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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

After just two years in production the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport gets a new engine. So it’s out with the old two-valver and in with a new 105bhp four-valve head motor, taken from the Stelvio adventure bike and the Griso 8v cruiser (yes, Guzzi call the Griso an ‘8v’ and all the other bikes in their range with the same engine ‘4v’. Don’t you just love the Italians?). As well as the new engine, the 1200 Sport 4V comes with a new exhaust system and handlebars swept back more towards the rider. The Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport is comfy, blessed with a raw and typically soulful Italian soundtrack and is beautifully-built. What it lacks in performance, it makes up in character.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Mounted longways in the chassis, in typical Moto Guzzi tradition, the big air-cooled, fuel-injected 1151cc V-twin motor sounds and goes a lot like an original Ducati 916, which is a pretty good place to start. Both engine and gearbox are very smooth, but it doesn’t have the grunt of the older 95bhp two-valve motor, which used to be in this bike. It does have more top-end power if you’re prepared to rev it, though. For a machine like this, which despite its ‘Sport’ tag prefers to cruise rather than scratch, we think Guzzi should have left the old engine in. That aside, it’s still a superb powerplant with excellent fuelling from its fuel-injection system.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Despite being a big and heavy old bird (weighing 240kg dry!), the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport still steers nice and easily around town and on the open road (thanks to its high quality adjustable suspension) and offers excellent stability in all conditions. Ride it ‘smooth and steady’ and the Moto Guzzi behaves itself, but grab it any harder by the scruff of the neck and it starts to get upset, and the up-and-down motion of the shaft drive system and the side-to-side torque reaction of the motor becomes intrusive. The new swept back handlebars make the riding position more natural than before, but there’s still quite an uncomfortable reach to grab them. A wide, padded seat, smooth, unobtrusive engine and decent legroom serve to make the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v a pretty decent mile-muncher, especially if you fit their optional pannier/top box kit.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

You get a fair amount of equipment as standard, including a mulit-function LCD display, fully adjustable suspension, Brembo brake calipers and excellent Metzeler Sportec M3 tyres, but this is a simple roadster, so it’s never going to have the kitchen sink thrown at it. Compare and buy products for the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v in the MCN Shop.

Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v (2008-current)

Detail Value
New price £10,432
Used price range View Moto Guzzi 1200 SPORT bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1151 cc
Power 105 bhp
Top speed 135 mph
Insurance group 15 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 3
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 3
Value rating is 4 rating is 3.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3

Since Piaggio took over at Moto Guzzi, build-quality has vastly improved. Engine and gearboxes are smoother, electrics are reliable and the general standard of build is right up there with the best.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

For just over eight-grand the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport 4v is superb value for money. Moto Guzzi is like the Maserati of the bike world (with Ferrari being the Ducati), built with the same quality and attention to detail. Built in low volume, you get Italian chic, style and exclusivity, a soundtrack to make your ears melt and something genuinely different. This machine will get more looks at a set of traffic lights than a Ducati Desmosedici RR. Find a Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 15 of 17

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Model History

2006 – Two-valve 1200 Sport arrives in the UK
2008 –1200 Sport 4V launched

Other Versions

None

Specifications

Top speed 135 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 105 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Weight 240 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 15 of 17
Engine size 1151 cc
Engine specification 4-valve, V-twin
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Fully-adjustable
Front brakes 2 x 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 110/90-R19
Rear tyre size 180/55 17 in

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 3(4 reviews)

  • Great all round bike

    Johnny1200

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I've had a lot of twins, Ducati, Bmw and this is a great engine. I got this over the a Norge as same mechanics but looks much better without the plastic. Plenty of power, good noise, the whole bike is high quality and rare enough to turn heads. Much more fun and way more style than a GS and handling is now more than capable. This bike takes universal Guzzi hard luggage and can tour well with long range, it is the most comfortable machine I've owned. My first Guzzi and I like it a lot. No problems with dealer support, Twiggers in Melton Mowbray have been superb. Try one of these, you won't regret it.

    14 December 2013

  • Still no parts!

    minivin

    Average rating rating is 1

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    One month from my last post, and three months in the dealership and my motorcycle has STILL NOT BEEN REPAIRED. Piaggio are a joke, I have contacted them by phone and they will not respond. DO NOT BUY MOTO GUZZI PRODUCTS AT THIS MOMENT IN TIME!

    18 August 2011

  • 4V Engines go BANG!

    minivin

    Average rating rating is 3

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    Sadly, like many other people in the UK at present, I have a bike in the dealership with a blown-up engine, and no parts from Piaggio to repair it. The 1200 4 valve per head engines were fitted with "chocolate" cam followers that disintegrate and then spread hardened steel particulates around the engine and destroys the internals. My bike was 12 months old and 12,000 miles on the clock when it had to have the engine apart NINE WEEKS ago, but I have heard of other people who have had their engines rebuild more than once. Piaggio can not supply the parts now, as the manufacturer has gone bust from what I hear through the grape vine, so I am now left with a bike, in the dealership in bits, and a summer and warrantee quickly running out. Very disappointed, do not touch these bikes till Piaggio admit they have a problem and fix it!.

    17 July 2011

  • 1200 Sport

    Gasser200

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I was looking for something different to replace my ageing Aprilia Falco and the Guzzi ticked all the boxes. It has a brilliant level of finish and great quality components along with an all day comfortable riding position. Engine has loads of character and above 5500rpm the multi valve heads kick in and she really does clear off in a mannner that surprises many other riders. She steers nicely but when really pushed in the twisties she does wallow a bit. But overall I love it. Looks fab, attracts much positive attention and when you want, attach the guzzi hard panniers and you have an Italien BMW touring rival. After 9 years with the Falco it was going to take a special bike and it has more than succeeded. Try one (not for 10mins), you will be pleasantly surprised.

    13 February 2011

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Bruno1200

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Fuel capacity

18 litres? Unless Guzzi have fitted a smaller tank,the capacity should be the same as my 2V,23 litres.

11 January 2011 10:56

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