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2004 Moto Guzzi Breva V1100

2004 Moto Guzzi Breva V1100Moto Guzzi Breva V1100

All that remains of the 90 V-Twin responsible for writing motorcycling history is its name, all the rest has been completely redesigned. The alternator is new, so is its position; the oil sump is new; the con rods are new and longer; the pistons are lighter, reducing crankcase inertia and consequent vibrations. From the rider's point of view, the output of the Breva V 1100 engine is linear and progressive, partly thanks to the electronic injection system with "stepper motor" which guarantees consistently regular tick over and easy starting in all conditions. It is also in line with the strict Euro 3 standards. The double spark plug ignition and new fuel injection system with Pico injectors on the intake manifolds, improve combustion while at the same time reducing emissions.

The most significant technological innovation is the "cardano reattivo" (reactive shaft drive), patented by Moto Guzzi with the name "CA.R.C." (compact reactive shaft drive). The shaft drive is incorporated in the aluminium alloy swingarm. The pinion and drive shaft oscillate inside the swingarm and the drive shaft has a double universal joint with built-in torsional dampers to optimise the responsiveness of the transmission.

The distinctive characteristic of this original and extremely compact system is elimination of the anti-shaft effect normally caused by shaft drives. In addition, in comparison with other systems, the Moto Guzzi patented "cardano reattivo" (reactive shaft drive) enables use of a monolithic swingarm. Finally, the reaction rod is safer as it is not load-bearing. For the rider, this means a consistently fluid ride without the "jerks" during acceleration and throttle release typical of shaft drives and with all the other advantages - cleanliness, low noise levels and very low maintenance requirement.

The watchword behind the Breva V 1100 design is "ridability". For its eclectic character, this bike must be quick of the mark and responsive in city traffic, manoeuvrable on winding roads and stable as a rock on straights. These objectives have been achieved through meticulous work on the mechanics, modifying the frame geometry and suspension. Weight distribution, fundamental to guarantee a natural ride, is ideal thanks to the positioning of the engine - higher and nearer the front than the traditional position. A feature which makes it "easy" to go into bends and enables even the tallest rider to take up an ergonomic position on the saddle.

The frame and swinging fork swingarm are ultra-rigid and the rider of the Breva V 1100 is immediately in complete harmony with the bike, whose behaviour is predictable and always precise in all conditions. The rear suspension is single arm with rising rate linkages and works together with a single shock absorber with hydraulic preload regulation for maximum riding comfort and to adapt the set-up to a passenger or luggage. The fork with 45 mm inners is extremely robust, while responsiveness and safety during stopping are guaranteed by a braking system with a double 320 mm floating disc operated by a calliper with four opposed pistons at the front and, at the back, a single 282 mm disc operated by a fixed calliper with two opposed pistons.

From the classical front headlight to the rear headlight cluster with LED lights, the lines of the bike recall the spirit of its origins, but interpreted in modern key with balanced distribution of masses and the impression of solidity and reliability typical of Moto Guzzi.

The fact that we are in the 21st century is also confirmed by the "communicator" panel with active matrix LCD display and designed to take optional "info-entertainment" packages. You can also dialogue with the onboard computer via handgrip controls without having to remove your hands from the handlebar. For those wanting to exploit the touring soul of the Breva V 1100 to the full, an exclusive configuration is available including side panniers co-ordinated with the design of the bike and a practical windshield which deflects aerodynamic turbulence away from the rider's torso, particularly appreciated during longer journeys or when maintaining a high cruising speed. For the most demanding, ABS will also be available as an option. Those who hope the road never ends will find the 24 litres tank capacity interesting.

  • Engine Type - 90 V-Twin, 4 stroke
  • Cooling system - Air cooled
  • Displacement - 1,064 cc
  • Bore and stroke - 92 x 80 mm
  • Compression ratio - 9.8 : 1
  • Timing system - 2 overhead valves moved by light alloy push-rods.
  • Exhaust valve maximum lift - 106 B.T.D.C. of overlap
  • Inlet valve maximum lift - 104 A.T.D.C. of overlap
  • Valve timing - With nominal working clearance; Intake open 10 B.T.D.C., Intake close 38 A.B.D.C., Exhaust open 40 B.B.D.C., Exhaust close 8 A.T.D.C.
  • Maximum power - 61.8 kW at 7,800 rpm
  • Maximum torque - 86.5 Nm at 6,000 rpm
  • Fuel system - Weber-Marelli electric injection with stepper motor
  • Starting system - Electric
  • Ingition - Electronic digital ignition. Twin spark
  • Exhaust system - Stainless steel exhaust system, 2 in 1, 3 ways catalyst with Lambda sensor, adjustable muffler (Euro 3)
  • Gears - 6 speed
  • Internal ratios - 1 17/38, 2 20/34, 3 23/31, 4 26/29, 5 31/30, 6 29/25
  • Lubrication - Splash lubrication
  • Primary drive - Helical teeth, ratio 26/35
  • Secondary drive - Cardano Reattivo; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 9/33
  • Clutch - Dry
  • Frame - Detachable tubular cradle
  • Wheelbase - 1,490 mm
  • Trail - 120 mm
  • Rake - 2530'
  • Front suspension - Fork with 43 mm, preload adjustable
  • Front wheel travel - 120 mm
  • Rear suspension - Single arm suspension with progressive linkage, rear shock adjustable in rebound and pre-load (hydraulic)
  • Rear wheel travel - 140 mm
  • Front brake - Double stainless steel floating disc, 320 mm, 4 piston calipers
  • Rear brake - Single steel disc, 282 mm, 2 piston caliper
  • Rims - Three spokes light alloy wheels, chill cast
  • Front rim - 3,50" x 17"
  • Rear rim - 5,50" x 17"
  • Front tyre - 120/70 17"
  • Rear tyre - 180/55 17"
  • Voltage - 12 V
  • Battery - 12 V - 12 Ah
  • Alternator - 12 V - 540 W
  • Length - 2,130 mm
  • Width - 810 mm
  • Height - 1,310 mm
  • Seat height - 800 mm
  • Ground clearance - 185 mm
  • Handlebar height - 1,071 mm
  • Front footrest height - 377 mm
  • Dry weight - 233 kg (with stand and windshield)
  • Fuel tank capacity - 24 litres
  • Reserve - 4 litres