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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie is an ideal buy for newer or returning riders and a doddle to ride. Everything is smooth, competent and especially helpful for nervous hands. The more experienced may find it a bit dull but it makes a superb commuter, whatever your level of skill.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie's transverse, air-cooled V-twin lacks any massive punch but has plenty of grunt for town riding. No nasty surges or surprises, it’s fairly tame, with seamless, fuel-injected delivery from a smooth throttle. It’s less suited to furious twisties but can cruise fairly happily at around 80mph. Nice, gentle burble, too.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Soft and easy, like the rest of the Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie. The suspension’s pretty relaxed: perfect for commuting and the like, not so great for harder stuff. The bike’s light, with a low centre of gravity, pretty flickable and with a good steering lock for tighter, slow turns. Gearing’s good above second but temperamental between neutral and first.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie’s stylish and its angular tank is especially eye-catching. The seat’s low and comfy and there’s decent pillion room, plus grabrail. A small screen comes as standard, the dash houses large, analogue dials and the mirrors are excellent. Wide bars, a light clutch and good brakes all help. The aftermarket “Lady Seat” comes in at 30mm lower (but who the hell called it that?!).

Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie (2003-2011)

Detail Value
New price £5,199
Engine size 744 cc
Power 48 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 10 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 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Brembo brakes and Marzocchi forks are excellent components and, overall, build quality and finish is extremely good on the Breva 750. Moto Guzzi’s are either unreliable or go on forever, depending on who you ask, but the Breva’s certainly doing well so far. The shaft drive is likely to help cut down on bills/breakdowns.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie’s not cheap but comes with a certain exclusivity which some owners are more than happy to pay for.  A centrestand would be nice though, all things considered. In the market, it’s the same price as a Honda CB600F Hornet and lots more than Suzuki’s SV650 or the Yamaha FZ6, all of which are far more powerful and, overall, versatile. Find a Moto Guzzi Breva 750 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2003: Moto Guzzi Breva 750ie launched. No changes since.

Other Versions

Moto Breva 750ie touring: Comes with a taller screen, a full luggage system and a centrestand.

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.5 secs
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 40.3 ft-lb
Weight 182 kg
Seat height 725 mm
Fuel capacity 18 litres
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 148 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 744 cc
Engine specification 4v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes 320mm disc
Rear brake 260mm disc
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(4 reviews)

  • Confidence Booster

    Sparky_IoM

    Average rating rating is 3

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    I bought my first Breva just over 4 years ago now and only had it a few weeks before my wife decided it was the bike for her. Anyway, after a bit of discussion she won and I went out and bought another. I'd returned to biking after an absence of 10 years so it is a really good bike to get your confidence back on. You can treat it how you want and try as you might it won't get you in to bother. The bike is a doddle to keep clean due to the lack of a chain and the clean design. After 4 years I'm now looking at something with a bit more kick as I find that on the fast A roads you sometime run out of poke when overtaking. Problems I've had on the 2 bikes; 1) Leeking rear diff, took 2 attempts to fix and 8 weeks waiting for the parts; 2) Intermittent electrical fault which ocassionally flattens my battery. 3) I go through more rear brake light bulbs than anything else, I've replaced 9 in 4 years. One big benefit, my wife got knocked off her bike by a car pulling out from a T junction and the V of the engine saved her leg from being crushed. If it had a 6th gear,about 10 more BHP and a wider tyre profile (to stop it dithering on minor indents in the road) it would meet all my current needs, but the problem I now have is that not all dealers will look at it or make me an offer. It's a hard act to follow, but I guess it is time for a change.

    11 May 2008

  • A bike for all seasons

    d15nel

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Returning to biking as part of my mid-life crisis I found the Breva to fulfill all my needs. I wanted a bike with character and large enough for longer trips but not so big that I couldn't move it around in a car park. The bike copes with daily commuting longer trips of up to 500 miles in a day and carries my teenage son as a pillion without trouble. I find the riding position extremely comfortable, the low down torque relaxing and the handling more than adequate for my trips. I tend to avoid motorways where possible and the bike eats up A and B roads with ease proving perfect for making good progress when traffic builds up. Motorway cruising is possible and comfortable up to about 85mph leaving a little in reserve and the flyscreen is good to tuck behind if the weather gets a bit wet. Shaft drive and a high quality of finish make the bike easy to live with day to day and 50-60 mpg gives a decent tank range of 150-180 miles. I look at the 1200 sport from time to time but to be honest it would be too big for me and the additional running costs would be hard to justify. Overall a great package and still a bike that I look forward to riding every day.

    13 January 2008

  • Good looking fun for every day

    radan2

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Having ridden smaller bikes for years, I moved up to the Breva, looking for something that I could stand to ride on longer journeys. It is precisely what I wanted: comfortable, nice looking, good performance. It is not as fast as some larger bikes, but performs as well as other bikes its size. It isn't too large to manhandle. The handling is safe and predictable. The one fault I had with it (leaking rear differential--bad casting) was repaired by the dealer, but it took a good while to get the parts from Guzzi in Italy. My dealer was very helpful, and the guaranteed ride program meant I had a loaner the entire time. I ride this bike to work, take longer trips on weekends, and have gone more than 500 miles in a day on it without serious discomfort; I am in my 60s, so stiffness is a problem in every vehicle. There are many nice touches, such as the clock and thermometer in the speedo and the very large reserve fuel tank. As an older rider, I am less interested in blinding speed than in reliable and predictable handling, which the Breva 750 does extremely well. It will easily cruise at 85 all day, with only a slight buzz in the handlebars. The mufflers/catalytic converters make it very quiet, so I can leave in the morning without waking my neighbor's baby. It is well designed for average-sized people, and the looks are eye-catching.

    27 October 2007

  • not so big Breva

    Sean Gibson

    Romsey , UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    The Breva is my second big bike. The first being a 600 faired Bandit. Compared to the Bandit it's a doddle to move about either on or off the bike. I've had it for just under a year and have been commuting on it for the last 3 months. It starts first time every day and the v-twin makes a nice rumble, plenty of low down go for town riding and have pushed it on the motorway without any trouble. The small fly screen does a fairly goood job but prolonged high speed riding does get a bit tirirng (as with all nakeds). It looks mean and moody especialy in black and gets quite a few second looks and plenty of positive comments. The finish and spec is excellent and servicing is reasonable. I know the price puts it in Fazer, Hornet and Bandit territory but next time you're out, count how many of those bikes you see and compare it to the amount of Guzzis you come across. Just over 5k for a twin shock, twin pipe, v-twin with genuine Italian heritage is pretty good in my opinion. Don't forget it's also a shaftie, so no messsing about with chains either. Downsides? Now I'm getting a bit more confident the low power output(48bhp) has got me looking at bigger things (just don't tell the wife!!)and a centre stand would be nice as standard. Overall I'm very pleased with it and have got my eye on its big brother when trade in time comes.

    06 March 2007

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after 15 years off bikes,and one divorce later a good bike to get back into riding,i had mine for a year too ,easy to ride,fairly cheap to run ,the only downside was trade in value,some dealers didnt want to touch it,eventually traded it for a new bandit 1250 ,i only wish i had more room because i let it go for a lot less than what it was really worth,good luck.....

23 August 2007 19:15

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