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Moto Guzzi August 1, 2016 posted by

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale

Relisted from last November, with a 20% price reduction - Martin

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side Front

In the early 1990s, Moto Guzzi was trying to revitalize their staid image and appeal to a younger, more sporting audience. Famous Guzzi tuners Ghezzi and Brian were brought in to style the new top-shelf sportbike, and the result was a machine uncharacteristically elegant and modern, considering Guzzi's products of the period. The MGS01 managed to look forwards and backwards at the same time: it was true sportbike that managed to be relatively lightweight while using a highly-developed version of their classic longitudinally-mounted v-twin and shaft drive.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 L Side

The bike used a bored-out version of the "high cam" eight-valve engine with Cosworth pistons and a 1225cc displacement, backed by the V11 Sport's compact six-speed gearbox and shaft-drive. It put out a very healthy 121hp and a stump-pulling 83lb-ft of torque. Unfortunately, although it was far lighter than other Guzzis being built at the time, the 420lb dry weight was still pretty portly when compared to its rivals.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Dash

Intended as a track day toy and gentleman's racer, it wasn't light enough or powerful enough to really compete against the Ducatis and Japanese inline-fours on track, and sourcing bodywork and parts should you crash could be a serious headache. It's just a shame that the promised roadbike production never materialized: Guzzis typically take a serious dive in the used market, but I could imagine that this one might have held its value...

From the original eBay listing: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale (LINK UPDATE FOR RELIST)

One of the most beautiful bikes ever made. Italian art at its best...

Extremely rare 1 of 50 produced only 7 ever imported into the US by Moto Guzzi.

This bike was bought new in 2004 in California by a collector for display only.

Bike is still on the original MSO. I have all the original sales documents, original red Moto Guzzi bike cover. Everything that came with the bike new. I still have the original side of the Moto Guzzi crate.

A very rare opportunity to purchase an extremely rare exotic, will only appreciate. You can purchase to ride or display in your office or wherever. Hard assets like this are much better and safer than the market.

Can be viewed anytime in Las Vegas, Nevada by appointment.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side Rear

Not sure I'd take financial advice from someone trying to sell me a motorcycle, and I'm really not sure that using a rare motorcycle as a part of your retirement planning is exactly good advice anyway, but regardless: this is a very special motorcycle, and I certainly wouldn't argue with his claim that it's one of the most beautiful bikes ever made.

The question is: "Is the MGS01 $60,000 80,000 beautiful?" Because that's what the seller is asking for this well-preserved, virtually unused example. Opinions on production numbers vary a bit, but whether it was 50 or 100 or 150, you're very unlikely to see another for sale anytime soon.

2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 R Side

Italian Unicorn: 2004 Moto Guzzi MGS01 Corsa for Sale
Moto Guzzi June 29, 2016 posted by

Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

After bringing Moto Guzzi under the Aprilia umbrella in 2000, the company's depth was a great help to Guzzi, and build quality improved within the year.  The V11 Le Mans was introduced in 2001, the recipient of many special parts and paint schemes.  Offered by a Mass. dealer, this example was stored since the buyer balked, and has been freshened up for a new life.

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2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

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The V11 Le Mans uses the 1064cc longitudinal V-twin, modernized in the 1990's - and though 91 hp isn't bad for a 2-valve engine, the 70 ft.-lbs. torque is more important and comes on early.  The chassis has been lengthened around 20mm for the Le Mans, and the massive frame connectors developed for earlier models look great here too.  Forks are 40mm Marzocchi upside-down units, and a Sachs monoshock controls  the Guzzi cantilever swingarm, which includes linkage to limit the tendency for a shaft drive swingarm to raise the bike under acceleration.  Though the linked brakes of older Moto Guzzi's are gone, the industry-leading Brembos are up to the task with 320mm fronts and 282 mm rear.  The frame mounted supersport fairing provides better protection than any previous Le Mans, directing air to the cylinder fins and away from the rider.

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Guessing the dealer had a soft spot for this bike, since he kept it around after the purchase fell through.  Basically unused with 478 miles, as the eBay auction relates:

2002 MG Le Mans , MINT, Has been Dealer Climate controlled storage since new, ONLY 478 miles, Dealer ordered for a customer, made out paperwork, customer never came thru, so it sat while new paperwork was done, dealer rode it a couple times. It is now Serviced, Oils and new battery, and ready to go. Bike is Mint, NO scratches or dings, AS NEW.

Around town might be ok, but new tires would be a requirement for pushing 600 lbs. with rider more seriously.  Not much to worry about in the engine dept. since the cam is chain-driven and it has electronic fuel injection.  Might expect a seal here or there but that's all.

