Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi June 26, 2022 posted by

Original Owner Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Advertised as original owner and garage kept for 44 years, this is a stunning MK1 Lemans — it looks restored but has somehow covered nearly 30k miles. While there are other iterations that came later with incremental improvements, the early MK1 with the round headlight is the best looking and archetypal for collectors.

1978 Moto Guzzi Lemans for sale on eBay

from the seller:

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans original one owner bike. Beautifully maintained and restored. Collector example.

Owner purchased bike new in November 1978 . Runs strong and has only 29,719 miles . Owner restored bike in the mid 1990’s .

Motorcycle has been garage kept for 44 years. Motorcycle has matching engine and frame numbers.

Motorcycle runs and idles great. Sounds fantastic especially when revved over 4k . Everything works. No electrical problems. Both front and rear brakes work great, has factory linked braking system.

Came from Moto Guzzi factory with velocity stacks on Del Orto pumper carbs . But owner has always ran the bike with K&N air filters fitted. Factory velocity stacks are included with bike.

Bike has the following upgrades, additions and modifications on it.

Alloy endurance timing gears

Bub Ent. Racing exhaust system

Rear Koni shocks (correct for time period)

Stainless steel brake hoses front and rear

VDO oil pressure gauge

Dyna III electronic ignition and 35kv Dyna coils

Telefix fork brace

Stainless steel oil lines

dc

Original Owner Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans
Moto Guzzi June 15, 2022 posted by

Medium Rare – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Moto Guzzi’s V11 Sport constituted the lion’s share of their bikes from 1998-2006, and came with various names, colors, and small fairings.  Though not a special edition, today’s 2003 is more designer vanilla bean than plain vanilla, and looks very good with a small wind deflector and heat wrap on the pipes.

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 Sport could be described as big all over, with pictures dominated by the 5.4 gallon tank and each cylinder displacing 532 cc’s.  It’s 91 hp is merely generous, but the 69 ft.-lbs. of torque make their case at just 6,000 rpm.  40mm of Marzocchi have a massive look, with a nifty front fender design to protect the extending USD fork legs.  Located by the cast red frame connectors, the shaft drive and monoshock try to hide behind the XL Lafranconi silencers. Even the seat looks like it could almost hold two without uncovering the pillion.

Liking the head guards and K&N filters a lot more than the wrapped headers, but it’s true the wraps do contain some of the heat.  Even if there is hell to pay when they finally come off, the total polishing time will probably be about the same as if they had never been.  Otherwise it’s very tidy, just moderate miles and no apparent damage.  Bar end mirrors sharpen up the looks a bit, but a new ( and matching ) front tire would really make the sale go.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Exceptionally nice condition, pre-lambda (O2 sensor) model and has one of the rarer color combos available. The bike has never been down or knocked over but do expect to see normal wear from use. The headers are lava wrapped to keep some heat off your legs. The rear tire is new but expect to replace the front in 1,000 miles or so. Grips have been upgraded along with the mirrors on the bar ends. All service is up to date and everything works on the bike from front to back so turn key and ride on!

For all the current Guzzi models and branching into the cruiser segment, they’re still an occasion when sighted and wear their quirks in honor.  Luckily the brand was supported and continued by the Piaggio conglomerate.  A nice round number for the buy-it-now, not overly priced these days, but the Make Offer button might get a push before that.

-donn

 

Medium Rare – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Moto Guzzi May 10, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!

If you are thinking about a track day bike – and you most certainly SHOULD think about that – you could either go the route of a bashed, rashed and crashed universal 600 or 1000 from [insert your favorite Japanese street bike here], or forgo all of the street deletions and go straight to a real race bike. Think of the benefits – you get a bike already built for the purpose of riding on tracks (usually already sorted) and you look positively bad-ass compared to the generic GSNinjaR1-X crowd. And nothing can prove that point more than this awesome looking 890cc Guzzi vintage racer.

1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1976 Moto Guzzi – Stan and Pearl’s 890CC Middleweight Superbike

You are bidding on an iconic race machine built by my good friend, the late Stan Friduss and his wife Pearl. When Stan passed I acquired the bike from Pearl. She put her heart and soul into this bike with Stan’s tutelage. The result was a machine that competed successfully in AHRMA’s Middleweight Superbike class for several years in the hands of several top racers. It has earned many race wins and I believe a championship or two. One of Pearl’s proudest moments was when it took 2nd place in New Jersey on it’s maiden voyage to the track!

