MGS-01 Corsa: the winning weapon.
Winning designs are not born by accident. Behind the sleek lines of the MGS-01 Corsa are
strategic decisions, a gradual development process and above all the desire to explore the
potential of the Moto Guzzi all the way, without limits.
Going back through the stages leading up to production of this model means following, step by step, the transformation of a dream into reality.
The "Style Laboratory" was set up at the beginning of 2002 as a training ground to put the skills and creativity of famous designers, planners and preparers such as Ghezzi & Brian to the test with the aim of designing motorcycles with modern style and technology, but unmistakably
All the company's technological and human resources were made available for the challenge
which showed all signs of being both difficult and thrilling.
The deadlines were concrete: the models designed, if agreed, must be ready to go into
production within two years at most.
The technical starting point was the four-valve twin of the Centauro and the six speed box of the V11, for the first time working together.
To say that Ghezzi & Brian had little time to "give birth" to their creature would not be wrong, given that they had less than nine months, from February to November, to present the showbike at Intermot in Munich.
The ideas were very clear. It must be simple, without frills, "pure".
Go back to the very essence of the motorcycle, be easy to ride and have a number of elements such as the exposed mechanics and shaft drive which would communicate the personality of the bike immediately.
From a technical point of view, attention was concentrated on ridability and handling. Short
wheelbase, excellent balance and racing mechanics were the parameters on which work began immediately and with great enthusiasm.
The MGS-01 Corsa is a winning motorbike for modern-day tracks, with all the personality of
yesterday's models, and with a lot more technology. Moto Guzzi does not say so on paper, but proves it on the racetrack. The "standard" MGS-01 Corsa has proved to be competitive when it won two consecutive races with Gianfranco Guareschi in the "Battle of Twins" during the Daytona International Speedway Bike Week in Florida respectively in 2006 and 2007 seasons and repeated this supremacy winning the national Supertwins title.
It looks like it is moving even when it stands still. It has a streamline, feisty profile, with its
aerodynamic cockpit, and streamline, nimble tail. The impression of power and elegance is
emphasised even more by its performance. The air-cooled 1125 cc V 90 degree two-cylinder,
four-stroke, four-valve engine pushes forward at all speeds. All it takes is a look at the
components to understand why. The three-segment Cosworth pistons guarantee high
Chrome-plated cylinders reduce friction to a minimum; brass bearings are
replaced by roller bearings. Control comes together with power controlled from a riding position that has been studied for use on the racetrack. The excellent distribution of weight, with just 200g between the front and rear axle, helps to make the bike so easy to handle, together with the limited weight (192 kg) and the reduced wheelbase (1450mm) The front 43 mm Ohlins forks canbe adjusted to three positions. Rear suspension is looked after by a 513mm swingarm in boxedaluminium and a vertical shock absorber just behind the engine. Two 320mm discs op front and a single twin caliper 220mm disc look after braking. The MGS-01 Corsa is an exclusivemotorbike that is built with the care of craftsmen and intended for true motorbike enthusiasts.
This is why each model comes with a book with the rider's personal details and the frame
number. The motorbike cover and the stand carry theMGS-01 Corsa logo and even the
packaging used to ship the product to the new owner is personalised.
Whoever chooses a motorbike like this one deserves nothing less.