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Moto Guzzi July 30, 2013 posted by

Coppa With Extras: 2004 Moto Guzzi Coppa Italia

coppa right

Talk about Deja vu. I had an email two days ago asking if a Coppa Italia we posted back in 2011 was still for sale. Of course I replied that I doubted it was and sure enough, here one is for sale and it could very well be the same bike as the mileage is similar and both are in California.

2004 Moto Guzzi Coppa Italia for sale on eBay

coppa right rear

The information:

Reportedly, only 29 2004 Coppa Italias were imported into the U.S.

Only a few came with the Titanium exhaust and track ECU. Apparently, they were a $2000 option.

This Coppa Italia is in excellent condition. I can’t find a scratch or ding in the paint or carbon fiber. The paint and bodywork are in like-new condition. It runs as good as it looks.

The Titanium mufflers have small indentations where the rear footpegs can make contact. The left muffler has a very small rock ding. These are shown in the photos.

The full 6000 mile service was done. An oil pan sloppage plate was installed at that time.

A new Odyssey AGM battery was installed in July, 2011.

Michelin Pilot Powers are in excellent condition.

Photos show Napolean bar-end mirrors. I will also include the original mirrors.

I can’t imagine any collector or enthusiast being disappointed with this example of a rare Coppa Italia!!

I have a clear title in my name. California registration is paid through 6/10/2014.

coppa muffler
coppa muffler 2
I’m still a sucker of a good looking traditional muffler. Who needs some short stubby thing with 20 angles on it?

coppa front

Its going home with someone as the reserve has been met. Place a bid here.

Ian

Coppa With Extras:  2004 Moto Guzzi Coppa Italia
Moto Guzzi March 30, 2011 posted by

More Italian Hardware: 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

More Italian Hardware:  2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

The Bimota’s have slowed down but the limited Moto Guzzi’s keep coming.  There were under 50 V11 Coppa Italia’s imported here and this will be second one we’ve posted in just a couple of months.  Like the last one, this one looks like a keeper.

Here’s the story on her:

This special motorcycle is a limited edition, of which only 47 were imported into the U.S.  Very collectible and desirable motorcycle, with all the special performance and appearance features that a fine Itialian motorcycle should have.  The bike is sporty yet comfortable.  Light but solid.  Shaft drive, of course.  Comes complete with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, adjustable steering damper, carbon fiber front fender and starter cover, passenger seat cowl cover, factory race exhaust and ECU, further tuned and dynoed (chart provided)  by Redline Motorsports with added Power Commander.  Roper Sloppage Sheet. The seat was upgraded for comfort by custom seat builder

Rich Maund. No damage or cosmetic flaws.  No known mechanical defects. Owner’s Manual, all service records, and complete service manual on CD are included.  Fully serviced most recently  at 4300 miles.

 

 

There really isn’t anything to pick on even if I tried.  This is the type of bike you just have to pull the trigger on if you’ve been waiting for one.  RSBFS has listed two but who knows when the next one will come up for sale.

 

What would you pay for it?  The last one sold for $8,100 and was very similar in miles and condition.  As of this writing the auction had just started and I’m sure it wasn’t even close to the reserve price.  $8,100 seems very reasonable for a unique bike with a some nice curb appeal.

Anyone else looking forward to the Moto Guzzi’s in the pipeline?  Might be an interesting year or so Guzzists.  Lets just hope those prototypes were more than just eye candy.  .

Ian

Moto Guzzi March 23, 2011 posted by

A Very “Giallo” 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

A Very “Giallo” 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i

That is some serious yellow, giallo in Italian, paint.  No, I’m not worldly, I just know how to use Google Translation.  This is another bike I picked just because of its’ eye appeal.  I guess you have to like yellow but other than that I think you would have a hard time finding a fault with this bike.

 If the engine is this clean I think the rest of the  bike should speak for itself.

 

Writing for RSBFS is becoming bad for my wallet.  You couldn’t have paid me to own a Guzzi but since writing about several of them I’d like to own: and a Bimota, and a Ducati and a…..and so on.

The seller gives a nice account of the bike.  It’s a little long but be sure to read it.  The bike has some fine details that aren’t obvious by just glancing at the bike:

The previous owner came into possesion of this bike by purchasing an entire Moto Guzzi collection, the other bikes in the collection; including a Daytona RS of the same year, were of a similar museum level quality. Needless to say, the original owner was a true Moto Guzzi fanatic.

Because all four bikes were purchased at once, and because each one had so much work completed, a lot of the details were passed by word of mouth at the time of sale, the description of work completed below is what was communicated to my by the previous owner and various reliable sources including Ken Zeller at Evoluzione Cyclesports; who has worked with the original owner and his bikes through the years. I am unable to reach the original owner for confirmation however, so I cannot guarantee the accuracy of the information communicated to me relating to the history of the bike. Details of the amount of time and money spent on this bike could fill a novel, the Cliffs Notes are below.

