PLANET ME­CHANIC ‘What ad­vice have you got for Guzzi buy­ers?’

‘Since switch­ing to fuel in­jec­tion Guzzis have got bet­ter and bet­ter’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

Paul Har­ris, 56, is coowner of Guzzi dealer Corsa Ital­iano in Sur­rey and has worked on the Maranello V-twins for 40 years.

“If you are in­ter­ested in a day-to day bike rather than a £12,000 Le Mans Mk1, the newer the bet­ter. Since Guzzi switched to fuel in­jec­tion they have got bet­ter and bet­ter. The Breva 750 was the first small-block en­gine to have FI in 2004 and it trans­formed the bike. Then the 2005 Breva 1100 brought Guzzis into the 20th cen­tury.

“A full ser­vice his­tory is im­por­tant, as DIY me­chan­ics of­ten think an oil change is enough. The pa­per­work will also let you see if there’s been any war­ranty work in the past.

“There were some cam and fol­lower wear is­sues in the eight-valve en­gines fit­ted to the Norge, Stelvio and Griso mod­els up to 2011, then they switched to roller-rock­ers and be­came bul­let­proof. In my opinion a pos­si­ble cause was in­fre­quent use that meant they never warmed up prop­erly. Bikes with some de­cent mileage are a bet­ter bet than a ‘garage queen’, as any prob­lems should have sur­faced. But if you are un­lucky with cam is­sues, Pi­ag­gio, who own Guzzi, will still sup­ply the parts FOC.

“Lime-green V11 Sports with a red frame are get­ting pop­u­lar and the 1200 Sport is a cus­tomer favourite. The Bel­la­gio has con­tracted Katana syn­drome. Poor sales meant it was dropped four years ago and now it’s get­ting a cult fol­low­ing.”

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