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Moto Guzzi July 18, 2020 posted by

Ride Home and Rethink Your Life – 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

One of Moto Guzzi’s last development projects before Aprilia took controlling interest, the V11 was a big step forward which didn’t forget its Mandello del Lario roots.  Previous owner Ewan McGregor is now a Guzzi ambassador but was a big fan before, and improved his V11 Sport with a classic Magni fairing.

2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11’s look is unmistakably Guzzi, the big “square” heads hanging out in the breeze to help them keep their 91 hp cool.  The V11’s engine is a stressed part of the chassis, letting the exhausts reign over ( under ? ) the engine bay, with the prominent frame connectors anodized in red.  Accompanying the silky six-speed, the chassis is a mixed bag, with headstock raised to 25 degrees to quicken turn-in and swingarm lengthened to reduce the adverse shaft effects.  The original was shipped naked, the  factory clip-ons sneaking out under the various small fairings available.

Offered by the second owner’s shop, this 1100 Sport is in extraordinary shape, and carefully photographed.  The basic improvement of the Mandello exhausts and Power Commander complement the flash of the color-matched Magni fairing and nifty bar-end blinkers.  Comments from the eBay auction:

The current owner is a discerning collector who spares no expense maintaining his bikes and is releasing the Guzzi V11 Sport from his private collection. McGregor sold the bike in 2017 with 8,000 miles on the clock and my client has added 3,500 miles in 3 years. The V11 currently shows 11,349 on the odometer. 

Moto Guzzi developed the bike in conjunction with Aprilia’s Development Dept, developing 91bhp in stock trim with 70ft lbs. torque. The bike starts instantly and careful dyno tuning has improved the ride-ability dramatically. The installed power commander and custom map smoothed out the power curve, improving low speed ride-ability and highway speed riding. 

The bike has been maintained with no expense spared and as shown in the photos is still in almost perfect condition. Selected tasteful accessories have been added to the bike and are included with the sale along with stock turn signals, foot rests, original Brembo clutch and brake reservoirs etc.

  • Improved night vision with Bosch LED headlamp
  • Rizoma bar end mirrors and LED signals
  • Rizoma billet brake/clutch reservoirs
  • Adjustable footrests
  • Power commander and Dyno tune improved fueling.
  • New brake pads
  • Fuel / oil filters changed
  • Forks were re-valved and serviced by Progressive suspension
  • Wilbur hand build rear shock was also installed and built specially for the V11. 
  • Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires barely broken in, with only 3,500 miles on them. 
  • Agostini Mandello Exhausts. 
  • CRG foldable Brake and Clutch levers. 

With its updated chassis, gearbox, and fuel injection, V11’s are rather more sporty than the European Harley they’re sometimes called.  Probably most Guzzi owners think of an earlier Obi Wan, but McGregor has done a lot of motorcycling in between movie shoots.  A showy autograph would be a nice addition to this fine example.

-donn

Ride Home and Rethink Your Life – 2000 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Featured Listing July 3, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing – 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans with Under 2,000 Miles !

Sale fell through, back on eBay. Links updated. Good luck to buyers and seller. -dc

Just the “next thing” at the time, Moto Guzzi’s 850 LeMans turned out to be a dynastic European sportbike, with legs that ran until the 2006 V11 version.  RSBFS reader Scott’s example is a first-year model with just 1,825 miles on the clock !

1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans for sale on eBay

Based on the ’71 V7 Sport, itself a little sportier than BMW’s of the day, the LeMans expanded the longitudinal V-twin to 844 cc’s with 10.2:1 compression and 81 hp.  A robust backbone frame cradled the engine and 5-speed trans, with an automotive-style clutch and shaft drive.  Beside being healthily-sized at 300mm front / 242 mm rear, the brakes were innovative with the rear brake pedal also actuating the right front disk, claiming a dramatically shorter stopping distance from 62 mph.  Lowish seat and clip-ons accommodated may riders and the now-classic bikini fairing at least kept the wind and rain out of the Veglia instruments.

Scott’s LeMans was basically a barn find, having been in a Tulsa dealership’s warehouse from 1976 to 2007.  Though Scott had to go through the fuel system and replace several rubber items, the years in storage were kind to his LeMans, with not so much as a scrape to show for it.  Since then it’s been a once-a-year affair, wry comment on the New Hampshire riding season.  Scott’s comments from the eBay auction:

You are looking at one of my favorite bikes in my collection. It’s a 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans with less than 2,000 original miles. I purchased the bike from Atlas Cycles in Tulsa Oklahoma in 2007 with roughly 1,000 miles on it. I was told Atlas sold it new in 1976 to a customer who then traded it back in six months later claiming it was too much motorcycle for him.

