2005 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
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– 2005 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100
Breva 1100 — A new generation of touring bikes is here from Moto Guzzi. The Breva V 1100 is a completely redesigned 90º V-Twin with a new, larger alternator positioned between the cylinder heads, new oil sump design, and lighter pistons to reduce crankcase inertia and reduce vibration.
With its modern Italian design, technological innovations, and the prestige of owning one of motorcycling histories most treasured marquees, the Breva V 1100 is the perfect motorcycle for the rider that hopes the road will never end.
Breva V 1100
Back to the future
The wind of the Lake of Como blows ever more impetuously with the Breva V 1100.
A completely new motorcycle, sharing with the Breva V 750 I.E. a name, the legendary blueprint of the 90° V-Twin motorbike and, of course, a 100% Moto Guzzi soul. The identical name is also an indication for the future and the two Breva bikes are the first models in a family destined to expand, in which the bikes will be united not so much by their technical characteristics as by their temperament. Both attach equal importance to versatility and ridability.
They are suitable for everyday use, even about town, while not compromising on their vocation as tourers: medium range for the 750 cc and long range for the 1100 cc. Easy and fun to ride, they are aimed at a different public – the smaller capacity is suitable even for beginners, while the higher capacity is aimed at more expert riders. The idea behind this new models is the desire to win background which once represented the company’s vocation – touring, without exaggerated speeds.
From the legendary V7, sector benchmark in the past, the Breva V 1100 inherits nothing but the spirit of the tireless eater-up of kilometres, reliable and simple to ride. For the rest, it represents a distillation of the state-of-the-art in motorcycle technology, while also allowing itself the luxury of an exclusive innovation “cardano reattivo” (compact reactive shaft drive), a Moto Guzzi patent.
Moto Guzzi V7. Part of the history of touring bikes.
When it appeared in 1965, the Moto Guzzi V7 attracted attention for the modernity of its concept and use of a large capacity twin engine, a solution identified as early as the late 1950s, but never implemented for fear of the public’s reactions. Uncertainties which rapidly disappeared before the favourable welcome and interest aroused, even on foreign markets. Available in Italy from 1967, the V7 in its various successive incarnations became the touring bike par excellence, with famous versions for the American market known as the Ambassador, Eldorado and, of course, California.
A reputation to win back.
In the configuration designed for the California Police, the V7 soon became part of the collective imagination and Moto Guzzi achieved the almost impossible goal of selling motorbikes in the homeland of “customs” and “cruisers”.
It represented the consecration of the style, creativity and technology of the Italian company, an achievement which the Breva V 1100 sets out to repeat. A motorcycle with great personality, unique in its kind and atypical, it has the task of winning back all the enthusiasts who, during the period when the company lost “visibility”, headed for other shores.
In fact, the desire to get on a prestigious Moto Guzzi, a high capacity tourer with the power output typical of the Mandello del Lario company, has never waned. Evidence of this comes from the numerous requests received by old and new customers who have never stopped hoping for a triumphal return of the motorcycle of their dreams. And everything is set. A high capacity air-cooled twin, the Breva V 1100 is docile and easy to ride, power output is controllable and progressive, it has a touring soul, but can be used every day with no problem, even for commuting between home and office. In short, it is a true Moto Guzzi, traditional in spirit and ultra-modern in technology.
Moto Guzzi V7. A new generation of tourers.
All that remains of the 90° V-Twin responsible for writing motorcycling history is its name, all the rest has been completely redesigned. The alternator is new, so is its position; the oil sump is new; the con rods are new and longer; the pistons are lighter, reducing crankcase inertia and consequent vibrations.
From the rider’s point of view, the output of the Breva V 1100 engine is linear and progressive, partly thanks to the electronic injection system with “stepper motor” which guarantees consistently regular tick over and easy starting in all conditions. It is also in line with the strict Euro 3 standards.
The double spark plug ignition and new fuel injection system with Pico injectors on the intake manifolds, improve combustion while at the same time reducing emissions.
“Cardano Reattivo”, patented reliability
The most significant technological innovation is the “cardano reattivo” (reactive shaft drive), patented by Moto Guzzi with the name “CA.R.C.” (compact reactive shaft drive).
The shaft drive is incorporated in the aluminium alloy swingarm. The pinion and drive shaft oscillate inside the swingarm and the drive shaft has a double universal joint with built-in torsional dampers to optimise the responsiveness of the transmission.
The distinctive characteristic of this original and extremely compact system is elimination of the anti-shaft effect normally caused by shaft drives. In addition, in comparison with other systems, the Moto Guzzi patented “cardano reattivo” (reactive shaft drive) enables use of a monolithic swingarm.
