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Moto Guzzi November 5, 2010 posted by

The Ultimate Cafe Racer: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LEMANS

For sale: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LEMANS unrestored!

Behold the mighty Guzzi! What we are looking at here is a Series 2 machine of the original 850 LeMans production, identified by the square (as opposed to round) taillights. With big, torquey twin cylinders and shaft drive, these LeMans models are ideally suited to devoring long stretches of ambling pavement.

From the seller:
This is a 1977 Moto Guzzi Lemans original and unrestored with many new parts. Bike starts easily and all electrics work as new. Paint is factory original with some wear and a few chips seen in photos. Only the fairing orange has been resprayed due to fading. Most paint is quite strong but frame paint which is not wonderful when new is less so. All wiring is correct and intact. Carburater's are freshly rebuilt and have their original plastic velocity stacks in place but K&N filters were always used and stacks only mounted for photos. K&N's included with sale. Matched Dunlop tires are a few years old but still very nice. Brembo calipers are compleatly rebuilt including new pistons and seals all around. Brake lines are original and seem fine.Other new parts include brand new header pipe, not mounted in this photo set, new correct grips, new tubes, new rubber key switch cover, new fork boot's, new clutch and throttle cables, Also included is a NOS owners manual and factory parts book. All tune up specifacations checked and all fluids and filters replaced. There are a few flaws aside from usual wear. The fake side cover louvers have been opened up to actually function. It was very skillfully done and could be reversed. The usual stress cracks in the covers have been reinforced from the back sides. The original mufflers have been welded around hanger bracket and a series of very small holes drilled to reduce back pressure. The cross over has a pin hole or two. There is also a non stock clutch inspection hole fitted with a rubber plug in transmision case located on the top and quite hidden. Another case without inspection hole is included with the bike. The saddle has an abrasion mark on the right rear which can be easily repaired. Over all a very nice example of this fast appriciating classic Guzzi.

The Guzzi LeMans series has become more valued from a collector perspective in the past few years. These are really solid, classic motorcycles and this one could make a great additions to your collection. This is a bike that you can ride and enjoy while it appreciates. The seller has offered many pictures and good detail as to the current condition of the bike, and it appears to be a good bike in rideable condition.

Your chance to own this great cafe racer is now -


Moto Guzzi September 9, 2010 posted by

1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS 1100 In Alabama

A rare Moto Guzzi Daytona RS on eBay!

Bike:  1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Location:  Foley, Alabama

Mileage:  6,200mi

Price:  $9,000 opening bid with reserve and $13,000 BIN.

The seller states that this bike is museum quality with the majority of the 6,200 miles put on by them.  The bike is cosmetically and mechanically perfect with a recent major service including valve service, fluid flush, and new Michelin Pilot Power's.  The pictures reflect the claims and this bike looks fantastic.  The seller states that the only modifications from stock are a FI re-programming and polished head guards.

The 1997 Daytona RS is a continuation of the 1996 model which featured the 1100cc motor and chassis tweaks compared to the earlier RS'.  This bike has a claimed output of 102bhp with 71lb-ft of torque which results in a top speed of 145mph.  The suspension is comprised of WP suspension with Brembo brakes.

The Daytona--and 1100 Sport--is easily my favorite road going Moto Guzzi.  It may be because I'm younger and these came out in my formative years but, I still find these dead sexy compared to what is usually released from Lombardy.  I imagine the odd V-Twin and shaft drive was never attractive to anyone who wasn't a Moto Guzzi fan already--making it difficult to convert new buyers.  If you think 900SS Ducati's are too prevalent, I'd absolutely consider one of these gorgeous machines.

See this bike on eBay .


Moto Guzzi September 7, 2010 posted by

2001 Moto Guzzi Rosso Mandello V11: 1 OF 300

2001 Moto Guzzi Rosso Mandello V11: 1 OF 300

No matter what you think of Moto Guzzi, you have to admit it would sound cool to tell someone you own a Rosso Mandello V11.  Sounds a lot more exotic than a CBR600 doesn't it?  Now I know this bike doesn't fit everyone's definition of sport bike but with the growing popularity of naked bikes I think it is more relevant now than it was back in 2001.  I'm a fan of anything you don't see everyday and I think these fit the bill.

The Rosso limited edition was apparently differentiated by the paint color and a carbon fiber cafe screen and front fender.  I can't claim to have ever ridden one but while looking up info on this bike I came across a really nice review of it.  It looks like the original MSRP's on these bikes was close to $14,000.  This bike has just under 11,000 miles on it.   Hmmmm, a limited edition bike,  original price of $14,000, low miles and a buy it now price of $6,500.  I would think that would draw a little interest.

Here she is:

Here are the auction details:

#111 of 300 in the WorldThe Rosso is Guzzi's 80th anniversary motorcycle. There were 300 built and each one had its production number displayed on the side covers.  This is bike #111 and is one of 83 that was imported to the US.

 The Moto Guzzi V 11 Sport Rosso Mandello Limited Edition is a 4 stroke, Naked Bike bike with a Air cooled 1100 cc, 2 valve engine.  91 horsepower and  95 foot pounds of torque.  Mistral exhaust (the Mistral cans were imported directly from Italy for the bike and have a very deep sound compared the stock pipes. The stock pipes are available with the purchase of the bike).  This motorcycle is in excellent condition and needs nothing. 10,950 miles.


I think you could sum this bike up by saying this is a bike that appeals to those who just like something a little different.  .

Here is a walk around of one with some different mufflers.  Moto Guzzi's sure have a unique sound.


