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Featured Listing November 22, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Update 11.20.2019: Joe’s bikes are being sold at Bonhams 2020 Las Vegas Auction. The auction is scheduled to take place on Thursday, January 23rd 2020 at Caesar’s Entertainment Studios, beginning at 12 noon. For information about the bikes and the auction itself, please visit – https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/25835/ You can also contact Michael Caimano directly at 929-666-2243 or Michael.Caimano@Bonhams.com

Check out all Joe’s bikes that are being offered at Bonhams. Good luck to bidders and seller! -dc

If ever there was a bike to show up to a cruise night on, surely the 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is at or near the top of the list. The pundits all say it is the defining cafe racer shape, leaving the factory in the era before two-foot long license plate holders and 10,000 candlepower turn signals crept in to defile more modern machines’ lines. We tend to agree.

 

The V7 sport is adorned with absolutely nothing extraneous, its thin-tube frame, shapely tank and minimalist bodywork seem to embrace the prominent heads on the unmistakable Guzzi v-twin. Low bars, spoked wheels and twin chrome megaphone pipes complete the purposeful package.

 

Though it was made to celebrate and recall Guzzi’s mid-century racing successes, the V7 provides antiquated performance, with just 70 horsepower running through a very tall gearset. The mill revs quickly, but the eagerness is deceptive. Couple that with slightly scary drum brakes and a right-side-shift transmission and you’ve got a bike more suited to cruise nights than track days.

This 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is in immaculate condition. All the paint and brightwork have a brilliant shine and appear to be blemish free. The seller says he stores her bikes in a climate-controlled facility on trickle chargers, so there should be no worries about the mechanical condition of the bike.

From the seller:

1973 Moto Guzzi V7

You should know that I am a serious collector, with a large motorcycle collection. I decided to sell some of the most valuable motorcycles in the collection. These motorcycles represent some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Those motorcycles are now being offered up for sale one by one. These motorcycles were targeted by me for my collection many years ago when the best of the best were available and that is what I purchased.

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

If Italian collector sports bikes could be rated for handling, the Motor Guzzi V7 Sport would certainly score a 98 out of 100 points. They can just read your mind in terms of negotiating the curvy roads. If motorcycles were rated for sex appeal the 1973 Motor Guzzi V7 would score 101 out of 100 points. I don’t know of anything that is quite so simply designed yet pleases the visual senses so much. And, yes, this bike has the rare original exhaust pipes with the fins, and the sand cast brake drums (not the ‘not so pretty’ disc brakes) which is just a little frosting on the cake.

This bike is in top flight condition and runs like a Swiss clock, it is kept on a trickle charger at all times. There are no known issues. Just try and find a nicer one!

This is certainly a bike for serious collectors and for those that don’t know all the details, the internet is just loaded with information. I can only suggest that you scrutinize the pictures and decide for yourself if this is another rare Italian collector bike that will eventually become as iconic as the Ferrari automobile. I spent a decade looking for the best one and this is the best one I have ever seen.

All my bikes are kept in climate controlled storage and on trickle chargers when not in use so they are always ready to take a day’s ride at a moment’s notice.

Check out the pictures and be a little amazed – you are seeing the best!

Thanks for looking at one of the best!

 

Even though it doesn’t fit our traditional fare, we’re in love with this classic Goose, thanks mostly to those magnificent lines. Though it may not be an adept canyon carver, there is a place in any collection for a classic, sexy cruise night machine like this one.

Featured Listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport
Moto Guzzi November 2, 2019 posted by

Mean Green Machine: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

The Moto Guzzi V11 Sport is one of the world’s most unique motorcycles – and we’re not just talking about the color here. Born from a more simple age, yet tastefully updated to modern specifications, the V11 offers all of the Guzzi DNA you desire yet provides for an experience more inline with current times. Still air cooled with funky across-the-bike v-twin cylinders, lots of crankcase webbing visible, a unique chassis with colored side plates and shaft drive, the V11 is a Guzzi you can live with. If you can live with the color. Do you want proof? This clean example shows 31,000 miles. It is a rider. It is a Moto Guzzi.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

From the seller:
Offering my Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for auction. The V11 marked a new direction for Moto Guzzi, using the engine from the venerable 1100 Sport which was showing its age. Guzzi enlisted Luciano Marabese to design a new bike around the 1100 engine when the company was in a state of flux. Before the Cafe Racer craze came into vogue, Marabese created a great cafe racer bike. Important here is Marabese not only dictated shape but also color: while the bike was offered in different shades, this lime green with the red accents was the color Marabese dictated as the proper color for the design. It’s the color that caught my eye when I first saw the bike in 2000.

