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Moto Guzzi May 23, 2021 posted by

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans

Moto Guzzi’s most recent Le Mans, the V11 is an interesting mix of brawn and refinement.  Today’s Arizona example has been well-loved and preserved for the next owner.

2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans for sale on eBay

New owners Aprilia had sporting aspirations for the V11 and commissioned an up-rated two valve engine, claiming 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs. of torque.  Marelli’s multipoint sequential fuel injection keeps the 9.5-to-1 compression responsive and EPA compliant.  The new six-speed trans had the advantage of shifting more smoothly, and a Paralever-style driveshaft limits the torque reaction of the final drive.  Under the tank there’s the usual steel spine chassis, stretched to a 1490mm wheelbase for stability.  Components are top shelf with USD Marzocchi forks and multi-adjustable Boge monoshock, with typically excellent Brembo brakes.  The upper-only fairing is one of the most protective on any Goose, and is well integrated with the 5.4 gallon tank and hideway pillion at the back.

Said to have been passed from friend to friend, this Le Mans has miles but looks excellent.  Beside fluid and filter changes, little doubt the recent service included a valve adjustment, all the hearty two-valve engine requires to keep on keepin’ on.  The light gold would stand out in greener pastures but wouldn’t raise a sunglassed eyebrow in brighter climes, and almost matches the headers’ patina.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This bike has a known history since new.  It was purchased in 2002 from AzSuperbike in Phoenix.  It has always been owned by 3 friends.   It has never been wrecked, raced or abused.  Cosmetically it is nice enough that I was asked a few weeks ago if it was new.  It’s not, it has some rock chips.  But the paint and cosmetics are very good.  The valve covers were painted gold and the word “LeMans” on the seat cowl has been painted red by a previous owner.  I never changed them as I think they look great. 

Mechanically it has 23,400 miles on the odometer which I believe to be correct.  Last week I took it to my mechanic to be checked out.  He gave it a clean bill of health.  Then I took it on a 250 mile shake down run.  Absolutely no issues.  The Pirelli Angel sport touring tires have less than 500 miles on them.  The Ferracci carbon mufflers sound awesome. The only known issue is the trip odometer: it turns, but does not engage.  Several extras are included: the original mufflers, a shop manual and a parts manual.

The Le Mans has endurance racing in its genes, but the company has moved on to a line of roadsters, muscle bikes, even an adventurer – so for the moment the V11 is the last Guzzi to refer to Le Mans.  Better suited to an afternoon ride on some scenic byways, the V11 Le Mans did review as quick when under the guidance of a skilled rider.  This one looks to have been carefully ridden and tended to, and has several watchers mulling over the reasonable buy-it-now.

-donn

Sun Chaser – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans
Moto Guzzi April 29, 2021 posted by

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III

I love a good story – especially one with a happy ending. And this spectacular 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III has a great story to tell. But first lets start with the basics. Powered by a 949cc 90 degree vee twin longitudinally mounted in the chassis, the pushrod, two-valve air cooled and carbureted lump is good for just over 71 relaxed ponies. But it is the torque that makes the ride here, and with nearly 80 foot pounds of thrust, the big twin makes the most of what its got. The SP – or Spada (Italian for sword) – is a more upright than say a Le Mans, and is the bike on which Italian police steeds are based. So it is capable, comfortable, and not without the usual Moto Guzzi quirks which include shaft drive. But this particular example of the SP is rather special in that it was a dealer-constructed show bike, and the seller is someone who lusted after it for years before realizing the dream. Read on!

1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III for sale on eBay

From the seller:
The Story of the 1993 Moto-GuzziSP III

From 1995 – 2008 I made an annual pilgrimage with some long time friends to Daytona Beach to watch the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. It just so happened… at the same time in Daytona each year…. a little party was also going on… a party called Bike Week. Now, not being the parting type (tee hee), our main focus was to cheer on our favorite riders in the annual superbike endurance hosted by the Daytona Motor Speedway and tour the back roads of Florida.

We all stayed in Deland Florida for two reasons: it was quiet and we did not have to mix with the Harley riders. Deland also hosted the Euro Bike show and Wood Brothers antique bike auction. Many cool Italian, German and Japanese bikes make their way to Deland on the final Saturday of Bike Week. It was a great atmosphere.

At the time I was driving a 1996 Moto Guzzi 1100 sport. Harper Moto Guzzi, from St. Louis, MO, always made the trip to Florida and had a booth at the show in Deland. I had a business relationship with them so on Saturday, I planned to visit them at the show. And that when I first saw it:

Harper’s Daytona show bike, a 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III 1100. It was beautiful and looked like it was going 100MPH just sitting there. I got excited and asked one of my best friends to take a picture of the bike and me. I said “I’m gonna own this sucker one day”

More from the seller:
The bike has a ton of custom Moto Guzzi farkle and a super rare, custom full Valtek Body Kit, the same faring used by the Italian motorcycle police, the “Carabinieri”. The bike wasn’t for sale (but I think they wanted $10 or $11 grand for the bike), which was a fortune for me in 1998. For several years we visited the show and I always visited “my bike”. As my kids and business grew my time got short the Bike Week trips faded away. I kept in touch with Harper’s as I was still driving the 1100 Sport.