The owner of Atlas really liked the bike so put it in storage at the dealership. He was selling the dealership in 2007 and I was able to acquire it. It needed a good cleaning, some rubber parts replaced, new tires, carbs cleaned, and fluids changed. Since then she’s been in my collection, started once a year, ridden occasionally hence the 2000 miles. I just had her serviced, new battery, carbs cleaned, and fluids changed so she’s ready to go.

As the tires are thirteen years old, I would put a new set on if you plan to ride the bike. Other than this all that is needed is a good cleaning/detailing. Because the original seat is very fragile and hard to come by, I stored it when purchased and bought a Corbin, it comes with both. The bike is a blast to ride, smooth, lots of low end grunt, great brakes and entertaining. It’s pretty amazing for a forty four year old bike.

In pre-Covid times this Guzzi would’ve been at a Bonhams or Mecum stadium auction, but Scott welcomes your best offer on the eBay auction – here –  and offers this walkaround video –

The LeMans put Moto Guzzi firmly in the superbike sweepstakes, at least for a while.  It reviewed as going well, stopping pretty well, and the dual crossover exhaust is like music.  Weight at 435 lbs. dry isn’t out of line for an almost-liter of the era.  Mk. 1 LeMans, aren’t getting any easier to find, and after tires, Scott’s could be a rider.  At least for one day a year, before re-joining your collection.

-donn

Featured Listing – 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans with Under 2,000 Miles !
Moto Guzzi June 6, 2020 posted by

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport

During the 1997 model year Moto Guzzi progressed the 1100 Sport to fuel injection and upside-down forks, but along with the catalyst-delete Staintune exhaust, the conventional forks and 40mm Dell-Orto’s help this earlier ’97 silver goose look and act the classic part.

1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport for sale on eBay

Toward the end of the DeTomaso era, Guzzi endeavored to embrace their sporting heritage, with the Daytona and 1100 Sport as the results.  Never abandoning their 90-degree axial V-twin or shaft drive, the Sport kept in touch with past models.  Most riders use the square-heads’s 90 hp rarely, but the 5-speed regularly calls on the 70 ft.-lbs. torque – available at just 5,900 rpm.  Premium Showa dampers and Brembo brakes round out the components, with staggered 17-inch front / 18-inch rear wheels helping its 475 lbs. wet weight change direction.  Supersport fairing shows off the big block, which a stressed part of the chassis.

This suburban NY owner appears to be paring down their collection of nicer vintage and sport machines, and the Sport 1100 appears in excellent shape.  Miles are low at 12,992 and looks stock beside the head guards and exhaust.  Open venturis on the carbs so no dirt roads !  From the eBay auction:

Great running and beautiful 1100 Sport with Staintune exhaust and new battery. This bike is a blast to ride, handles amazing and pulls incredibly hard at speed.  It’s in very good condition and needs nothing.  The design catches everyone’s eye, this is an attention getting bike and wonderful Moto Guzzi.

Guzzi survived the turn of the century and reinvigorated their lineup, though the Sport appears today with just a cafe fairing.  In its GT form, the 1100 Sport pushes a lot of the right buttons for weekend riders, with plenty of stability and big torque.  Not quite enough miles to justify survivor status, this 1100 Sport seems to have been the nice day go-to bike for this collector, and might be for the next owner.

-donn

Not Low Carb – 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport
Moto Guzzi May 17, 2020 posted by

Recent Vintage – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000

Early 1990’s, gentleman racer Dr. John Wittner helped Moto Guzzi develop their big V-twin into the racer and GT they knew it could be.  This Colorado example has been updated and maintained by a super-fan, and looks great.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

 

Like BMW, Guzzi wanted to breathe 4-valve life into their liter, and found a similar solution with cams mounted high in each cylinder, with timing belts driven off a gear above the crankshaft.  The compact arrangement claimed 95 hp and a healthy 72 ft.-lbs. torque, fuel injected for flexibility around town.  Dr. Wittner provided his chassis expertise in the lighter weight chrom-moly backbone with massive alloy frame connectors.  Adjustable suspension is at both ends, with conventional Marzocchi forks and WP monoshock.  As found on most of its European competitors, 320mm Brembo brakes are however without the usual Guzzi front-rear linkage.  Moto Guzzi tradition stipulates a driveshaft, but the Daytona has a parallelogram arrangement to limit the rear suspension extending under power.