Now 18 years later, I had an opportunity to purchase and ride one, but for me my time has passed for a bike like this. It’s a serious sport bike posture, and I’m too old to enjoy it for very long. As much as I love seeing the Mean Greenie in my garage, it’s not a great bike for me.

More from the seller:
Some bikes are their own thing, and this is one. If I were to try to describe riding it, I’d have to say it’s a Hot Rod. Meaning it’s not about handling, or braking, or precision. Hot Rodding is about the engine, pure and simple. Guzzi is sometimes considered the Italian Harley, and there are some parallels, but I’d say Harley pales in this comparison. This is a very distinctive bike, a badass, and it’s all about the engine. Something about the new chassis brings out something altogether different from the bike the original engine comes from.

My V11 comes with a complete Mistral exhaust, and an ECU flash to accommodate. Other mods are a tail tidy, (the license plate is still out at the end of the tail, not too far under the sub-frame), a Hyperpro steering damper and valve and spark plug covers done in matching red to the frame and ‘pork chops’. All OEM parts come with the bike but buyer must pay for its packaging and shipping. Recent maintenance includes a full valve service only a few hundred miles ago.

Good luck, you won’t be sorry if you win this bike. It is all that.

The very best part of this particular V11 is the price: the current bid is just over $1,500 at time of writing, and there does not appear to be a reserve set. That is a lot of Italian quality for not a lot of dosh – although we will have to watch this one to see where it goes. The bike looks more reasonably clean than the mileage would suggest, and some desirable modifications. Not too hot-rodded, not too far from stock, and still in presentable condition, this Guzzi has just been broken in. It is not perfect, but that also makes it authentic. If you are a Guzzi fan, you know that these power trains are bullet proof and good for many revolutions of the odometer. Outright performance will not be on par with a Japanese multi, but if you are in the market for a hyper-cycle then M.G. is not likely on your shopping list. Check it out here, drool over the pictures and watch the video. Green is the new black, and has never looked better. If you have the hankering for that V-twin throb but don’t want a potato, you could do far worse than a V11 Sport. Good Luck!!

MI

Mean Green Machine:  2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Moto Guzzi October 24, 2019 posted by

Before It Was Cool: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

In 1991, “retros” weren’t really a thing yet. Kawasaki was dipping a toe in with their Zephyr, and Honda’s GB500 had been around for a bit. Both bombed here in the USA, where chromed, raked-out cruisers or hard-core sportbikes represented both the impractical, polar extremes and the majority of the market. But it was pretty easy for Moto Guzzi to whip up a retro of their own in the 1000S with very minimal investment or risk, since they’d basically been making variations of the same bike since the 1970s…

The bike already had handling sewn up: Lino Tonti’s brilliant V7 Sport frame still worked just fine for anything other than a full-on sportbike, pretty high praise since the bike was introduced in the early 1970s. Decent suspension helped riders take full advantage of the new Guzzi’s capabilities, and a pair of 18″ wheels helped it look every inch the classic cafe racer. The triple disc brakes were strong, and had the benefit of the company’s simple and proven linked braking system. Some purists hate it, but the system works well.

Into that twin-shock frame, Guzzi fitted the latest 949cc iteration of their two-valve, pushrod v-twin and five-speed gearbox, and their typical shaft drive transferred power to the rear wheel. It’s not going to win races, but the twin’s 82hp at 8,000 and 76 ft-lbs of torque are enough to push the 475lb 1000S to just under 130mph. Bikes made in 1993 switched to smaller valves to improve midrange torque and provide better emissions, but reduced power to 71hp at 6,800rpm.

From the original eBay listing: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale

This one is the Big Valve model
It has a little over 35k miles,
It runs excellent, just needs a new home.
Tires are like brand new, looks amazing.
The bike still has its original paint.
There are some scratches in the paint on the side covers.

Only 1,360 were built and fewer than 200 made it to the U.S. between 1991 and 1993.

35,000 miles?! That’s barely broken in, when you’re talking about a Guzzi! The seller’s $17,800 asking price is a bit higher than examples we’ve seen in the past, but Guzzis have continued to creep up in value, and just a few hundred were imported to the US.