For several years I clubbed raced motorcycles and attended many track events. Soon, my interests changed and by 2010 I was completely out of motorcycles and now into vintage car racing. Even the 1100 Sport had to go and my relationship with Harper’s was put on hold. Sadly, my interest in the SP III also waned and soon it became nothing more than a memory. My wife, however, was very happy that finally “the metal was wrapped around me not me wrapped around the metal”. Fast forward to 2015 and after missing my Moto-Guzzi 1100 Sport, and experiencing my 10th mid-life crisis, I found an interesting 1100 Sport for sale and bought it.

The bike was great but after a year of riding her it became apparent that my body did not feel so good after riding long (or short) distances. My 58 year old bones and a 20 year old Italian sport bike did not mix. Regrettably, I came to the realization that I needed a more comfortable ride.

More from the seller:
Suddenly, I remembered the SPIII from Harper’s. Six years later I immediately went to the internet and searched for Harper’s. At the first click I found the banner “Harpers closes its doors and liquidates all its motorcycles, will only sell parts”. My heart broke. I decided to give them a call and see if they knew anyone who would be interested in my 1100 Sport.

On the first ring, Curtis Harper, son of the founder picks up the phone. I introduced myself and he remembers me. I tell him I’m trying to sell the V 1100 Sport and was looking for a nice Italian Sport Tourer. He says “are you interested in a trade?”. I say yes….then Curtis says “Dad auctioned off all the bikes except the 1993 SP III show bike, he was saving that for a good home”

I was shocked, it was destiny! Within two seconds we made a deal and two weeks later I drove 15 hours to St. Louis and drove home with my dream bike. That was 2017, and I’ve had several good years with her and some nice local rides but now I’m 63 and ready to pass on the SP III on to an appreciative owner. My focus now is now English sports cars, heaven help me.

Summary:
Two basic owners since 1993;me and Harpers Motors
1.554 documented miles
Recent carbs rebuild in 2020
New Bridgestone tires in 2017
Show winner, people attractor
Rides like a dream
Collectable rare classic
Title in hand

Guzzis of this vintage are reasonably rare in the United States; the brand was simply not as popular as other European makes, nor did they have a large dealer network. However Moto Guzzi fans are rabid, and the longevity of the brand – as well as the bikes – is legendary. That would explain why this auction, even though it is in the mere $5,000 range at the moment, has a significant number of watchers. This is an extraordinary motorcycle that is truly unique, and has a very interesting history and story to tell. And I’m sure the next owner will become part of that story (and hopefully piles on some more miles). There is a reserve in place, so this one has some distance to run. Check out all of the details here, and enjoy this departure from the everyday superbike. Good Luck!!

MI

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III
Moto Guzzi April 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Update 4.27.2021: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Check out our criteria and get your own Featured Listing! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS
Moto Guzzi March 20, 2021 posted by

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100

Moto Guzzi advertised the Sport 11oo as the ultimate two cylinder, two valve motorcycling experience, and one could quibble but not truly disagree.  Today’s Goose has some miles, but still looks very good and has a few interesting upgrades.

 

1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for sale on eBay

Seeming to fit into the general Le Mans form without being so named, the Sport 1100 used Guzzi’s new 1064cc twin with carburetors and electronic ignition.  Power was good at 90 hp, but 70 ft.-lbs. torque at under 6,000 revs made the 5-speed the way to go.  Marzocchi forks were conventional but adjustable, and W-P monoshock supported the shaft drive.  Brakes were the 320mm Brembo offerings, un-linked by popular demand.  Helping the just under 500 lbs. change direction, a 17-inch front wheel was fitted with an 18-inch rear.

Helped by the temperate N.C. weather, this Sport 1100 has the Keihin flat-slide carburetor upgrade, which appears not to use a choke.  Might need to warm up before riding away but the accelerator pump makes for great throttle response.  A carbon Mistral exhaust has replaced the original, and has a no-nonsense sound in the – video – shared by the owner, who also has these comments in the eBay auction:

-I bought this bike in 2012. It has been well maintained and is a blast to ride. – -When I first purchased the bike I sent all the suspension to Cogent Dynamics for maintenance.
-The bike is equipped with Keihin FCR41 carbs.
-The bike runs great and I have never had any issues with it during my ownership it has been a very reliable motorcycle.
-Maintenance has been performed by International motorbikes here in Hickory NC. The owner, Chuck, is a moto guzzi enthusiast and also owns an 1100 sport which he bought new back in the day.
-It is equipped with stainless Mistral exhaust and it sounds fantastic. The bike pulls hard and is a looker.
-I have posted plenty of photos so please look carefully. There is a scratch on the windscreen, you may be able to sand and polish it out or replace it, I just lived with it.
-You will also notice a weld on the exhaust. This repair was there when I bought the bike and it is well done.
-This bike has the impossible to find Heli-bars mounted to the bike. These bars help with wrist fatigue and is a bonus for shorter riders. I can include the original with the sale.

