Commemorating Omobono Tenni, a Guzzi racer who gave the factory many victories in the 1933-48 era ( and died in a crash during GP practice ), the Le Mans Tenni is a brilliant and subtle styling exercise using the recent V11 base. This Tenni is badged number 114 of 170, and has been preserved with only first-oil-change miles.
Helped by Aprilia’s development lire, the V11 used the venerable air-cooled V-twin which reported 91 hp and nearly 70 ft.-lbs. torque. Signature shaft drive is helped by a torque arm, and Marelli fuel injection makes starting and running easy. Top components from Öhlins and Brembo, and improvements like the hydraulic clutch and oil cooler bring the big machine into the 21st century.
Owned by an Illinois collector, this Tenni is dead stock and almost unused. The suede seat was a fair-weather option and a vinyl seat is also included. Just a few dings on the seat fairing detract, but should correctable. From the eBay auction:
Original owner of a rare, low mileage, unmolested Moto Guzzi LeMans Tenni, number 114 of 170 worldwide. I purchased this motorcycle new in December 2003 from Motorsports Inc. in Wichita, KS. I have kept the bike in a climate controlled space, and have not performed any alterations whatsoever to the engine or body. Periodic cleaning, oil changes, and engine starting, with a occasional ride around the block! Hence the very low miles. Bike comes with an original Tenni sales brochure, owners manual, shop manual, parts manual, two keys, tool kit, MG bike cover, extra gasket set, and two seats (black vinyl and brown suede).
With weight approaching 550 lbs. wet, the V11 quickly becomes a lot of work to push quickly. More suited to less twisty bits, the rock solid handling inspires confidence, and great torque makes for a fun ride. The V11 has a mature powertrain, and the Tenni has premium appointments and an attractive take on racing green. For a Guzzi fan, it’s a very low-mile example, 1 of 170 total of a single-year commemorative, with the late Le Mans half fairing, a modern and nice-riding machine to boot…