Sounds like the seller is a serial Daytona owner, which almost guarantees one of being “a certain age”.  This one has the sharp Staintune exhaust, impossibly long velocity stacks and just screens over the ends.  Little doubt you can hear the 1000 inhaling with this setup.  Overall condition looks excellent with just a couple of paint chips but new rubber, belts, brake pads and battery.  From the eBay auction:

Description:

  • Look at the photos – I disassembled the bike over the winter and cleaned and detailed chassis.
  • Recently changed timing belts – see photos
  • RH cylinder head had a lube issue and removed head and sent to famous Moe at Cycle Garden to improve oil passage and new valve seat and valves
  • Changed Engine oil with Motul (20/50)
  • Brand new Michelin Pilot Radial tires:
    • F: 120/70ZR17
    • R: 160/60ZR17
  • New NGK D9REA spark plugs
  • Yuasa battery in 2019 (with trickle charger harness)
  • New Front Brake Pads: Pagid HH
  • Powder coated factory wheels – white (OEM color).
  • New / checked wheel bearing

What comes with the bike?

  • Clean and clear title (in my company’s name.)
  • 2 keys and one spare Guzzi blank.
  • Rare repair manual for Daytona
  • Rare repair manual for the MGS-01 (helpful)
  • Receipts and documentation
  • Pit-stand; awkward to ship and you will have to pay for shipping or pick it up in person.  

Condition:

  • This is a very very nice Moto Guzzi Daytona!
  • Everything works as it should: choke, turn signal, horn, low beam, high beam, etc.
  • Never dropped!
  • It shows extremely well and turns heads and sounds amazing.
  • There are a few paint chips that I have photographed, and I will be happy to send you additional photographs.
  • There is hairline crack by one of the screws that holds OEM wind screen that has been there forever and is not changing.
  • Left side mirror – small de-silvering on the edge (not uncommon)
  • I would recommend to the winner of auction to renew brake fluid.

While never in serious competition with less reverential solutions, the Daytona 1000 was a smashing endcap to the DeTomaso years and a stepping stone to the V10 era.  Though it couldn’t be termed a lightweight, as a GT the handling got applause from journalists and fans.  This example is almost curated by a Daytona fanatic.  With four days to go the bid is $12K but hasn’t met the reserve, it’ll be interesting to see where it’s set.

-donn

Recent Vintage – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000
Moto Guzzi May 7, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Update 6.17.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport may smack of a Ducati Monster killer on a quick glance, based on stance, nationality and number of cylinders. But to buttonhole the 1,100cc v-twin bruiser that way would be to handicap it. As reviewers at the time noted, thanks to weight, torque and the big mill’s laconic, torquey nature, it’s much closer to an Italian take on a Harley Davidson than a back-breaking canyon carver. Leave that to the Duc.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

But while the big Goose wasn’t exactly quick on its feet — it tipped the scales at a large-and-in-charge 563 lb with gas — it handled well, had ample grunt and made an excellent swift cruiser. Coupled with the gorgeous bodywork and Moto Guzzi’s iconic, ancient engine layout and shaft drive, you get a muscle bike that doesn’t ask you to pay a comfort penalty.

This one is in excellent condition with 13,600 miles on it, and a raft of tasteful upgrades to tilt it just a little closer to the sporting end of the spectrum. It has Racetech suspension bits, ECU work, mods to the electrical system and a raft of extras and spares.

From the seller:

A strong running V11, selling because I got a nearly new Stelvio which I use all the time. The Sport sits there and should be used, it’s really a nice driver. I keep the nearly new battery conditioned and tires inflated and take it out once in a while. All of the weak points with these models has been addressed, including the NHTSA recall, and the performance mods have been done. It’s Japanese reliable: add gas, turn the key and go. If you are a Ducati or Aprilia owner, but are curious about that other, mystical and legendary Italian marque, this is the bike you want for an introduction.

The bike is currently in Atlanta GA, with GA title and registration (formerly it was registered and titled in CA). All extras are here in GA and go with the bike. I am NOT separating the bike from the extras, or the extras from the bike. Bike is currently configured with handlebars. California emissions sticker present under the seat.

