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

At a glance

Power: 121 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.3 in / 820 mm)
Weight: Medium (423 lbs / 192 kg)

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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

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

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

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

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.

Reliability & build quality

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

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.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.

Equipment

2 out of 5 (2/5)

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.

Specs

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

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 37 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
New price -
Used price -
Insurance group 17 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power 121 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 145 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

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

Other versions

None

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