Breva – the name of a wind that sends ripples over the surface of Lake Como bringing good weather. This is a name that, two years on from the launch of the Breva V1100, recalls the sheer quality and glorious past of Moto Guzzi. While consolidating the success of the Breva, new technical solutions have been developed and introduced during the MG range renovation project and these modifications have been included in the new Breva V1200.
There are over 60 such changes over the previous 1064cc model. Capacity has been increased by widening the bore from 92 to 95 mm and stroke from 80 to 81.2 mm leading to a new capacity of 1151 cc. New piston rods and pistons are joined by a nitride-treated crankshaft and Nimonic exhaust valves. The engine is lubricated by a lobe pump system and the oil circuitry has been modified to include a special duct carrying cooled oil to the heads for the exhaust valves. The exhaust system has also been modified and now includes double chamber manifolds and a silencer with an integrated catalyser.
This has removed the need for the compensator that was on the V1100 where the manifolds met. The result is an engine that provides more power and torque at medium revs and keeps performing all the way to 8000+ rpm. Ultimately, the new engine puts out a hefty 95 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and maximum torque of 100 Nm at 5,800 rpm. Eighty-five percent of the torque is available between 2,300 and 4,800 rpm. The engine uses a specially evolved Marelli Multipoint sequential ECU that takes care of the fuel injection system. A stepper motor and twin spark system, apart from dealing with instant starting, provide smooth power delivery, excellent fuel consumption and low emissions that are well within Euro 3 standards.
Sure-footed, safe, comfortable and stable even at high speed, this naked is, by nature, perfectly suited for high performance riding but can also be docile and versatile making it ideal for all sorts of uses. The Breva V1200 is a hybrid sports/tourer that adapts itself to a rider’s personality and whims and lets us experience once again, the sheer pleasure of riding a machine that is an object of universal admiration. There can be no doubt that the Breva V1200 is exactly what puts Moto Guzzi at the top of the league in terms of riding pleasure.
Moto Guzzi Breva 1200
Four-stroke V 90 twin with two valves per cylinder
Air and oil cooled with independent cooling pump & oil cooler
Bore and stroke
95 x 81.2 mm
Maximum power output
92 BHP at 7,800 rpm
Over 10 Nm at 6,000 rpm
Multipoint sequential electronic injection, Magneti Marelli IAW 5A phased, alfa-n system; 2 x Ø45 mm throttle bodies with Weber IWP 162 injectors, Lambda probe.
Stainless steel two-into-one 3-way catalysed with Lambda probe.
Helicoidal gears, ratio 26/35 = 1 : 1.346
CA.R.C reactive drive; double universal joint with floating bevel gear
Ratio 12/44 = 1 : 3,666
Dry twin plate
High tensile steel tubular twin cradle
Conventional Ø 45 mm preload adjustable forks.
Front wheel travel
Progressive single swingarm, adjustable monoshock (stepless spring preload and hydraulic adjustment for rebound damping).
Rear wheel travel
Twin floating 320mm wave rotor discs with four-piston calipers
Single 282mm disc with a twin-piston caliper
Front Wheels / Tyres
3.50” x 17” / 120/70ZR17”
Rear Wheels / Tyres
5.50” x 17” / 180/55ZR17”
23 litres Reserve 4 litres