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Moto Guzzi 1000S – West 23rd Street, NYC

September 29th, 2009 by Ian

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We spotted this ultra-rare Moto Guzzi 1000S on West 23rd in Chelsea. The striking green and black livery, which extends from the sheet metal all the way through to the V7 frame and swing arm, represented one of two color combos available (orange and black was the other) during the brief production run (‘89-’93) of just 1,360 units. Although this green hornet is aged the better part of 20 years, the design was considered retro at the time, paying homage to the ‘74 750S and ‘75 740S3 models. Classic styling cues on this super clean example can be seen in the gas tank, side covers, seat, grab rails, taillight & bracket, fenders, headlight bucket and spoke wheels. Extensive use of chrome and polished parts brings out the disco era that much more.

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12 responses so far ↓

  • Great bike. Much like a Triumph Bonneville.

  • Really? Don’t see the Bonneville connection at all Tom. Nice find MotM

  • Come on… the long seat ,the dual flared side pipes,
    the spoke wheels, that classic, upright stance.
    Everything but the handle bars.

  • great bikes!.Ive got two big valve 1000S’s and 4 LeMans and love every one as much as the last one.Guzzi’s are in a breed of their own and the 1000S stands out even in that group.Wonder who’s it is and if its for sale???? Looks very well cared for.

  • La capostipite della serie V è la Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, guardateLa!

  • What a bike! I’ve got a similar machine except it is the SE version with Cast wheels that allows for a wider tire. It takes some getting used to as when it came out 20 yrs ago – it was already 20 yrs old ;–). Nothing new on the technology – a real parts bin special – but the parts were great. Basically a LeMans engine with 40 mm Del Orto’s (EPA made them cut it to 36 mm in ’93) and a V7 frame. It was the last of the frames designed by Lino Tonti. Long and low!

    I’ve also got 2 Bonnevilles (’67 and ’06) and although it looks a little like the ’06 Thruxton – it’s night and day when you throw your leg over the seat!

    Glad you enjoyed it. Here’s a great link for more info:


  • Beautiful bike! This was the first bike to really inspire lust in me for all things two wheeled. I used to go into the dealer regularly to look at a 1990 1000s in green. It was there for years! I was so sad when it finally got sold. It was outta my price range at the time… I had to make do with a used 84 V65C… someday I will find another 1000s with the green frame and make it mine!

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  • sweet bike wish i had one.

  • A real beauty !
    Great to see you like these in the states too.
    I have a black/orange big valve version over here in the UK.
    I plan to ride to the factory this summer in Mandello so the old girl can meet the relatives back home.

  • I have a 1000s for sale in UK. its July 2014 look out for it on E**y in next few weeks.