Moto Guzzi Breva V1100 Reviews

2005 Moto Guzzi Breva V1100 from United Kingdom

Model year2005
Year of manufacture2005
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2012
Acceleration marks 8 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.4 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance15000 miles

Summary:

A really good touring bike, spoiled by a few minor details

Faults:

After a couple of months, had the recall for the CARC shaft drive due to dodgy bearings. Done by the dealer I bought the bike from, with no problems.

Throughout the life of the bike, the offside indicator fault light has come on for no reason, despite all connections and bulbs being checked/replaced.

Replaced the original Metzler tyres with Avons after 2.5K miles, as the Metzlers started following every line in the road. Avon rear averaging 5K, front 8K.

Changed the starter motor after a new battery did not help poor starting. Starter motors have a reputation for shedding magnets, but mine had the planetary gear shield contacting the rotor and shorting out the coils, 3 times now.

Original luggage looks stylish but when one support bracket end broke, I was told I would have to buy a whole fitting kit at £148. Made my own replacement. Also, the luggage leaks badly and one key broke off in the lock.

Water was getting into the fuel tank due to a blocked fuel cap drain. Removed the tank to fix the drain and replace the fuel filter. Now sorted, but not the most mechanically friendly system.

General Comments:

This is my eighth Moto Guzzi owned since 1980, and the acceleration, gear change, handling and comfort of the Breva is excellent, but I am hankering after the mechanical simplicity of the earlier models, where a glitch in the ECU would not leave you stranded. Too much reliance on electronics methinks.

Things worth having are the screen, heated bar grips, Stelvio hand protectors and rear wheel hugger to keep the crud off the rear suspension. There are several aftermarket legal (ish) exhausts that will give the bike the genuine Guzzi sound.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th May, 2012

2006 Moto Guzzi Breva V1100 from United States of America

Model year2006
Year of manufacture2006
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 8 / 10
Handling marks 9 / 10
Braking marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired6000 miles
Most recent distance14000 miles
Previous motorcycleBMW K1200RS

Summary:

A motorcycle with a heartbeat

Faults:

Lost a center stand bolt on the right side.

General Comments:

The Breva V1100 is a great combination of a commuter and sport touring bike.

Excellent handling, nimble yet substantial. All day riding is no problem.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2009

Average review marks: 8.1 / 10, based on 2 reviews