When you think of Italian motorcycles, you think of motorcycles with “character”. Ducati, Aprilia, and now MV Agusta, are all loaded with character.
Perhaps the king of Italian character is Moto Guzzi, a relatively small motorcycle manufacturer, that has relied on the same, basic engine design and configuration (a transverse mounted V-twin) seemingly forever. Some might consider Moto Guzzi a “cult” bike, revered by a fiercely loyal group of owners and enthusiasts, but without a large market share.
Moto Guzzi’s big (1000cc and 1064cc) V-twin motors produce a pleasing vibration along with plenty of torque. They also cause the bike to rock from side to side when revved at a stop light.
Moto Guzzi has received its share of press accolades in recent years — primarily directed at its cruiser models. Its V11EV won Cycle World’s cruiser shootout over 13 other bikes last year. Cycle World raved about the EV’s power and handling, and its endearing character.
For 2000, Moto Guzzi is introducing a new café racer — the V11 Sport. With a new six speed transmission and the 1064cc, 2-valve motor, the V11 Sport promises all of the traditional Moto Guzzi character coupled with even better handling and refinement than its past sport models. Ride reviews from Europe (the only place where working bikes exist at this point) are very favorable.
In a world increasingly filled with motorcycles that perform beyond the capabilities of even the best street riders, buyers increasingly look for something other than mere performance statistics. It is these buyers who will be drawn to a bike like the V11 Sport. With top quality components (including Marzocchi forks, WP shock and Brembo brakes) expect the $11,490.00 dollar (U.S. list price) V11 Sport to be a sales success.