YEARS SOLD: 2000–2006 MSRP NEW: Sport $11,900 (’00) to $14,490 (’06)
BLUE BOOK RETAIL VALUE: Sport $3,855 (’00) to $5,345 (’06)
BASIC SPECS: Sporting the iconic longitudingally mounted air-cooled 90-degree, pushrod 1,064cc V-twin, the V11 was Moto Guzzi’s shot at a factory café racer-styled sportbike. This was evident in the equipment that the bikes had over the many years it was made. The two-valve-percylinder engine produced a very streetable 91 hp with 69 pound-feet of torque. Most models came with two 320mm front discs with four-piston Brembo calipers along with a 282mm disc two-piston caliper in the rear. Some models also came with factory Öhlins suspension, while most others had a Marzocchi fork and Sachs shock. A 5.0-gallon tank gave it a range of about 200 miles, ensuring you can get to the coffee shop and your favorite canyon road.
WHY IT’S DESIRABLE: Beginning production just before the turn of the millennium, the Moto Guzzi V11 helped lay the groundwork for the resurgence of “café” styled bikes conceived and built by manufacturers. V11 models are generally naked or with a small café fairing to fit the look. For performance, the traditional Guzzi platform had many updates to the 30-year-old design—a lighter clutch, six-speed gearbox, fuel injection, and stiffer frame, to name a few. The V11 was produced in many versions, each with unique style, from the naked Sport in Guzzi yellow to the sleek Le Mans Nero Corse in black and red. The Tenni (pictured) is a particularly desirable model.
THE COMPETITION: Ducati Supersport 900, Triumph Sprint RS, Kawasaki ZRX 1100, Suzuki Bandit 1200, BMW R1100RS, Yamaha V-max