-tad

Before It Was Cool: 1991 Moto Guzzi 1000S for Sale
Moto Guzzi September 21, 2019 posted by

Tales of the Unridden: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I

Perhaps a little older than most of the bikes we post, this 19977 Moto Guzzi 851 LeMans has but 2,049 miles and represents a fantastic opportunity to own an unmolested and unmodified version of the iconic high-speed hauler. From the tiny bikini fairing with period round headlight, to the the traverse cylinder layout, to the exterior crankcase webbing, the LeMans strikes a pose from almost any angle. Performance is adequate by 40-something year old standards, but with 71 horsepower pushing you along with a relaxed urgency be prepared to be blown off by the current crop of 250s and 300s. This bike has an interesting story to tell, so I’ll turn it over to the seller to filling some of the details:

1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I for sale on eBay

From the seller:
History, I bought this Moto Guzzi LeMans 1 with less than 400 miles on it from the Bank/Receiver of a closed Indiana Moto Guzzi Dealership in January 1979. It has been covered and stored since 1982. Yes, the total Mileage is 2049 and it has never been titled. At the time I drove it with a dealer plate from a good friend also a Guzzi Dealer. Because of Military, College, and extensive travel I rode it very little for 2 Summers. I then moved to Florida and had the Guzzi shipped here in 1982, got married and raised a family.

ID on frame plate states manufactured 1977. Inquires to eBay recommended to use “the year of manufacture”. Picture of plate in listing states MFG year 1977 and Model 1978. I made further inquiries with several DMV’s in Florida and other states as what year they would assign to this M/C and all replied “either year of manufacture or the year it was first titled or registered”. It has never been registered or titled. It will be up to the buyer to decide this.

More from the seller:
Stored since 1982, Rode it into my garage and Covered up. never down or ridden hard. Drained Tank,removed the battery and Oiled Cylinders yearly, then turned over engine by rotating rear wheel while in gear. Never Titled, Have Original Notarized Importers and Mfg’s Statement of Origin, see pictures. Never painted or touched up. Original tires etc. No modifications, it is as it left the dealer. Some blemishes and minor imperfections, typical Guzzi thin paint on frame and mufflers. Note that the Dayglo paint on fairing is Original and Not Faded. Due to the long inside covered storage it will need “waking up” as they say. All systems ,hoses, etc will need to be checked out and serviced before operating. The cover on the light switch came off during storage, switch works,, cover, spring etc., are pictured, should be an easy fix. I Encourage personal inspection and/or calls with any Questions…

More from the seller:
Engine has good compression. Original battery was bad, I bought a replacement, the dry charged one pictured was never charged, given to me in 1979 under the Guzzi Warranty. I was allowed to remove all LeMans items from the closed dealership, see pictures including the Complete Workshop and Parts Manuals, Unopened Original Tool Kit, Etc. It would be hard find a lower mileage, fully documented LeMans 1 with all that is included with this bike, anywhere. LeMans Clock was a later purchase.

Note** Both sets of Original Keys and Carb Stacks, Dealer had installed air filters as shown and I never removed them.
Reason for Selling, I have other projects I want to devote my time to. My son wanted it, he lives in Manhattan and has no way of keeping it so it’s “Sell it Dad” My health is excellent, I have plenty of storage space and selling it is not going to change my lifestyle so, I will not entertain any offers.

This 850 LeMans looks to be a true period piece, with the bike in clean and complete condition, as well as full set of documentation, manuals and tool kit. There is a lot of nice stuff in here that is difficult to find today. Guzzi enthusiasts will point out that this is not the most desirable of the Mark I 850 machines, given that the rectangular tail light identifies it as a second generation example – but it is still a magnificent piece of kit to find. Recommissioning may not be a simple affair of battery and tires given that it has been sitting for so long, but it seems like it would be worth the effort to hear this bike fire in anger again. Bidding starts at just under ten grand with zero takers at the time of writing (although the fence sitters and watchers are gathering). Check it out here, as it is pretty rare to come across the first iteration of the Moto Guzzi 851 LeMans with this kind of interesting history. Good Luck!!

MI

Tales of the Unridden: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I
Moto Guzzi June 24, 2019 posted by

La Scelta: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Going Moto Guzzi has always been a choice. These v-twins are an interesting alternative to the high-strung offerings of those other Italian marques. Character is plentiful, as is an abundance of low RPM torque. Quality is high, at both the component as well as the build level. Performance is adequate – but far more relaxed than your usual hypercycle. Think of modern Moto Guzzis as a BMW boxer with a funny engine configuration and Italian flair and you will get pretty close to the mark.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 Sport model is dominated by the engine. A 90 degree twin with cylinders that sit across the bike, the nearly 1100cc mill is tuned for torque rather than outright horsepower. With an engine like this, who needs bodywork? And while the bike retains traditional (and low maintenance) air cooling, there have been several concessions to technology. Most likely these came about due to EPA regulations, but let’s ignore that and simply enjoy how well the bike breathes throughout the rev range thanks to 4-valve heads, and let’s revel in the cold start capabilities and decent mileage thanks to Magneti Marelli computerized fuel injection. These pieces almost seem wasted on something as arcane as this throw back, but they are well integrated pieces that actually improve what is already a great riding bike.

