Moto Guzzi Breva V1100 review — Naked — Motorcycles — Visordown

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Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

Moto Guzzi Breva

Age is a curious thing. You can’t it, and you can’t see it, but one day you wake up and realise all show DJs are wankers and the country’s to pot because New Labour are a bunch of liars.

I also came to the conclusion that, at 34, I rather Moto Guzzis, a motorcycle for many years I had derided as old and agricultural. To be fair, this was until now most Guzzis indeed been heavy, old and But now they have their new 1100, and it’s quite that the factory are keen to their marque into the Century. The Breva 11 is aimed at the European touring market, directly for BMW’s jugular.

The R1150R kept cropping up in the briefing, and Guzzi personnel no bones about wanting a of the … tour-bike pie. The is 50% revised, the gearbox is entirely the styling is modern and chunky, and a togetherness and sense of purpose the finished product that has lacking in Guzzi’s recent

Guzzi would probably they’d taken the modular of models like the CafŽ as far as it would go, and selling ‘quirky to a …-hard but disappearing market of customers is not really sustainable. with the forthcoming Griso and the of a road-going MGS-01 superbike, appear to be getting their on.

The first thing you notice the Breva is the way it looks. Gone is the of big beasts like the V11, and in its are sculpted, handsome slabs of and plastic that give the real presence, and the front of the Breva 11 is packed with muscle. The 1064cc Guzzi engine has always looked and this application is no exception, but looks more modern on the and the anodised cylinder heads are smart.

Wide handlebars, digital a somewhat over-complicated on-board and one of the most comfortable seats attached to a motorcycle firmly the purpose for which the Breva was

The Guzzi people were at to explain how smooth the engine was and how the new CARC shaft-drive system is. begun to fear they’d a Ducati 999 with the Breva and it into a Japanese bike, but all the Guzzi traits are satisfyingly in

The Breva still twitches to the when you rev the engine at a standstill, the deep-throated woofling from the lets you know the bike is and the shaft-drive still lends a feel to the handling. However, isms no longer impede on with the bike from and Guzzi have struck the balance between ‘Italian and ‘useful motorbike’.

Hop on the bike, wait for three seconds before the digital wakes up, hit the starter and stick it in Stone me! This gearbox is in a league from anything have ever made and their confident claim it is the best box within the class is not justification.

It is so smooth, so un-tractor that there’s not even the clonk when going one gear to the next. I tried to confuse it — clutchless pulling away in third, down-shifts — and not a dicky-bird. The light refused to appear a of times, but this was the only on an otherwise impeccable landscape.

speaking, motorcycle gearboxes get me tremendously excited but the Breva box is a huge leap forward for that it does indeed an entire and lengthy paragraph.

The engine donks out just of torque so the accent is on comfortable But it is at lower speeds — up to 100mph — where the excels, with useful of power from 4000rpm and a that loves to cruise but scared of grinding its undercarriage.

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100

that firm, slightly feeling to the handling that is the of shaft-driven motorcycles, but nothing the solid rigor-mortis of a BMW, and if you the urge it is possible to hustle the and enjoy it. Sit back, twist the and watch the world whizz by. are the centre-stand — which in like a good ‘un and do more so two-up — and the soft forks.

I know a touring bike and comfort is an but it is possible to have comfort and these days, and without an extortionate price. Performance of the brakes was excellent, hauling the up from any speed, and on the motorway I saw on the clocks, which is plenty with no fairing.

The Breva was rock-steady and, its lack of screen (available in the catalogue, of course), just a dip the clocks will give you good wind protection up to Sadly, there is still a mark about reliability. the course of our test my Breva weeping oil out of a crankcase gasket, gradually grew to an irregular

It was only my bike that did but that’s still one bike too and the chances of a BMW doing it are remote.

So as Guzzi spend a little on quality control, there is no they have succeeded in the R1150R as a riding and touring The Breva V11 is more involving to has twice the character and looks 18 times better. Towards the end of the day I riding the bike so much I found a piece of twisting and spent a happy hour back and forth through the of Tuscany.

If you’re in the market for a new European tool, there is now a proper from the Guzzi camp.

Good-looking, stylish and more a match for the R1150R in the … stakes. But will it be as reliable?

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


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