Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — 2002 V11 Le Mans Tenni: The Legend is Refined

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Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni

2002 V11 Le Mans Tenni: The is Refined. by Kevin Hamann

1976 the Moto Guzzi Le has been a well-known machine as a cafë racer, endurance and all around sport/sport-touring road Diehard Guzzi enthusiasts the Le Mans to be fast, stable at speed, dependable, and a little steering. The new Le Mans won’t in any of these areas, and has some improvements over past

The V11 Le Mans Tenni, or Tenni for is a limited production model so far has only been made for the model year. It differs the standard V11 Le Mans with a finish, silver and medium green paint scheme of the dustbin faired V8 and 350 racers. The side plates are red anodized of aluminum color and it has a white number plate on each of the fairing.

Mechanically, the Tenni has a single-plate clutch, titanium coated forks, and carbon silencers. It also comes two seats, one black vinyl and brown suede. The suede creates a nice smell in the and is quite comfortable, however it be going along on many country trips for fear of absorption and a soggy bottom in the

These additions to the Tenni are had for or so more than the standard V11 Le a good buy if you ask me.

The Tenni shares the of the specifications and components with the V11 Le Mans: hydraulically-actuated clutch, transmission, 40 mm hydraulic Marzocchi USD adjustable for compression/rebound damping, 91 ft-lb torque engine, differential-diameter caliper front with 320 mm floating rotors, steel exhaust, double drive line with rear drive (vented), 17- blue cast Brembo shod with 120/70 up front and 180/55 rear, and the Magneti Marelli/Weber digital ignition/fuel injection. The rear has a single shock, adjustable for and rebound/compression damping; on the Tenni is a gas charged Sachs-Boge unit.

The rear swingarm is a reinforced, and rectangular section steel Reportedly, there are 100 changes the 2000 V11 Sport and the 2002 V11 Le Some of the more obvious include revised steering geometry with a reduced angle, longer wheelbase and and added rear frame attaching to the bottom rear of the engine.

The clip-on handlebars are wider, slightly raised, and without vibration.

My first impressions of the Tenni were on the roads around Prescott, an area with tight aplenty. In fact, we headed out to Valley, then back to on US 89 after dark. After ride I felt like Melandri in the 250 World Championship Racing winner’s circle!

In I think I could’ve just a nap and let the bike ride itself all those 20-mph curves. though, the Tenni is a 550-lb that feels and handles a 450-lb bike. The steering is so and precise, the front end is so planted, and the bike is so stable that very confidence inspiring. I was running a little too fast in a curve, I just leaned it a little bit more and tightened up my

On my ’89 Le Mans in that I would’ve been hanging off hitting the brakes. To date my speed is still limited by an break in rev limit, but I have not instability up to 100 mph. From I hear, others have not up to the top of 140 mph.

Besides handling, the most impressive aspect of the is the single-plate clutch and 6-speed I can literally fly through the gears, only by my own physical ability to in the clutch lever and move the I think if I wanted to I could clutch, but using two or three is most comfortable. Shifting is and precise, and lever throw is over the previous 5-speed, but with a `solid’ Guzzi

First gear is adequately low and the forgiving to ease pullaway a stop, and all the gear ratios are together. I think gears are 500 rpm apart. With the 5-speed it seemed like first or low, was rather tall in with second through close enough together, fifth was like an overdrive, with a tall ratio.

To I’ve yet to get a false neutral, a gear, or have the neutral tell me a lie.

The brakes on the like all triple-disk Guzzis of are a no-brainer. When you need to you just stop. The front cylinder is improved over the one on the Sport/Daytona/Centauro: it’s more and gets hard farther the bar. It too could probably be with just one finger, but several feels better. The brake works well, but not have as solid a feel as the

The front and rear brake of all Guzzi sport/sport-touring bikes been unlinked since the Only the stock triple-disk or `touring’ models of today the Quota) still retain the Guzzi integrated brake For me this means I’ll to practice for a while to keep locking up the rear wheel. The suspension has a nice feel, and had to reduce the damping at both a little.

I’ve left the in the factory position on the rear I like a bike to have a controlled ride, but not jar me on sharp bumps. The Tenni delivers in regard.

Power delivery and response are both very with this bike, and response feels somewhat from previous EFI Guzzis. doesn’t affect performance but gives a smoother feel the engine and steadier throttle. I not detected any severe flat or poor running engine up to 7,000 rpm. The engine is so that you must be careful not to let the speed fall too low.

I did at first, transitioning through slow curves; I let the revs to 2,500 or so and didn’t feel any or shuddering. When the road out a little I glanced at the tach and I needed to drop a gear. The has moved the engine temperature from the left-hand valve to the right-hand cylinder head, in better mixture control at ambient temps. Fuel should also increase as a of this change.

Since passing 600 miles I gotten less than 40 and on one tank running 80-90 mph with a little wind I got 44 With at least 40 mpg and a claimed gas tank I should be assured of at 200 miles between fuel although I don’t think put more than about 4.5 in it so far. I’ve been another thirty or forty after the fuel light on when 3.5 gallons are gone.

On the the speedometer is about 5-7 mph optimistic, but the and trip meter are spot on, on several checks with mile markers.

Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni

My Tenni with Bridgestone BT 020 tires, have good feel and I haven’t quite used all the I’ve got yet, perhaps close on the right side of the but I’ll take it easy as far as goes. I’ll spend a year getting to know bike quite well it or I reach our riding limits. For me the position is just right, I’d call a classic touring position, and I’m 6’1- tall with my on.

You sit with your legs you, knees bent at a 45 angle, slightly leaned with hands set relatively and a few inches above your I’ve already covered 430 in a day and I didn’t hurt anywhere, so miles/day should be attainable. As the fairing provides upper and mid protection without any wind the rider’s head.

All of the bodywork on the Tenni is plastic, and not sure if any of it is painted. It appears to be molded, so there may not be any paint. The transmission, and rear drive are a gritty, bedliner black, and just what I’ll use to it up: black truck bedliner from NAPA, assuming need it.

I wasn’t too sure how I feel about having a gas tank, fairing, seat etcetera, but ABS plastic shouldn’t crack, rust, or dent, and the industry has been using fuel tanks for ten years at

Problems so far after 1400 Only very minor There was a little oil that onto the right side of the during the first 70 miles or so. We this came from the cylinder head nut recess. I an intake boot clamp was loose on the left side and it.

Once it started getting 30F at night the bike was hard with 20W50 petroleum oil in the sump, so I dumped that for 10W40. Now it fires right up it’s cold. After ten of trying to lock the steering in the lot of my hotel in Lake Havasu I discovered that despite the lettering on the ignition switch it was not to push to turn the switch to the and lock the steering.

I had to endure a and his entourage coming up and asking me how I’d gone on my new Moto so far. After a pause and a I told them an indicated 95 the engine is breaking in and has a rev limit. I change or add anything? Of course. a pragmatist I desperately mourn the of the center stand on today’s oriented motorcycles.

Why can’t I go fast, save and be able to easily work on my Even though the lights bright enough and work I’d like to have a 520 W instead of the 350 W one I’ve got. I Ducati makes one because what my wife’s bike

I usually let her lead at night so she blind me with her `lighthouse’ that’s as bright as our pickup

Let me just say that as far as the bikes go, the hand is working magic there in Mandello del Lario. Guzzi!

Tenni along Highway 96 between Hillside and

Tenni along U.S. 93, the ‘Joshua Forest Parkway!

Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni


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