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Featured Listing September 15, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa

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 October 12, 2016 posted by

Unicorn Sighting: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

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Guzzi is one of the oldest and most storied motorcycle manufacturers in existence, but they've drifted pretty far from their sporting roots in recent years, owing to their purchase by Piaggio, a move that has kept them afloat, but forever relegated to building vintage-styled and cruisers to prevent them competing with more sports-oriented bikes from sister-company Aprilia. Really though, the downward slide began long before that, as Guzzi just couldn't keep pace with the ruthless development of modern sportbikes from Japan. Luckily, there've been a few bright spots along the way, like this Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin that point out just how much life is still left in Moto Guzzi's v-twin package.

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If you're not familiar with bikes produced by Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno aka: "Ghezzi-Brian" you might remember the very exotic MGS-01 that they developed from Guzzi's seemingly obsolete shaft-drive v-twin platform. A race-replica designed around Ghezzi's successful racing machine, the Supertwin features quality suspension at both ends and clever engineering designed to reduce weight.

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The slim bodywork reveals the iconic longitudinal v-twin and contrasts nicely with the hulking mechanicals. The huge perimeter front brakes look incredibly trick and should offer up excellent stopping power to go with the increased straight-line performance that comes mostly from a huge weight reduction: the Supertwin weighs in at a claimed 427lbs dry, down 55lbs from the largely stock V11 Sport that donates its engine. Power is an modest 91hp but the 1064cc motor puts out impressive torque to match the amazing soundtrack. The gearbox unfortunately is the earlier Sport 1100's five-speed unit, which is as disappointing here as it is in the original application.

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

Super bike extremely rare and mint, 7,499 kilometers from new, needs nothing, OZ Racing wheels made just for this model bike! Wide rear wheel, larger exhaust ports, under bike exhaust, sold on a bill of sale. The bike sounds incredible, bike has a factory race program in its CPU, much more special than the regular edition Ghezzi-Brian normal production Super Twin. These motorcycles never come up for sale.

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"These motorcycles never come up for sale" is very much an understatement. These are extremely rare here in the USA and I've only seen a couple being offered. New in 2001, you were looking at about $15,000 for a Supertwin, but I'm not sure what kind of premium the "Racing" edition might carry: these bikes . Current bidding is up to just $7,600 with the Reserve Not Met, although keep in mind that this bike doesn't appear to have a current title, which will affect the price somewhat. Certainly any Ghezzi-Brian is collectible, but they're very good on the road, so it's a shame this one may end up just sitting under a dust-cover somewhere.

-tad

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Unicorn Sighting: 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