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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
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