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Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc
Often a classic motorcycle’s history has a major part to play in its future. This two-owner Daytona was owned by an eminent architect / engineer, and mostly on display for many seasons. RSBFS fan Gavin has made it ready for the next owner to ride or show.
1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Wanting to live up to their storied competition history, Moto Guzzi commissioned a four-valve head for their 1000cc V-twin. Gentleman racer John Wittner helped design the package, with 95 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 502 lbs. Electronic fuel injection and catalyst amidships kept the Daytona legal. An advanced linkage kept the shaft drive from over-reacting, with a Koni monoshock and Marzocchi forks. The long tank and integrated fairings provided seating and protection for one and a close friend.
Gavin is based in Conn. and had a well-regarded shop prepare his Daytona for the next owner. Beside cam belts, tires, all fluids and expendables, the work included fork seals, brakes, the fuel pump, and some electrical system work. Easy on the eyes if not the ears, the Staintune exhaust of course does away with the catalyst. Though coming up on 12K miles, it looks and has components of a much younger machine. Here are Gavin’s thoughtful comments –
This extremely rare Daytona has been meticulously maintained and serviced, and garaged in the living room of my house. It has been very lightly ridden for the past 15 years and was completely mechanically renovated in December 2020 by Jim Hamlin and team at authorized Moto Guzzi dealer Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. It has 11,706 miles.I am the second owner of the bike. I bought it in 1999 from the original owner, my friend and riding buddy Michael Czysz who was quite the motorcycling visionary and legend. See the Cycle News article – here – .
This Daytona is a superbike of sound and fury. The roar through the Staintune pipes is not just throaty but has the edge of a passing jet plane. It has all the torque and power you’d expect from a big V Twin and is an awesome open road bike. As mentioned it is very, very rare, very uniquely styled, and extremely muscular – turns heads wherever it goes.Gavin asks $14,995 for his Daytona .
As collectible as most Guzzi’s are, the Daytona is a real prize with engineering and performance way over on the sporty side of the range. The four-valve heads were retired for many years after the Daytona’s sunset, and total production barely exceeded 1,000 total. Dr. John Wittner and his disciples had good luck with the Daytona’s inspiration, in the thunder twins classes. Gavin’s Daytona has an interesting history and expert service to back up the excellent cosmetics. .