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)

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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

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