-angle, longitudinally-mounted [I will die on that hill] v-twin that improved cornering clearance, with liquid-cooling, four valves, and a chain final-drive. So for the foreseeable future, today’s Featured Listing Moto Guzzi MGS-01 is the closest we will get to a true sportbike from Mandello del Lario.

With no headlight or signals and just a mesh screen covering the air scoop that led to an oil cooler, it’s pretty obvious that the original MGS-01 Corsa is a track-only machine. A roadgoing “Strada” version was supposed to follow, but unfortunately never materialized. In spite of a design that dates back to the early 2000s, the lack of bodywork and unnecessary stylistic flourishes mean it’s aged well and the bike looks very spartan and purposeful.

It’s quite obviously based around the standard Moto Guzzi Daytona powertrain that uses the air-cooled, four-valve “high cam” engine, the V11 Sport’s six-speed box, and shaft drive. But beyond that, it’s had a raft of high-performance parts thrown at it and is stripped to the bare minimum to save precious pounds, and lacks any sort of road-legal lighting. New internals took displacement out to 1225cc and the updated mill was good for 122hp and a staggering 82 lb-ft of torque.

Period reviews of the Corsa were very flattering, with the usual caveat that it wasn’t really light or powerful enough to compete directly with the likes of something like a Ducati 999 in Superbike racing when it was new. So, aside from a couple of race series that catered to big, air-cooled twins, it was really just a very expensive track-day toy. These days, it does fit within the rules for several AHRMA classes, so well-heeled contrarian racers can fly the flag for Moto Guzzi and mix it up with other unconventional sportbikes, as the owner of this example appears to have done.

From the Seller: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale

One of approximately 120 produced between 2004 and 2006. The model was an absolute show stopper at Intermot 2002.Unfortunately, the model only saw a short production run prior to the takeover of Moto Guzzi by Piaggio and was ended soon after. This example was originally delivered in Italy where it saw about 750km of track use and was imported to the US in 2014 by its current owner under a racing exclusion with the EPA which is a bit of a process. The MGS-01 Corsa model was produced for racing use only cannot be legally registered for street use in the US under any circumstances with a hefty penalty if it ever gets the VIN run through. The characteristics of the bike are those of a Hot Rod fused with a race bike. It’s obvious weight number of 420 lbs. disappears once it is rolling and is amazingly nimble. Thanks to the tireless development of the racing program for many years including that by Dr. John Wittner, the disadvantages of having a shaft drive vs a chain drive was virtually eliminated by design of the rear of the bike. The handling is that of a proper racing machine in all aspects. Power is linear from near idle to 8000 RPM’s with torque that lets you pick a gear to suit, showing that a lack of ability to make gearing choices is not an issue. If one chooses to race the bike as its current owner has on occasion, it is a perfect fit for the “Battle of the Twins” class in AHRMA where air-cooled bikes only compete. It also fits in the AHRMA “Sound of Thunder 2” competing with the likes of Ducati 848’s triumph 675’s etc. For the collector only for display, please be aware that the bike as it has a couple of flaws from being used, but is still brilliant and original in it’s overall condition. It has never been down or off track or in the rain, just a mark on the tank cover and a small tear in the seat foam as shown from being bumped off the stand and hitting a toolbox. It also has a small crack at the base of the windscreen which is concealed by the Moto Guzzi decal in the photo. It currently has a Trans Logic servo push button shift unit as the current owner has trouble shifting the bike due to limited foot movement, which is why he is reluctantly selling it. The unit will be removed and no wiring has been cut or modified. Everything is in perfect working order and comes with Michelin EVO Slicks that were fresh at Barber in October 2018 with one practice day on them. The current owner has logged another 750km since 2014. Delivery within a reasonable distance of Southeastern PA can be arranged.

