Italian company Moto Guzzi has been producing high-quality bikes and scooters since just after World War I, and has a reputation for exquisite design in sporting motorcycles. Accordingly, the Italian marque has built for itself a small but rapidly growing fan base both in Europe and worldwide. With its rising popularity, Moto Guzzi decided to build a convenient and well-equipped motorcycle to meet the requests of its enthusiasts, and indeed, the Breva does not disappoint.
The 2004 Breva is a line of motorcycles that incorporates the charm of Moto Guzzi’s other, older lines and merges it with modern technology to create a vehicle that will fit the needs and wants of a variety of drivers. Employing a 744cc, V-twin motor mounted longitudinally across the grame, Moto Guzzi’s body shape is unique and almost awkward at first; this arrangement tends to give it a slightly wobbly feeling that the driver will notice at first, but drivers must keep in mind that the wobbling is soon forgotten by the thrill of riding such a well-engineered motorcycle.
High-tech fuel injection and digital ignition upgrade the power delivery, packing a wallop and allowing the driver to really feel the engine come alive beneath him or her. Drivers need not thrust the throttle excessively either, as the Breva is sensitive and responsive to the touch, yet easily controlled by the driver. Furthermore, when the Breva is idling, it seems almost noiseless. The engine is free-revving and strong. A lower torque may disappoint a few drivers initially, but this feature is surprisingly a surprisingly strong suite for the Breva, as it makes driving within the city a joy because of the gusto it confers when drivers jet into traffic or pass another driver on the road.
The five-speed gearbox keeps the driver within power band all the way up to 8000 rpm, and shifting between gears is seamless. The light-cable accentuated clutch derives easy launches and can be shifted directly up through the gears. Cruising on highways and freeways at speeds of around 80 mph feels effortless, and high speeds seem so controllable and easily attainable, drivers might wish for one more gear to take them to greater speeds. The motor feels smooth, lacking unwanted vibration, and there is not much throbbing felt in the handlebars or foot pegs, even at high speeds.
Moto Guzzi values safety, and therefore makes use of the high-quality Brembo brakes also used by well-respected companies such as KTM. In the front, the Breva has dual, large, 320mm stainless steel floating discs, each gripped by four-piston calipers. Light lever effort allows the driver progressive gear shifts. In the rear, the Breva employs a single, strong 260mm disc that does not easily lock up, thereby bestowing even more control to the driver. The brake system used in the Moto Guzzi Breva permits the motorcycle to confidently perform at top tier levels without hesitation.
On the road, the Breva handles as any lightweight motorcycle would, and is quick and compliant to the driver, partly because the dry weight is only 233 kg. Even a slight amount of pressure by the driver onto the fuel tank’s flanks will change the direction of the bike, and in high wind, one might find that the wind can create some unwanted turbulence and shifts in the direction of the bike’s driving path. However, the upside of a lightweight bike is that the Breva turns easily and feels stable even when taking tight corners. Additionally, the handlebars offer more leverage, which is especially useful when taking on twisty roads.
Moto Guzzi did not build the Breva to be strictly a sports bike; it was built to be versatile, fitting a variety of needs but no one in particular. It can be considered a sporting standard, and it functions well in this capacity. The riding position lends itself to comfort rather than racing posture, which makes the Breva ideal for long highway trips. The seat, which is a one-piece with ample cushioning, is comfortable at a moderate 30 inches from the ground. A passenger seat is also included in the standard version of the Breva, and it is surprisingly roomy, sporting a convenient handle for the passenger to grab ahold of. High mirrors are positioned at a wide angle to eliminate much of the driver’s blind spot, and they do not shudder at high speeds. The windscreen is small and does not effectively keep the wind-blast off of the driver, but it does protect a stunning instrument panel. The instrument panel itself exhibits two round analog displays for the speedometer and tachometer, which are easy to read in both daylight and darkness.
Aesthetically, the Breva can be considered one of the sexiest of Italian motorcycles, incorporating sophisticated lines and unique shapes for the turn signals and other light displays on various parts of the body. The Breva vaunts a variety of interesting textures on its body and frame as well. The ergonomic design of the gas tank allows for the driver to keep his or her knees tucked in close to the body, thereby avoiding any impedance of speed. Stylish chrome mufflers flank each side, and the bike is so sleek that it looks like it is in motion even when it is simply stalling.
The Breva offers a rewarding driving experience, with high motor performance and a lustrous body in keeping with the European style of trendy motorcycles that anyone would love to be seen riding. It is also fairly low maintenance, and comes at an affordable price. It is a fantastic buy for beginner drivers as well as veteran motorcyclists, and can be employed as a fun distance touring bike or a bike suitable for daily use in the commute to work or school.