Cafe Racer July 12, 2010 posted by

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

Jon emailed me a few days ago about his Guzzi cafe racer and unfortunately I was swamped this weekend. So with 17 hours remaining, please

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Custom Cafe Racer

More details from Jon's listing:

And now we present a 1975 Moto Guzzi cafe racer designed and built by the legendary Steve Bolvari.

This spectacular cafe racer started life as a Moto Guzzi 850T, before it was hand built by Bolvari. A "cafe racer" is a motorcycle genre that had its start in London with the famous Ace Cafe "rockers" (the original name for bikers in the UK) of the early 1960s. It is very unusual to find early 1970s Moto Guzzis converted into a cafe racer.

The Moto Guzzi 850T has an 844 ccm V2 four-stroke engine. In unmodified form it made 55 HP at 6100 RPM. It has a 5 speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It originally weighed 562 lbs wet, yet could reach 112mph. Naturally, this cafe racer is much lighter and has had some performance modifications made that are befitting of the genre.


This cafe racer was built by Steve Bolvari of MOTO CUSTOMZ INC. Steve has built a number of show winning bikes. Perhaps, the most notorious is the Moto Guzzi chopper that took People's Choice award two years in a row at the 2005 and 2006 IMOC Rally.

This bike was modified from a 1975 850T Moto Guzzi. Lots of custom made parts were installed. Straight intake manifolds matched to intake transfer with 38mm Mikuni carburetors. It has an increased diameter two into one exhaust that is characteristically wrapped with heat wrap. The frame has had some modifications with the front dropped 1 1/4 inches. A pair of 13 1/2" Marzocchi air shocks have been installed. Wide clip on handlebars are used but retain the older controls for the authentic old school look. The paint is very fresh and includes the original Bolvari "Cafe" logo and his signatory checkered-flag motif. A custom seat has been built.

This is a nice reminder that we'd like to do more classic sport bike listings and here's a great example that I think fits our niche. Sorry for the delay Jon,


[AffomaticEbay]Moto Guzzi Custom[/AffomaticEbay]

Moto Guzzi May 26, 2010 posted by


Don't ask me why, but I really have no idea why Moto Guzzi made this bike. The company at the time had just been bought by Aprilia in 2000 for 65 million euros and Aprilia (I guess) wanted to take the company in a little different direction, hence the MGS01. It was 2003 and I was visiting Aprilia and Moto Guzzi factories on our yearly dealer trip. At the Moto Guzzi factory they were very excited to show us the first finished MGS01, sure it was cool but who's going to buy such an expensive air cooled shaft drive race bike? I remember Doug Polen took the bike for a few laps in California, there was a small press release about it and then the whole thing just died. They were available to US Moto Guzzi dealers via special order, I believe the cost was about $35k.  In 2004 the Piaggio Group buys Aprilia and gets Moto Guzzi in that package, still the brand struggles to keep afloat, kinda sad since the old Guzzi's from the 70's and earlier are really cool. My tag line for Guzzi stills stands, "Moto Guzzi, going out of business since 1921". Here's the real deal on EBay located in Christchurch (that name just cracks me up), New Zealand. Click for the jump to EBay.

With a starting bid of $39,999 US, the ad reads: Moto Guzzi MGS01 Race Bike. Super exotic racer in top condition. Competitive 'Sound of Thunder' racer, rare as hen's teeth. Most of these are in the hands of collectors and have never been fired up, this one's a winner. Worldwide freight easily arranged, you could be racing this in a few weeks. All questions answered, cheers Chris.Thanks for looking

I'm not sure if I've ever seen a used one for sale so I don't have much data on pricing. I'm sure it will be really collectable at some point in time but for now since it's air cooled, makes a killer BOT (battle of the twins) class racer. I remember the bike was very trick for what it is, it's not something just thrown together, it was well thought out and a full on race bike. Well in any case, let's all watch and see what this thing does...good luck Chris!

Ciao for now...Jay

Moto Guzzi March 3, 2010 posted by

2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 With 2,700 Miles

If you're a fan of hand-built, Italian, craftsmanship and like your twins transverse; This Ghezzi & Brian is for you!  Located in Denver, Colorado is a 2001 Ghezzi & Brian Supertwin 1100 with 2,700 original miles.  Phil posted a Supertwin this time last year, making this only the second Supertwin we've had on the site.  This example is finished in stunning bright blue and electric pink--you can forgive your friends at bike-night when they think you've ridden up on a Britten!  Ghezzi & Brian was created in 1995 and these Supertwin examples are inspired by Giuseppe Ghezzi's Italian Supertwins Championship in 1996.  Some technical details about the Supertwin:

Like Guzzi's original, Ghezzi's frame is based on a steel spine and uses the motor as a stressed member, but that's where the similarities end. The Supertwin spine doubles not as the oil tank but as the airbox, taking in air under the tank to feed the intakes that run back from those jutting cylinders.  There's plenty of clever engineering rearward, too, where a multiadjustable Bitubo shock lies horizontally and is worked by a rising-rate linkage. In Guzzi fashion the Supertwin's box-section steel swingarm incorporates a parallelogram arrangement to cancel torque reaction.  But this bike's real innovation is up front, where its multiadjustable, inverted Paioli fork holds a 17-inch wheel whose twin discs are a massive 420mm in diameter, and are fixed to the rim rather than the hub. The entire system, incorporating four-piston calipers biting on thin discs that are fully floating to allow for heat expansion, has been developed by local firm Braking, in conjunction with Marchesini, manufacturer of the wheel.

More information can be read here, as this bike has a laundry list of special items--it isn't just a re-badged Moto Guzzi.  With it's specifications and rarity this bike is a real stunner--the blue & pink scheme doesn't hurt either.  The asking price for this example is $17,999.  If you feel that Bimotas are far too common and love an Italian V-Twin, see this Supertwin here.