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Technology and 80 years of tradition merge in the new V11 Sport Rosso Mandello, the Moto Guzzi café racer
Red is the colour of the Italian sports car. And it is the colour that has always marked the most successful Moto Guzzi motorcycles. The Le Mans were red, as was the frame of the V7 Sport, all motorcycles that have sustained riders’ respect. As a reminder of this great tradition and to celebrate its 80th birthday, an anniversary which falls in the year 2001, Moto Guzzi is introducing the new V11 Sport Rosso Mandello, a special edition and limited series of the latest and most sporty model in the range.
Only 300 examples of the V11 Sport Rosso Mandello will be produced, all rigorously certified and recognisable by a numbered plaque on the side panels. This version is easy to recognise by a series of components which differentiate it from the basic version. Typically racing features, made from carbon fibre, further accentuate the successful contrast between tradition and new ideas.
The high-profile carbon fibre fairing means that the V11 is less bare and full use can be made of its performance potential. The same material is used to make the new front mudguard and the smart bridge on the instrumentation panel. Silencers are also made out of carbon fibre, helping to make this a lighter and higher-performance machine. A touch of exclusivity is provided by anodised features which create a new chromatic effect. The frame plates which support the footrests and the valve covers of the V-twin cylinders are anodised in red.
Being personalised in this way, the V11 Sport Rosso Mandello is able to bridge the gap between those people who want the charm of a classic motorcycle and those who want to be abreast of technological evolution. The engine plays a major aesthetic role and is coupled to a compact and efficient gearbox which, by using the technology used in Formula1 circles, has rapid, accurate and silent clutch operation. This technological treasure can be found on all V11 Sports, but the Rosso Mandello also has something new; the hydraulic clutch which is now fitted with a single disc with sintered friction material.
To satisfy riders who take braking to the limit, the V11 Sport Rosso Mandello has two disc brakes that are lighter and more efficient. No changes have been made to other chassis elements. The Marzocchi cantilever swing-arm and the White Power shock absorber remain.
|Engine Type: 4 stroke air cooled
|Displacement: 1064CC, 90° V-twin
|Bore/Stroke: 92mm x 80mm
|Compression Ratio: 9.5 : 1
|Max. H.P: 91 @ 7800 RPM
|Max. Torque: 72 ft/lbs. @ 6000 RPM
|Valve System: OHV with 2 valves per cylinder
|Fuel Delivery: Electronic Fuel Injection
|Ignition: Digital Electronic
|Transmission: 6 speed with shaft and floating rear drive
|Clutch: New Mono-disc clutch in sintered material
|Charging System: 25A x 14V alternator with 13 AH battery
|Frame: Chrome Moly rectangular spine w/ engine as stressed member
|Suspension: Marzocchi 40mm, dual adjustable USD forks. WP rear mono shock
|Instruments: Speedometer with tripmeter, tachometer and warning lights
|Fuel Capacity: 5.5 US Gallons
|Braking: Front: Dual 320 mm floating discs w/ 4 piston calipers, Rear: 282 mm disc
|Tires: Front: 120/70 ZR 17 tubeless, Rear: 170/60 ZR 17 tubeless
|Dry Weight: 472 lbs.
|Seat Height: 31 inches
|Suggested Retail Price: $ 12,900.00
Source: Moto Guzzi USA