MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995-2000) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"Too heavy, too old fashioned for seriously fast motorcycling"

Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport motorcycle review - Riding

"Too heavy, too old fashioned for seriously fast motorcycling"

  • At a glance
  • 1064cc  -  90 bhp
  • 44 mpg  -  155 miles range
  • Medium seat height (810mm)

Overall Rating 3 out of 5

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.

 

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 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the best of the 1100 Sport range, but the gearbox feels pretty sloppy and full of neutrals compared to the V11 which superceded the 1100 Sport.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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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. 

Value & Running Costs 4 out of 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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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. 

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995-2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Gloria

26 December 2011 by Evans1812

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... Read more 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.

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
Read all 1 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 1995
Year discontinued 2000
Original price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 13 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Specification
Engine size 1064cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel spine
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 221kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Twin 320mm discs
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17 in

History & Versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None.

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