tell me about the guzzi 1000S

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  1. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    I have a guzzi and I dont really know much about this bike. one came up for sale locally, asking more than i can afford- but man, what a beautiful bike. anyone have one?

    its got to be the best looking guzzi of the 90s.
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  2. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    There were actually two different 1000S models imported.

    -The 1991 used the big valve LeMans 1000 motor with old school points ignition and 40mm carbs. Usually had cast wheels but spokes were available.

    -1993 used the "VN" motor which was used on the SPIII and Strada. Electronic ignition with vacuum advance distributor on a medium valve (LeMans III spec) engine with 36mm carbs. I think they all came with spoked wheels.

    Back in the day I wanted the '93 for it's advanced engine, now I think I'd lean toward the '91 as it has a lot more interchangeable parts with earlier bikes.

    The lovely Mrs. Nessman piled a friends '91 1000S into a gravel road back in the day, I had to fix it. Parts were almost impossible to find and I swore off limited availability Guzzis until I bought my Quota.

    I love my Quota.
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  3. Hawk Medicine

    Hawk Medicine Coyote's Brother

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    So is getting parts for an older Goose still a huge problem?

    After a steady diet of Airheads, I keep looking at those bikes here on the firum and theyre looking better and better but if Guzzi parts are increasing in cost as fast as Airhead parts are, I'll stop dreaming about parking one next to the Hot Rod!

    The thing is, they sound so... so... Bitchin!! :evil
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  4. Flood

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    That's my favourite younger Tonti as well.

    As I understood this, the Le Mans 4 engine was basically the factory race kit for the LM3 with the hugest intake valves ever to grace a Guzzi. This results in decent acceleration at the top but a lack of low-rev power. Shifting down 2 gears in a Guzzi 'box before overtaking isn't my idea of fun. (I had a LM4 and a LM3). I'd be more interested in a later model 1000S for rideability.
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  5. joe cool

    joe cool Been here awhile

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    Hello, I've got an 93 and have never had problems getting basic parts. I think it would be hard to get body parts: tank, side covers. been looking for extra's for a while. 93 small valve motor made more torque but less horsepower also know as the new world motor.
    anyone got some green and black side covers they want to part with?:evil
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  6. Nessman

    Nessman Cluttered Minimalist

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    Most Guzzi/1000S parts are easy and relatively cheap, I needed the whole right side of the exhaust, crashbars and a triple tree. The basic bike is good old Guzzi parts that are interchangeable with a lot of other bikes.

    And without a doubt, they are bitchin'.
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  7. farmer fred

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    Your Le Mans 4 must have been sickly. I had a 91 Le Mans 1000 with that motor and it had no discernable "lack of low-rev power" unless you're talking about below 2,500 rpm, which is not where any Guzzi twin belongs.

    The big-valve 949 is a lot different from the Le Mans III. Guzzi even put it in a cruiser, so I doubt you'll miss any low-end stomp.

    I'd want the 91 for the points alone. The big valves, B10 cam and 40s are bonuses.
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  9. airhead78

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    its got to be the best looking guzzi of the 90s.[/quote]

    Min guzzi is a "97 daytona RS". Most beautiful bike ever and even rarer... thus, always looking for second hand parts to hoard. I am also an airhead guy.
    Guzzi=lover. Airhead=spouse. ( he, he I managed to be gender neutral :eek1 ) Both have their high and low points.
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  10. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    thanks for the info guys. im trying to become more of a guzzi aficionado (A guzzisti?) after i found a rocking deal on my v11 sport and went and bought it without much research. ok, zero research. Actually, i agreed to buy it on the phone, no pictures, sight unseen. it was that good a deal.

    So far, i love it- took it on a little 1200 mile trip without a hickup and had been using it every day for commuting until i got my morini sport into shape- now ive been using that because of traffic. the guzzi does not fit between cars nearly so well as a 350cc.

    but all of it has got me lusting for more guzzi. I think the 70s Lemans is one of the best looking bikes ever made- in person its just astounding. the 1000S seems to be in that league, and with modern tech, i was thinking it might be the ultimate guzzi for my tastes..
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  11. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    If I ever move back to oregon (rural with mountains and gravel) ill be trading my v11 sport for a Quota. very nice!
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    Is it the model that looks a lot like the original V7 Sport? They are way cool.
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  13. farmer fred

    farmer fred Banned

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    Actually it's a closer copy of the S3:

    S3:

    [​IMG]

    1000S:

    [​IMG]
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    Airhead Wrangler Adios Mexico

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    Funny I should read this right now. I just stopped in there 15 minutes ago on the way home from lunch and met Dave. Good guy.
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    Hey! I've got one of them!
    [​IMG]

    Min guzzi is a "97 daytona RS". Most beautiful bike ever and even rarer... thus, always looking for second hand parts to hoard. I am also an airhead guy.
    Guzzi=lover. Airhead=spouse. ( he, he I managed to be gender neutral :eek1 ) Both have their high and low points.[/quote]
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  19. dilandau

    dilandau Been here awhile

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    i like the daytona, - and the sport etc, but for a guzzi, IMHO - its trying to look too much like a ducati!
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  20. Twinboy

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    Greetings! Here is a subject I am qualified to answer since I own a '91 1000S from new.The big valve motor is a powerhouse for an air cooled twin.At 4 grand the motor comes alive and will get you there in a hurry.The tonti frame is rigid and handles very well.The suspension is very stiff but I installed progressive springs in the front to be able to use some of the multi adjustable fork settings. The Konis at the rear are good period shocks.The riding position is pure sport and is most excellent in the twisties.It is not a touring bike by any means.The linked brakes work well after you get used to the feel of the left front caliper engaging with the rear brake pedal.The linkage 40mm Dellorto carbs are very stiff but flow very well.The switchgear is up to date and easy to use.The usual maintenance items, valve adjust,carb setting,timing(I put in a dyna ignition) are quick and easy.The oil change is quick unless you want to change the oil filter every time then the oil pan has to come off.When I get on this bike for a ride a few miles into it I say why would I want any other bike as the Guinea Gondola as I affectionately call it works so well.Well after a couple of hours unless you are in the twisties I say why did I ride this as my arms ,back and knees are beginning to ache.All engine ,transmission, brake and electrical parts are readily available as other Guzzis used similar pieces.The bodywork is another matter as it is scarce.Mine is loud(conti replicas) fast and green!Pick up one and enjoy it for what is was made for!
    John:D
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