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Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Just east of some of the best snow sports in the world, there’s a classic and very sporty Moto Guzzi waiting for spring.  This Denver example looks quite original and very good for its 13,048 miles.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Midway through the DeTomaso administration, Guzzi was looking to generate some attention, and the leap to four valves did just that.  The liter V-twin pushed 95 hp, and used a single belt driven cam in the north side of each head.  The chassis didn’t contain the engine so much as help it locate the steering head and swingarm.  17-inch wheels with conventional forks from Marzocchi and WP monoshock are sporty running gear, as is 320mm stopping gear from Brembo.  The upper-only fairing flows from nose to monoposto seat fairing.

Offered by the enthusiast owner, this Daytona is sharp and up to date maintenance-wise.  Looks like a regularly ridden superbike with the Supertrapp.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This Italian-made machine was largely the work of an American dentist-turned-engineer, Dr. John Wittner.  In the late 1980’s, Dr. John produced special Moto Guzzi race bikes that were very successful.  The Daytona is a production version in honor of those race bikes, with a four valve per cylinder engine.  Note that like the Vincent, the Daytona does not have a frame. Instead,it uses a box section “spine”.  The original exhaust system has been replaced with a SuperTrapp system. 13,048 miles, fresh service, new belts, very clean.

The eight valve engines must’ve been a budget buster, and though the engine was retired after 1999, BMW may have analyzed the almost-overhead cam’s geometry while their R1100S was in development.  Dr. Wittner and his interns did well in thunder twins racing, and the Daytona remains an aptly named flagship.  This one is having its own endurance challenge, racing toward a third decade’s finish line and new rider.

-donn

3 Comments

  • Corrections:
    Conventional Marzocchi forks, 300mm brake rotors, and the rear wheel is 18″, front 17″.
    I highly recommend reading “Moto Guzzi Big Twins” by Greg Field. It’s a great read and it dispels the myths surrounding Moto Guzzi.

    This Daytona looks amazing, and I’d be bidding if I didn’t already own one.

  • Id love that big old chunky thing laying there in my garage, the acoustics,, the look, the history, the irony of an American dentist showing Guzzi what they needed to be doing instead of making armchairs.
    Sadly many reasons, including poverty and arthritis, conspire to leave the beasty to someone else to appreciate.
    Give it a good home and a good regular spanking

  • Reserve not met at $7,600.

    dc

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