The 1100 turned out to be a winner for Moto Guzzi, and they stayed with it for the new V11 Le Mans in 1998.  Since 2006 though, the company has focused more on the sport cruiser segment, and didn’t import the updated 1200 Sport.  Bids are getting up there but haven’t met the reserve with less than two days to run.  Spring has almost sprung and we’ll be watching !

-donn

Long Ranger – 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100
Moto Guzzi February 22, 2021 posted by

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

It’s a good indication when Moto Guzzi applies a “V” to a motorcycle’s model, as all have been classics in their own way.  The V10 Centauro was Guzzi’s muscle bike and this Coachella valley example is beautifully presented by a shop specializing in the brand.

1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro

The Centauro used the Daytona’s four valve 992cc V-twin, and gave it a robust backbone chassis with subframes that supported it front and rear.  Just forward of the air-cooled heads, the cam belt housings are easier seen on the Centauro.  10.5-to-1 compression made 95 hp possible and required an oil cooler in the body color chin scoop.  De rigueur for a Guzzi, power is transmitted by a 5-speed and shaft drive, and WP handles suspension duties.  The bodywork is complex considering there’s not really a fairing, but flows beautifully from headlight to license plate.

Presented by a shop that concentrates on vintage Guzzi’s, this Centauro looks great in black, with grey engine cases and carbon mufflers.  The GT luggage rack / grab handle almost disappears in body color and goes well with the Corbin seat.  Just over 11,000 miles and nice sound in the seller’s – video – which suggests that new tires might be in order.  Comments from the eBay auction:

11K original miles, like new body and frame paint, we just did a tune up and replaced the timing belts.

Current California Non-Op so easy registration.

Great Guzzi for a daily driver, super fast and fun to ride, smooth motor and easy to handle!

Designed by the Marabese design house, Centauro’s have their own owner’s group and were built from 1997-2001, with total production under 2,000 machines.  Reviewers gave everything but the sidestand good marks, though gravity had its usual comment on Guzzi’s hefty build.  Some thought it was Lario’s answer to the Ducati Monster, but with a $20K price tag, even special edition S4’s had a price advantage.  The reserve on this auction should be around half original MSRP, making this Centauro a nice deal for a fan looking for a rare four-valve Goose.

-donn

Sharp Foreground – 1998 Moto Guzzi V10 Centauro
Moto Guzzi February 5, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Update 2.5.2021: This bike has SOLD to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Often a classic motorcycle’s history has a major part to play in its future.  This two-owner Daytona was owned by an eminent architect / engineer, and mostly on display for many seasons.  RSBFS fan Gavin has made it ready for the next owner to ride or show.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Wanting to live up to their storied competition history, Moto Guzzi commissioned a four-valve head for their 1000cc V-twin.  Gentleman racer John Wittner helped design the package, with 95 hp and a ready-to-ride weight of 502 lbs.  Electronic fuel injection and catalyst amidships kept the Daytona legal.  An advanced linkage kept the shaft drive from over-reacting, with a Koni monoshock and Marzocchi forks.  The long tank and integrated fairings provided seating and protection for one and a close friend.

Gavin is based in Conn. and had a well-regarded shop prepare his Daytona for the next owner.  Beside cam belts, tires, all fluids and expendables, the work included fork seals, brakes, the fuel pump, and some electrical system work.  Easy on the eyes if not the ears, the Staintune exhaust of course does away with the catalyst.  Though coming up on 12K miles, it looks and has components of a much younger machine.  Here are Gavin’s thoughtful comments –

This extremely rare Daytona has been meticulously maintained and serviced, and garaged in the living room of my house.  It has been very lightly ridden for the past 15 years and was completely mechanically renovated in December 2020 by Jim Hamlin and team at authorized Moto Guzzi dealer Hamlin Cycles in Bethel, Connecticut. It has 11,706 miles.
 
 
I am the second owner of the bike.  I bought it in 1999 from the original owner, my friend and riding buddy Michael Czysz who was quite the motorcycling visionary and legend.  See the Cycle News article – here – .
 
