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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The compact and nimble Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 is a totally different animal to the Moto Guzzi California 1100EV or Moto Guzzi V11, which are that bit harder to ride. The Breva 1100 has a lighter clutch, niftier chassis and smoother V-twin than Moto Guzzis of old. The Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 feels much shorter, carrying its weight that bit lower somehow. The Breva 1100 makes a very decent all rounder.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

What Moto Guzzi has done with the Breva 1100 is fit lighter pistons and conrods, shifted the alternator and revised its shaft drive assembly to make the engine/gearbox on the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 shorter. It's revvy by Moto Guzzi standards, but you get used to it and soon revel in the steady power delivery of the Breva 1100. A claimed 86bhp is just enough to have fun on any type of road. Uprated 1200cc version introduced in 2007.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 3.5

For a roadster the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 handles respectably, with well balanced suspension, so the rider can tour two-up, or commute on pot-holed streets, confidently. For a Moto Guzzi, the Breva 1100 handles miraculously, especially when you consider its 233kgs weight - the Breva 1100 feels much lighter and more agile than it ever should.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 is a Giacomo-of-all-trades with a good sized saddle, pillion grab handles, on-board computer, trip/fuel calculator, as well as hard pannier mountings already on the motorcycle. The three spoke wheels add a touch of class, too. For the money, the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 has plenty of details that set it slightly apart, which is no bad thing.

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100/1200 (2005-2011)

Detail Value
New price £6,999
Used price range View Moto Guzzi BREVA 1100 bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 1064 cc
Power 86 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 3.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 3 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

It's Italian, and even though it looks and feels like a Moto Guzzi from the 21st century, you have to have some concerns over the overall longevity of the Breva 1100. For £7000 you'd think that Moto Guzzi would offer more than a 12 month warranty on the Breva 1100 too.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

Moto Guzzis are the Guinness stout of motorbiking; an acquired taste that’s a bit on the heavy side. There's no denying the Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 feels like a massive step forwards for Moto Guzzi, but in a crowded market segment, the expensive price, plus the potentially limited resale options it carries make ownership of a Breva 1100 a bit of a gamble. Find a Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

2005: Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Max power 86 bhp
Max torque 63.7 ft-lb
Weight 233 kg
Seat height 800 mm
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1064 cc
Engine specification 4v, V-twin, 6 gears
Frame Steel tubular type
Front suspension adjustment Preload
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Underated

    dilly125

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Love it, very comfy, great two up, stands out from the crowd, its one of those bikes that looks better in the flesh,there is so much attention to detail,its also a bike that is very easy to maintain and service yourself. Go test one A.S.A.P.

    08 November 2011

  • Great bike

    highlandvl

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Bought a 08 with 5K on the clock I've had it two months and its now at 8K. Very very comfortable (Unlike the CBF1000), fast enough for me, 200 mile plus from a tank when I'm not being silly, build quality as good as any beemer (alot cheaper too) and it handles very well. What more could you ask for. Only question is why isnt everyone else riding these??

    03 August 2010

  • Real world riding

    neophyte

    Average rating rating is 3.5

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    What an excellent bike. Underpowered for some tastes but 85hp allows you to hold your own on the M25 and A1. Actually, more than hold your own, as nothing passed me on a run from Brighton to Lincoln. It has a road presence that isn't bullied and the addition of the screen allows er... swift progress. I was initially nervous about filtering with the panniers, not having a good grasp of how wide I was, but bit the bullet and went for it on the A1 at Blyth (horrendous roadwork jam). That was very enjoyable, having fun at 15 mph. White van mirrors seem the same height as my mirrors, which makes for some hairy moments. I've got the screen on the highest setting but a bit of a play may be needed, opinions differ on its effectiveness. Stock rear suspension seems way to soft, so have dialled in the settings for load and passenger, which seems fine to me. I may be in danger of developing an emotional attachment.

    30 September 2008

  • Excellent

    davidesan

    Average rating rating is 4

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    An excellent bike, looks superb and rides gracefully: cons ? Being only 86bhp in this sport obsessed market might be not sufficient for some..while it might became a bargain for others. Touring Capability, fast in the city and head turner at all traffic lights. Enjoy

    11 April 2008

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cimbian

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Taste most certainly acquired!

I've had my '06 Breva 1100 since August '13 and love it.

Initial startus-interuptus issue resolved easily and it has never let me down (yet).

There is no denying the style and it gets a good deal of attention when parked-up.

Niggles:

  • Side-stand is a stretch... make sure clutch is in to avoid catching your kevlars on the gear lever and looking a pillock (yes, I did...).
  • Clocks mist-up if they are allowed to get wet when lovingly washing her down.
  • Foot-pegs are high (and I have short legs).
  • Fuel gauge rarely reads full... reset the trip meter when filling and keep an eye on it.
  • I'm on the heavy side and throttle is often used in a 'spirited' manner. Fuel consumption is around 37MPG (imp).
  • My bike keeps-up with (most of) my mates, though a ZZR1400 makes me look a tad 'slow'.
  • The bike is very keen to turn and benefits from reasonable pressure on the bars but she will not let you down in corners and chicken strips are very thin! :)
  • Rev-limiter can be a shock when it kicks-in during an overtake but no dramas really.
  • Steering lock is minimal for parking and pushing, but that's not what it is designed for.
  • Guzzi panniers leak but there is an aftermarket seal kit that fixes the problem.
  • Not a lot of bar-space for fixing farkles.
  • Dipped-beam is good, high-beam is useless.
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Overall, I love my Italian mistress. :)

 

 

 

 

 





 



 



 



 

 

 

 

 

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