Specifications:

  • VIN# ZGULRRA006M10078
  • 1225cc Air cooled V Twin
  • 100mm bore x 78mm Stroke
  • Cosworth Pistons
  • Four Nymonic Valves per Cylinder
  • 11.0:1 compression ratio
  • 121 HP @ 8000 RPM
  • 83 lb./ft of torque
  • 6 Speed Gearbox
  • Forged OZ wheels
  • 320mm Brembo Floating Rotors (Upgraded)
  • 4 Piston 4 pad Brembo calipers with Performance Friction race pads
  • Ohlins 43mm Forks
  • Ohlins rear shock
  • Dry weight: 192 KG/ 423 lbs.
  • Wheelbase 1428mm/ 56.2
  • Comprehensive Service Manual in PDF form

Asking price is USD $ 43,500.00.

Considering Guzzi’s current status as a “heritage brand” for the Piaggio Group, it’s amazing that these attract so much attention when they come up for sale. Unusually, this one has been modified to suit the owner and has seen some actual racing, which means it’s not completely pristine, but Guzzis are famously durable and a bit of patina adds character. It also means the bike will spared the fate of so many collectible sportbikes, doomed to sit and slowly decay. As the seller mentions, very few bikes were produced, with as few as 50 originally sent to the US to compete in the AMA’s Battle of the Twins series that allowed larger air-cooled twins to compete or, more commonly, to be used as track-day toys or the aforementioned display pieces.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale
Moto Guzzi October 23, 2018 posted by

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa for sale on eBay

Despite their wanderings toward the edge of insolvency, Guzzi managed to further develop the ngine for the V11, still air cooled and only slightly oversquare for great power and torque numbers of 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs.  Updated Marelli fuel injection and a smooth 6-speed transmission brought them clearly into the new century, though the overall feel is reverential to past Le Mans.  Premium bucks for the time brought premium components from Öhlins and Brembo, along with staples like shaft drive.  The sporty aura is completed by clip-on handlebars, some carbon accents, and a monoposto-looking pillion cover on the tailcone.

Offered by a shop specializing in vintage Jaguar parts, this Rosso Corsa has been nicely updated and maintained.  The Rizoma reservoirs and Pazzo levers are easy on the eyes, and lowered foot controls help the older knees.  An insider mod is the Roper windage plate, which keeps oil from splashing around the crankcase and protects the engine at higher revs.  Recent Rosso paint looks excellent.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has been repainted to remove the decals that had lifting edges.  It has one small scuff on the right hand fairing in the clip on clearance area.
  • Mileage:  9,200
  • Clear Title in my name
  • New Michelin PR4 Tires
  • New Battery
  • Rizoma Fluid reservoirs
  • Motra Tech lowered foot pegs and levers
  • Pazzo control levers
  • Mistral CF Mufflers
  • “Race” ECU
  • New rear rotor and pads
  • Roper Plate
  • Fresh synthetic engine oil (Agip)
  • Fresh transmission and rear drive oil
  • Iridium spark plugs
  • Valves have been adjusted
  • Tool Kit
The bike runs very well and needs nothing.

Never meant to challenge the onslaught from the east, Guzzi stuck to their formula and has survived as Italy’s oldest marque.  The V11 Le Mans reviewed as a nice all-day rider, fast and stable.  Judging from the boutique Jag offerings, this owner knows nicer things and has improved this already very good Le Mans with top-quality updates.  If the reserve can be met it should make the new owner quite happy.

-donn

 

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Moto Guzzi October 5, 2018 posted by

Torque of the Town: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale

With all the 2.3 liter inline triples, 1200cc V4s, and 2000cc v-twin cruisers running around in recent years, 1064cc of pushrod v-twin doesn’t sound like all that much muscle. But back in 1996, when you could buy a Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 new, that was a pretty huge motor, especially for a sportbike. Although many might argue that we’re stretching the definition a bit here for the Guzzi…

Really though, it’s just a different kind of sportbike, one oriented more towards fast road riding and long sweepers than track day scratching or tight canyon thrashes. A more mature sportbike, carrying just a bit extra around the midsection, along with plenty of high-quality components and racing history. I don’t just mean ancient history: the Sport 1100 grew out of the bike developed by Dr John Wittner for his privateer racing efforts in the 1980s. A variation of the resulting Daytona 1000 was released powered by Guzzi’s two-valve pushrod twin, the Sport 1100 seen here.

