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Moto Guzzi January 15, 2016 posted by

Cafe Traditionale – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le mans Mk III

Moto Guzzi went back to the drawing board to meet emissions ( noise mostly ) constraints, and heavily revised the 850 Le Mans, keeping the air-cooled V-twin, but quieting some of the noise and critics.

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1984 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk III for sale on eBay

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Revisions to the engine and bodywork led the way for the Mark 3, the angular headed 2-valve twin generating 81 hp.  Angles dominate the fairing design as well, the bikini doing a nice job protecting the rider, and connecting the angular design to the fuel tank and seat fairing.  Guzzi traditions like Dell'Orto carburetors, linked brake system, and shaft drive are retained.  New ideas are there, like air-adjustable suspension and the crankcase vent routed through the frame tube to reduce noise.

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Under new ownership, the Le Mans offered here has had a little freshening up, and looks good for its 29,000 miles.  Substantially stock, I'm liking those head guards.  From the eBay auction:

The bike is very unmolested, all the cables, grommets, fasteners, clips etc are as from the factory (except the valve cover fasteners which I replaced with stainless and the odd nut here and there). The bike hasn't been apart or messed with. All switches, idiot lights, horn and turn signals work. The mileage is correct. The bike was owned by a lady for 20 years who really looked after it and just rode it. The bike sat for 5 years before I bought it.

I've owned it for a year and a half and in that time done the following work: repainted the original bodywork. Fairing decal set from MG Cycle. Tank has no dents and has the original factory paint. New crossover and fuel lines. Carb rebuild and set up. Full service and oil change with filter and FAC front dampers in the last week. I've put approximately 3K miles on the bike and it runs flawlessly.
Prior upgrades were stainless brake lines, Koni shocks and a Dyna ignition.
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Moto Guzzi ignored the arrival of the Interceptors, GS's and GPz's, and stuck by their sport bike principles and their fans.  The heavyweight tested as a fun, stable ride, and once the air suspension was set up, a good handler.  The formula has brought Guzzi into the water-cooled, fuel injected era, if not WSBK.  The owner is really into it and has his own Guzzi fan site.  This nicely updated classic will get plenty of attention on the next coffee run...
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-donn
Cafe Traditionale – 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le mans Mk III
Moto Guzzi December 11, 2015 posted by

Flying Dutchman – 2000 Magni Sfida 1100 in the Netherlands

Originally based on the Moto Guzzi 1000 Le Mans, the Magni Sfida is a tuner-developed special nearly unheard of stateside.  Post-war, Arturo Magni started at Gilera and then ran MV Agusta's race operations 1950-77, before he and his sons started a design and fabrication shop for low-volume sportbikes based on MV, BMW, Honda, and Guzzi powerplants.

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2000 Magni Sfida 1100 ( Netherlands ) For Sale on eBay

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The venerable 1064cc V-twin has two valves per cylinder with twin Dell-Orto's, and should be worth about 100 hp.  Starting with their own downtube frame, Magni also developed a parallelogram rear suspension, which counteracts the shaft-drive's tendency to stand up on acceleration.  The design challenge is to keep the wheelbase from getting too long and less nimble, which they achieved by keeping it shorter than a standard V11 Le Mans.  Suspension is fully adjustable at both the upside-down fork and monoshock ends.  Brembo brakes are standard and though the specs say they should be 290mm front disks, this bike may have the option floating brakes as they look more like the 320mm kit.

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Pictured in an outdoor workshop on a standard North Sea day, this Sfida looks good with the aluminum tank and monoposto fairing, only apparent damage being to the carbon engine fairings.  Though the auction states this is a 2000 model, it may be earlier since the lister offers to verify the year and by 2000 Magni was offering an injected model.  From the eBay auction:

A very nice and beautiful rare MOTO GUZZI SFIDA 1100 MAGNI.
This bike is from a collector and has only 6100 km (3800 miles)
The bike is from its first owner and he has also the bill of sale from the bike.
Bike has dutch plates and is maintained by a professional mechanic
Has magnesium Marzocchi rims and parts from carbon. Is on the pictures
a little bit modified but all the original parts are there...

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For a Guzzi-sti and/or vintage racer, this might be a great import, almost certain to be the only Magni in the show.  A stable, durable platform, the Magni tested as ready for vintage racing when brand new, at least until the law of gravity is repealed.  No denying its beauty though, and making a racer from the Guzzi 1100 is a great engineering exercise.  A compulsory inspection would be worth a side trip, an easy train ride from London or Paris...