This Daytona is a superbike of sound and fury.  The roar through the Staintune pipes is not just throaty but has the edge of a passing  jet plane. It has all the torque and power you’d expect from a big V Twin and is an awesome open road bike.  As mentioned it is very, very rare, very uniquely styled, and extremely muscular – turns heads wherever it goes.
 
Gavin asks $14,995 for his Daytona .

As collectible as most Guzzi’s are, the Daytona is a real prize with engineering and performance way over on the sporty side of the range.  The four-valve heads were retired for many years after the Daytona’s sunset, and total production barely exceeded 1,000 total.  Dr. John Wittner and his disciples had good luck with the Daytona’s inspiration, in the thunder twins classes.  Gavin’s Daytona has an interesting history and expert service to back up the excellent cosmetics.  .

Featured Listing – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Moto Guzzi January 9, 2021 posted by

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Just east of some of the best snow sports in the world, there’s a classic and very sporty Moto Guzzi waiting for spring.  This Denver example looks quite original and very good for its 13,048 miles.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Midway through the DeTomaso administration, Guzzi was looking to generate some attention, and the leap to four valves did just that.  The liter V-twin pushed 95 hp, and used a single belt driven cam in the north side of each head.  The chassis didn’t contain the engine so much as help it locate the steering head and swingarm.  17-inch wheels with conventional forks from Marzocchi and WP monoshock are sporty running gear, as is 320mm stopping gear from Brembo.  The upper-only fairing flows from nose to monoposto seat fairing.

Offered by the enthusiast owner, this Daytona is sharp and up to date maintenance-wise.  Looks like a regularly ridden superbike with the Supertrapp.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This Italian-made machine was largely the work of an American dentist-turned-engineer, Dr. John Wittner.  In the late 1980’s, Dr. John produced special Moto Guzzi race bikes that were very successful.  The Daytona is a production version in honor of those race bikes, with a four valve per cylinder engine.  Note that like the Vincent, the Daytona does not have a frame. Instead,it uses a box section “spine”.  The original exhaust system has been replaced with a SuperTrapp system. 13,048 miles, fresh service, new belts, very clean.

The eight valve engines must’ve been a budget buster, and though the engine was retired after 1999, BMW may have analyzed the almost-overhead cam’s geometry while their R1100S was in development.  Dr. Wittner and his interns did well in thunder twins racing, and the Daytona remains an aptly named flagship.  This one is having its own endurance challenge, racing toward a third decade’s finish line and new rider.

-donn

Mile High Goose – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Moto Guzzi December 24, 2020 posted by

Live From New York: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans

‘Tis the season for Guzzi here on RSBFS, and I couldn’t be happier. In general these are nostalgic way-back machines, using large displacement and low RPM to provide motivation to a long-wheelbase platform. The whole package is a lot heavier and a lot less sporty than more contemporary motorcycles, but in the day these were relatively fearsome machines with true street and track creds. Today these are also eminently collectible.

1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans for sale on eBay

The Le Mans came into existence during the DeTomaso years (of Pantera fame – the car not the band), and represented a new, sporty and stylish direction for the brand. All the classic Guzzi elements were already there, but they needed shaping to create one of the most iconic motorcycles in modern history. Retaining the traverse 90 degree V-twin cylinder arrangement bored out to 850cc and paired with a longitudinal crank plus shaft drive, Guzzi was taking it to the likes of BMW and their R90S – who just so happen to have won the 1976 AMA Superbike class in America with Reg Pridmore aboard. And while the Le Mans was a popular bike for racers, it was also a huge success in the showroom, spanning multiple variants and lasting through the latter half of the 1990s.

From the seller:
1978 Lemans 1 – excellent 22,615 miles.
original seat
original shocks
complete tool kit
original paint (except for fairing)
newer gel battery
complete service
everything works

In today’s world, there is very little here that represents a sport bike. Not the weight, not the long wheelbase, not the tiny disk brakes, not the paltry 71 HP, and not the skinny tires on 18″ wheels. But put in context of the cataclysmal technology revolution that was the 1980s, this simple and solid, hewn-from-solid-rock feeling motorcycle was confidence inspiring and reliable. By today’s dollars, these Mark I bikes appear to be a pretty good investment. And with 22k on the odometer, this is an investment that you can ride and enjoy without fear that a few extra miles will detract from future value.

This particular Moto Guzzi Le Mans is a Series II version of the Mark I bike. The original 1976 models can be identified by the round taillight, and represent only the first couple of thousand bikes. After that we see the square lights in the rear as shown by this 1978 model. These also had upgraded headlights to meet American standards, as well as the funky side reflectors. Today’s example can be found in New York, and is listed for $18,500. It has lots of original patina, and does not appear to be a rapidly-restored and flipped model. Of course you are looking at an unrestored 42 year old motorcycle, so expect some character lines. You can check it all out here. Happy Holidays, stay safe, and good luck!!

MI

Live From New York:  1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans