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Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

BMW June 30, 2011 posted by

ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com weekly recap!

In case you forgot about the sister sites of RSBFS, CafeBikesForSale and my now second favorite site to this one, ClassicSportBikesForSale, here is a quick recap of what’s been going down! There have been some bikes roll across their pages in the last couple weeks that I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on, allow me to share.

From ClassicSportBikesForSale

Classic Sport Bike on the Cheap: 1987 Honda CBR600 Hurricane

Moto Guzzi T3 dressed like a S3

1985 BMW K100RS

More awesome bikes from CafeBikesForSale

Martin Cafe Racer on Discovery For Sale

That is just a taste of what kind of bikes are showing up just around the corner of the internet! Take a stroll over and check out ClassicSPortBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com!

-JS

Moto Guzzi June 24, 2011 posted by

Perfect for summer: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

For Sale: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

It's officially summertime, and I can't think of a better way to spend the days than loping over my favorite roads on something like this. This big, two valve twin is the Moto Guzzi equivalent of a Ducati Supersport - lots of torque and the relatively simplicity of air cooling. Sure, this isn't a razor-sharp canyon carver like many wanna-be replica hypersportbikes, but a good rider can maintain a good pace in relative comfort and with relatively low effort. Not a bad way to go.

Regular RSBFS readers have seen a few other Guzzis come across these pages, including a nearly identical 1100 Sport as posted by Ian. While today's bike does not sport quite the carbon fiber upgrades, it does appear to be in very good condition and has very low miles for the year. Note the fuel injection - this is the first year it was offered on the big twin.

From the seller:
This motorcycle was originally sold by "BMW Motorcycles of North Dallas" on 10th December 1996. The original sales price was $11,600 + $190 Freight. I purchased the bike from RPM Cycles also of Dallas on 15th August 2006. At that time the bike had accumulated a total of 2,289 miles from new. Today its total mileage is 4,967.1. This is the first year of the fuel injected Sports.

Since purchasing the bike I have installed a complete set of stainless steel "Stay In Tune" exhaust headers and mufflers at a cost of well over $1,000.00 and a new set of rear view mirrors. The header pipes have been treated to "Performance Coatings" (ceramic) which will insure that they never discolor.

Since owning the bike it has always been stored inside a climate controlled environment. Although it does have a rev limiter, to my knowledge it has never been near redline due to the low mileage. A new set of Pirelli tires front and rear were installed when I purchased the bike as well as all hydraulic lines were flushed. The bike uses an "Odyssey" dry cell battery.

This low mileage bike looks to have been well cared for over the years. There have been some minor mods (pipes and mirrors as per the seller, plus the WP shock looks to be an add-on), but nothing outrageous or likely to detract from the value of the bike. I bet those Staintune pipes boom out a sonorous note as this bike chugs along a winding two-lane road!

The current asking price for this bike is $4,625 with reserve not met. These are generally $6,000 - $8,000 machines depending upon condition. This bike looks to be a solid rider, and should fetch somewhere in the middle of that range. For more information and to check out all the pictures, . Tell 'em you saw it on RSBFS, and good luck!

MI

Cafe Racer June 8, 2011 posted by

Catching up at Our Sister Sites: ClassicSportBikesForSale.com and CafeBikesForSale.com

Yep, did you see how I snuck that in there? I've started a new site just for cafe bikes and conversions for sale. I can't deny that I'm on the bus and love what they represent. But for the most part, we try to only post original or lightly modified machines on both Rare SportBikes For Sale and Classic SportBikes For Sale. So I figured why not make another site dedicated to these great rides and show off some of the better looking cafe's and conversions for sale! Here's a taste of some recent picks:

1986 Yamaha SRX-600 Super Single Cafe For Sale on eBay


Check out this 74 Norton 750 with Dunstall goodies on eBay

1974 Rickman Kawasaki Cafe Racer For Sale on eBay

If you're a fan of cafe bikes, or curious like me, I hope you'll consider subscribing and discussing these bikes with us. I'd really appreciate feedback as we get started there!

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And over at CSBFS, there hasn't been any shortage of beautiful bikes either. Please welcome our latest contributor, Tad, on CSBFS!

So you want to be a player? 1974 John Player Norton

ANOTHER instant collection of bikes on eBay!

A tale of two Guzzis: 850 LeMans Mk1

Thanks for looking and feedback is always appreciated!

dc

Moto Guzzi June 5, 2011 posted by

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello

While many won't think of a Guzzi as a sportsbike the company has a very long and proud racing history.  Just to give you an idea look at these stats. By the time of its pull out from Grand Prix racing, Moto Guzzi had won 3,329 official races, 8 World Championships, 6 Constructor's Championships and 11 Isle of Man TT victories. The Rosso Mandello was built to celebrate 80 years of the company and only some 300 were created so this is a rare bike across the globe.  No denying the look of the red rocker covers in the sunshine, these are very fine bikes.

