MOTO-GUZZI MGS-01 (2004-2006) Review

Published: 23 November 2006

"A high-tech 21st century chassis with an intelligently updated version of the V-twin engine"

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"A high-tech 21st century chassis with an intelligently updated version of the V-twin engine"

  • At a glance
  • 1225cc  -  121 bhp
  • 37 mpg  -  145 miles range
  • Insurance group: 17 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (820mm)

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Guzzi go modern. While most of their bikes trade on heritage, style and charisma the MGS-01 has a high-tech 21st century chassis with an intelligently updated version of the V-twin engine that’s at the heart of the brand. It’s only available as a race bike but we’re hopeful of a road version soon.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 3 out of 5

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.

Insurance, running costs & value 2 out of 5

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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Equipment 2 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2004
Year discontinued 2006
Original price £18,499
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 121 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Tank range 145 miles
Specification
Engine size 1225cc
Engine type V-Twin
Frame type Tubular steel spine
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Seat height 820mm
Bike weight 192kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression, ride height
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, high/low speed compression
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

2004: Model unveiled and aavailable in strictly limited numbers only.

Other versions

None

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