Moto Guzzi 1000SP Spada (1978-79)

The Moto Guzzi 1000SP Spada motorcycle was manufactured between 1978 and 1979. Its engine is a four-stroke 90-degree V twin alloy, longitudinally mounted with overhead valves and two valves per cylinder, featuring pushrods from camshaft and a single paper cartridge filter. Its lubrication system includes a 5.5 pint wet sump with high-pressure delivery via a gear pump, while its electrical system features a 12V battery charged by a 190W alternator with coil and contact breaker ignition. This motorcycle has a claimed power of 71 HP at 6800 RPM and a maximum torque of 84.3 Nm at 5200 RPM. It has a dry twin plate diaphragm clutch and a five-speed transmission with a final drive shaft within the right side pivoted fork leg. The frame is a full loop duplex cradle in welded steel tube, while the front suspension is a 35mm telescopic two-way damped Moto Guzzi tele-fork with De Carbon damping, and the rear suspension is a pivoted fork with two-way damped, load-adjustable suspension units. The braking system consists of two 300mm discs and two-piston calipers on the front and a single 242mm disc and two-piston caliper on the rear. The motorcycle has a wheelbase of 1473mm, a dry weight of 210kg, and a wet weight of 244kg. The fuel capacity is 24 liters, and on average, it can consume 52 miles per gallon. Its standing quarter-mile is 14.1 seconds at 91.5mph, while it has a top speed of 137mph.

Technical specifications:

Make Model: Moto Guzzi 1000SP Spada

Year: 1978 – 79

Engine: Four stroke, 90 degrees V twin alloy, longitudinally mounted, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder, All plain bearing engine with two mains and split shell big ends. One piece forged crankshaft. Steel con-rod split across big end eye. Valve operation: Pushrod from camshaft between cylinder bases in crankcase. Clearance by screw and locknut on rocker tips
Capacity: 949 cc / 57.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke: 88 x 78 mm
Cooling System: Air cooled
Compression Ratio: 9.2:1
Induction: 2 x 32mm Dell Orto instruments with mechanical accelerator pumps. Single paper cartridge filter.
Lubrication: 5.5 pint wet sump via high pressure delivery only gear pump. Replaceable paper cartridge and washable wire gauze filters.
Electrics: 12v 32a/h battery charged by crankshaft mounted 190w
Alternator: Coil and contact breaker ignition. Claimed power:
Ignition: Battery
Starting: Electric
Max Power: 71 hp / 51.8 kW @ 6800 rpm
Max Torque: 84.3 Nm / 62.2 lb-ft @ 5200 rpm
Clutch: Dry twin plate diaphragm unit mounted on crankshaft end.
Transmission: 5 Speed

Final Drive: Shaft, within right side pivoted fork leg. 4.71:1 reduction.
Gear Ratio: 1st 11.64, 2nd 8.08, 3rd 6.09, 4th 5.05, 5th 4.36:1
Frame: Full loop duplex cradle in all welded steel tube. Detachable lower left cradle rail for engine removal. Fully triangulated and welded rear sub-frame.
Front Suspension: 35mm telescopic Two-way damped Moto Guzzi tele-fork with De Carbon damping
Rear Suspension: Pivoted fork with two-way damped, load adjustable suspension units.
Front Brakes: 2x 300mm discs 2 piston calipers
Rear Brakes: Single 242mm disc 2 piston caliper
Front Tyre: 100/90 H18
Rear Tyre: 110/100 H18
Wheelbase: 1473mm / 58 in
Seat height: 762mm / 30 in
Dry Weight: 210 kg / 460 lbs
Wet Weight: 244 kg / 538 lbs
Fuel Capacity: 24 Litres / 6.3 US gal
Consumption Average: 52 mpg
Standing 1/4 Mile: 14.1 sec / 91.5 mph
Top Speed: 137 mph

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