Earlier versions used a pair of Dell’Orto carburetors but the bike switched to fuel injection around 1996. WP suspension means the bike has stable handling, once you get used to the mild shaft-drive effect and the longitudinal crankshaft. Triple goldline Brembos lack Guzzi’s earlier linked system and haul the 487lb machine down from speed effectively, although you’re still fighting 500+ pounds of beefy Italian sportbike with fuel and oil.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale 

This is a beautiful and rare collectible Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in true Italian racing red. Carefully maintained through out its life. This rare collectible is part of a private collection and is being sold as is to thin out the heard in the hopes another collector will snatch this elegant red head and love it just as much as I have. 

Australian made Andrews exhaust pipes fitted makies this Guzzi sing. Rev the throttle and this 1100 sport will give you that heartwarming feeling of a by gone era of motorcycling. These bikes rarely come up for sale especially like one in this condition.

Great condition with low miles makes this the one to have. Small ding in front of tank with a loss of paint can be seen in pictures but in all honesty it barely shows unless your looking hard for faults.

18,713 miles isn’t even broken in for a Guzzi: these things seem to rack up some pretty high mileage, considering the aggressive riding position.  This one looks pretty clean and complete, if a little scruffy around the edges and is missing the airbox, opting for exposed filter elements instead. The $7,400 asking price seems a little bit high, considering other 1100 Sports we’ve seen recently here on RSBFS, but not outrageously so. If you’re looking for an appreciating, practical classic, look no further. The Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 isn’t really any kind of track bike, but it’s a great road bike, with stable handling, torque, and good parts availability to keep it running.

-tad

Torque of the Town: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!

Moto Guzzi boarded the “special edition” party bus with a lot of boutique manufacturers, but the stance of their V11 Le Mans has held up very well, and the Tenni is a standout.  This Tenni has but 2,000 miles and is plated number 114 of 170.

The V11 Le Mans is modern enough that the Moto Guzzi Le Mans wiki doesn’t even mention it, but the big axial V-twin didn’t fall very far from the family tree.  Horsepower isn’t wild at 92, but torque is so abundant that the 6-speed transmission is almost superfluous.  The V11’s have beefy alloy side plates which on the Tenni are red anodized, part of a complex but pleasant styling job by Marabese Design.  Components are top notch with Brembo brakes ( unlinked ), lightweight hydraulic clutch, and adjustable suspension by Marzocchi in front and Sachs-Boge monoshock.  Dusty blue alloy wheels are seventeens.

Bought after reading last year’s post on the – Tenni – the owner returned it to the road with new rubber, fluids, and a tune-up.  Real life has intervened however, and Rob wants to lighten his collection by several bikes, and unfortunately it’s often last-in, first-out at times like these.  With just 2,006 miles, it’s in nice stock shape, though Rob notes two paint imperfections – two small cracks on the right tank presumably from sitting with ethanol aboard, and a splatter of something on the seat fairing courtesy of the previous owner.  Part of the Tenni’s design is semi-flat finished accents which might not even be painted, so a consult with a paint correction guy might be in order before diving in.

The V11 had a very together design and build quality thanks to new owner Aprilia’s financing, and reviewed as somewhere between “rides by itself” and “weight disappears under way”.  Never intended to take on contemporary sport bikes, it’s happiest on a two-lane, exploring the relationship between torque, engine braking and the close-ratio 6-speed.  The Le Mans will always be part of the Guzzi story, and the V11 is up-to-date enough to ride without vintage worries.  The green and silver livery recalls their early endurance racers, on which Omobono Tenni took the Isle of Man in 1937.  Rob asks $7,850 for the Tenni, and can be reached at (757) 784-8410.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!
Moto Guzzi 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

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