Moto Guzzi Breva 1200 Sport 4, 2009
A true show of class does more than just turn heads.
Moto Guzzi shows its sporting soul in its newest “naked”. This evolved form of the 90° twin cylinder 1200 features new solutions in its design and chassis while giving a new meaning to rider comfort.
Just one look at it tells you that it will soon become a cult item for real enthusiasts. The graphics are the same as on competition models, the stylish front discs and the “carbon fibre effect” exhaust that suggest speed give an immediate impression of the 1200 Sport’s character. The attention to detail is typically Italian and its Moto Guzzi DNA and high-tech injection system make it one of those machines that is best appreciated from the saddle.
From here too, its patented handling system can only truly be felt – a perfect blend of incredible performance and the sheer pleasure of riding.
Like all Moto Guzzi, this machine faithfully follows its rider, it indulges his whims with a spirit that has been guiding it for the past 85 years and has never been stronger.
The look we already know but the 105 CV of “grunt” from the “Quattrovalvole” engine is all new. The power delivery is silky smooth and, on the open road, the bike’s true sports character shines along with numerous technical innovations and a new sense of style. The new “over and under” exhaust system communicates the innate power and innovation of the engine as does the new triangular base of the silencer and the new clear rear lamp cluster. Better performance ensures that the new 1200 SPORT 4V will become an icon for riders seeking real sports performance, not just show. Good taste is assured by the style that gives this Moto Guzzi its character. This style can be seen in the screen and the saddle that house racing number plates like competition models, it can be seen in the white-faced instruments, in the Brembo Gold Series brakes and in the set-back aluminium footpegs.
Although the new Moto Guzzi 1200 SPORT 4V has a decidedly sports type set-up, it is also an excellent tourer with every detail well designed for the rider and pillion passenger to travel in the utmost comfort. The saddle is well padded and offers great support, weight distribution is ideal and with a low centre of gravity, the 1200 SPORT 4 V can easily change direction very quickly on those twisty roads that offer the rider such satisfaction.
The superb handling is due to the exceptional rigidity of the twin cradle steel frame, the forks and the fully adjustable shock absorber that guarantee both comfort and excellent road holding. Those of you that go touring will really appreciate the protection offered by the windscreen and how this sports bike so easily becomes a real Grand Tourer complete with heated hand grips, panniers, top box and satellite navigation system.
No matter the speed, the brakes provide very wide safety margins and consist of twin 320 mm discs with radial mounted four-piston calipers at the front and a single 298 mm disc at the rear. The brake sizes are the same on the ABS version.
In classic black or elegant titanium grey, the 1200 Sport 4V also stands out with its subtle green, white and red stripe that celebrates the bike’s Italian heritage.
The 1200 SPORT 4V. With its new graphics painting a picture of elegance and sophistication, the exclusive look and technical specifications of the new Moto Guzzi promise performance. The first thing you will notice is the design as you look back along the panels and note the clear rear lamp cluster and the new exhaust. This system now features an aluminium silencer with a triangular base below the “over and under” finned exhaust pipes that symbolise Moto Guzzi power and innovation.
The throbbing heart of the 1200 SPORT 4V is the new “Quattrovalvole” (four valve) engine that, thanks to its unmistakeable transverse V90 architecture, cannot fail but to catch the eye. As the latest form of the engine that was fitted to the Griso and Stelvio, the “Quattrovalvole” on the 1200 SPORT 4V differs in its intake and exhaust system. These factors were developed to offer better engine response at medium to high revs and to match the sporting character of the bike. The engine puts out over 105CV at 7500 rpm with 110Nm of torque at 6500 rpm. The engine also acts as a load-bearing component of the tubular twin cradle frame. The frame itself is made of high resistance steel that provides solidity and rigidity.
In true Moto Guzzi tradition, only the best brakes and suspension systems are used: Brembo Gold Series brakes and Marzocchi forks grace the front end. The brakes have radial mounted four-piston calipers acting on 320 mm discs while the forks are a traditional 45 mm unit. The comfortable, excellent riding position along with the forward position of the handlebars give the rider complete control and allow him to concentrate on enjoying the ride.
The 1200 SPORT 4V is now available in the classic black or in the original titanium grey colour scheme. Both these schemes perfectly offset the white racing number plates on the screen and on the saddle that is edged with a subtle green, white and red stripe that celebrates the bike’s Italian heritage.
Type 90° V-Twin, 4 stroke
Cooling system air cooling
Displacement 1,151 cc
Bore and stroke 95 x 81.2 mm
Compression ratio 9,8 : 1
Timing system intake open 24° B.T.D.C.
intake close 52° A.B.D.C.
Exhaust open 54° B.B.D.C.
Exhaust close 22° A.T.D.C. with valve clearance 1.5 mm
Maximum power over 70 kW (95 HP) at 7,800 rpm
Maximum torque over 100 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Fuel injection system / Ignition Magneti Marelli IAW5A, a-n type; 2 Ø 45 mm throttle bodies, Weber IWP 162 injectors, Lambda control, twin spark ignition
Spark plug Internal NGK PMR8B (Long Life)
external NGK BPR6ES
Exhaust system stainless steel, 2 into 1 type with catalytic converter, height-adjustable muffler
Homologation Euro 3
Gear 6 speed
Internal ratios 1^ 17/38 = 1 : 2.235
2^ 20/34 = 1 : 1.700
3^ 23/31 = 1 : 1.347
4^ 26/29 = 1 : 1.115
5^ 31/30 = 1 : 0.967
6^ 29/25 = 1 : 0.862
Primary drive helical teeth, ratio 24/35 = 1 : 1.458
Secondary drive Compact Reactive Shaft Drive CA.R.C.; double universal joint with floating bevel gear, ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3.666
Clutch double disk, dry
Frame tubular cradle, high tensile steel
Wheelbase 1.485 mm
Trail 120 mm
Steering angle 32°
Front suspension telescopic hydraulic fork with Ø 45 mm and TIN surface treatment, preload adjustable
Front wheel travel 120 mm
Rear suspension single arm suspension with progressive linkage, rear shock absorber adjustable in rebound and pre-load (hydraulic)
Rear wheel travel 140 mm
Front brake twin stainless steel floating disc, wave type, Ø 320 mm, 4 opposed pistons
Rear brake single steel fixed disc, Ø 282 mm, floating caliper with 2 parallel pistons
Wheels three spokes, light alloy wheels, gravity die-casting
Front wheel 120/70 ZR17”
Rear wheel 180/55 ZR17”
Front tyre 3.50” x 17”
Rear tyre 5.50” x 17”
Battery 12 V – 18 Ah
Voltage 12 V
Alternator 12 V – 550 W
Length 2.195 mm
Width 840 mm
Height 1.160 mm
Seat height 800 mm
Ground clearance 185 mm
Dry weight 229 kg
Fuel tank capacity 23 litres
Reserve 4 litres