2004 Moto Guzzi Breva 1100 – Breva Plus

Following up on the 750cc version of this machine introduced last year, Moto Guzzi has introduced at Milan the Breva V 1100. An essential motorcycle, with simple, attractive styling, the Breva V 1100 is for all-around use, including about town and even touring.

Although you may be familiar with Moto Guzzi’s air-cooled, 90 degree v-twin, in the new Breva this old work horse of an engine receives a new alternator, new oil sump, new con rods, new, lighter pistons, dual spark plugs per cylinder, new fuel injection system and the latest six-speed transmission designed by new Moto Guzzi owner Aprilia.

Perhaps, most interesting about the Breva V 1100 is the “reactive shaft drive” patented by Moto Guzzi, which is a design that incorporates the shaft drive in the aluminum alloy swingarm. According to Moto Guzzi, “the distinctive characteristics of this original and extremely compact system is elimination of the anti-shaft effect normally caused by shaft drive.” Again, according to Moto Guzzi, this results in “a consistently fluid ride without the ‘jerks’ during acceleration and throttle release typical of shaft drive . . ..”

The Breva V 1100 has 45mm forks, huge, 320mm dual disc brakes up front (squeezed by Brembo, four piston calipers), a single 282mm disc brake in the back, and very thorough instrumentation, some of which can be controlled without removing your hands from the handgrips.

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