I can assist with shipping, but buyer is responsible. I have used Shipping Masters, including their title escrow service before, and can recommend them. Or you can fly and ride, and ship the extras using UPS or whatever.

3 weeks sitting, cold start video here: https://vimeo.com/406649103

Transmission recall done by Pro Italia, CA, documented
Currently 13.6k miles
Open-loop ECU (no Lambda)
Roper plate installed
Front forks rebuilt with Racetech springs and gold emulators
Rear shock upgraded to Hyperpro 460 (290mm, +/-5mm)
Stucchi crossover
Mistral slip ons with DB killers (removable)
Re-map by Todd Eagan @ Guzzitech
MG Cycle manual petcock
Motiv Cycle Works transmission brace
Upgraded oil cooler mounts (steel)
New Dunlop Road Smart 3’s installed winter 2018, approx 1000 miles on them
“Lucky Phil’s” shifter mod installed (still have OEM)
“Scud’s re-engineered shift spring” (installed)
Upgraded relays and relay base, OMRON G8HE-1C7T-R-DC12
Casper Electronics breakout harness (to facilitate checking the TPS voltage)
Just replaced rocker cover gaskets
Just replaced the regulator with new Ducati Energia RR
Just replaced the angle drive for the speedo
Just replaced the battery (Odyssey 545)

EXTRAS:

2x Lower sump gaskets
Cortech tank bag
1 x extra “Scud’s re-engineered shift spring”
OEM clip-ons (clamps, bars, bar-end weights)
OEM shift linkage lever (Lucky Phil’s now installed)
OEM foot pegs
OEM owners manual
OEM tool kit
4 liters Eni i-Ride 20-50w + new Hi-Flo filter
2 keys

OTHER INFO:
Oil last changed at 11k
Transmission fluid last changed at 11k (running Redline Heavy Shockproof)
Bevel drive last changed at 11k (running Redline Heavy Shockproof)
I have used Bell ethanol gas treatment since I have owned it.
Shop stand pictured not included but available for purchase

As you can see from the eBay listing, the price for all this awesome is below $5,000. That’s a low bar for such a beautiful, unique machine.

Featured Listing: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Moto Guzzi April 28, 2020 posted by

Featured Listing: 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE, Now $5,600

Update 5.5.2020: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Scott has recently sold a YB11 and a 999S on the site. He also has this Dunstall Norton available and now this LeMans 1000SE. Thanks for supporting the site, Scott!

This 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 is one of just 100 examples that came to the United States, wearing special paint and close ratio gears to celebrate the 20th birthday of Moto Guzzi’s most legendary machine. With fewer than 10,000 original miles on the clock, it’s in excellent, unmolested condition.

By 1987, the Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 was already more celebrated as a sport-tourer than a sport bike, but it bore the flag of a storied line of highly desirable Italian machines. With around 80 horsepower from its square-head v-twin, it had plenty of shove, especially for the era, but favored handling stability of knife-edge precision.

The 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE celebrated the 20th anniversary of the launch of the 1967 Moto Guzzi V7, which introduced the world to the marque’s signature longitudinal v-twin. With 50-ish horsepower and shaft drive, it was an immediate competitor for the brand. Without the V7, Moto Guzzi would be relegated to out-of-print history books.

From the seller:

Thank you for looking at my 1987 Moto Guzzi 1000 Special Edition. If you are looking for one in great condition, that’s completely stock, this is the one. It has less than 10,000 original miles, to the best of my knowledge, never down, abused, in the rain. It’s had a very sheltered life in a temperature-controlled garage, hooked up to a battery tender, with Stabil mixed in the fuel. In 1987 Moto Guzzi built this special edition to honor the twentieth anniversary of the V7, only 100 or so made it to the United States. Most of the changes were cosmetic but the gear ratios were altered in the SE to give it more lively acceleration. Comes with the original, red, OEM seat as well as the corbin aftermarket pictured.

I’m a sixty-year-old collector that is very particular, I’m told that I treat my bikes better than I treat myself. I looked for this one for a long time as I wanted one as close to new as possible. It’s amazing for a thirty-three-year-old bike. The only imperfections are a cracked windscreen, a little discoloration under the door that covers the fuel cap, see pictures. Other than these it’s in great condition, ready to be ridden or collected. If the new owner wanted to ride it I would suggest cleaning the carburetors as even though it has Stabile in the fuel ethanol still gums things up. I would also put on new tires as I’m not sure how old they are. Other than that it’s ready to ride, no leaks, issues, fire right up and idles at about 1200 rpm once warmed up. If it were to be put in a collection, I’d drain the fuel, take out the battery, fog the engine and put it away.

