Moto Guzzi 1000 Strada

1993 Moto Guzzi 1000S

This 1000S belongs to my dear friend Benoit. I am posting

this page after spending 4 days with him riding up the Blue

Ridge Parkway and Shenandoah Parkway. The trip was

incredible and the Guzzi ran perfectly the entire time

without one adjustment for over 600 miles. On the last day

we traded bikes and I got to ride this incredible bike. Its

amazing that a retro can actually have the soul of a much

older motorcycle, even than it looks and be such a

wonderful ride!


Moto Guzzi’s 1000S retro bike was officially released for

the 1990 season. The 1000S (Mille S) is basically a Le

Mans 1000 styled after the 750S of 1974 and the 750S3 of

1975. The 1000S was manufactured from late 1989

through 1993. A total of 1360 were built. 524 in 1990, 401

in 1991, 196 in 1992 and the last 84 in 1993. Its believed

between 120 and 200 were imported to the United States

and sold as 1991 and a 1993 models. There weren’t any

1992 Guzzi models sold in the US. The 1000S was the last

of the classic Sport Guzzi’s based on the V7 frame by Lino

Tonti. There was a 1000SE model

The modern replica bodywork included the gas tank, side

covers, seat, grab rails, taillight bracket, fenders,

headlight bucket and spoke wheels. Cast wheels were an

additional cost option. Extensive chrome and polished

parts enhance the 1970’s look. The tank and side covers

are painted with S3 diagonal stripes in either orange or

bright green. The models with green stripes have a

corresponding green frame and swing arm.

Most of the 1000S models are based on the late Le Mans

1000 frame. The swing arm is slightly different. The 949cc

air cooled, 2 valve transverse 90 degree pushrod twin with

dual point distributor and PHM40N Dell’Orto carbs was

used in all markets through 1990. The engine has 88.0 x

78.0mm bore and stroke with a 10:1 compression ratio. 81

Horsepower is claimed at 8000rpm. The same big valve,

40mm carb bike was sold in the US for 1991. Tighter

emission standards resulted in all European markets for

1991-1993, and the 1993 US model to use the medium

valve engine with Dell’Orto PHF36 carburetors. This

engine was the same as used in the 1000 Strada and SPIII.

Most 40mm carb bikes used a Bosch alternator, Valeo

starter and upswept exhausts. Some late 40mm carb bikes

had the Saprisa alternator. The 36mm carb bikes used a

Motoplat electronic ignition in Europe and the Digiplex

ignition in 1993 for the US. The Marelli Digiplex ignition

adjusted timing for both engine speed and load. All 36mm

carb bikes used the SP III Mufflers with less upsweep, The

later engine was down on top end power, 71 hp at

6800rpm, but made more useable midrange torque. It was

also easier to maintain. The medium valve engine was

compatible with unleaded fuel.

The 1000S featured a 28 degree rake Moto Guzzi 40mm

fork providing 5.5 travel with Bitubo dampers. The forks

had external rebound damping and preload adjustment.

The rear suspension consists of twin Koni dampers

providing 3.5 of wheel travel and also include adjustments

for preload and rebound damping. Some early models

used a 38mm fork and the cast wheel option required

slightly different forks than the spoke wheel bikes.

The instrument cluster on the early models was very

similar to that used on the original 750S3. It was the same

unit used on the 850T3. During 1990 the instrument

cluster was changed to a polished stainless steel plate

holding the gauges and warning lights. Instrumentation

included a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter

and lights for neutral, high beam, oil pressure, charging

and turn signals. In addition to the standard 1000S,

Mondello offered the British market the SE which is

distinguished by the Le Mans Mark I style fairing. The last

SE models were completed in 1993.

The 1000S weighed 215kg (473 lbs) dry; the SE 218kg

(480 lbs) dry. Full wet weight is 530lbs. From the factory

the spoke wheel bike rides on a 2.15×18 Akront aluminum

front rim with 100/90V x 18 Avon Roadrunner tire. The

2.5×18 rear rim uses 120/90V x 18 Avon rubber. The cast

wheels are slightly wider. The 1000S wheelbase is

1485mm, 58.46 inches, with a seat height of 31. There is

a 24ltr (5.3gl) fuel tank. All models used the same 5-speed

transmission and shaft drive. The 1000S stopped with

triple double action caliper, 270mm Brembo brakes with

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