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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

You can surprise a few four cylinder sportbike owners on the 1100 Sport, but you have to really work hard at the job, and the bottom line is that the 1100 Sport is too heavy, too old fashioned for seriously fast motorcycling. Trackdays often end in tears.



MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The later fuel injected models are the best of the 1100 Sport range, but the gearbox feels pretty sloppy and full of neutrals compared to the V11 which superceded the 1100 Sport. There's enough poke to get you the wrong side of 135mph and on something like a Guzzi, that feels bloody fast.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

It steers slowly, as you'd expect really, but the suspension is good enough for some determined cornering, so long as you set the bike up well before the corner. The firm suspension and plank-like saddle don't make it a long distance sports-tourer however.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The 1100 Sport has some decent kit on it; WP suspension, Brembo brakes, 4 pot calipers and an almost beautiful stainless steel exhaust system. The seating isn't that brilliant and details like the indicators and mirrors look like penny-pinching. 

Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport (1995-2000)

Detail Value
Used price range View Moto Guzzi 1100 SPORT bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1064 cc
Power 90 bhp
Top speed 140 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The bike looks stunning, especially in red, even today. It's a distinctive, old school motorbike and apart from teething troubles with the fuel injected models, plus some gearbox glitches, the 1100 Sport generally makes a good used buy. 


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

Owners tend to spend £1000s on maintenance, so you can get loads of Guzzi class for as little as £2500, but look carefully at any 1100 Sport which has been `race kitted,' or heavily modified. Like most big V-twins, there's a certain level of power the unit can produce before all kinds of reliability issues are raised. Find a Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale.


Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1995: 1100 Sport launched.
1996: 1100 Sport Injection, appears, also has a range of chassis tweaks.
2000: 1100 Sport discontinued.

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Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Weight 221 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1064 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Twin 320mm discs
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Gloria


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    This year I bought my 1100 sport with 14,000k on clock. As I write 28.12.11 in 12 months Gloria and I have ridden 20,000k together. Bought specifically to take me to Mugello, I also used it for Jerez Moto GP as a test run. We road home to UK in one 23 hour day, 1,477 miles! Whilst it never missed a beat, on its run to Mugello, it burnt out two batteries, melted back disc! and lights failed at midnight near track. Road home to UK in one go, 1,050 miles. It is absolutley brilliant to ride and at 100 mph / 160kph really comfy. Electrics have been its down side. Regulator packing up in Metz,the second time it has reached a garage on a low loader. Whilst my 1200 Bandit has travel 84,000 miles without one problem, the Guzzi put by far the biggest smile on your face. Biggest problem, my wife will not do more than 40 miles on pillion seat. As for vibrations, love them, you know she is alive, you can feel it, become involved with her. To me its is a classic shape, like a E type Jaguar, timeless.

    26 December 2011


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