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2008 Moto Guzzi Breva V 1200

2008 Moto Guzzi Breva V 1200

Breva – the name of a wind that sends ripples over the surface of Lake Como bringing good weather. This is a name that, two years on from the launch of the Breva V1100, recalls the sheer quality and glorious past of Moto Guzzi. While consolidating the success of the Breva, new technical solutions have been developed and introduced during the MG range renovation project and these modifications have been included in the new Breva V1200. There are over 60 such changes over the previous 1064cc model.

Capacity was increased by widening the bore from 92 to 95 mm and stroke from 80 to 81.2 mm leading to a new capacity of 1151 cc. New piston rods and pistons are joined by a nitride-treated crankshaft and Nymonic exhaust valves. The engine is lubricated by a lobe pump system and the oil circuit has been modified to include a special duct carrying cooled oil to the heads for the exhaust valves. The exhaust system has also been modified and now includes double chamber manifolds and a silencer with an integrated catalyser. This has removed the need for the compensator that was on the V 1100 where the manifolds met.

The result is an engine that provides more lift at medium revs even though it puts out a hefty 95 CV at 7,500 rpm and maximum torque of 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm. Eighty-five percent of the torque is available between 2,300 and 4,800 rpm.
The engine uses a specially evolved Marelli Multipoint sequential ECU that takes care of the fuel injection system. A stepper motor and twin spark system, apart from dealing with instant starting, provide smooth power delivery, excellent fuel consumption and low emissions that are well within Euro 3 standards.

Sure-footed, safe, comfortable and stable even at high speed, this naked is, by nature, perfectly suited for high performance riding but can also be docile and versatile making it ideal for all sorts of uses. The Breva V1200 is a hybrid sports/tourer that adapts itself to a rider’s personality and whims and lets us experience once again, the sheer pleasure of riding a machine that is an object of universal admiration. There can be no doubt that the Breva V1200 is exactly what puts Moto Guzzi at the top of the league in terms of riding pleasure.


Engine - Four-stroke V 90 twin
Cooling - Air cooled
Capacity - 1,151 cc
Bore and stroke - 95 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio - 9.8 : 1
Timing - 2 valves per cylinder commanded by light alloy cam acting on rocker arm and mechanical tappets
Intake valve opening - 24 ° before upper TDC.
Intake valve closing - 52 ° after lower TDC.
Exhaust valve opening - 54 ° before lower TDC.
Exhaust valve closing - 22 ° after upper TDC.
Maximum power output - Over 66 kW (95 CV) at 7,500 rpm
Max Torque - Over 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm
Fuel supply/ignition - Multipoint sequential electronic injection, Magneti Marelli IAW 5A phased, alfa-n system; 2 Ø 45 mm throttle bodies with Weber IWP 162 injectors, Lambda probe and twin spark plugs.
Starter - Electric
Spark plugs - Inner NGK PMR8B (Long Life). Outer NGK BPR6ES
Exhaust system - Stainless steel two-into-one 3 way catalysed with Lambda probe and height adjustable silencer.
Homologation - Euro 3

Gearbox - 6 speed – constantly engaged cogs with integrated flexible couplings. 1st 17/38 = 1 : 2.235: 2nd 20/34 = 1 : 1.7: 3rd 23/31 = 1 : 1.348: 4th 26/29 = 1 : 1.115: 5th 31/30 = 1 : 0.968: Gear ratios: 6th 29/25 = 1 : 0.862
Lubrication - Forced lubrication with lobe pump and pressure regulator
Primary drive - Helicoidal gears, ratio 24/35 = 1 : 1.458
Final drive - Shaft drive, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.667
Clutch - Dry mechanically operated twin plate

Frame - Steel tubing
Wheelbase - 1,495 mm
Rake - 120 mm
Steering angle - 25.50°
Front suspension - Marzocchi Ø 45 mm adjustable front forks
Front wheel travel - 120 mm
Rear suspension - Single swingarm with progressive action – single rebound adjustable shock absorber with easy to operate pre-load setting knob
Rear wheel travel - 140 mm
Front brakes - Twin floating 320 mm stainless steel discs, floating Brembo calipers with 4 opposed pistons.
Rear brakes - Single 282 mm fixed stainless steel disc, floating Brembo caliper with 2 parallel pistons.
Wheels - Three-spoked aluminium alloy
Front wheel - 3.50” x 17”
Rear wheel - 5.50” x 17”
Front tyre - 120/70 ZR 17 M/C (59W) TL Roadtec Z6
Rear tyre - 180/55 ZR 17 M/C (73W) TL Roadtec Z6

Voltage - 12 V
Battery - 12 V – 18 Ah
Alternator - 12 V - 350 W

Length - 2,195 mm
Width - 870 mm
Height - 1,125 mm
Saddle height - 800 mm
Minimum ground clearance - 185 mm
Dry weight - 236 kg
Fuel tank capacity - 23 litres
Reserve - 4 litres

Technical data specified above for the Moto Guzzi Breva V 1200 may be changed without prior notice.