The ex-Ewan McGregor
2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Frame Number: ZGUKRAKR1YM112615
Movie fans will know Ewan McGregor from his roles in 50-plus films, including a young Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars series and Christian in the musical Moulin Rouge. But McGregor, a consummate motorcyclist may be more impressive to us with his riding résumé, which includes the travel documentaries Long Way Round and Long Way Down, in which he and longtime riding mate Charley Boorman circumvent the globe on a couple of BMW adventure-tourers.
A fan of Moto Guzzis old and new, for several years McGregor was spokesman for the Italian brand. At that time, he acquired the subject V11 Sport.
Helped by Aprilia’s development department, the V11 used the venerable air-cooled V-twin which reported 91bhp and nearly 70 ft lbs. torque from its 1064cc capacity. Signature shaft drive is helped by a torque arm, and Marelli fuel injection makes starting and running easy. Top components from Öhlins and Brembo, and improvements like the hydraulic clutch and oil cooler bring the big machine into the 21st century.
On twisty roads or long sweeping country lanes, the rock-solid handling inspires confidence, and great torque makes for a fun ride. The V11 has a mature powertrain, and the electric green color/red scheme, a modern interpretation of the original V7, makes this a formidable and stylish ride. McGregor sold the bike in 2017 to another Italian bike collection in Southern California with just 8,000 miles on the odometer. Now with an addition 3.266 miles, the bike is for sale again.
The V7 is offered is in excellent mechanical condition, starting easily, idling smoothly and with good responsive power. It shifts perfectly with a good clutch while the brakes, suspension and all electrical systems work exactly as they should. It is a typical Guzzi smooth and comfortable ride.
Cosmetically, the bike is in equally excellent condition. Now, with a total of 11,266 miles from new, the bike is almost totally free of any blemishes, scratches, scuffs or dings, having been kept meticulously. Departures from stock specification include upgraded CRG brake and clutch levers, Rizoma mirrors mounted on the upper fairing, Rizoma handlebar grips and a much throatier sound from the Agostini Mandello Exhausts.