2008 Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport Road Test Rider Magazine Reviews

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Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport
Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport

2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport Road

2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport


March 7, 2008

It has been that Moto Guzzi is like Italian politics: year there is a new government, but really changes. For more 40 years Guzzi has been its V-twin, with a 90-degree angle, two overhead valves, and longitudinal crankshaft, a new version to appear every year. The big between the government and the Guzzi is the Guzzi keeps getting

This latest rendition, the 1200 Sport . is proof of as we found out during its Arizona last September. Guzzi’s V7 first appeared back in and though there is certainly interchangeable with the 1200 1,151cc version, it remains essential pushrod twin.

The 1200 uses the same as is bolted into the Norge the Breva 1200 not exported to the States), with an oversquare of 95mm; …, 81.2mm; some 70-plus horses at rpm. This engine is not a low-rpm lugger, as it thrives on revs, with the maximum of about 60 lb-ft coming on at rpm.

The headlight comes a sporty little cowling, it a semblance of aerodynamics–this is not a top-speed but one intended for happy speeds. At the of the engine is a chin spoiler, pleasing and also functional as it to protect the oil cooler.

The footpegs are rear-set, and when the rider down (seat height is a over 31 inches, and a slightly saddle is an option), it is a long over the large six-gallon gas to the “advanced” handlebar –that is word to describe the rather (almost 33 inches) solid-mounted bar, which suited my torso and arms quite Those with a shorter might want to loosen the bolts and turn the bar back 90 Two controls at the left end of the bar operate the on the dash, telling the rider things that he might to know, except which to buy.

These petaled front discs will be standard on all models imported to the United squeezed by four-piston Brembo

The Marzocchi male-slider fork, in diameter, is adjustable for spring compression and rebound damping, and has 4.7 of travel. The rake is 25 degrees; 4.7 inches. The fork has been with an anti-friction compound Tinalox.

The Sachs shock absorber has and rebound adjustability, the rear having 5.5 inches of movement.

are 17 inches, with a 120/70 on the front, 180/55 on the rear. The front discs use Brembo (opposed) calipers, the rear disc has a two-piston (parallel) ABS is an option for the Europeans, but not for Americans, as Guzzi research shows most sporting riders in country are not interested in it.

From in 1967 the engine has grown to the 1200 Sport’s 1,151cc.

The sits in a tubular-steel cradle with 58.5 inches the axles. The transmission has six speeds, shaft final drive. Dry is said to be 506 pounds.

Turn the push the button, fuel is two spark plugs in each fire the mixture, and the engine its leisurely side-to-side sway, so with the longitudinal twins. in, first gear engaged, released, and I am smoothly away. I the ergonomics and the wide bar, the Sport easy to maneuver out of the lot, and the saddle suits my

We settle in for some 80-mph cruising out to Apache Junction, of Phoenix, and then head off to the Trail in the Tonto National Not that there is much out here, just rock and and cactus.

The wide Renthal helps the maneuverability of the Sport.

I do that loping gait all Guzzis have, not a frenetic to power that one feels in higher-revving machines. A slight comes through the bar and pegs, the rider to keep his or her eyes on the rather than the tachometer. on the Sport, has no painted redline, a red light on the face that as the engine speed approaches the rev more easily noticed on a ride than having to on the needle.

The Apache Trail is a superb two lanes of good pavement up and down and around for many miles, good Sport endlessly clicking the shift through the gears, braking, up, slowing, accelerating. The transmission is as are the brakes, and the ECU for the injectors seems on, with no hesitations nor hiccups.

The seems very happy my keeping the tach between and seven thousand, and is intended for the rider, like myself, who a bit of lean, adequate power and I’m having fun without being over and bent like a

This was an all-too-short intro, as and we hope to get a proper test with all the optional touring like saddlebags and heated in the future. Already I would say having ridden many models over the past 40 this has a fine engine and a chassis. Now Guzzi has to let the riding know about it.


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