MOTO-GUZZI BREVA 1200 (2005-2011) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A very decent all rounder"

Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 motorcycle review - Riding

"A very decent all rounder"

  • At a glance
  • 1064cc  -  86 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  190 miles range
  • Insurance group: 13 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (800mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 3 out of 5

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.

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Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

Owners' Reviews

4 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI BREVA 1200 (2005-2011) 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 4.5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 3.8 out of 5
Engine 4.3 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Underated

08 November 2011 by dilly125

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. Read more

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great bike

03 August 2010 by highlandvl

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... Read more it handles very well. What more could you ask for. Only question is why isnt everyone else riding these??

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

Real world riding

30 September 2008 by neophyte

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... Read more 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.

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

Excellent

11 April 2008 by davidesan

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... Read more traffic lights. Enjoy

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

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2005
Year discontinued 2011
Original price £6,999
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 86 bhp
Max torque 63.7 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.4 secs
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 190 miles
Specification
Engine size 1064cc
Engine type 4v, V-twin, 6 gears
Frame type Steel tubular type
Fuel capacity 24 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 233kg
Front suspension Preload
Rear suspension Preload, rebound
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2005: Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 launched.

Other versions

None.

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