The only reason I’m selling it is over time I find myself only riding on the track, rarely on the street. I’m happy to answer any questions you may have. As I’m thinning the herd I am not interested in any trades. Scott

Price: $6,499 $5,600
The bike is located in Concord, NH.

Forget about whether you’ll find another one this nice, it’s not likely that you’ll find another one of these, period. With such low production numbers, they don’t populate cruise nights or rare bike shows the way some older Japanese bikes might. If this is your thing, this 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE is absolutely the one you want.

Featured Listing: 1987 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000SE, Now $5,600
Ghezzi-Brian March 16, 2020 posted by

Gorgeous Guzzi: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

The Daytona/Sport 1100i were very entertaining machines, with plenty of grunt from the nearly 1100cc v-twin, matched with quality suspension and brakes. Unfortunately, they were also burdened with shaft drive and nearly 100 extra pounds of weight, compared to other Italian sportbikes of the era. So basically a charismatic engine in an overweight package. Sadly, Colin Chapman wasn’t available to help out, but Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno, two halves of the Ghezzi-Brian team, stepped up to build the lightweight, but very pricey Supertwin that cost nearly $15,000 in 2001 money.

There’s a lot of clever engineering going on here, and the completed machine supposedly weighed in at nearly 70lbs less than a Daytona or Sport 1100i. The bike certainly looks lighter and more agile than a Sport 1100i, although I feel like the colors on this example date the bike a bit. Perimeter brakes similar to Buell’s ZTL or “zero tortional load” system supposedly reduce unsprung weight up front and look really trick, the frame channels air through to the airbox below the rear shock, and a redesigned rear suspension helped to reduce the torque reaction of the shaft drive.

I have an old “all Italian” issue of Bike magazine that features one of my favorite comparison tests of all time: an Aprilia RS250 versus a Ducati 748 versus a Bimota YB9 versus a Moto Guzzi Daytona RS. Obviously, the “big old bus” Guzzi didn’t fare well in such light-footed company, but their big, longitudinally-mounted v-twin could still be entertaining slotted into something like this Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin. And this wasn’t the end of the line for Ghezzi and Guzzi: in the Supertwin you can see the kernel of ideas later used in the stunning MGS-01.

From the original eBay listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian 1064cc Supertwin for Sale

Frame no. FP1239

As Roland Brown of Motorcyclist puts it:

“I’m carving through a series of immaculately surfaced bends in the hills near Lecco in northern Italy, aboard a stunning new V-twin whose jutting cylinders, grunty power and off-beat exhaust could only come from Moto Guzzi.

“The Guzzi factory at Mandello del Lario is only a short ride from here, but this bike isn’t the first dramatic result of Guzzi’s recent acquisition by Aprilia. This is the Supertwin 1100, now being hand-built in small numbers by Ghezzi & Brian, a specialist firm from the nearby village of Perego.

“As you ride it, carving through the twisties, the aural clues don’t match the experience. The grunty power and off-beat exhaust could only come from Moto Guzzi. But this isn’t just a Guzzi from the Mandello del Lario factory, this is the Supertwin, a hand-built, low production superbike from Ghezzi-Brian, the specialist firm from the nearby village of Perego.

“Moto Guzzi is one of the oldest and most storied motorcycle manufacturers in existence, but they’ve drifted pretty far from their sporting roots, owing to their purchase by Piaggio, a move that has kept them afloat, but forever relegated to building vintage-styled and cruisers to prevent them competing with more sports-oriented bikes from sister-company Aprilia. Really though, the downward slide began long before that, as Guzzi just couldn’t keep pace with the ruthless development of modern sportbikes from Japan. Luckily, there’ve been a few bright spots along the way, like this Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin that point out just how much life is still left in Moto Guzzi’s v-twin.