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Even now, Moto Guzzi recalls their heritage on every bike, they have a continuity of character which can't be replaced by the latest innovation.  This new-(er) Le Mans is a fast, stable ride, modern in ways that effect safety and rideability, with great reverence to Guzzi's past.  One of their sportier offerings of late, this Le Mans has taken a long break in the back of the dealer's shop, but will still grab attention on the next owner's first coffee run...

-donn

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Streamliner – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans
Moto Guzzi June 11, 2016 posted by

Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Front

If pure speed, cutting-edge technology, or drive chains are your thing, then today's Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 probably isn't the bike for you. But if race heritage, character, and v-twin torque are things you enjoy, you can't go wrong with this big Guzzi. The Daytona is certainly not light weight, but it does handle: with quality suspension front and rear, and based around a frame developed by dentist and privateer-racer Jr. John Wittner that would be used for decades following its introduction, it was the first modern sportbike from Moto Guzzi.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Engine

The Daytona featured Guzzi's traditional longitudinally-oriented v-twin, backed by a five-speed gearbox and shaft drive, but was updated with fuel injection and four-valve cylinder heads. Interestingly, the engine isn't exactly "overhead cam." It's more "high cam," as the belt-driven cams actuate short pushrods, which in turn operate a pair of rocker shafts that open and close the valves. The engine had a 992cc displacement to squeak in under the limit for racing, as unlikely as that might sound. Half-faired looks show off that huge lump of a powertrain and that bulbous tail section houses the bike's electronics. A dual-seat version was available but, with the pillion pad basically stuck on top, it looks pretty ridiculous and is best avoided.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Dash

Think of the Daytona as Moto Guzzi's 851, a bike that attempted to thrust the marque back onto the podium by applying modern technology to a familiar formula. Not a bike for everyone, but if you're a Guzzisti, this bike looks very tasty, and those Termignoni exhaust pipes should make this bike sound even better than it looks. Seriously: if you like the sound of a big v-twin sportbike, it doesn't get much better than a big Moto Guzzi with a set of Termis...

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Tail

From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

These were imported that year to homologate them for battle of the twins racing. Only 50 bikes came to the US and sources state that only 250 bikes were made worldwide, and this one is #21. This bike runs as perfect as it looks and the sound is even better through the dual Termignoni's. I bought this bike fifteen years ago for $10k and it has been worth every penny.

The original owner whom I purchased it from said it had the factory "A" kitted motor. I have no proof myself as I have never had the motor apart. I can say that it is fast, but it is no Gixxer thou.

The bike came with WP shock, Marzocchi forks and Brembo brakes witch were top shelf items in its day. I believe the Daytona and MGS-01 were the only models to ever come with the performance 4-valve heads.

Of all of the bikes I have owned, this one is the most fun to ride and has more charisma than a Ducati. I think the pictures speak for themselves as it is almost perfect and you would be hard pressed to find a nicer example. About the only flaw is the paint is bubbled around the gas cap. I tried to capture this on the picture but the paint still looks perfect but is slightly bubbled. In the fifteen years I have owned the bike it has not gotten any worse.

This does come with the factory center stand lift.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Tank

This example appears to have a spin-on filter conversion clearly visible on the front of the engine: most of the time, you need to drop the sump on a Guzzi to change the filter element, so this is a very desirable update for anyone who plans to use their Daytona regularly. The "A kitted motor" the seller mention refers to the bike's state of tune. The A kit was an updated chip and intake/exhaust, with an available C Kit that included different cams as well.

There are several days left on the auction, but no takers yet at the $10,000 starting bid. That's probably a pretty fair price, considering the condition, updates, and low miles. Guzzis of the era are definitely on the rise, and this looks like a nice bike to ride or collect.

-tad

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Detail

Big Twin: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for Sale
Moto Guzzi May 29, 2016 posted by

Once Red – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

After giving the LeMans token updates for several years, Moto Guzzi made some great modernizations in 1993 and named the result after another endurance racing classic - Daytona.  With help from the brilliant gentleman racer Dr. John Wittner, Guzzi fielded the four-valve per cylinder 1000cc engine in their long stable chassis.  Though built in low numbers and not that many years, the Daytona 1000 lives on, this one in new livery and some carbon bits.

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1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

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Fuel injected for the first time, the Daytona's 992 cc's generate 102 hp in a wide torque band, and only a 5-speed transmission is required.  While the new heads have belt-driven single overhead cams, the inboard arrangement leaves room for air-cooling fins, saving the water system and preserving the excellent sounds.

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The engine is a stressed frame member, and the large frame / footpeg connectors have been made into more of a statement.  Up front are triple-adjustable Marzocchi forks, with WP monoshock supporting the shaft drive rear end.  Brembo supplies the linked brake system with 320mm front disks and 260mm rear.  Bodywork is a sharp upper-only fairing with a roomy monoposto seat fairing.

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With a fan's head guards and oil temperature guage, and at one time a cover model, this Daytona 1000 has been relieved of its red paint, now a stealthy black with carbon mufflers, front fender, and dash.  The gold highlights impart a retro-classic look.  From the eBay auction:

This bike features Termignoni mufflers, free-flowing exhaust header system (no can), Power Commander, Stage 1 engine performance kit, gorgeous black paint with gold logo transfers, gold powder-coated wheels, Marzocchi forks, Brembo brakes, and Works Performance rear mono shock.
 
Number 5 according to the VIN, it was featured on the cover of Mick Walker's Moto Guzzi Buyer's Guide, back when it was still red.  Stock HP was 98, this one definitely has more.  Tremendous exhaust note!  
 
Included is a stack of receipts, including the original purchase receipt and a charming typewritten (!) letter from the factory to the buyer, thanking him for his purchase.  Also included is the stock black front fender.

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Though the Daytona's arrival breathed a lot of performance into the big air-cooled twin, it only made up some of the ground to the fast-moving sportbike evolution, and the bikes remained an individualist statement.  They reviewed very well, with plenty of oomph, great stability, and only a smidgen of longitudinal twin or shaft-drive oddity.  This example would be a great find if your aim is more café than WSBK...

-donn

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Once Red – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Moto Guzzi April 26, 2016 posted by

Mature Sport Bike: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans L Side

Much like the Ducati 900SS FE we featured last week, today's reborn Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans is a bike for riders who value a bit of history and real-world performance over high horsepower numbers, racetrack manners, and the newest technological acronyms. And when I say "legacy," I mean legacy: the longitudinally-mounted 90° v-twin found in the first twin cylinder Guzzis originally powered a do-it-all military tractor from the early 1960s...

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Seat

A very evolved version of that venerable v-twin, here displacing 1064cc and producing a modest 90hp and 65ft.lbs of torque to motivate 557lbs of fully-fueled Italian history. That beefy powertrain is backed by six-speed box that was introduced in the original V11 Sport and was worlds better than the ancient five-speeder that preceded it, still driving through a driveshaft to the rear wheel. That longitudinal crankshaft orientation means that, like a flat-twin BMW, the bike responds to throttle inputs with a distinctive twist to the left. It doesn't ultimately limit handling, but it does take a bit of getting used to, as rolling on the throttle coming out of corners has the bike responding a bit differently, depending on whether you're turning left or right...

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans FR

The Le Mans is obviously just a tarted-up V11 Sport trading on the name of Guzzi's most famous sportbike, but it has the same basic strengths of grace and pace. These were expensive motorcycles when new. Actually, most people would probably describe them as "too expensive," but their values have dropped dramatically in the used market and a good V11 Le Mans offers up a bit of Swiss Army Knife versatility. Carve canyons, do some light touring, pose at your local bike night, it's a bit of a one-bike-fits-all motorcycle, if you've only got room in your garage for one machine.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Fairing

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale

Shoulder problems have resulted in me not being able to ride a sporty position motorcycle any longer. This means that my 2002 LeMans is in search of a new home. I do not want to sell any of the parts/accessories separately, so please, no messages regarding that.
Details and link to photos follow:

Condition:

  • "Cristal Cuvèe" color (that would be gold, to you and me)
  • 12,500 miles.
  • I am the second owner.  I purchased it in 2010 (on ebay, from a New York owner) with about 6600 miles on it.
  • It was originally sold by Fast by Ferracci in Pennsylvania, 11/12/2002.
  • Texas Title is free and clear.
  • Bike is 100% mechanically, both original owner and I are maintenance fanatics.
  • No crashes, but has minor "rashes" on fairing indents each side (right side from original owner, left side from about two years ago when hot asphalt gave way under the kickstand. (see photos)
  • Some cracking and peeling of paint on lower portions of metallic red frame side panels...the well known "Pork Chop" issue. (see photos)
  • Continental Road Attack tires, front at about 2000 miles, rear less than 1000
  • Original manuals and tool kit

Extras:

