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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Daytona was always the pure, no messin' about, Dr John race replica in the range, whether in 1000cc form, or the with the later 1100 motor. Fuelling problems spoil the performance a little bit, but there's a brutal elegance about the Daytona and true collector value.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

There's a claimed 102bhp from the Moto Guzzi 1100 Daytona motor, plus it runs cambelts, rather than old fashioned pushrods, and fuel injection. The 1997-98 UK Daytona models could have an optional 107bhp at the rear wheel, thanks to a Raceco conversion kit, chip, new exhaust etc.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi Daytona steers slower than a Transit van compared to an R1, but you can hustle the Daytona if you use loadsa countersteering and a grim determination to make the heavy old carthorse have it. Generally


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 3

The Moto Guzzi Daytona has much the same kit on it as the 1100 Sport; WP suspension, Brembo brakes, 4 pot calipers and a stainless steel exhaust system. In a way, the earlier 1000 RS is somehow more exotic

Moto Guzzi Daytona RS (1992-1999 )

Detail Value
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Engine size 1064 cc
Power 102 bhp
Top speed 145 mph
Insurance group 13 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 3 rating is 3
Quality & Reliability rating is 2 rating is 4
Value rating is 3 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The more you push big, air cooled, V-twins in terms of capacity, piston speed and compression, the closer you get to meltdown basically. That's basic physics and by tuning the motor, and using indifferent quality control, Guzzi effectively made life interesting for Daytona owners.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

The Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is a rare thing, and likely to remain so, which makes resale values good. You could buy one, run it for three years and probably get your money back. Not a bad deal really, but riding it frequently could cost you big money in repairs/servicing.


Insurance group: 13 of 17

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Model History

1992: Moto Guzzi Daytona RS1000 launched.
1994: Revised version of Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000; new bodywork, carbs, seat.
1995: Moto Guzzi Daytona RS1000 two seater version debuts.
1996: Limited edition Moto Guzzi RS1000ie Racing available, single seat, 100bhp motor.
1996: Moto Guzzi Daytona RS1100 appears, with bigger motor, plus a range of chassis tweaks.
1999: Moto Guzzi Daytona discontinued.

Other Versions

Moto Guzzi RS1000
Moto Guzzi RS1000 ie Racing
Moto Guzzi RS1100


Top speed 145 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Max power 102 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Weight 223 kg
Seat height 810 mm
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Tank range 155 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 13 of 17
Engine size 1064 cc
Engine specification 8v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, rebound, compression
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 282mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(2 reviews)

  • Last of the big aircooled twins


    Average rating rating is 4

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    Had one for 8 years from new - use it for blasts - it’s not a tourer! The handling is great when you get rid of the Pirelli tyres and fit something better like Bridgestone - it pretty much over steers into corners and can easily be flicked through bends. Engine - flat spot at 4500-5000 - Raceco can get rid of that. Value - I paid 5800 new with a Paddock stand so still worth that I would guess. Equipment - only basic but so what? Fit racing pipes for more nosie! Quality - looks like new after 8 years Reliability - change the Siemans relays for Bosch - that’s been the only failure. Brakes - over the hadlebars! For a true air cooled V-Twin nothing beats it on performance especially if bored out to 1225 cc. Still makes the grin appear after all those years!

    22 January 2008

  • Dr John Daytona 1000


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Ride and Handling
    Quality and Reliabilty

    My Moto Guzzi Daytona Dr John!! This Daytona is No3 of 20 specials released in 1994. These bikes came as standard with......lightened& Balanced crankshaft, Carillo con-rods, Mondialforged pistons, special clutch, foam filters......etc etc...finished off with a full Termi, exhaust system and BLACK paint job with the Great mans signature in Gold .. This bike is living , breathing THUNDER ....Nothing else comes close in the Grin,sound and Soul department..words can't describe !!

    05 April 2007


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