Posts by tag: Le Mans

Moto Guzzi September 15, 2017 posted by

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

Not too many motorcycles look good in screaming yellow, but I think the Guzzi 1100 Sport is definitely one of them. A two-valve version of the exotic Daytona that was developed by Dr John Wittner from his successful Battle of the Twins racer, the 1100 Sport was a very unconventional motorcycle. By the 1990s, sportbike convention dictated liquid-cooling, four valves per cylinder, six-speed gearboxes, full fairings, and chain final drive. Of course the 1100 Sport had none of these. Would it beat a CBR or GSX-R of the period on a racetrack? Of course not. But the Guzzi has charisma in spades, plenty of torque to punch you out of corners, and it makes up in stability what it lacks in agility.

The half-faired styling means that hulking engine and gearbox are proudly on display, with the two-valve cylinder heads sticking out into the breeze by the rider's knees, here fed by fuel injection, which replaced the Dell'Orto carburetors in 1996. In spite of the relatively low-specification suggested by the air-cooling, pushrods, and two valves per cylinder, the 1064cc engine put out an honest 90hp and 70ft-lbs of torque, with 82 ponies present-and-accounted-for at the rear wheel.

It seems like an odd choice for a powerplant, but the bike's long history goes some way towards explaining it. Some of the Guzzi's "agricultural" reputation comes from that honking big v-twin that rocks the bike to one side when you rev it, due to the longitudinal crankshaft arrangement, and the clunky five-speed gearbox. But it probably doesn't help that the package is often associated with an Italian military tractor that dates back to the 1960s, although even the earliest Guzzi V7 motorcycles apparently shared no mechanical parts whatsoever with that odd machine. Those origins may sound like an unlikely foundation for a fast, agile motorcycle, but Guzzi's V7 Sport and Le Mans were considered very capable sportbikes at the time.

Unfortunately, by the time of the 1100 Sport, the big Guzzi was probably more GT than actual sportbike, but that's just fine, considering that the majority of riders never actually use their bikes on track. And even then, most do so only occasionally. For weekend riding, the triple Brembo brakes can pull you up short to avoid errant deer in the roadway, while quality suspension means stable handling, but passenger accommodations aren't great, as no grab-rail is fitted.  Reviews of the 1100 Sport were generally very positive when the bike was tested in isolation, although the aforementioned gearbox and the bike's 490lb dry weight did come in for some criticism.

Unfortunately, this Goose never really had a chance when compared directly to rivals: the 916 was obviously lighter, more agile, and faster, as well as being the sexiest bike of the era. And Japanese machines were more powerful, cheaper, and user-friendly. But that's hardly the point here, and Guzzis have long been bikes you buy because you like Guzzis, not because they are quantifiably "better" than any other bike. And if you are a Guzzi fan, this particular 1100 Sport is in impeccable condition!

From the Seller: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale

For Sale: Rare and Low Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Excellent Condition. I am the 2nd owner and bike came from California. There were only 1,314 of these produced in 1997 and approximately 450 units in Yellow. It has always been stored inside and very well maintained. It also has been stored, when not ridden on a bike stand. All service recently completed including:

* All oil and filters
* Full Tune-up
* Valve adjustment
* New Tires
* New brake pads
* New Battery - Lithium

You will be hard pressed to find one this clean and with low mileage. Bike starts up easily and rides and drives very good. As you will see in the pictures the bike is extremely clean and comes with original manual, repair manual, original brochure, a couple of magazines from1997/1998 featuring this bike, original and spare keys.

Bike comes standard with Brembo Brakes, Marchesini Wheels and all of the expensive Italian upgrades. 

The seller is asking $9,500 for this low-mileage example. Just a few years ago, a decent 1100 Sport could be had for half that, but values have been steadily rising and it's hard to find one with anywhere near this mileage. With solid performance, good reliability, and easy maintenance, this Guzzi can tackle winding back roads, attracts tons of attention wherever you stop, can even do a bit of light sport-touring, and will generally put a big smile on your face. 1100 Sports are odd and quirky and ergonomically-challenged, yet owners often rack up big miles on them, owing to the platform's soundness and the engine's reliability. And clutch-replacements aside, basic maintenance is a snap: the unusual engine configuration may have some ergonomic drawbacks, but this may be the easiest bike you've ever adjusted the valves on, and pushrods mean no rubber cambelts to replace!