-donn

Flying Dutchman – 2000 Magni Sfida 1100 in the Netherlands
Moto Guzzi November 16, 2015 posted by

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport

Using the innovative Daytona 1000 engine, and occupying a more boulevard bike place in the line-up next to the 1100 Sport, Guzzi's V10 Centauro was fun as a styling exercise and a powerful grocery getter.  Though the basis for the modern V-twin was designed in 1971 by Lino Tonti, a significant upgrade was made in the late 1980's which resulted in the 4-valve single overhead cam engine.  The 1997-2000 model bridged the gap until the fuller line of 1100cc machines was ready for the showroom.

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1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport for sale on eBay

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Actuating the four valves from a cam in the upper side of each cylinder head, and with fuel injection, the 992cc twin results in 95 hp and 65 ft-lbs. torque.  In a departure from their dual downtube, the V10 uses a tubular backbone frame with the engine serving as a stabilizing member.  Suspension recieved some attention with WP of the Netherlands supplying inverted forks, and monoshock for the shaft drive system.  Brembo supplied 320mm floating front brakes with 282mm rear.  The bodywork is a 90's look back at the Le Mans, with small headlight fairing and chin spoiler in a bold two-tone arrangement, with the engine also finished in gray.

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Looking very good save some rash on the right head from what appears to have been a zero-speed tipover, this Centauro has a sorry 1,500 miles.  Head protectors should've prevented that but were possibly added afterward.  The only upgrade appears to be the polished Staintune exhaust.  Not much about the history is available but the California dealer says this in the eBay auction:

This bike is one of only roughly 3,600 made over a period of 1997-1999, only a fraction of that were imported into the U.S. making this a very unique cycle. It starts up, runs, and rides great. is equipped with a Staintune exhaust and a "chip" to remap the efi. The bike was a one owner bike before we acquired it. From what I can tell it is still on the original tires.

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A peculiar beauty, this half-man half-horse is a good one for Guzzi-sti or fans of Italian design.  There is even a fan site with a lot of good info.  Reviewed as a torquey, fun-to-ride powerhouse, the lean running of 1990's EPA requirements have likely been solved by the aftermarket exhaust and chip.  Parked for too long to put right into service, the new owner will want to do all the rubber and fluids before departing.  If not for the track or cross-country, the Centauro is a pretty distinctive way to get around town...

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-donn

Muscle Beach – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro Sport
Moto Guzzi November 5, 2015 posted by

Improving the Breed – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

A dentist turned Moto Guzzi racer, Dr. John Wittner won several titles in the mid-1980's, and lent his hard-earned expertise to the factory during the development of the 1000cc Daytona.  Along with some consulting from Raceco ( an English racing tuner that had worked on the exciting Daytona racing prototype ),  the collaboration produced the 4-valve 992cc V-twin along with a new frame design, and resulted in the Daytona 1000.

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1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

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Using four valves per cylinder but single overhead camshafts, the new Guzzi engine almost broke the 100 hp per liter mark with 95 hp, but electronic fuel injection ensures great flexibility under way.  Nice two-into-cat-into-two exhaust.  The new chassis connects to Marzocchi fully adjustable forks and progressive-linkage White Power monoshock rear.  With 64 ft-lbs. torque there's no need for more than a five-speed transmission to turn the archetypal shaft drive.  Brakes are industry standard Brembo, 320mm dual front disks and 260mm rear.

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With only 4,400 miles, this Daytona has led a quiet life at the back of the garage, and looks great for it.  Substantially stock except for the Corbin solo seat, the owner also has a rare set of fairing lowers, though they are not pictured.  From the eBay auction:

For selling consideration i am offering my absolute favorite Moto Guzzi, 1993 Daytona V4, #26, purchased from the second owner, i had the bike in my possession for a while and recently i decided to sell, full serviced with new belts, fluids, oil but on original tires. This bike had seen minimum use and always kept indoors, is in Excellent condition and shows minimum wear , has the period correct LaFranconi pipes but original are mint and included with the sale. I have the manual and tools kit, service manual and most important the bike comes with lower fairings, unobtainable, these fairings were made by DeAgostini in Italy and are a perfect match, was told only 2 sets were ever made, not sure if is true but i have never seen another set. Bike starts easy and runs very well, everything works, i kept the bike on original tires but if someone would be interested to do some serious riding i'd recommend to replace with fresh rubber.

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Re-incarnating the long, stable Le Mans under the Daytona name, the 4-valve engine was discontinued after only a few years, but the nice-handling Daytona helped carry the marque to the turn of the century and the 1100cc engines.  The torquey drivetrains are long-wearing and this bike should be great to return to service.  Or you could leave the original tires on it, put it on display again, and preserve it for the next owner.  Either way, put those fairing lowers on and send us a picture...