  • Shop stand (since the Le Mans has no Center Stand)
  • Power Commander III module installed (I have run it with and without...Throttle response seems smoother with it in place.)
  • Fast by Ferracci crossover pipe, bright silver ceramic coated (original stock H-pipe included)
  • Head pipes bright silver ceramic coated (will not discolor from heat)
  • Factory accessory aluminum rear rack (with instructions)
  • Ventura Bike-Pack System installed with Grab Bar, Sport Rack and Pack Rack options (Packs and rain cover included)
  • Givi Top Case (Was mounted to Sport Rack, but I never used it.)
  • Nelson-Rigg RiggPack soft top case with raincover.
  • RoadGear Hi-Adventure Jumbo Sport soft saddlebags.  (I added 5mm Obechi plywood side stiffeners)
  • Hi-Adventure Jumbo Sport Saddle Bags (I added 5mm Obechi plywood side stiffeners)
  • Apex Racing adjustable 3" riser clip-ons installed (original factory clip-ons included for stock change-back)
  • Motratech forward foot control kit, (again with all original parts included to revert to stock position)
  • Guzzi factory accessory cover (red fabric with gold eagle, not weatherproof, for indoor use only)
  • Nelson-Rigg outdoor cycle cover.
  • Laminar Lip windscreen add on (reduces helmet buffeting, easily removable)
  • Corbin Gunfighter solo saddle as well as original factory dual saddle with solo dress cover/backrest
  • Spare left hand fairing side (prepainted).
  • Real Gaskets silicone rubber valve cover gaskets.
  • Spare shifter return spring (these are known to sometimes fail on '02s, but the factory one is still working in this case)
  • Full set of factory decals and emblems for eventual repaint or repair use
  • Factory brochures and October 2001 Cycle World magazine with 2002 Le Mans review
  • Original owner cut holes in airbox, but a complete additional airbox and spare filter is included, for "back to stock" use.

Repairs:

  • Crankcase vent tube replaced at 8000 miles
  • Monoshock failed at 10,500.  Replaced with a (hard to find) new stock unit (failed unit still on hand if you want to have it rebuilt or upgraded).
  • Battery replaced with Odyssey PC545, March, 2013.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Parts

Just 12,000 miles on the odometer means this bike is pretty low-mileage for a Guzzi, especially considering the touring accessories fitted. The seller is asking just $4,995.00 for the whole package, a pretty screaming deal considering the miles, condition, and extras included. Quality on some of the earlier V11 Sports was a bit spotty, but took a significant turn for the better under Aprilia's stewardship that began in 2001.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Plate

It's not perfect, with a few minor scrapes along the fairing edge and some general details, but a bit of TLC should turn it into a very classy and capable machine. I've ridden a V11 Sport and, while they are pretty heavy bikes, they are also very sure-footed, once you get used to the asymmetrical cornering-thing. Which you will.

-tad

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans R Side

Mature Sport Bike: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for Sale
Moto Guzzi March 27, 2016 posted by

Set-Up – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III

Responding to pressure from the east with scores of refinements on the Le Mans theme, the archetypal Moto Guzzi is just now ( after 30+ years ) making the jump to "classic".   A stable, torquey heavyweight, this particular Le Mans has been beautifully maintained and upgraded.

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1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III  on eBay

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Deriving 82 hp from the 844 cc 2-valve twin, the Mk. III has twin 36mm Dell'Orto carburetors and revised valvetrain and angular heads.  Pretty good torque allowed the company to retain the 5-speed transmission, but noise restrictions necessitated a revised airbox and exhaust system.  Shocks and forks are air-adjustable and brakes are 300mm dual disks with single 242mm rear.  Bikini fairing revised in the wind tunnel tested well, protecting the rider and aiding high speed handling.

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With the same owner since 1990, this Le Mans has some great mods and looks super.  Ohlins and rearsets are nice mods, but gear-driven cam, head guards and de-linked brakes signify a real fan.  From the eBay auction:

Up for auction is my beloved 1984 Moto Guzzi Lemans III. I have owned this bike since 1990. Elbow and wrist issues have kept me from riding it over the past few years and I have decided to give it a new home. Modifications are the fitting of Ohlins piggyback shocks, gear driven camshaft, rearset footrests, de-linked brakes with Kosman steel braided lines and individual K & N air filters. I have nearly all of the original parts including the airbox, Marzocchi shocks, footrests etc and I am including them in the sale. This is a very reluctant sale and it is being offered locally as well. I may end the auction and remove the listing at any time. The bike has just been serviced and had a new Yuasa GYZ battery installed. It will need tires as the ones on it are pretty old. Ask any questions before bidding, thank you and good luck!

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Shopping for that special bike, one always hopes to run across the bike and owner that had done the investigations, found the right mods, and had the right shop.  With its condition and comprehensive upgrades, this appears to be that Le Mans.  Hoping the owner can continue riding with a more upright bike - good luck with sale...

-donn

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Set-Up – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk. III