Finally, the reaction rod is safer as it is not load-bearing. For the rider, this means a consistently fluid ride without the “jerks” during acceleration and throttle release typical of shaft drives and with all the other advantages – cleanliness, low noise levels and very low maintenance requirement.
The watchword behind the Breva V 1100 design is “ridability”. For its eclectic character, this bike must be quick of the mark and responsive in city traffic, manoeuvrable on winding roads and stable as a rock on straights.
These objectives have been achieved through meticulous work on the mechanics, modifying the frame geometry and suspension.
Weight distribution, fundamental to guarantee a natural ride, is ideal thanks to the positioning of the engine – higher and nearer the front than the traditional position. A feature which makes it “easy” to go into bends and enables even the tallest rider to take up an ergonomic position on the saddle.
The frame and swinging fork swingarm are ultra-rigid and the rider of the Breva V 1100 is immediately in complete harmony with the bike, whose behaviour is predictable and always precise in all conditions.
The rear suspension is single arm with rising rate linkages and works together with a single shock absorber with hydraulic preload regulation for maximum riding comfort and to adapt the set-up to a passenger or luggage.
The fork with 45 mm inners is extremely robust, while responsiveness and safety during stopping are guaranteed by a braking system with a double 320 mm floating disc operated by a calliper with four opposed pistons at the front and, at the back, a single 282 mm disc operated by a fixed calliper with two opposed pistons.
From the classical front headlight to the rear headlight cluster with LED lights, the lines of the bike recall the spirit of its origins, but interpreted in modern key with balanced distribution of masses and the impression of solidity and reliability typical of Moto Guzzi.
The fact that we are in the 21st century is also confirmed by the “communicator” panel with active matrix LCD display and designed to take optional “info-entertainment” packages. You can also dialogue with the onboard computer via handgrip controls without having to remove your hands from the handlebar.
For those wanting to exploit the touring soul of the Breva V 1100 to the full, an exclusive configuration is available including side panniers co-ordinated with the design of the bike and a practical windshield which deflects aerodynamic turbulence away from the rider’s torso, particularly appreciated during longer journeys or when maintaining a high cruising speed. For the most demanding, ABS will also be available as an option.
Those who hope the road never ends will find the 24 litres tank capacity interesting.
Engine: 90º V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling system: Air-cooled
Displacement: 1064 cc
Bore and stroke: 92 mm x 80 mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Valves & operation: 2 overhead valves with light alloy push-rods
Maximum power: 91 hp @ 7800 rpm
Maximum torque: 70 ft/lbs. @ 6000 rpm
Fuel system: Weber- Marelli electronic injection
with stepper motor
Starting system: Electric
Ignition: Magneti Marelli IAW electronic digital
ignition with twin spark
Exhaust system: Triple catalyzed with Lambda probe
Gear box: 6 speed
Lubrication: Wet sump, forced oil, cartridge filter
Transmission: Primary: helical gears
Secondary: Cardano Reattivo; double universal joint
with 9/33-ratio floating bevel gear
Electrical system: 12 V; 12 V-540 W alternator;
12 Ah battery
Instruments: Active matrix LCD display with
speedometer with tripmeter, tachometer
and warning lights Frame: Detachable tubular duplex cradle
Trail: 4.7″ (120 mm)
Front suspension: 43 mm fork, preload adjustable
Front wheel travel: 4.7″ (120 mm)
Rear suspension: Single sided swing arm suspension with progressive linkage; rear mono shock, hydraulic adjustable rebound and pre-load
Rear wheel travel: 5.5″ (140 mm)
Front brakes : Double stainless steel, 320 mm floating disc with 4-piston caliper
Rear brakes: Single stainless steel 282 mm disc with 2-piston caliper
Wheels: Three spoke alloy
Front: 3.5″ x 17″ Rear: 5.5″ x 17″
Tires: Front: 120/70 17″ Rear: 180/55 17″
Overall length: 83.85″ (2130 mm)
Width: 31.88″(810 mm)
Height: 51.57″ (1310 mm)
Seat Height: 31.49″ (800 mm)
Ground clearance: 7.28″ (185 mm)
Wheelbase: 58.66″ (1490 mm)
Dry weight: 513.67 lbs. (233 Kg)
Fuel capacity: 6.34 gallons (24 liters)
Reserve: 1.05 gallons (4 liters)
Available Colors: Red, Grey, or Black
Availability: Summer 2005
MSRP: $11,990 USD
Technical specifications and colors are subject to change without notice.