It is no secret that Moto Guzzi was purchased by Aprilia late last year, and that Aprilia intends to invest heavily in the historic Italian marque. Already, Aprilia has spruced up existing Moto Guzzi models, and introduced the V11 Le Mans.
The half fairing of the Le Mans provides increased rider comfort. The Le Mans doesn’t stop there, however, as engineers worked to increase stability and steering quality, and the Le Mans received additional improvements over the previous year’s naked model. Those improvements include a new, wider 5.5 inch rear rim (supporting a 180 section rear tire – for improved grip and increased stability), stiffer chassis, improved ergonomics to the brake lever, a special coating on chassis surfaces to reduce oxidation, and a redesign of the clip-on handlebars (hopefully, reducing unwanted vibration) and the motorcycle’s tailpiece.
In total, Moto Guzzi claims more than 100 modifications to the naked V11 – the model which forms the basis for the new Le Mans.
If you haven’t ridden a Moto Guzzi, you don’t know what you’re missing. The character these bikes evoke is second to none, and the V11 engine (two valves per cylinder – the traditional design) has loads of useable torque. Moto Guzzi says the V11 Le Mans will be available in the US market in the third quarter of 2001.