-tad

Featured Listing: Low-Mileage 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for Sale
Moto Guzzi February 20, 2017 posted by

Alternative Transport: 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III

In the world of big-bore bikes - man sized machines - Moto Guzzi has always stood out with a unique style of individualistic and rugged beauty. The oldest continually operational motorcycle manufacturer in Europe, Guzzi was formed in Italy in 1921 with the intent to build motorcycles after World War I. Comprised of the triumvirate of Giorgio Parodi (the money man), Giovanni Ravelli (the racer and promoter) and Carlo Guzzi (the guy who designed and built the bikes), Moto Guzzi began with a simple partnership agreement between the three. Sadly, Ravelli lost his life in a plane crash immediately following the end of the war, and would not take part in the venture. His spirit lives on, however, as the Guzzi logo incorporates wings meant to honor and commemorate the original, fallen partner.

1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III for sale on eBay

The Le Mans series of machines drew from Moto Guzzi's great racing heritage and paid homage to the famous 24-hour race. These bikes were created during the De Tomaso era of Moto Guzzi (which lasted through the end of the 1990s). The first generation of 850 Le Mans bikes was introduced in 1976, utilizing the now familiar 90 degree V-twin that has been the Guzzi hallmark since the 1960s. Through the decades that were to follow, the Le Mans series was steadily updated, culminating in the 1000cc Le Mans Mark V in the 1990s. This bike, a Mk III edition, is the more spiritual successor to the original Le Mans model than the Mk II bike, which incorporated a larger fairing and other aerodynamic bits. Power from the longitudinally-mounted twin is modest (mid 70 HP range), but a flat torque curve aids the motoring experience. Novel features included shaft drive and an interlinked braking system whereby the rear brake pedal also activates one disk on the front.

From the seller:
Extremely nice 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III. 27,398 miles. Probably one of the nicest originals you'll find. Starts, runs, rides and stops exactly as it should. Fantastic example of the great bikes from this iconic Italian company. Prices for the LeMans I are out the roof, and the LeMans II have followed. Now the LeMans III has caught on and they are gaining in desirability and value daily. I have no real desire to sell this bike, but an opportunity has come along for which I could use the funds. That said, selling it is not a must so my reserve is firm. I love the bike and am aware of its value, both now and in the future, so have no problem keeping it if it doesn't meet the reserve. Bike needs nothing that I know of so is sold AS IS with no warranty. Clear title in hand.

When introduced, these Guzzi Le Mans models were every bit the performance bike as their Italian contemporaries from Ducati or Laverda. However the performance landscape was rapidly changing thanks to the Far East, and the likes of Guzzi would soon be overwhelmed by Japanese fours. The high-speed, gentlemanly cruiser fell to the crushing blow of high-RPM horsepower, stoplight drags and technical revolutions in GP racing. Today, Moto Guzzi still exists and produces motorcycles... but these are often viewed more as nostalgic novelties than outright competitors in the crowded motorcycle marketplace.

Based on the included description, this seller will be holding out for top dollar on this bike. The asking price of older Guzzis (think V7s and the like) are most definitely on the rise. We have seen a slight dip in the ascension of value lately, but there is no doubt that when it comes to the Le Mans model Gen I (often mistakenly referred to as Mark I) bikes command the highest prices. From there, it is much more the preference of the buyer that determines the value. Mark III machines with the bikini fairing and long, flat seat have the same theme as the original Le Mans, along with a host of upgrades - making them an excellent choice as a riding collector piece. I would expect values to continue to rise. This one is up just over $5k with reserve in place. Check it out here to watch the bidding, and then jump back to our Comments section and share your thoughts. Which generation of these magnificent machines is your favorite?

MI

Alternative Transport: 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III
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 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 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