The 1000S was not a great success, as a retro model it was way ahead of its time. Only a few years after it was out of production, there became more demand for retro motorcycles. Only 1250 were produced from the end of 1989 to 1993. The frame numbers were from VV50000-
The front fork is almost the same as the last Le Mans 1000 (V) series with the adjustable Bitubo dampers. There are three differences:
The front and rear fender are only used with the 1000S, just like the tank and the seat. The shape of the tank appears to be a copy of a Le Mans-
The 1000SE is completely painted in red, without the characteristic stripes of the 1000S. There is also a fairing mounted from the former Le Mans 850. To mount the fairing to the 1000SE, the indicators are mounted lower and the headlight brackets are designed differently. This is more visible on the shown 1000SE, without a fairing. The cap on the lower triple clamp is also different in shape and made of chromed plastic instead of black plastic. This is because the flashing lights have moved further down to the lower triple clamp. The cap is identical with the ones used on the California III, 1100 and the Mille GT. Strangely enough there is a 1000S sticker on the side covers, no 1000SE designation here. I received a photo from Daryl, he does have an SE with a 1000SE aluminum logo. Who knows more about this, was this factory original, or did someone have their own logos made?
Two versions of the 1000S have been released, also referred to as the first and second series. The dividing line is not so clear here, because Moto Guzzi often used what was available in the warehouse. The various admission requirements in different countries also had an impact on the components applied. The first series had the Le Mans 1000 engine with 81 HP. The second series had two engine versions, the 81 HP of the first series and a 71 HP version of the SPIII / California-
As an extra information you can see a nice document that was available on the website guzzi1000s.com. There the 1000S is even divided into 3 series. Unfortunately, this website is no longer online.
The images below show the most striking differences between the first and second series 1000S.
Plastic dashboard, identical to the 850 T3, but with white dials. In the course of 1990 this was replaced by a stainless steel dashboard.
Dashboard of stainless steel (click for the USA version with blue dials)
First series 1000S
Second series 1000S
Dell'Orto PHM 40 (40mm bore)
Dell'Orto PHF 36 (36mm bore)
Introducing the 1000S
The 1000S was established by a request from the then German Guzzi importer, A&G Motorrad. Earlier, at their request, the Mille GT had already been created, which was sold reasonably well. At the Milan Motor Show, in November 1989, the 1000S was presented to the public. A retro model based on the appearance of the 750S3 from 1975 and the technology of the Le Mans 1000 from 1990.
Le Mans 1000 from 1990, the technical basis of the 1000S
The 1000S was delivered in three colors:
1000S orange with spoked wheels
1000S green with spoked wheels (exhaust is not original)
1000SE red with spoked wheels and Le Mans 850 fairing
1000S orange with cast wheels