Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso — Road Test & Review — Motorcyclist Online

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Most people are more to think Mandello del Lario is a new special at Locanda Veneta than the home of Italy’s motorcycle manufacturer. Even a sophisticate such as yourself not know that Giorgio and Carlo Guzzi built first bike in 1920. You be more surprised to learn their first engine was a four-valve, 500cc, four-… stuff at the time Woodrow lived in the White House.

If you care less about any of you probably really don’t about Guzzi’s Rosso latest in a celebrated line of Le Mans V-twins going to ’75. You would very recommend counseling for anyone to lay down $13,990 for this 1064cc, air-cooled, 80 rear-wheel and 65 foot-pounds of torque pushrod You probably don’t get it.

But to any true Guzzisti, it’s the natural order of things. We ourselves somewhere in the middle.

As current top-drawer sportbike, the has a certain undeniable panache to students of motorcycle sport. It has of the Right Stuff. Educated spot Ohlins suspension and calipers at both ends.

We see bits, too, but could do the checkered-flag graphics for the same we don’t need to see Hillary in a thong. Oblique racing aside, modern, less combatants such as Suzuki and Ducati 999s put this a lot closer to a sporty sport-tourer.

are classic Italian, accommodating with long arms and legs most comfortably. else needs to deal it. Approached with the Guzzisti’s forgiving nature, the Rosso is easy to live with.

An anti-tip-over valve designed to cut flow if the bike tips keeps air from getting in, creating a vacuum that opening the filler cap somewhere difficult and impossible. Once disconnected, as any late-model Guzzi already knows, there are no The fuel-injected twin wants its lever pulled all the way back and a of throttle before lighting.

it does, the same whirring, whining, chuffing and shuddering delights ears accustomed to the V-twins can convince CBR600 that something is horrifyingly, and inexorably wrong. Fear The stock engine is understressed, and spectacularly durable.

The longitudinally crankshaft torques everything left when you blip Mr. at a stoplight. However, get moving and never notice. A determined on the left-hand lever convinces the hydraulics to disengage a suitably single-plate dry clutch.

Beyond that, the driveline on our bike was great. The six-speed shifts as well as anything Japan. We could do with a less slack in the shaft drive.

Still, Magneti injection mixes fuel and air though our bike would bog right off idle before any real interest in the whole thing.

As delivered, the Guzzi doesn’t feel as strong off the as equivalent BMW or Ducati twins. there’s enough thrust 4500 rpm on to generate reasonable The engine spins up happily, is a good thing because forward progress means the tach needle between and 8000 rpm.

The Rosso is smooth in that rev band; not the finger-in-a-light-socket vibration inflicted by the old V11 though it does shake than a BMW or Ducati twin. You do get used to it. And with excellent protection and 5.5 gallons of gas on-board, we do 170 fairly painless miles fuel stops.

Eighty rear-wheel horsepower keep you in the draft of a well-ridden 600 at the next track day, but three more than admittedly lighter Supersport 900 and 12 less than a BMW R1100S, is only slightly (12 pounds) Off the dyno chart and in motion, the makes brisk progress Racer Road if you’re and use less lean angle Aaron Yates. The sidestand down before the footpeg in a left.

On the right, the stock muffler drags first. that, the Rosso’s back-road are plenty good. It turns in than most open-class and once carving, stability is Spend a little time clickers and the Ohlins suspension is bit as good as you’d expect, no what sort of pavement you at the bike.

Brakes could use a little initial bite, but that’s a pad swap away.

In the end, the is a solid motorcycle with road manners. Still, $14,000 on one only makes if owning a Moto Guzzi your priority list. If it a few extra bucks spent on pads and exhaust mods are part of being a Guzzisti. In case, being passed by infidels at the track or some back road won’t

Riding a bike with venerable eagle on its flanks is important. It’s the same worn by 11 Isle of Mann TT and 14 world champions between and ’57.

OK, so most of Chillicothe, Missouri, still thinks Mandello del is something you should wash with a nice Chianti. But for of us who like doing things that’s a good thing. You exclusivity?

Our Rosso was the only parked at the Monterey Starbucks on Superbike Sunday. Better as it warms up for the ride home, you that somewhere out there, Guzzi is smiling that Last time we checked, no way to put a price tag on that.


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