-donn

Improving the Breed – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Moto Guzzi October 26, 2015 posted by

Better Living Through Dentistry: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona L Side

Today's Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 is the living, breathing result of an almost unbelievable underdog story. Italian and British motorcycle manufacturers never seem to lack enthusiasm. But cash? Well that's always a problem. So while manufacturers like Honda have the financial backing of large companies to drive development and new technology, brands like Ducati and Moto Guzzi are often left without the cash to make their two-wheeled dreams a reality.

So when the time came for Guzzi to develop a serious sportbike to top off their long-in-the-tooth range, where did they turn? To a dentist. In the United States.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Engine

In the mid-1980's Dr. John Wittner, a dentist and weekend racer was campaigning, for some insane reason, a Moto Guzzi v-twin in ProTwins and endurance racing events. His unlikely successes brought him to the attention of the folks over in Italy, and Wittner was asked to design a new sportbike for Guzzi, using what he'd learned successfully racing these supposedly obsolete machines.

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The resulting bike featured a 992cc version of the classic v-twin with four-valve heads, fuel-injection, and a lightweight spine frame that had distinctive side plates with a characteristic hole where Wittner joked you could store a sandwich... The electronics were stored under that prominent seat hump, and dual-seat bikes looked very ungainly, with a pillion pad perched atop. Best just to go for the solo seat, as seen here.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Tail

Today's example is a bit dusty, but looks to be in otherwise nice shape and has just 11 miles from new! From the original eBay listing: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale

[Helpfully translated from Allcapese by the author]

New 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona Serial #39. Sold on MSO. 11 test miles from the factory. It's dusty from sitting in my garage for the last 8 years. One in a lifetime chance to buy #39 of 50 imported to the US. I have owned 3... This probably being the last.

Yes, it's dusty... Yes, it has cobwebs... Yes it may have a few scratches.

Watch for more rare bikes and parts being sold as I have 3 college tuitions to pay for.

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To be honest, it doesn't bother me that the bike is a bit dusty. But the seller could at least take some better pictures for us! The Buy It Now price is set at $14,950, you're looking at some serious change for a modern Guzzi. But this is a historically significant machine, basically ground zero for Guzzis of the modern age: the very first production bike to use both the four-valve engine and the spine frame that was used on sporty Guzzis for years afterwards, most notably on the Sport 1100 that was powered by the two-valve engine.

With just 11 miles on the odometer, I'm sure it's worth it to spend an afternoon cleaning and scrubbing this one up...

-tad

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona R Side Fairing

Better Living Through Dentistry: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for Sale
Moto Guzzi October 14, 2015 posted by

Il Classico – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000

The Mark IV Le Mans increased displacement to 949 cc, and made few other updates to the venerable cafe racer that would take it into the 90's and see the development of the 1100 cc engine.  A neat closing chapter to the long Le Mans history, the big twin was fast if not super quick, a strong stable platform for the golden eagle.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 for sale on eBay

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Capitalizing on the substantially redesigned engine for the 850 cc Mark III, the 1000 cc engine uses the square-fin cylinder head delivering 81 hp.  Updates include 40mm carburettors and a performance camshaft.  Plenty of torque available, the shaft-driven 5-speed being capable of 140 mph.  Never a lightweight, the Mk. IV crept over 500 lbs., making the three 270mm front disks seem just adequate.  Guzzi's linked braking system is used, helping provide better control.  1985 brought a 16-inch front wheel to the Le Mans, which helped the big twin turn in.

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The bodywork is a delight on the 1000, a well-coordinated set of angular fairings and deflectors, including chin scoop.  Red is the message here, with some frame tubes, forks and wheels also in paint.  Sculpted side covers lead to the dual seat, with integral hand-holds for the passenger.  Great dash with giant Veglia rev counter.

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Not overly documented, this Mark IV looks very good, with just over 5,000 miles.  Chrome pipes appear to be an upgrade from the factory black exhaust.  Grips, levers, pegs and mirrors all look original.  From the eBay auction:

1985 Le mans 1000, very good condition, 5121 miles, runs well. These bikes will, or are, going up in value.

Obviously there's a lot of rest time in a 30 year-old bike with 5,000 miles.  Rubber and a seal or two might want replacement, and the fuel system might want some attention.  Thankfully no cam belts in the Guzzi though.  More pictures, some maintenance history, and maybe a visit to St. Louis are in order...

-donn

Il Classico – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000