As a track bike it’s hindered by its weight. 192kg would have been light in the late 80s but these days sports razors tip the scales around the 160-170kg and that’s a big difference. A short wheelbase and Ohlins suspension mean it’s still fast and capable but it won’t flick like the latest Japanese featherweights.
It looks like the antique that’s been gently wafting Guzzis about for decades but it’s got all new, high tech internals – and headbutts its way into the party with a meaty 121bhp. There’s plenty of torque too and even the gear change is reasonably slick. There’s engine’s out there with more go but you’d have to be a very talented rider to find the MGS-01 wanting for power.
So few have been sold and they’re track only bikes which get a hard life. Since Aprilia have taken over Moto Guzzi things just look better and better – but bear in mind Aprilia’s own UK dealer network is patchy and badly backed up so go for a Guzzi and expect mediocre support at best.
If you want to win races, there are cheaper bikes that will go faster. If you want a piece of automotive art or an investment the MGS-01 could be worth a thought. It’s not really a rational buy but if you love it’s looks you’ll find it hard to ignore. GSX-R1000s destroy it for performance, Ducati’s 999S and R are better value too. Find a Moto Guzzi MGS-01 for sale.
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For a road bike, luxuries are next to none. For a race bike it’s better equipped than most. Shaft drive is maintenance free and clean but not an ideal set up for setting fast lap times. The riding position’s not too extreme so longer sessions in the saddle shouldn’t be crippling.