More from the seller:
Now, I am offering it up for auction as I realize it is just too much machine for me at 65, so would like to see someone get it who appreciates it for what it is and continues to use it as intended or displays it for all to enjoy. The bike is “garage fresh” and has not been run in a few years. Knowledge from years of building race Guzzi’s, Stan threw everything he knew at this bike. NOTE: The engine turns over with good compression but I have not fired it. I am sure the carbs will need cleaning and a general going over before it is ready to run. Some spares as well.

Bill of Sale only – no title. (i chose salvage just to get past the title type requirement). I believe the Tonti frame is from a mid 70’s 850T or similar. It does NOT have a LeMans serial number. The bike is located at my garage in Melbourne Florida. Buyer is responsible for shipping or may pick up locally. Thank you for bidding.

Track Day Tuesday has quickly become one of my favorite days of the week thanks to some different finds that would not normally fit on the pages of RSBFS. But seriously, how could you not look at this thing and see yourself motoring through the pits at your next track day? Imagine the stares as you boom your way out onto the track and thunder down the main straight. Glorious! The best part is that owning this wonderful motoring piece of history won’t set you back much by comparison: The Buy It Now price is set at a reasonable $7,500, and the seller is open to offers. Check out all of the details here before the checkered flag waves at this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!
Moto Guzzi April 10, 2022 posted by

Retro Sport – 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi has long been mining its prodigious past in search for models, and the modern V7 joined the line-up in 2009.  This updated limited edition Racer whisks the rider back to when a helmet and leather jacket were all that was required.

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer for sale on eBay

The V7 Racer shares quite a bit with Lino Tonti’s 1971 creation, mid-size V-twin, shaft drive, unfaired, and even the wheelbases are within a millimeter.  But the substantially new engine for 2013 claimed 48 hp, and reviewed as feeling like more.  Torque was optimized and allowed the use of a 5-speed transmission.  A single front disc is a big 320mm, which will do better than 1971’s drum, with just 401 lbs. ( dry ) to slow.  Almost the inverse of the -70’s finishes, the Racer’s frame is an accent color, with the large chrome tank, with black fenders and laced rims.  The tank only appears to be secured by a very vintage leather strap, with racing number plates completing the picture.

Offered by an Indiana consignment dealer ( which also has cars and a museum ), this Racer has just 3,188 miles and looks excellent.  The solo seat cowl has been traded for a dual seat, which doesn’t spoil the looks, and passenger pegs have been added.  Discoloring on the pipes seems out of place for so few miles, but can probably be polished up.  Highlights from the eBay auction:

  • Classic Cafe Racer looks meet Moto Guzzi reliability and rideability
  • Beautiful Chrome Gas Tank with Leather Strapping
  • Rich Deep Red Frame, Swing Arm and Accents
  • Iconic Fuel Injected 744cc V Twin Design
  • 5 Speed Transmission
  • Adjustable Rear Bitubo Shocks
  • Production Number 377
  • Only 3,138 Miles
  • Rare Limited Production Model
  • Super Clean Example with no damage or issues
  • Freshly Serviced and Ready to Be Enjoyed
  • The V7 Racer is simply beautiful to ride and look at, this is the one you’ve been looking for!

Total edition numbers are hard to nail down, but with the company’s production figures hovering around 7,000 per year, it’s unlikely you’ll see yourself going by.  The buy-it-now seems ambitious for a basic 750, though it is newer, hardly broken in, and a limited edition.  Worst the Make Offer button can do is generate crickets.  Just the thing for a Guzzi fan or someone with a sportier bike that’s a little much for a coffee run.

-donn

Retro Sport – 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
Moto Guzzi March 18, 2022 posted by

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

America may have talent, but it’s the Italians who have Style. Whether its the super sexy shape of a Bimota, the hypercycle approach of Ducati, the engine-first stance of a Benelli, the unconventional-but-standard look of a Laverda, or the iconic “stick your cylinders out like you just don’t care” of a Moto Guzzi, Italian bikes are somehow just so, well, Italian. And hence we point out this striking 2003 Guzzi Le Mans Rosso Corsa edition.