From the seller:
Pristine V11 Sport. Unless there’s a new one in a crate in Italy then this is the lowest mileage V11 in existence – 1076!!. Taken out 2 to 3 times a year for shorts runs just to make sure everything is working perfectly. Absolutely perfect paint and mechanics – truly no scratches or imperfections.

Runs , stops and handles like the new bike it is. I bought it basically just to admire the fantastic Italian styling and colors but the motor is surprisingly strong with wonderful sounds. I’m slowly thinning my collection of high end low mileage collectable bikes. The one is truly the best. Buy with complete confidence.

These V11 Sports have gained in interest over the years. Moto Guzzi’s fits and starts and changes of ownership placed the brand – and the history – under considerable pressure. But somehow the bikes retained key Guzzi trademarks, and the key Guzzi feel. These are solid machines that do most things well. There is no doubt that the earlier LeMans and V7 machines are the most sought after, but even De Tomaso and later era bikes are gaining in popularity. Pricing remains relatively low for the newer examples, but condition and mileage generally vary wildly.

Many, many Guzzis are ridden to extreme; these bikes have an enviable reputation for longevity. Today’s bike is the opposite; this one has a scant 1,000 miles and change on the clocks (!). Treated more like a ultra rare homologation racer, this V11 Sport has barely been ridden, and appears to be in good shape. It is located in sunny California, but looks to have spent most of its life indoors. If I’m to nitpick I spy a bit of what looks like corrosion in some of the pictures, which would be likely if the bike is in a beach community. Ridden or not, sea air can do a number on most metals. Unfortunately, that makes the appearance conflict a bit with the ultra low miles. Perhaps that is not an issue with someone looking to ride. We do see these bikes come through now and again – so they are not totally rare – but this is certainly the lowest mileage V11 Sport we have posted. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Moto Guzzi May 3, 2019 posted by

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV

The LeMans series is a legendary model in the Moto Guzzi lineup. Originally designed as a sportier V7 model way back in 1976, the LeMans went through a series of updates and changes throughout its life span. From a small-fairing enhanced V7 of the Gen I to the larger sport-touring (and half-faired) look of the Gen II, to a back-to-basics look with small fairing of the Gen III, and then finally the decade-long run of the De Tomaso influenced Gen IV machine, the LeMans has had a number of facelifts. Today’s example is a Gen IV bike. Let’s explore some of the key differences.

1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV for sale on eBay

At the heart of the LeMans IV is a full liter of v-twin torque. Upgraded from the 850cc power plants that preceded it, the Mark IV version of the LeMans was bigger in nearly every dimension – except the front tire. Utilizing a 16″ front wheel which was in vogue at the time on GP racers and hyper sport bikes, De Tomaso sought to re-image the LeMans as a sportier machine than it was. Unfortunately without chassis geometry changes, the LeMans IV simply became a bigger, more angular machine with a smaller front end. Handling remained stable – as is the Guzzi tradition – but there was some edginess lost as the LeMans grew older, and performance was nearly on par with the previous generation 850s.

From the seller:
1986 Lemans, totally sorted out. Runs and rides perfectly, very well looked after. New tires, new clutch, ceramic coated Bub exhaust sounds amazing. Very strong running bike. Everything works as it should. Not a show bike, but a very, very nice rider. Needs nothing. I have sold several bikes here and my feedback tells the story. Thanks for looking.

While it is easy to deride the later generation LeMans offerings as being uglier than their predecessors, the LeMans of any configuration is still a good looking motorcycle. Purists may discount the De Tomaso years, but the resultant machines were modern, reliable and long lasting. This particular 1986 example has 58,000 miles on the clock…but certainly does not look like it. These are classic motorcycles to ride for the joy of riding. You are not likely to beat many peers in your riding group on a LeMans, but if you are looking at this that probably isn’t your goal. Pictures are relatively few and there have been some noted modifications, but the auction is currently at a paltry $2,550 at the time of this writing with reserve in place. This could be a sweet bargain Guzzi in the making depending upon where the reserve is set. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments and share some LeMans stories. Which generation is your favorite, and why? Good Luck!

