MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995 - 2000) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
Power: 90 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.9 in / 810 mm)
Weight: Medium (487 lbs / 221 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
3 out of 5 (3/5)

You can surprise a few four cylinder sportbike owners on the 1100 Sport, but you have to really work hard at the job, and the bottom line is that the 1100 Sport is too heavy, too old fashioned for seriously fast motorcycling. Trackdays often end in tears.


Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
3 out of 5 (3/5)

It steers slowly, as you'd expect really, but the suspension is good enough for some determined cornering, so long as you set the bike up well before the corner. The firm suspension and plank-like saddle don't make it a long distance sports-tourer however.


Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The later fuel injected models are the best of the 1100 Sport range, but the gearbox feels pretty sloppy and full of neutrals compared to the V11 which superceded the 1100 Sport. There's enough poke to get you the wrong side of 135mph and on something like a Guzzi, that feels bloody fast.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
3 out of 5 (3/5)

The bike looks stunning, especially in red, even today. It's a distinctive, old school motorbike and apart from teething troubles with the fuel injected models, plus some gearbox glitches, the 1100 Sport generally makes a good used buy. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Owners tend to spend £1000s on maintenance, so you can get loads of Guzzi class for as little as £2500, but look carefully at any 1100 Sport which has been `race kitted,' or heavily modified. Like most big V-twins, there's a certain level of power the unit can produce before all kinds of reliability issues are raised. Find a Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale.


4 out of 5 (4/5)

The 1100 Sport has some decent kit on it; WP suspension, Brembo brakes, 4 pot calipers and an almost beautiful stainless steel exhaust system. The seating isn't that brilliant and details like the indicators and mirrors look like penny-pinching. 


Engine size 1064cc
Engine type 8v, V-twin, 5 gears
Frame type Steel spine
Fuel capacity 19 litres
Seat height 810mm
Bike weight 221kg
Front suspension Preload, rebound
Rear suspension Preload, rebound, compression
Front brake Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake Twin 320mm discs
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17 in
Rear tyre size 160/70 x 17 in

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 44 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £260
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Used price -
Insurance group 13 of 17
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Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 71 ft-lb
Top speed 140 mph
1/4 mile acceleration 12.3 secs
Tank range 155 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

1995: 1100 Sport launched.
1996: 1100 Sport Injection, appears, also has a range of chassis tweaks.
2000: 1100 Sport discontinued.

Other versions


Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995 - 2000)

6 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995 - 2000) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI 1100 SPORT (1995 - 2000)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.7 out of 5 (4.7/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Equipment: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Annual servicing cost: £260
5 out of 5 The last true Sports Bike from Guzzi
13 August 2021 by Honorary Swede

Version: Corsa

Year: 1998

Annual servicing cost: £250

A contemporary of the Ducati 900SS (Pantah) and it shares same failings as they were products of effectively bankrupt companies of parts bin engineering and some very cheap components and dubious paint work. But despite this they are both glorious bikes which are easy to maintain, robust mechanics and ooze character that makes them worth spending money on today despite being over two decades old. To ride the 1100 sport you will find many flaws weight and size means that on a tight B road it can feel like you are trying to steer a narrow boat and the need for Guzzi to squeeze a marketable 150 mph out of the bikes whilst using an exiting gear set means it is stuck with a high top gear which makes stop start hard work and your clutch hand strong. The gear change is not anywhere near as agricultural (better than BMW’s of the same era) as people will have you believe; it is genuinely positive but slow by modern standards. Up changes are clutch-less and easily done smoothly, down changes need to be done with plenty of time, not because of the gearbox, but heavy flywheel (not by Guzzi standards) and primitive fuel injection means you need time to pick the revs up. My technique is to drop two gears to third and then drop to second as you enter the roundabout or turn. If you have money to spend, then there as some good improvements, if you have a Corsa (the last variant) then you get the stronger conrods but more importantly you have the lighter and more efficient Termignoni exhaust which sounds fantastic whilst still being quiet enough to not offend the MOT man. Replica systems are available from the Guzzi specialists or you can have one fabricated. I would recommend an ECU upgrade to improve throttle response (I use the MY-ECU) which offers a closed circuit option, ability to Bluetooth android devices and an auto tune function to adapt it to your style, fuel etc. If you go this route don’t fall into the trap of junking the airbox, instead fit a K&N filter and take advantage of the ram air effect that used to confuse the old open loop fuel injection. If you have more money, then I would recommend dual plugging, as the high compression pistons are domed and so the engine needs to run a large torque robbing ignition advance. Dual Plugging reduces this by 20% and gives a good boost to the mid-range. If you are doing this I would also recommend when the heads are off that you get the heads modified as the squish area is suboptimal and causes a lower mid-range flat spot. I went all in, included a tweaked cam, balanced crankshaft, ported valves as well. The end result was the bike on dyno now just edges the 110hp they claimed for the Corsa with the termignoni exhaust, but biggest improvement is in fueling and broad and strong mid-range torque curve that will hurl you between the bends without need to trouble the gearbox (3rd for B Roads, 4th for twisty A Roads and 5th for sweeping A roads prison sentence speeds). This brings me back to why I give it 5 stars, I have more modern, more powerful and better bikes, but none feel so special or are as rewarding to ride well as the Guzzi.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Springing is firm but not harsh and brake set up with the Brembo 4 pots was much better set up despite being principally the same components as that used on the Ducati 900SS and Monster of the same era (I think Guzzi used a bigger master cylinder). Long wheelbase also helps stability under braking.

Engine 5 out of 5

It looks beautiful and goes well enough in original form and can be made monumentally good.

Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5

Reliable, but quality is iffy in places although many owners will have spent the money to put right the things the factory was too bankrupt to do properly.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I do it myself, the bike is easy to work on, although some jobs are a fiddle to do and some odd sized spanners needed.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Quality of original components like indicators and mirrors are iffy and worth an upgrade, I would say don't go soft on the tyres it is a big heavy bike, that runs surprisingly low tyre pressures so it works its tyres hard, so sport touring rubber is the way to go.Original size rear tyre is no longer available from many manufacturers, although I took Pirelli advice (from their German site, not the Uk site) and went to lower profile rear (160/60 ZR 17) to access the Angel GT II rubber,

Buying experience: I paid £5000 in 2013 for a tidy one that had just 7.5k miles.

5 out of 5 24 years on and still gorgeous
12 February 2021 by Gilo

Year: 1998

Annual servicing cost: £70

Best looking bike ever made, but also great old school fun. Feels like riding a spitfire, shakes and roars.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5

Honestly, a wee bit outdated performance even when new. But what a looker!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

A 1998 bike being reviewed in 2021, and it looks one year old. Quality parts on it and good finish.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Easy diy service and free online manuals.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Side stand with engine cut off essential

Buying experience: Private

4 out of 5 Deceptive old school
22 September 2019 by Wilburforce

Version: Carburettored

Year: 1996

Not a bike for around town. Open roads & a well setup 1100 sport will surprise.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

My well tuned 1100 will eat a 4 valve ( & I have 1) in power delivery because of its extra torque at lower rpm.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5
07 December 2017 by Guzzifan

Version: Fuel injection

Year: 1997

Annual servicing cost: £500

Really fun to ride and to be seen riding. The riding position is a bit more aggressive than what I generally like but it is a sports bike so that is all part of it.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Sticks to the road like glue. Good tires and a good setup and she is a fun ride when the road turns into twists.

Engine 5 out of 5

Geared a bit higher than I would like. Ride around town in first gear most times. The engine has a lot of low end grunt but a lower first gear would be nice

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Nothing so far.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Tires oil changes and driveline grease jobs.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Likely the best looking sport bike ever made. Don't be surprised how many people want to ask you about this bike.

4 out of 5 Odd Bird This Goose
10 December 2015 by 1203cc

Version: Fuel Injectes

Year: 1997

Annual servicing cost: £200

This bike is long and low. Whenever I ride the thing I keep on thinking in my head "torpedo boat". The bike is geared very tall, so for riding around town you are in first and second gear and that is it. You might as well be on a scooter. At 100MPH on the open road she is right in her sweet spot but of course in most places on this planet that will get you into trouble with law enforcement, so learn to live with the frustration of never really being able to enjoy this bike as she was designed to be ridden. You probably won't see another at the local coffee shop so be prepared to spend countless hours of your life explaining to people what it is, who makes it, where it is from, why you won't sell it. Middle aged Italian men will hurl themselves at you as they jump up from their seat at the cafe and run out to grab your arm and tell you about the time they rode on a Moto Guzzi back home, blah, blah, blah. People who really appreciate motorcycles, really true enthusiasts, will give you a pat on the shoulder and tell you that they always admired the 1100 Sport but never got around to getting one. Sitting on a milk crate to adjust the valves is one of the most humane and pleasurable motorcycle maintenance tasks I have ever encountered. I do it once a year. I have never had to actually adjust the valves. Takes me 20 minutes total with a break for a cigarette fit in. My transmission shifts quite well actually. Never really encountered the false neutral thing everybody talks about. You do have to give the shifter a strong boot though. Same sort of thing as you would a Harley. Worst shaft drive is a bit of pain to lube. For me its a 10-15 minute thing. Some of the paint has flaked off the engine block. The stock fuel injection is mapping is trash, you need to have your ECU flashed by someone that knows what they are doing. Most Ducati shops can do this for you.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Ride quality is bloody subjective.

Engine 4 out of 5

Never had my Guzzi on the on the dyno so really don't know how many horsepower it is putting out. By the seat of my pants I would say 70HP rear wheel. Maybe 75. Good power from 3K RPM on up. If you ride it up around 7K RPM the intake honk is really quite impressive and the sound coming out of the back end is glorious. Very much akin to a NASCAR V8 is the best way to describe it.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

A lot of the bits and pieces on the bike are automotive bits sourced from BMW and Fiat and oversized and overbuilt compared to other motorcycle parts. If you know your way around the bike you can source cables and hoses and fittings from your local BMW shop. Which is cheaper than going to Guzzi.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Oil, tires, brake pads and a battery every two or three years.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The 1100 Sport is a very hard bike to like on paper but very easy to love in real like. The bike is a real anachronism. You either get it or you don't. It is probably one of the most sophisticated yet unsophisticated bikes of the 1990's. A real odd bird. I will probably never sell mine.

5 out of 5 Gloria
26 December 2011 by Evans1812

This year I bought my 1100 sport with 14,000k on clock. As I write 28.12.11 in 12 months Gloria and I have ridden 20,000k together. Bought specifically to take me to Mugello, I also used it for Jerez Moto GP as a test run. We road home to UK in one 23 hour day, 1,477 miles! Whilst it never missed a beat, on its run to Mugello, it burnt out two batteries, melted back disc! and lights failed at midnight near track. Road home to UK in one go, 1,050 miles. It is absolutley brilliant to ride and at 100 mph / 160kph really comfy. Electrics have been its down side. Regulator packing up in Metz,the second time it has reached a garage on a low loader. Whilst my 1200 Bandit has travel 84,000 miles without one problem, the Guzzi put by far the biggest smile on your face. Biggest problem, my wife will not do more than 40 miles on pillion seat. As for vibrations, love them, you know she is alive, you can feel it, become involved with her. To me its is a classic shape, like a E type Jaguar, timeless.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 3 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
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