Thursday, October 12, 2006

2007 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport: Chug along now…

The brand-new Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport, with 94 horsepower and reactive shaft drive. All right, calm down now...

As reported earlier, Moto Guzzi had been working on launching an all-new 1200cc sportsbike, and here it is – the 1200 Sport, which is being shown at the Intermot show in Germany. ‘New’ is a term which must be used sparingly for any Moto Guzzi, and the 1200 Sport is no exception. The bike uses an extensively reworked version of Guzzi’s age-old 1151cc v-twin, which now pumps out 94 horsepower at 7,800rpm. At least the chassis is supposed to be all new, and the suspension and braking components are said to be top-spec.

There’s also a revised six-speed gearbox, with ratios chosen with ‘sporty riding’ as the primary concern. The 1200 Sport uses Guzzi’s traditional shaft-drive which has been refined over the years. There’s a single-side swingarm at the back, and a right-side-up (non-USD) 45mm front fork. There are twin, petal-style 320mm brake discs up front, and ABS is expected to be available as an optional extra.

Moto Guzzi also plan to offer a racing kit – racing exhaust, remapped ECU, modified cylinder heads – which will boost power. We don’t know if the bike will be street-legal after this kit has been fitted. And in any case, Moto Guzzi bikes aren’t really your typical highly-strung, high-zoot Italian sportsbikes – sport-touring is more like it. Just chug along…

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