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Breva 1100: 100,000 Mile Report

Discussion in 'BNS12 Chat & Tech' started by Chris Jessop, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Our Breva V1100 clocked up 100,000 miles on Saturday 12th September 2020. It is our second Moto Guzzi to reach this figure. My wife, Jane’s 2006 Breva 750 currently shows 130,399 miles and it is still going strong.

    We have owned the Breva V1100 from new and took delivery from Moto Strada in Shipley, Yorkshire on the 27th August 2005. The machine has been used solely for pleasure rides/tours during holidays and at weekends. It has never been used for commuting or when there’s salt on the roads.

    Cosmetically the machine is in excellent condition and it certainly does not look like it has covered 100,000 miles. There are the inevitable stone chips of course but except for greying paint on the front of the engine the overall finish has held up very well.

    The engine, clutch, gearbox, shaft drive, CARC bevel drive unit and all electrical sensors are original components and apart from routine servicing and maintenance have remained untouched.

    Up to 78,000 miles it was serviced by Moto Strada but after they closed, I have done all the service and maintenance work. When we first bought the machine, where appropriate I went round all the fasteners in corrosion prone locations and applied Copperslip to the threads. This has paid dividends throughout its life because I have not come across any seized fasteners.

    Oil consumption is still negligible and average fuel consumption is 43/45 mpg.

    The machine was sold with Metzeler Roadtec Z6’s fitted. They have proved to be an excellent touring tyre offering good grip and stability in all conditions. I have not felt the need to change brands or type. Rear tyres average 13,000 miles and front tyres average 18,000 miles.

    Brake pads are EBC FA244HH front and FA181HH rear. Front pads usually last around 32,000 miles. I replaced the original Brembo rear pads at 75,260 miles when I fitted a new EBC rear disc. The original disc had developed a slight run-out and was a MOT advisory at that time. The front brake discs are still original.

    During our ownership of the Breva V1100 I have also covered 70,000 miles on our 2008 Buell XB12X Ulysses and 7,500 miles on our 2019 Moto Guzzi V85TT. I’m 6ft 3” so both the Buell and V85 are better suited to me ergonomically than the Breva V1100 but I can ride it long distances without too many aches and pains. Tours of the UK and mainland Europe plus frequent visits to the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello del Lario have proved it is a more than capable long-distance machine.

    What has gone wrong in 100,000 miles? Extraordinarily little is the simple answer. I don’t know whether it is down to its relatively pampered existence or just good luck, but it just keeps going and seems to thrive on high miles. To date it has been supremely reliable.

    The following details are taken from the machines service record:

    4,996 miles CARC bevel drive unit replaced under warranty recall. (April 2006)

    12,789 miles Guzzi heated grips fitted.

    38,519 miles Mistral road legal silencer fitted.

    53,933 miles Guzzi 1200 Sport windshield fitted.

    64,409 miles Rear wheel hugger fitted.

    70,092 miles OEM catalytic convertor replaced with Agostini ‘Y’ connector pipe.

    70,691 miles Battery replaced with OEM Yuasa YTX20CH-BS. (August 2015, 10 years old)

    75,260 miles Original rear brake disc replaced with EBC MD840.

    86,953 miles Front/rear brake hoses and oil cooler hoses replaced with HEL hoses c/w stainless steel end fittings.

    87,099 miles Mirrors replaced with NOS Guzzi units.

    90,416 miles Front brake light switch replaced.

    95,430 miles Petrol tank insulation mat and all breather hoses on the machine replaced.

    Centre stand replaced with NOS Guzzi unit plus new springs.

    Clutch hose replaced with HEL hose c/w stainless steel end fittings.

    Clutch master cylinder refurbished, new lid and seal fitted.

    Front wheel spindle/axle, spacers and wheel hub seals replaced.

    Alternator belt, precautionary replacements:

    35,898 miles August 2010

    54,095 miles January 2013

    84,124 miles August 2017

    Pictures below taken 8th, 9th and 12th September 2020.

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  2. Raven

    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Fantastic reliability I'd say. That's a lot of combined miles with all those bikes. Do you ever drive 4 wheels? Other than nasty winter days that is.
     
  3. DeadEye

    DeadEye Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    That's a LOT of Miles of Smiles
    I was thinking how long it would take me to get there at maybe 8,000 Km a year - a long time.
    You have had yours for going 15 years now - many happy returns :party:
     
  4. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thanks for the comments. We have a car but I rarely drive it, hate the things.
     
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    Mackers Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    You've changed the reaction rod, too. Is that for cosmetics?
     
  6. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    The original reaction rod corroded quite badly. The replacement is an Italian made Rosso Puro unit and is far better quality. It was fitted at 69,558 miles in September 2014. Cost was 168 Euro.

    Pictures taken 8th September 2020.

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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    I love posts like this! What a fantastic experience you have had. Congratulations!
     
  8. Chris Jessop

    Chris Jessop Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Thanks, Scott, I think I can safely say that I've bonded with this motorcycle it's a keeper :inlove:.....
     
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  9. Davy

    Davy Just got it firing!

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    It's interesting how different usage gives different results. My 2006 B11 has a youthful 62,500 miles on the clock and has worn out back tyres on average every 4000 miles, front discs at 48000, yet generally gets 50 - 55 mpg. What a good, reliable, comfortable bike. Roll on 100,00 miles.
     
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