“Produced by Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno this is a race-replica designed around Ghezzi’s successful racing machine, the Supertwin features quality suspension at both ends and clever engineering designed to reduce weight. The slim bodywork reveals the iconic longitudinal v-twin and contrasts nicely with the hulking mechanicals. The huge perimeter front brakes look incredibly trick on the OZ Racing wheels and should offer up excellent stopping power to go with the increased straight-line performance that comes mostly from a huge weight reduction: the Supertwin weighs in at a claimed 427lbs dry, down 55lbs from the largely stock V11 Sport that donates its engine. Power is a modest 91hp but the 1064cc motor puts out impressive torque to match the amazing soundtrack. 

“Ghezzi’s frame is based on a steel spine and uses the motor as a stressed member, but that’s where the similarities end. The Supertwin spine doubles not as the oil tank but as the airbox, taking in air under the tank to feed the intakes that run back from those jutting cylinders.  There’s plenty of clever engineering rearward, too, where a multiadjustable Bitubo shock lies horizontally and is worked by a rising-rate linkage. In Guzzi fashion the Supertwin’s box-section steel swingarm incorporates a parallelogram arrangement to cancel torque reaction.  But this bike’s real innovation is up front, where its multiadjustable, inverted Paioli fork holds a 17-inch wheel whose twin discs are a massive 420mm in diameter and are fixed to the rim rather than the hub. The entire system, incorporating four-piston calipers biting on thin discs that are fully floating to allow for heat expansion, has been developed by local firm Braking.”

The bike offered is presented in truly excellent condition throughout with the gentle patina of a sparingly used, but meticulously kept near 20-year-old machine. The odometer reads an original 7,500 kms from new, most of which were enjoyed earlier in its life, as it has been on static display in three prominent private California collections for the last half of its existence.

The bike is offered in a Bill of Sale, but I can assist with titling. Please contact me.

For additional photos and details, please visit Classic Avenue.

The $24,900 asking price is a lot of cash for a Guzzi-powered special with pushrods and two valves per cylinder. In the plus column, 90hp should provide plenty of poke in the relatively light machine, the design is extremely exotic, and Guzzi engines are very durable and easy to service. Unfortunately, the bodywork is nearly unobtainable, and I’m not sure where you’d pick up a set of those perimeter brake discs, or a replacement wheel if you ding a rim.

-tad

Gorgeous Guzzi: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
Moto Guzzi March 11, 2020 posted by

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III

Some lucky rider bought-it-now last night but still worth a look !  – Donn

Would that it were so all venerable GT’s could be shared among a group of like-minded owners as this 1983 LeMans.  With 50K-ish miles, it still looks sharp and raring to go.

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans for sale on eBay

LeMans fans were left asking in early 80’s while Moto Guzzi re-designed their 844cc engine to meet emission regulations, and though the CX100 liter was available, the LeMans III’s return was eagerly awaited.  The angularized heads had bigger valves and more efficient cooling, and 36mm Dell’Orto carbs whispered through an intake silencer.  76 hp were on tap, with a single-disk dry clutch and of course shaft drive.  Suspension preload was air-adjustable though damping didn’t change, and the linked braking system worked better than most of its type.  Guzzi designed the modern fairing in their factory wind tunnel, and reviewers loved the way it cut through a cross-wind.  A large white tach dominates the binnacle, which relies on warning lights for everything else except MPH and Volts.

This example has been among friends, knowledgeable fans who took excellent care.  The paint and pipes look excellent, and I’d expect updated shocks as well.  From the eBay auction:

This is the last series for the 850 cc motor.  This particular bike has been sold and bought among a group of Pittsburgh area Moto Guzzi enthusiasts who are all aquainted with each other since it was new.  The odometer shows 12,000 miles but it actually has about 50 K on it, the odometer was replaced a number of years ago.  I have the original bill of lading from Italy from 1983.  I’ve owned the bike since 2005.  I had this serviced at Westmoreland Moto Guzzi before it went out of business a few years ago.  The dealership installed a new clutch assembly and I had them go over it back in 2007. The bike has a lighter flywheel than stock, clip-ons, newer tires and a new battery.  The Corbin saddle was added a number of years ago before I purchased it.  I installed lighter throttle springs, but I have the originals also if you really feel the need to exercise while you ride.  It was painted by a pro in 2009.

While Moto Guzzi re-grouped, several new players nailed down the mass-market, and the company segued into a niche sort of fan base.  Having relinquished the sporty ideals, the LeMans still provides a classic GT sound and enough fury.  Lucky for this particular bike to have fallen into the hands of these owners, and fortunate for the next rider as well.

-donn

Storm Trooper – 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III