MI

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV
Moto Guzzi April 23, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

Spring is certainly in full swing given the number of fantastic bikes we are seeing enter the market. The RSBFS Featured Listing schedule has been chock-a-block full of the best of the best – and today’s offering is no exception. This 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans model Mark III looks incredible – and despite this model’s penchant for eating up the miles today’s example has but 7,700 miles on the clocks. For those unfamiliar with the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production (some minor stops and starts notwithstanding), the longevity of these large v-twins is legendary, meaning that this one barely has break-in miles under its belt.

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

While the original LeMans was an 850cc derivative of the V7 Sport model, the design evolved quickly into its own personality. the evolution of the model was not exactly linear, however. From the original prototype created way back in 1975, the Mark I models established the bikini fairing, the monstrous cylinder heads sticking out from under the tank, the long flat seat and the distinctive tail. The elements meshed together in a unique design that has become the hallmark of the brand. In many ways the Mark II machine was both a technological leap forward, as well as a leap in the wrong direction. Hours in the wind tunnel created a larger fairing with streamlining around the engine lowers – and far more of a sport touring look than the Mk I. Thankfully the Mark III took up where the original LeMans left off, offering a return to the sporting side of riding. Dominated by the new, smaller and angular fairing, square headlight, the huge Veglia rev counter off-center in the dash and the trademark flat seat and tail, the Mark III version is arguably the best looking of the LeMans models.

From the seller:
1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

Original toolkit and manual
Second owner – 7,792 original miles
LaFranconi Competizione exhaust system
EnDuraLast 450 Watt charging system
EnDuraLast electronic ignition
Rebuilt front calipers, stainless steel brake lines
Powdercoated valve covers
Tommaselli clip ons
Repainted and new decals 5 years ago
Denali LED Auxiliary Lights
YSS Shocks
Located in Staten Island NY

Price: $10,000

Contact: dansciannameo@gmail.com

You are looking at a two owner bike here. Think about that. This bike has been out in the wild for 35 years, yet has been ridden fewer than 250 miles for each year it has been around. It has not been sold on through multiple owners, but rather cherished and cared for throughout its life. This particular bike does offer some interesting upgrades including a revamped electrical system and additional lighting. Is it me, or does this amazing machine look ready for a run at an Iron Butt event? The seller has included a walk around video of the bike here. Turn up the sound!

Modern riders accustomed to Japanese liquid-cooled hardware might be taken back by the valve train noise in the video, but that is part of the allure of these great air cooled machines. Valve clearance is important; “Better to hear some clatter than burn a valve” is one of the key lessons I was fortunate enough to be taught (rather than learn by experience). The video simply underscores the visceral nature of the LeMans – this is not merely a bike you ride, this is a bike that you experience. If you are serious about truly classic machinery, give Daniel a shout out. This Mark II Guzzi is a wonderful offering in a steam punk sort of existence. What’s not to love? Check out the pics and videos and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III
Moto Guzzi April 19, 2019 posted by

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE

The Le Mans’ long history included a run of just 100 Special Editions for 1987, in classic red and white.  This NorCal example is in surprising condition for its age and miles.

1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 SE for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was already venerable in 1987, having been introduced in 1976, and the 1000 SE was essentially a Mk. IV design with a few DeTomaso-era details.  Based on the square-head Le Mans III, the 948cc longitudinal twin pushes 81 hp at a modest 7,400 rpm.  The crankshaft sits low in the traditional downtube frame, the long chassis providing a stable platform, made a little snappier by the 16-inch front wheel.  Classic eighties livery is making a high speed pass when parked.

Having somehow survived 30-plus years and almost 28,000 miles, this SE has just a few scrapes to show for it.  K&N filters, head guards, and Corbin seat are signature updates.  Not much maintenance history in the comments but the compromise handlebars are admitted in the eBay auction:

This bike is all original except that the stock clip-on handle bars have been replaced by a standard handle bar. The handle bar now on the bike makes for a more comfortable riding position. Very good condition, fully sorted, runs well, needs absolutely nothing. I ride this bike frequently around the San Francisco Bay area. California title and current registration. The only obvious cosmetic flaw is a small scratch on the left rear seat bodywork, shown in one photo. The bike is entirely unrestored with all original paint, decals, and seat. A Corbin seat also comes with the bike and is shown in one photo.

The Le Mans 1000 reviewed as a European thoroughbred, not at the leading edge of technology but a torquey bullet.  Some may find it a bit of an ask for such a rider, but as they say, no more are being made.  Despite its rubs and chips, this one is complete, nearly correct, and operational.

-donn

Idiosyncratic – 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000SE