OK, maybe spring on the shore of Lake Como isn’t in the cards this year, but Moto Guzzi had a limited edition V11 that celebrated life in red. Today’s Goose looks very good and quite original with a little over 16K miles.
Styled and named to commemorate 80 years in Mandello del Lario, the limited edition used the recent V11 backbone chassis and two-valve twin, with respectable power at 91 hp. Torque was actually plan A, with 69 ft.-lbs. and a new six-speed transmission plus a light hydraulic clutch. Nicer components spiced up the traditional drivetrain, with Marzocchi usd forks, an adjustable monoshock, 320mm Brembo brakes and wide 17-inch alloy wheels. The side view is a composition in red, black and grey, with candy apple valve covers and a helpful carbon fiber handlebar fairing and mudguard up front.
Not a great time of year for a test ride in central Wisconsin, but the owner has wheeled her out for a short video, hard to share but easy to play on eBay. A few touch-ups to the fuel tank, but otherwise looking quite good and just waiting for a proper detail. Fresh Michelins and the Power Commander will fill in the dry spots in the fuel injection map. Notes from the eBay auction –
Bike is #49 out of 300 numbered bikes produced. It was estimated there were around 177 shipped to the United States. Bike is all original besides a power commander and a Penske rear shock which was over $1000 new. I was told by previous owner the clutch was done but I do not have any paperwork for it. It feels great.
Bike starts and runs great. Has excellent Michelin Pilot Power 4 tires. Needs nothing. The pictures are unedited and speak for themselves.
I have all the original literature for the bike including pictures of it being uncrated, letter of authenticity, manuals, original sales receipt, advertising, and a small model of the bike.
Guzzi has a clean and clear WI title. A Mistral crossover and carbon exhaust will be available for this bike at an agreed upon price.
The Rosso Mandello was only mid-point in the V11’s model run, and the longitudinal V-twin and shaft drive soldier on in Guzzi’s current line-up. For all their traditionality, many innovations have come out of Mandello del Lario – the first motorcycle wind tunnel, a 500cc V-8 racing engine, and more contemporary CARC shaft drive that reduces torque reaction, and cartridge fork innovations. Just starting their second century, Guzzi’s continue to be unusual if not rare, with yearly production in the several thousand range. The Rosso Mandello came here in just a few hundred though, and this example looks very collectible.