2006 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 InBalance Motorbike Training

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Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

2006 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

My motorcycle is a  2006 Moto Guzzi   Breva 1100 .

It has 6 gears and is shaft drive with monoshock rear suspension with 45mm marzocchi dampers up front.  In true Moto Guzzi style the engine is a fuel injected transverse 90 degree V-Twin.

The brakes are Brembo, 320mm twin discs on the front and a single 282 disc on the rear.  The catalytic converter has been replaced with a “staintune”, with good results the power is up, heat is down and the note is much throatier.

In the carpark:

Some snatching of the rear drive.  This can be reduced by better use of the friction point.  Good leverage from the wide and highset handlebars makes for easy turning.

  The rear brake is very effective at maintaining control.

On the open road:

Brilliant on the open road.  The engine is very happy at about 3,550 revs and up to 5,000 rpm.  In 6 th  gear it cruises at 110km/h at 3,600rpm.  The bike responds well for overtaking from this rev range.  The gear box is well matched to the engine and is positive both up and down and neutral is easy to find.

  To make speed quickly you just have to engage a lower gear and roll on the power.  Can expect about 430 klm from your tank which is a good range which is supported by a good comfortable seat and riding position.

Had a great run down to Phillip Island and return in 2012, go Casey.

In the hills:

There are no problems with riding in the hills.  The engine braking is significant and just by playing on the throttle you can easily set the motorcycle up for corner entry and then judiciously apply power as you progress through and then out of the corner.  If you need to grab the brakes, there is plenty of bite available which provide tremendous feel so that confidence and control remain high.

The feel provided by the suspension is good so that you can ‘push on’ even though the surface is rough and uneven.  This was evident on recent ride from Bonalbo to Woodenbong to Legume.  (arguably the worst major road inAustralia.)

The upright riding position provides plenty of seeing and be seen advantages.  The bike responds well to steering inputs and has enough immediately available power to maintain a safe buffer.

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

With a pillion:

On uneven corners and on corners requiring a significant lean angle I get some scraping of the centre stand.  This can be a bit scary until you get used to it.  (Does not seem to destabilise the bike).  Pillion seat is very comfortable.  I adjust the rear pre-load by about 5 clicks harder when I have a pillion and panniers which keeps things nice and level.

  Good vision for the pillion with well positioned hand rails.

I have now done 100,000 kms and have never had a break down.  I have replaced the oil pressure and oxygen sensors.  Some minor issue with the starter circuit.

 Replaced the front seal in the gear box and all of the seals and bearings in the suspension pivot.  Probably the result of doing a reasonable amount of off road and creek crossings. All oil is changed every 5k. (worth it)

Overall rating:

This motorcycle is a capable sports tourer offering good value for money.

Rating 8 / 10.

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

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