Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 1990s Italian sports bike

It is not a bad marketing ploy to name a bike after an iconic American race-track. It is fraught with danger, though. Deliver a machine which does not do justice to that arena ... and you going to look a tad silly. No such worries for Moto Guzzi! When the Daytona 1000 was released - in 1992 - its descriptor was perfectly apt. The Daytona was designed by 'Dr John' Wittner. He was a racer and engineer - who jacked in dentistry to go to Guzzi. To fans of the brand, their Mandello HQ was mythical. Dr John had campaigned Guzzis in the late '80s, with much success. He looked now to cement that legacy - in the shape of a road-going superbike.

The Daytona was directly descended from those track-based exploits. Its chassis provided excellent handling. The bike's engine had been suitably detuned - but was still fitted with fuel injection, and four valves per cylinder. That gave 95bhp - which equated to a top speed of 150mph. The V-twin's torque curve was typically steady.

Moto Guzzi have honed many a two-wheeled gem over the years. The Daytona 1000 was just the latest in a long line of solid, dependable, attractive products. Dr John - the ex-dentist - had indeed dished up a superbike to savour.

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