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2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport

2008 Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport

Just one look tells you that the new Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport will become an icon for riders seeking an elegant sports machine. The colour of the screen and the pod-like saddle make it look like a competition racer. The stylish front discs, aggressive exhaust system and rearset footpegs clearly suggest the sporting character of this new Moto Guzzi. The 1200 Sport is however a bike that is best appreciated from the saddle. Once on the road it is easy to fully experience the superb handling and manoeuvrability that let it perform so well over various types of road. These features, in turn, create the true pleasure of riding something very special.

Although the new Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport has a decidedly sports type set-up, it is also an excellent tourer with every detail well designed for the rider and pillion passenger to travel in the utmost comfort. The saddle is well padded and offers great support, weight distribution is ideal and with a low centre of gravity, the 1200 Sport can easily change direction very quickly on those twisty roads that offer the rider such satisfaction. The superb handling is due to the exceptional rigidity of the steel frame, the forks and the fully adjustable shock absorber that guarantee both comfort and excellent road holding. Those of you that go touring will really appreciate the protection offered by the windscreen and by just how easy it is to read the new, elegant instrument panel with dials on a white background. No matter the speed, the brakes provide very wide safety margins and consist of: two 4 caliper 320 mm front discs at the front and a 2 caliper 298 mm disc at the rear. For those of you that ride all year round in all weathers, Moto Guzzi also offers an ABS version with traditional front discs.

At the heart of the Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport lies the legendary V 90 degree two cylinder engine from Mandello. The design may be classic but the performance isn’t. The 1151 cc engine puts out a maximum of over 70 kW (95 CV) at 7,800 rpm with maximum torque of over 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm. In other words, the 1200 Sport offers the rider the legendary Moto Guzzi torque with incredibly smooth delivery throughout the power band. The increase in power obtained is the direct result of careful tuning to the intake system with the use of a high performance filter cartridge and work on the intake and exhaust ducts to improve gas flow for faster engine response. The ECU has been carefully mapped for more aggressive riding and widens the power band. The introduction of electronic injection has created a more useable, smoother power delivery and emissions and fuel consumption levels fully comply with Euro 3 standards. The alternator is positioned between the cylinders and thus reduces the volume of the engine with obvious benefits in overall terms of control and rideability. Other benefits include the reactive shaft drive system that means an instant sweet response with none of that irritating jerkiness.

There is also a vast range of accessories for customising your 1200 Sport: The range includes rigid 29 litre top boxes or 28 or 49 litre pannier bags, lowered saddles, tank bags etc etc to make your Moto Guzzi even more comfortable and let you concentrate on the pleasure of riding. For those of you that want to enjoy the thrills of the 1200 Sport on the track, there are two Racing Kits available that can increase power output to over 100 CV.

The Moto Guzzi 1200 Sport is available in Guzzi Black and Racing Red.


Type: 90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling system: air cooling
Displacement: 1,151 cc
Bore and stroke: 95 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio: 9.8 : 1
Timing system: intake open 24° B.T.D.C.
intake close: 52° A.B.D.C.
exhaust open: 54° B.B.D.C.
exhaust close: 22° A.T.D.C.
with valve clearance: 1.5 mm
Maximum power: over 70 kW (95 HP) at 7,800 rpm
Maximum torque: over 100 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Fuel injection system / Ignition: Magneti Marelli IAW5A, α-n type; 2 Ø 45 mm throttle bodies, Weber IWP 162 injectors, Lambda control, twin spark ignition
Spark plug: internal NGK PMR8B (Long Life) external NGK BPR6ES
Starting: electric
Exhaust system: stainless steel, 2 into 1 type with catalytic converter, height-adjustable muffler
Homologation: Euro 3

Gears: 6 speed
Internal ratios: 1^ 17/38 = 1 : 2.235: 2^ 20/34 = 1 : 1.700: 3^ 23/31 = 1 : 1.347 : 4^ 26/29 = 1 : 1.115: 5^ 31/29 = 1 : 0.935: 6^ 30/24 = 1 : 0.8
Lubrication: splash
Primary drive: helical teeth, ratio 24/35 = 1 : 1.458
Secondary drive: Compact Reactive Shaft Drive CA.R.C.; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.666
Clutch: double disk, dry

Frame: tubular cradle, high tensile steel
Wheelbase: 1,485 mm
Trail: 120 mm
Rake: 25°
Steering angle: 32°
Front suspension: telescopic hydraulic fork with Ø 45 mm and TIN Surface treatment, preload adjustable
Front wheel travel: 120 mm
Rear suspension: single arm suspension with progressive linkage, rear shock absorber adjustable in rebound and pre-load (hydraulic)
Rear wheel travel: 140 mm
Front brake: twin stainless steel floating disc, wave type, Ø 320 mm, 4 opposed pistons
Rear brake: single steel fixed disc, Ø 282 mm, floating caliper with 2 parallel pistons
Wheels: three spokes, light alloy wheels, gravity die-casting
Front wheel: 3.50” x 17”
Rear wheel: 5.50” x 17”
Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17”
Rear tyre: 180/55 ZR17”

Voltage: 12 V
Battery: 12 V – 18 Ah
Alternator: 12 V – 550 W

Length: 2,195 mm
Width (handlebars): 840 mm
Height (windshield): 1,160 mm
Seat height: 800 mm
Minimum ground clearance: 185 mm
Dry weight: 229 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 23 litres
Reserve: 4 litres

Technical specifications of 1200 Sport may change without notice.
ABS version available.