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Moto Guzzi 1000 Quota Injection

Moto Guzzi Quota (June 2001)

Moto Quota traillie has always as honest as they come simple and capable. Mark puts the past to the test the updated ES incarnation

Sometimes, now how hard you try, it’s to change your spots. Mike Tyson as a prime he may have the big dollars and lavish but he can’t hide the traits eg losing his temper in interviews that re-confirm to all and sundry he’s probably one of the biggest on the planet.

Motorcycles are like too. Go beyond the propaganda and a majority of the time a superseded is almost a template of the one it has replaced in a behavioural sense anyway. not necessarily a negative, as I recently out after sampling the Moto Quota 1100ES, which has the old 1000cc model.

The staple of bike hasn’t changed in it’s still as far from the as you’ll get — in both a and behavioural sense. But once you around those traits the long-leggedness, longitudinal crankshaft, gearbox, massive bars et al then life is really simple. And that’s what I to admire — again after a few weeks in the saddle.

No more wobbles

The last AMCN put a Quota through its was in 1996, when the Ed donned his offroad attire for a few wobbly shots on the 1000cc incarnation priceless viewing. Those for Wootton are now a thing of the past, and for the old Quota, which was replaced by the in 1998, although Australia see the bike until ’99.

The has jumped in capacity by 115cc a bore and … of 92mm x The Marelli fuel-injected donk utilises a modified version of the engine, with Moto claiming 69ps of power at and a hefty 8.7kg-m of torque at a low It really is a torque machine, and pull from 60kmh in top (fifth) at 3000rpm.

Anything below that and the four-valve powerplant gets a upset and starts to moan and

There isn’t really a to speak of with the ES, but that’s not a big as this is one bike that best to short-shifting through the (watch the false neutrals!) and the torque curve — do and you’ll be setting a pace any sportsbike rider would be of.

In fact, you would probably be on the if you labelled this bike a rather than a big-bore machine. That’s because the type of machine you want to put in top sit back and relax — at its simple best. And the Guzzi is up to type of mile-eating riding, a strong chassis that is mated to the engine and suspension.

throw on the optional panniers and top box ($694) and it’s long-haul

As the Moto Guzzi press says: The roads wind green countryside, turning and unmetalled as they take us far off in of stones and primordial things. A powerful steed accompanies us on journey — the Moto Quota 1100ES. Hands up who’ve now got a tear in their

By the way, the 1100ES averaged 15km/lt during its tenure at which equates to 300km-plus a full 20lt fuel

The Quota is still shaft-driven, but it the sophistication of its road-based siblings. aside, there’s very shaft reaction to speak of.


Although the 1100ES may do its work on the open road, doesn’t mean it’s not of mixing it in the dirt — all, with such handlebars you’ve got enough to muscle the bike wherever you But on a gravel road there’s an underlying vagueness that to get a bit unnerving at times — not so of a problem with the rear you can enjoy some semi-controlled, antics, but it’s a different at the front, especially when into a turn on a trailing

That can probably be put down to the 90-section Pirelli MT80 losing its way on the shifting surface. So the is to keep the offroad antics to hard-packed terrain if you want to out of trouble.

Seat height has reduced 60mm on the ES, with a of a similar amount in the suspension That’s a shrewd move, as not much point in risking if you don’t have to, and it allows riders some chance of behind the bike’s screen on the stuff, which previously was a proposition.

Moto Guzzi 1000 Quota Injection

The brakes are particularly on the Quota, which sports Brembos front and rear. are not super on the road, but are just spot-on for gravel where the approach works best, on the front end.

Moto claims 245kg dry for the 1100ES, is a whopping 35kg more the claimed figure for the previous Problems with the electronic at the Mandello (Italy) factory?

Besides the mechanical updates, the also sports a new front headlights, side panels and Additionally, there are now four schemes to consider: black and coupled with sun yellow, blue and byzantium brown. the champagne colours are currently Down Under.


It’s a fact — bikes are not big sellers in Australia, and the falls into that But if there’s one way to prick the ears of customers it’s by playing aggressive marketing games and there’s nothing more than dropping price by $1500 in one fell swoop.

what Moto Guzzi did in Australia, which reduced the of an 1100ES down to $13,995, compares more than to its two major competitors, the Honda ($15,065) and BMW 1150 GS ($16,645). The Gran Canyon ($14,490) was player in the market, but it will be replaced by the new Suzuki TL1000-engined

Undoubtedly, the 1100ES is one of the most machines I’ve ridden and that goes for the entire lineage, which began way in 1989. Some may call it a dissident, but that’s a harsh

I for one will always appreciate The Quota — foibles

Story: Mark Fattore

Ellen Dewar

Published. 12 June 2001

Moto Guzzi 1000 Quota Injection


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