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Post by Admin on Thu Jul 17, 2008 5:25 pm

Moto Guzzi V11 Sport/Le Mans

If you still have fond memories of the gorgeous V7 Sport with its metallic lime green tank and red frame or the 850 MkI Le Mans with its bikini fairing, then you are just the person Guzzi was looking for when it produced the V11 Sport.
Moto Guzzi made its mark in the early Seventies with the shaft drive transverse V-twins that could out-handle anything from Japan and still cruise all day at 100 without spilling their guts all over the autostrada. And what's more, they'd keep on running year after year with minimum maintenance.
Guzzi brought the venerable classic up to date with a new six-speed box, Weber-Marelli fuel injection, fully adjustable upside down forks and massive twin Brembo 320mm floating front disc brakes and four-piston callipers.
Moto Guzzi knew it couldn't compete in today's sportsbike market and admitted as much. They said that the low, sleek retro café racer was 'conceived as a machine of timeless character and style rather than a projection into the stratosphere of ultra-high performance motorcycles'. Yeah, right.
The 1064cc motor is hardly cutting edge. It still makes do with only two valves per cylinder, is air-cooled and the valves are pushrod operated. But the Sport still pumps out 91bhp and is good for over 140mph.
The Guzzi V11 Sport is different. Blip the throttle at a standstill and the torque reaction tries to twist the engine inside the frame. Wind on the power and the back end lifts. But these are just quirks you quickly become used to and call 'character'. Handling is unaffected.
You might think the V11 Sport is just old hat. But you might get hooked on Guzzis for life.


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