Moto Guzzi Daytona RS


Make Model

Moto Guzzi Daytona RS


1996 - 97


Four stroke, V twin, longitudinally mounted, 4 valve per cylinder


992 cc / 60.5 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 90 X 78 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 10.5:1


High volume geared pressure pump, pressure regulator, thermostatic valve and cooling radiator


Weber Marelli electronic injection with one injector per cylinder.  Alfa-n system, electric fuel pump with pressure regulator,  optimized digital control of injection times and high efficiency air filter with 2 dynamic intakes.


Weber Marelli digital electronic ignition with inductive spark and high efficiency coils
Starting Electric

Max Power

102 hp / 74.6 kW @ 8500 rpm

Max Torque

88 Nm / 64.9 ft-lb @ 6600 rpm
Clutch Double disc, dry type


5 Speed 
Final Drive Shaft
Frame Chrome-molybdenum single steel beam, rectangular section with engine as stressed member

Front Suspension

40mm Upside-down hydraulic telescopic WP forks, adjustable for compression and rebound damping

Rear Suspension

WP hydraulic monoshock cantilever swing arm, adjustable for pre-load compression and rebound damping

Front Brakes

2x 320mm disc 2 piston calipers

Rear Brakes

Single 282mm disc

Front Tyre

120/70 ZR17

Rear Tyre

160/60 ZR17
Dimensions Length 475 mm  /  58 in
Dry Weight 223 kg / 488 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

19 Litres / 5.0 US gal

Consumption Average

16 km/lit

Braking 60 - 0 / 100 - 0

12.9 m / 37.28 m

Standing ¼ Mile  

11.8 sec / 193.2 km/h

Top Speed

240.0 km/h

The most uncompromising sporting Moto Guzzi of the late 1990s was the Daytona RS, a four-valve raceable sportster of 150mph potential. It was probably the best Moto Guzzi ever built in terms of the technology of its design and manufacture and its handling was superb. But the sales success of the 1100 Sport overshadowed it, so the Daytona never sold in the numbers it might have. Doubtless in time it will become a much sought-after classic.