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Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Year of specifications 1992
Engine 992 cc, V-twin
Transmission Shaft
Top speed 150 mph
0-60 MPH -
Horsepower 95 hp @ 8000 rpm
Weight 205 kg / 451 lbs
Seat height -

Review by: Dave Bowen:
Bought new in 1994. "Standard" fork model with 280 mmm front discs. As it arrived from the factory the rear shock was too hard for an 11 stone (154 lb) rider, and the front forks were too soft. I spent some money on Maxton modified front springs and damper cartridges (from a CBR 600 - modified I believe) and the rear shock was resprung and valved. The difference was amazing, rear much more compliant, and front with enough adjustment to keep everything in control. I could start to use the performance on bumpy A roads where it was now a pleasure to ride.

I have dropped the forks through the clamps as far as possible without fouling when the suspension is at maximum stroke (about 1" above the top clamp) to get it to turn a little faster.

The power delivery as standard was always a bit woolly and quite peaky for a V twin, so I had a custom built stainless 2-into-1 exhaust made to fit the standard downpipes, doing away with the ugly and heavy collector box and twin silencers. This has greatly helped pickup and breathing, particularly from low revs, which means less use of the gearbox. Also as a spin off, it is 10 kg (22 lbs) - yes 10 kg lighter than the standard setup. That's got to be good on a heavyish old lump. I contemplated a chip upgrade but never felt it was necessary, and I think one for the older type ECU will be very hard to find now.

I had to replace the clutch friction plate because the crankshaft oilseal leaked onto it. Replaced both at 20k and no problem since.

I've now been riding it regularly over the last 16 years, it has proved very reliable. Mileage is now 30k, not excessive, but with other bikes as well, it gets used sunny days (not many of those in NE Scotland). Had to replace 2 electrical rectifiers and 2 batteries. Other than that it has been serviced by myself and with moderate skill this is an easy job, and I have replaced the timing belts at about 22k miles as a precaution. Still gives me immense pleasure riding something out of the ordinary.

Anyone got one of these still??


Review by: Robert:
I also own a Daytona 1000 '93, had it from new.

I guess you love or hate them. Aparantly they only made 691 of the one I have. It is not the UK square headlight one. It has the narower light, I think making the bike look better. I struggle getting parts and Motto Guzzi have not been too helpfull. They gave me a non-working phone number to call them on.

I reckon they are the best sounding bike going when running a good exhaust. I would like to know more about it if any one can give me any info please do.

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