2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked Consumer Reviews Moto Guzzi V11 Sport…

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User Rating: Very Good

Reliability:

Comfort:

Handling And Control:

Quality and Craftsmanship:

Pros: Unique styling, comfortable riding position, great exhaust note, fairly reliable.

Cons: Not very nimble, heavy, slow on the go, does not inspire confidence. a little boring.

The Bottom Line: The V11 is for diehard Guzzi fans, and those looking for steady, longer rides. Weekend warriors who prefer spirited riding should look for other alternatives.

I purchased a used V11 in 2003. The bike was located about 120 miles from where I lived, so I had to go with my wife to pick up the bike. Having previously owned a Ducati 996, I was used to a different level of performance and character. What attracted me most to the V11 was its unique Italian styling, quite unlike any other motorcycle, and certainly not found in your typical Japanese bikes.

I got the one in metallic Green color.

My first ride back home was a terrifying experience (despite having more than 20 years of riding experience). Due to the shaft drive and unique layout, a blip of the throttle would cause the bike to jerk to the right. Not only that, the handlebars had a fair amount of vibration, which was numbing my hands. To top that off, it also started to rain.

Thankfully I made it safely home, but it was certainly a ride to remember. I avoid riding in the rain most times.

I held on to the V11 for almost exactly three years, and did not have any major problems. When I bought it, it had about 6,000 miles. In three years, I added only another 2,000 miles or so.


Clearly, I did not ride it much. The only time I had any issues with the bike was when I took it for regular servicing to an authorized dealer, who more due their own incompetence, caused some electrical problems, which eventually required me to take the bike in at least 4 times. Finally when I had them replace all the relays, then the bike was back to its old reliable self.

I eventually noticed a very small leak, but it was almost insignificant to be of any concern.

The V11 was a heavy bike, and did have imposing presence and sound. However, I always found myself having to push the bike really hard to stay on top of the traffic. This bike never really inspired any confidence in traffic and eventually started making me feel like a worse rider, which was affecting my confidence in my riding abilities.

The riding position overall is comfortable for long hauls, but the foot pegs seemed to be somewhat cramped, despite my relatively short height of about 5 ft 8 inches. After 3 years, I started acknowledging the fact that the V11 did not really excite me any more and worse, it was taking the fun out of motorcycling. When I had the Ducati, I would get up early morning on weekends to take the bike out for a spin. With the V11, I really had to push myself to take the bike out.

Finally, I decided to part ways with the V11, and after having sold it, I have no regrets.

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