The Seller seems to look after his bike well and from the listing:

Changes within my Circle of Life compel me to sell my beautiful 2001 Italian Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Rosso Mandello V-Twin motorcycle. I am the original owner of number #261 of 300 originally built limited edition Rosso Mandello cafe bikes. After seeing a debut picture of this model in a cycle magazine, I chased down the Moto Guzzi VP of Marketing North America himself in order to locate this bike back in late September 2001. To his knowledge, there were 2 available in the USA east of the Mississippi River at the time & one sold as soon as it hit the show room floor. A Guzzi-guy all my life, I bought #261 sight unseen from Myers Ducati of Ashville, North Carolina. The Limited Edition Rosso Mandello celebrates the 80th anniversary of Moto Guzzi motorcycle production. This shaft-driven bike represents it well. I refer to it as my two-wheeled Maserati. The burbling exhaust notes from the V twins are superb. The ride is powerful & soulful. This Guzzi is now 10 years old with only 3,147 miles (5065 km). Time does fly & so does this motorcycle.

The V11 Sport Rosso Mandello features carbon fiber fairing, front fender, dashboard, starter cover & exhaust covers. It has red anodized valve covers & pork-chop framing and a unique reddish factory paint that is beautifully mesmerizing under varying lighting conditions…in other words, it’s one sexy bike…a real good looker & performer. Basic specs for the Rosso Mandello can be viewed here:

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/moto_guzzi_v_11_sport_rosso_mandello_limited_edition_2001.php

The V11 Sport Rosso Mandello provides 30+ mpg with a range of approximately 180 - 200 miles per tankful depending on driving habits. Specs claim a top speed of 124mph (200km/h). I’ve personally done 115mph (185km/h), which was plenty fast enough on 2 wheels.

I originally planned on keeping this bike until I became a doddering old fart, no longer able to ride on 2 wheels. But I just don’t find the time to ride anymore & my riding season is so short; plus my favorite bike pals are now dead or gone. This Guzzi was last registered & driven during the 2009 season. It is unjust to have this bike set covered up like unseen fine art. It must be driven & enjoyed by its next rider. If you want exclusivity, this is the motorcycle for you. It was produced only for the 2001 Model Year. There really aren’t many numbered Rosso Mandellos in America. Except for a gathering of  the MGNOC (Moto Guzzi National Owners Club), you will probably never cross another Rosso Mandello’s path.

Included with the purchase of this bike are:

  • the original complete tool kit
  • one UFI oil filter & oil filter cover removal tool
  • a rare factory workshop stand & spindle
  • a Road Gear red flannel indoor cover
  • a complete 2 volume workshop service manual in both paper & CD formats
  • V11 Sport workshop manual & parts manual on CD
  • original operator’s manual
  • framed factory-issued certificate of provenance for Rosso Mandello #261
  • an Ian Smith Motorcycle Report containing V11 Sport & Rosso Mandello motorcycle magazine articles & literature
  • one container each of Golden Spectro 4 Blended SAE 20w50 Engine Lubricant, Golden Spectro Full Synth SAE 75w90 GL-5 Differential Gear Lube & Bel Ray DOT4 brake fluid
  • Key-operated helmet cable lock
  • Key-operated red Kryptonite front disc lock
  • Documentation of factory recall 101EBS (Shift Ring & Cush Drive Assembly) completion

 

The bike received its warranty-required 1000 mile valve adjustment & subsequent scheduled service from a factory-authorized shop in Avon NY before the closing of its sales/service business. Each driving season thereafter, I performed basic scheduled maintenance & service using the following products:

  • Golden Spectro 4 Blended SAE 20w50 Engine Lubricant
  • Golden Spectro Full Synth SAE 75w90 GL-5 Differential Gear Lube
  • UFI oil filters
  • NGK sparkplugs
  • Bel Ray DOT4 brake fluid (every other driving season)

This bike is factory original with the following exceptions:

  • Moto International valve cover protectors
  • Battery Tender connector affixed to gel battery terminals
  • The emissions canisters (included in this sale) have been removed & lines plugged to provide more storage room under the seat
  • 3 of 4 side reflectors no longer attached (Inferior metal brackets fracture & fail after several seasons of riding. 2 of the 3 detached reflectors included)
  • Cherry DC1 replacement front brake light microswitch from DesignTech Engineering, LLC (original switch failed in 2007). The Cherry DC1 is a superior robust design & the preferred replacement for the prone to fail OE switch.
  • NGK Racing sparkplug cables & caps (the rare original Champion PRO5U 5KOHM cables & caps are included in this sale)
  • Tire Minder 32psi safety pressure indicating valve caps. The cap color visually tells you if tire pressure is incorrect.
  • A few tasteful Italian motoring-related decals

This bike is cosmetically excellent with the following exceptions:

  • This bike’s black engine paint, like all early production V11s, exhibits the unintended original factory “crinkle coat” finish (see pic)
  • Scratched carbon fiber on right muffler surface (see pic) from taking the sharpest corner in my life on its Bridgestone BattleAxe tires!
  • Two small nicks on right red anodized valve cover (see pic)
  • Front tire roadblasting on alternator cover (see pic)
  • Minor steering head paint-rub caused by keys (see pic)

All rubber & vinyl covered components are in excellent condition. The rear monocoque seat cover can be removed for two-up seating. The Bridgestone BattleAxe tires have at least 2 more seasons worth of sensible driving.

