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Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

Moto Guzzi Breva IE

RealClassic readers have info on those modern which fulfil the role of the motorcycle. So, by popular demand, The Toast tests Moto new middleweight streetbike.

Brand is one facet of being a biker I lock well away the back of my head whenever a bike. You cannot compare all makes to your favourite — it just doesn’t However, when it comes to leading brands, I have expectations when I swing my leg the saddle, and that’s particularly of this fine, established breed.

Moto Guzzi been around for donkey’s as have their wonderful big engines. I like them, and done as long as I’ve riding bikes. Over the I’ve ridden countless from this stable.

I it hard to pick a favourite; all of from early T3s to my latest of uncontrollable lust — the Rosso Corsa (excuse me, salivating).

When I was given the to test a Breva 750, I had a inkling what to expect; power spread, comfy fine if heavy handling and brakes. Well, the latest V-twin had had an upgrade, and they’ve a cracking job, er, Gromit.

You how when you climb onto a and thumb the starter or prod the how from the initial pull-away you can tell if the bike is ‘right’? something you develop after years of riding. Sure, you can tune suspension set-ups, ergonomic settings as time on, but that ‘instant initial is something I cannot define; a is either ‘right’.

Or not. (I as I recall the Ducati Multistrada).

up to the Breva, I had to admire the styling. It truly wonderful, the new shapely this one in the rich Rosso red to you and me) accentuates that gorgeous lump perfectly. The paint is luxurious and is offset beautifully by the under-tank panels and the seat.

The stylish rear end, and I do a stylish rear end, in well with the diminutive fairing housing the instrument

A walk around the bike pose certain questions. Oh, I’m not talking about — that’s not where bikes is aimed — but stuff; lunch box, waterproofs. There is nowhere to anything on.

Even a tank bag be a nuisance — maybe a too; but they have care of this. There is a manufacturer’s range of accessories, include a stumpy tank bag and set, either 30 or 40 litre.

is very much a ‘what you see is you get’ motorcycle. Its … tells you this is a street a bike for all seasons, a bike for use. Its low seat height appeal to those who, me, are vertically challenged; it’s not a bike and by Guzzi standards light (182kg) compared to we’ve been used to, and easy to manage when

The pillion footpegs are at a sensible however the built-in grabrail’s has yet to be assessed. The swept-up pipes add to the feel of the bike, although I one sought-after accessory for the British will be a fender extender for the pretty but not-very-functional front I hope they bring out a hugger to match, while have it on the drawing board.

up the engine, it soon settled to a lazy, V-twin rumble. The is evocative, sensual. It brings back all my memories of favourite from this breed the Le Mans, the Spada, the California, humongous engines and the seamless of power.

The electronic injection is and despite increasingly ridiculous emission standards, the motor has a burble.

The engine was cold so with and trepidation, I pulled in the clutch, the gear lever down and gear engaged with a clunk, which was always a bit of an heel with older The clutch was light, (single with a cush drive for operation), and pulling away for the time seemed so natural, as if owned this bike and I was riding an old friend as opposed to a new bike with under 50 on its clock.

This was a ‘straight the crate’ bike. There even knobbles still on its — a 110-70 out front, and a out back, both running on hoops.

Once on the move, up through the five-speed box made for progress; I was determined to let it warm up before giving it its head. As I down through country I found the drive out of corners me to make use of the torque rather play loony tunes on the lever.

The handling is spot-on the old style, duplex cradle frame gives loads of and there’s nothing wrong a design that basically back eons if it works; believe me, it does. It is confidence has a nice neutral feel to it, try to duck into corners some ‘sports’ bikes do, ‘wallow’ or ‘weave’ like tend to, and drives out smoothly.

surprised me after so many of riding Guzzis, was the handling it was lighter, more flickable earlier bikes. Wow. I it harder, further over each bend; I drove it into and harder out of each as my confidence in its capabilities grew; on these new, unscrubbed

Cornering nirvana on an entry-level Without tuning the suspension? indeed.

This is pretty an entry-level bike. It should, and I’m sure, give a of stability to newer riders, letting long-in-the-saddle old farts me still have fun too. many years of experience and fine model ranges, Guzzi have managed

I would expect nothing from them, and they to disappoint me. I was almost disappointed in this respect I had nothing to about.

