Moto Guzzi Introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio Motorcycle
To celebrate its victory in the 2002 edition of this motorcycle race against nature, Moto Guzzi introduces the V11 Sport Ballabio motorcycle, the maximum expression of everything it takes to excel on twisty mountain roads.
In northern Italy, not far from the Swiss border, is the small tourist town of Ballabio. Nearby, the high Plains of Resinelli spread under the looming peak known as the Grignone. Each summer the narrow, hairpin-turning road that connects the two is home to one of Europe ’s most tortuous hillclimbs, the Ballabio-Resinelli.
The engine is the latest generation of Guzzi’s legendary transverse 90º V twin, with an additional crossover between the exhaust collectors to ensure optimum exchange between the two cylinders and generate even more power at medium engine speeds.
A high compression ratio (9.8:1) ensures impressive torque at low engine speeds. A sensitive front end with Marzocchi 43 mm upside-down fork and adjustable rebound and preload makes light work of a constant stream of sudden direction changes.
The rear suspension is a Sachs monoshock with adjustable compression, rebound, and spring preload and a die-cast cantilever swingarm in ultra-lightweight alloy. Suspension of this quality ensures impeccable road holding and exceptional stability when powering out of bends.
The rear suspension is also quick and easy to adjust to match a rider’s weight, riding style and road conditions. Super-safe stopping power is also on tap from a braking system based on a powerful Brembo Gold Series 320 mm double disc unit at the front and a 282 mm disc at the rear.
An upright riding position, far more natural than on most classic sports machines, is achieved with raised, double tapered, aluminum handlebars, tapering from 28 mm to 22 mm in diameter. These bars not only improve sports handling, but also make the V11 Sport Ballabio relaxing to ride in city traffic, where its eye-catching colors cannot fail to attract admiration.
A handlebar mounted bullet fairing provides aerodynamic protection for the rider. The bike is available in sporting Gloss Red or elegant Gloss Black. Italian creativity and motorcycling passion bring racing tradition and the latest technology together in this exceptional motorcycle, a machine that embodies the true spirit of Moto Guzzi.