There is No rust whatsoever. This bike has NEVER sat outside neglected in the elements; always stored inside the garage under a breathable cover. This motorcycle starts right up & is ready for more road adventure. There is No Reserve on this auction, so bid confidently for one of the rarest Guzzis of this New Millenium!

 

Current you can start the bidding at $6k which I think is a very good price.  Tough to say what it could get to given they are rare to see but with a Guzzi buyer it could well press higher. Reading through the post the owner looks after the machine and it has a low mileage for a 2001 bike.  If I had more garage space ....

AS

Moto Guzzi May 6, 2011 posted by

1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

For Sale: 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V

These Guzzis have such classic lines and timeless style that I was torn between posting this beauty here on Rare Sport Bikes For Sale, or on our sister site, Classic Sport Bikes For Sale. For while this bike is new enough to belong here, it just looks like a classic in the making.

This bike has everything you expect from a unique and rare motorcycle: Great big cylinders pumping out loads of torque, a cockpit with a purpose - including a center-mounted tach, and peerless Italian styling and cachet.

OK - enough teasing. Here is a great shot of the whole bike. These Guzzi twins are real riders, and it is rare to see one without double digit mileage. After all, don't we believe sport bikes are made to be ridden? This one has done just that, with the clock sitting just shy of 40k. The best part? This is a one owner, clean and cared for machine.

From the seller:
For Sale - My 1990 Moto Guzzi LeMans V. I am the original owner. Adult owned & ridden since new. Always garaged. Always serviced properly and completely. 39,XXX miles. Bub performance exhaust system, complete and unmolested original exhaust system comes with bike. Aftermarket clip-on handlebars, originals included. K&N air filters, Corbin seat, fresh Avon tires, cylinder head guards. Owner's manual, original sales brochure included as are various extras and spares. Everything works - needs nothing but it's next owner. Easily one of the cleanest, best maintained LeManses anywhere.

With all of the original parts included, this looks to be a pretty good package deal. The one-owner concept really appeals to me as you are much more likely to find a honest example when compared against a bike that has been passed down through many hands. So a clean, one owner bike with tasteful and useful mods plus the OEM parts is the upside.

The downside here is that this auction opens with an ask of $5995. Mileage aside, the more recent vintage Guzzis have simply not held their price like the earlier V7 or Mk I, II or III models. That is unfortunate, as the Mk V is a great machine. So, stuck between new and classic, here is a bike that is easily worth that to the current owner, but may be a bit high for the rest of the collector world. To check out this bike, all the details and lots more pics, . Be sure and tell us what you think!

MI

Moto Guzzi March 30, 2011 posted by

More Italian Hardware: 2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

More Italian Hardware:  2004 Moto Guzzi V11 Coppa Italia

The Bimota's have slowed down but the limited Moto Guzzi's keep coming.  There were under 50 V11 Coppa Italia's imported here and this will be second one we've posted in just a couple of months.  Like the last one, this one looks like a keeper.

Here's the story on her:

This special motorcycle is a limited edition, of which only 47 were imported into the U.S.  Very collectible and desirable motorcycle, with all the special performance and appearance features that a fine Itialian motorcycle should have.  The bike is sporty yet comfortable.  Light but solid.  Shaft drive, of course.  Comes complete with Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes, adjustable steering damper, carbon fiber front fender and starter cover, passenger seat cowl cover, factory race exhaust and ECU, further tuned and dynoed (chart provided)  by Redline Motorsports with added Power Commander.  Roper Sloppage Sheet. The seat was upgraded for comfort by custom seat builder

Rich Maund. No damage or cosmetic flaws.  No known mechanical defects. Owner's Manual, all service records, and complete service manual on CD are included.  Fully serviced most recently  at 4300 miles.

 

 

There really isn't anything to pick on even if I tried.  This is the type of bike you just have to pull the trigger on if you've been waiting for one.  RSBFS has listed two but who knows when the next one will come up for sale.

 

What would you pay for it?  The last one sold for $8,100 and was very similar in miles and condition.  As of this writing the auction had just started and I'm sure it wasn't even close to the reserve price.  $8,100 seems very reasonable for a unique bike with a some nice curb appeal.

Anyone else looking forward to the Moto Guzzi's in the pipeline?  Might be an interesting year or so Guzzists.  Lets just hope those prototypes were more than just eye candy.  .

Ian