Brembo once take pride of place in the department, and are everything I have to expect from a company to be a world-market leader. A chunky calliper on a single front hauls you up quickly from any and the rear disc has plenty of to it. I soon found myself leaving my braking later and to enjoy the feel of the pads down hard onto the

I’m a two-brake man, I often use both at the same as I feel it balances the bike before heeling it over for a to give it stability on the drive This style gives aplenty, and allows me to maximise my to each corner.

Once up, I started to use all the rev range; I can’t be sure where the limiter in but I soon found that it was to change up around the 6500 mark as max power was coming to its and the top torque was long gone 3800 revs. You can play the game too, which is rewarding. Around town, bike is a delight — from the lights, svelte to do the through-traffic dash, and quick on the brakes to avoid the inevitable light jumpers.

With its light-weight and a not-too-mountainous 31-inch height, the Breva is easy to with at the traffic-light stops There is also what term in their accessory a ‘lady seat’. Oh, do come on MG!

us men can be short. Poor part guys (this ‘crime had to be by ‘guys’, huh?). The ‘lady lowers the height even but I could get both feet on the floor with the stock in flat boots — and only five foot six in my and suspenders.


Back out of the town and into the the Breva really starts to sense. This is where the forte becomes apparent; its chuckability, outstanding throttle and powerful bottom end urge to the fore in this kind of A-road cruising is great too like all … bikes, motorway speed does to be a bit of a ‘bufferty’ experience once the speed limit is reached and

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

This bike, long as it is, is not meant to take on the role of cruiser that is really the of the California range, with barn door screens and

Other goodies in the add-on are a main stand (I cannot this is not standard. Bad call, Guzzi), and a dedicated cover. a disc lock (again, planning. Security items be standard.

After all, a space especially for it under the tank protector panels and shocks — although I the stock ones more adequate solo.

If I have to the awful comparison game, and we are mainly ‘image’ brands I can think of many bikes to this one up against, but none to it. Money where mouth is how do I feel about it up against my own top brand, Harley Davidson? The for Harley’s entry level 883 is hopeless in the face of this onslaught.

It has none of the Guzzi’s in such a wide abundance, than ‘branding’ (not the important factor in the rideability IMHO, though some disagree I’m sure). I choose the Breva as an entry-level against Uncle Sam’s in a second. Triumph’s Bonneville, with a brand-loyalty following of its is not half as rewarding to ride as Italian stallion. BMW?

Sorry, no. The 850R is a fine, bike, and it’s good to too, but it just lacks a something. You sit ‘on it’ than the Breva’s feeling of ‘in it’.

It’s not as ergonomically friendly as the Breva.

The Jap V twins, although technically and competent, do not have the deep of this bike. The Breva is not a it’s a roadster — a bike — and three of the Big don’t have what I dare call direct Suzuki’s SV650 and SV1000 may be the in all reality.

I rode a Suzi shortly after returning the and I am fully aware of the performance it boasts, but Italian bikes, Guzzis, are not just about As the man said; ‘if I have to you won’t understand’.

The Breva is way in the ‘rewarding ride’ and ‘ownership stakes.

All Guzzis offer a reputation for longevity plus a dealer network, and the Breva has a accessory list. At around the mark, it’s a stunningly value, too. It’s not the Guzzi by far, but I feel its will fare better the cheaper Nevada base should you ever want to it, that is.

You may even be able to 10% or more off the RRP if you shop around cash, too — or get some thrown in. Even if the Breva away a whole 20mm under an inch) to the Nevada, I think the Breva is a better bike and a better deal for This may go down to the wire of taste, though.

I can foresee back-in-the-fold bikers choosing bike as a no-fuss, weekend but I suspect that they come to enjoy the responsive so much they will themselves leaving the car, or the train, to use it on a daily commute. a bike that has that of effect on you. It’s on the body, easy on the eye and good for the and soul.

I can see many experienced riders this bike just of what it is, an easy, fun-giving, motorcycle. Guzzi’s enviable for long life will this an easy choice for long-term riders. Sensible drive, another plus in a country where the weather can cruel tricks, helps to it even more practical

It’s stylish in the best of our pasta-loving cousins, and there’s no that it will bring a to your face each the motor spins into with the easy push on the As soon as you pull away, all cares will become I defy you to work your way up the gearbox without breaking a smile.

And for those of you who do want to huge distances, there is a big screen — but I feel it need it, unless all the flies in teeth from smiling so becomes a big problem. I suspect just might!

New Guzzis; than old ones ?

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


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