Moto Guzzi has had its share of problems in recent years, culminating in the 2004 takeover of parent group Aprilia by scooter giant Piaggio. But with the new Breva V1100, Italy's oldest motorcycle-maker finally has a big-inch V-twin for the 21st century.
The compact and nimble Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 is a totally different animal to the Moto Guzzi California 1100EV or Moto Guzzi V11, which are that bit harder to ride. The Breva 1100 has a lighter clutch, niftier chassis and smoother V-twin than Moto Guzzis of old. The Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 feels much shorter, carrying its weight that bit lower somehow. The Breva 1100 makes a very decent all rounder. What Moto Guzzi has done with the Breva 1100 is fit lighter pistons and conrods, shifted the alternator and revised its shaft drive assembly to make the engine/gearbox on the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 shorter. It's revvy by Moto Guzzi standards, but you get used to it and soon revel in the steady power delivery of the Breva 1100.
Best of all is the new gearbox. The short, quiet and positive-shifting change is impressive, and I was pleasantly surprise when I stopped at a light and selected neutral with one silent and effortless flick of my left boot. That's one old Guzzi weakness finally sorted.
So, Moto Guzzi's big new Breva is a bike that manages to blend a traditional layout and character with style, comfort and performance to create the factory's best and most advanced roadster yet. Guzzi has suffered many false starts in recent years, but it looks as though this time, backed by Piaggio's cash and commitment, the old firm is on the way back.
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 specifications
Model: Moto Guzzi Breva1100
Type: Naked bike
Engine and transmission
Engine type: V2
Power: [email protected] RPM
Torque: [email protected] RPM
Bore x stroke: 92x80 mm
Ignition: Inductive discharge, digitally controlled, electronic twin spark ignition
Lubrication system: Splash
Cooling system: Air
Dry weight: 231 kg
Seat height: 780 mm (30.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1125 mm
Overall length: 2195 mm
Overall width: 870mm
Ground clearance: 190 mm (7.5 inches)
Wheelbase: 1495mm (58.9 inches)
Chassis and dimensions
Frame type: Double cradle, in high tensile strenght tubular steel
Trail: 120 mm (4.7 inches)
Front suspension: Telescopic hydraulic fork with 45 mm, preload adjustable
Front suspension travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension travel: 120 mm
Front tyre dimensions: 120/70-ZR17
Rear tyre dimensions: 180/55-ZR17
Front brakes: Single disc
Front brakes diameter: 282mm
Rear brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes diameter: 282mm
Power/weight ratio: 0.3657 HP/kg
Fuel capacity: 23 litres (6.08 gallons)