I’ll take it, let me get my check book. Oh, how I wish I was in Australia and could write a check for a cool $45,000 (that is just the starting bid) for this Guzzi Corsa. Hint, hint RSBFS management. By the way, the last MGSO1 we listed here had an asking price of $62,000. And that was without a vacation to Australia!
In my humble opinion, one of the best looking bikes out there, period. The design is a nice blend of classic and modern lines.
This bike was built new for me by the factory and received in Australia in late July 2010. It has been pre-delivered and run but has never been ridden. The original crate, race stand and all original books available with the bike. At the time I owned a shop selling Moto Guzzi’s and this was the centre piece display. I am now rationalizing a number of bikes and have decided to sell the MGS01.
All business here. Why the heck did they not make a street version of this sucker?
I imagine a lovely sound emanates from that muffler.
The seller provided a nice history on the MGSO1 Corsa:
In early 2002, with the renovation of Moto Guzzi world-wide already underway, Moto Guzzi began to develop a new range of modern, agile, sport motorcycles that would embody all the rich racing history and spirit of the famous brand from Mandello del Lario.
The creative team of esteemed motorcycle designers Ghezzi and Brian, with the full backing of Moto Guzzi brought the initial concepts from the Moto Guzzi “Style Laboratory” to life.
Unleashed creativity breeds the MGS-01 Corsa, a Moto Guzzi with the ultimate sporting temperament. With a two-year goal from concept to the street, the designers decided to work with the existing 4 valve V-twin power plant developed for the Daytona and Centauro.
The new Corsa racing engine has chrome cylinder walls, Cosworth triple ring racing pistons, and (31 mm exhaust, 36 mm intake) nymonic valves. A special lubrication system that sprays oil under the pistons for greater reduction of friction was incorporated.
The choice for the transmission was the current V11’s road-tested six-speed gearbox and shaft drive. The use of a new sintering double disc hydraulic drive clutch was necessary to handle the massive power output of the new engine.
To keep the overall weight down, lightweight components like the new 19.5” (495 mm) aluminum box section swing arm and rising rate linkages were created.
The entire one-piece carbon fiber body design can be removed quickly and easily for ease of maintenance. Ohlins suspension and a rigid rectangular single spar steel frame gives the MGS-01 its impressive agility.
In keeping with the goal of being lightweight and agile, the standard gearbox was redesigned and turned into a structural component to keep the wheelbase to 56” (1423 mm) maximum.
With the short wheelbase, perfect weight distribution between both wheels and weighting in at less than 423 lbs (192 kg), the MGS-01’s overall stunning aerodynamic design ensures perfect agility and performance on and off the race track.
Lets face it, the average enthusiast isn’t going half way around the world to buy a motorcycle. Having said that, a Moto Guzzi collector with a hole in his collection and a healthy bank account just might. You won’t find one at your local dealer; unless that dealer is in Adelaide, South Australia of course.