As communicated to me, the bike was purchased new by the original owner who immediately had Pro Italia pull the engine and crankshaft to balance it. The brand new bodywork was also removed and repainted by Pro Italia in the original color. Why would someone do this you may ask, because the owner simply wanted a money is no object, perfect version of what the factory imagined for the bike. Pro Italia is famous for their paint work and they currently use Tony Marcus who is a true artist and charges thousands of dollars to paint a sport bike. This yellow paint on this bike is simply stunning, glass smooth and perfectly even. After the brand new engine was put back together, all of the fuel lines were wrapped in heat resistant protection before the engine was reinstalled. The bike features a full Staintune, stainless steel exhaust system including crossover and is finished with carbon fiber canisters, Before I saw this bike I was unaware that Staintune even produced carbon canisters but apparently they do, if you are willing to pay, a lot. They are beautiful, far beyond the quality of any Termingoni systems I have ever purchased. The bike sounds amazing, no other way to describe it, exotic and angry. Staintune does not list a system for the 1100 sport on their site, I would not be surprised if the original owner had this system custom fabricated by them as a one-off. The bike also features a full carbon fiber airbox, I have been unable to locate any information on this piece and in addition to looking incerdibly trick it is a wildly complex design and I assume a one-off item as well. The bike was apparently tuned on a dyno and a power commander is installed under the tail section. Power is unlike any Guzzi I have ever ridden. The bike also features Braking Tech brake rotors with carbon fiber carriers, and a Sport Cycle Pacific carbon fiber alternator cover. It features a rare set of Evoluzione Cyclesports billet adjustable levers and the seat and passenger pillion have been recovered in synthetic suede, with yellow stitching on the passenger grab handle to match the paint. The bike features a custom carbon fiber gauge cluster with a functional veglia oil temp gauge from a Daytona RS. The grey speedo is standard for US spec bikes of this era I am told. The bike features beautifully made Rossopuro billet rearsets, a note on these, the shifting effort with these rearsets is very high and I do not have the originals. I contacted Rossopuro who explained that while the rearsets are marketed for the Sport1100, they were originally developed for the V11 and the leverage required to change gears with the 1100 5 speed is higher than with the V11 six speed. If you intend to ride the bike in traffic often I would source a set of the originals, out on the highway and in the canyons I do not find the extra effort required bothersome. Bike features a carbon fiber rear hugger and even a Ventura headlight protector. Only minor paint nicks here and there typical of a bike with only 3K miles can be found. Bike includes one key, manual, and numerous period magazines featuring tests of this model when it debuted. Bike has a clean CA title with registration paid through March of 2012.

 

It has not been ridden much since 97:  3982 miles.  Fit and finish looks pretty good to me.  Can anyone compare Moto Guzzi’s fit and finish compared to other Italian bikes?

Mmmmm, carbon fiber glistening in the sun.  I bet it sounds as good as it looks.  Obviously we’ve showcased some Moto Guzzi’s that are more rare but this one sure ranks up there in quality.  The bike is in excellent shape and the components that have been added are top notch.  If the reserve is reasonable I would think this bike would find a new garage to call home in a hurry.  .

Ian

Moto Guzzi February 21, 2011 posted by

Guzzi Exotica: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS01 CORSA

Guzzi Exotica:  2006 Moto Guzzi MGS01 CORSA

If it looks this good standing still, it must be a sight to see and hear in motion.  Can anything really be bad with word “Corsa” in the title?  This is as exotic as they get straight from the Moto Guzzi factory to date.  Trying to find accurate info on the MGS-1 is confusing to say the least so Guzzi enthusiasts please correct me in the comments if need be.  It looks like the bike debuted in 2004.  I keep seeing production numbers of 50 bikes.  I do not know if that is a yearly total or an overall total.   I can’t even determine if any of the bikes were “officially” imported to North America.  It also looked like Moto Guzzi had plans for a street version that never materialized.

It might date from 2004 but it doesn’t look dated to me.   Slap some light and turn signals on it and I bet you’d sell a few.  I read several reviews of the bike and for the most part there was nothing but positive comments about it.  This review on MCNEWS.COM was one of the more interesting ones, plus it has some good pictures for those of us that loose interest quickly.  It  covers what technical enhancements were made to the bike that made it drool worthy.

Just a bit from the auction:

THIS BIKE HAS HAD VERY LITTLE USE AND IS IN IMACULATE CONDITION, VERY RARE OPPORTUNITY TO PURCHASE THIS VERY COLLECTABLE FACTORY BUILT RACE BIKE, ONE OF ONLY 50 IN THE WORLD.

From the side it looks like such a wide bike but from this photo it looks pretty darn thin.

This particular MGS01 has an accent, it is located in New Zealand.  I’m sure that might scare off a few bidders but I’d assume a  Guzzi collector would jump at the chance to own one of these rare bikes.  The bidding is starting at $25,000.  It looks like they sold for close to $50,000 originally.  .  If that starting price sounds high, it is actually quite a drop from the starting bid price on the same a bike from a year ago.  Check out the post Jay did on the bike last year:  unless of course there are two MGS01’s in Christchurch with number four plastered on them.

They sound as good as they look.

IK