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa for sale on eBay

While the nomenclature Rossa Corsa literally means Red Racer, the moniker may be a bit of a hyperbole when comparing the Le Mans to more modern WSBK-worthy machinery. To do so would highlight the massive heft (500 pounds – dry), and the lack of horsepower (91-ish). But stats and figures miss the point of the V11 entirely, as these big Guzzis are perfect for eating up curvy, swooping miles with ease. And while endurance racing is in the DNA, the street translation is longevity and reliability. The Le Mans might be as heavy as a chunk of granite, but is built just as solidly and likely to last as long.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa. This is the high end Limited Addition Moto Guzzi Lemans with the Ohilns suspension. I just had the front Ohilns forks rebuilt with new seals and fluids. The bike has just had a complete going over. The valves were set, motor oil and rear oil changed, fuel injection system flushed, cleaned, and checked for correct 44 PSI pressure, new Odyssey battery, injectors synchronized and more. I purchased the bike used in 2006 from MPH Cycles in Houston. I am the second owner. This bike is part of a large collection of motorcycles that I own. It has always been garaged and has been well cared for. It has aftermarket non-adhesive tank protectors, custom made bar risers, stainless steel brake lines, luggage rack, Corbin Seat, aftermarket windshield, aftermarket carbon fiber exhaust, pegs lowered, Throttlemeister bar end cruise control and more. Overall the bike runs wonderfully and should provide many trouble free years of enjoyment. All turn signals and brake lights and horn work. It does have an air box modification. There is a K&N filter in the air box. It was cleaned and resealed as well.

More from the seller:
Overall the bike looks really good and any owner would be proud to show up on a bike day with it! The Rosso Corsa currently shows 13,795 miles. This motorcycle is very comfortable for long rides. I did a couple of 550 miles days on it. V11 Le Mans where designed and tested using Moto Guzzi’s exclusive wind tunnel. The bike cuts through the wind like a dart and has a smooth wind stream. No buffeting helmet or strong updrafts. It’s a real pleasure to ride. I did discover one issue with the bike when I test rode it. After it was serviced, I noticed the odometer quit working. The speedometer and tachometer work fine. The last time I rode the motorcycle was in 2015. I’m not sure what happened. The odometer was working when I parked it. So 13,796 are pretty much the original miles. I didn’t see or detect any other issues with the motorcycle and everything seems to be in good order and ready to go. I don’t ride my motorcycles in city traffic. I normally ride long distances to bike rallies and overnight camping. At this point I just don’t have the time to ride as much anymore. So I’m starting to sell some of the motorcycles

With over 13,000 miles under the oil pan, this Le Mans is not new. But the pictures show a cared for and lightly modified example of a fairly rare bike. This is a nice mix between exotic and rare, without being a unicorn with no parts availability. This is a bike you can ride and is relatively easy to own. The carbon cans are befitting anything Italian, and the ergonomic mods point to this model as being an excellent sport tourer. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Moto Guzzi February 11, 2022 posted by

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1

Probably looking better than when it first arrived in the U.S., today’s Goose was recently the subject of an all-pro restoration and has turned just a few miles since.  The classic cafe racer could be put right into service and veritably sings about Mandello del Lario’s glory days.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for sale on eBay

The Le Mans was based on the V7 engine, with a significant displacement and power bump to 80 hp.  Fairly standard Guzzi backbone and downtube frame, with incremental improvements to the forks and dampers.  The upturned V-twin makes for a slim package and reviewed as a smoothie despite some noise from the pushrods and valve train.  Brakes had a then-new linked system, where the right pedal put some braking force into the left front disk, which along with the shaft drive, has become a Guzzi paradigm.  Later Mk.1’s ( sometimes referred to as Series 2 ) had some Ital Design details, like the angular seat and taillight.  High marks were given to the dash and switchgear, and the front quarter view was almost as popular as Cheryl Tiegs.

Consigned by a Phoenix classic car dealer, this might be one of the best Le mans restorations out there.  While you can poke around long enough to find a bit of patina on a painted part, the colored bits are great and bare metals look like they were just pried away from the vapor blaster.  Might quibble over the semi-gloss frame paint with the stated restorer, DB Cycles up in the Finger Lakes, who appears to still be in business.  The seller is in debt to Bonhams for most of the notes in the eBay auction :

LM1 that is in nearly showroom new condition today. The Le Mans editions were highly coveted when new and are incredibly rare today. Described by Bike magazine as the ‘sleekest, horniest thing you’ve ever seen on two wheels’, the sensational Le Mans delivered 130-plus MPH performance. It worked well on the racetrack too, with the Le Mans-mounted Roy Armstrong emerging as the overall winner in the 1977 Avon Production Championship. The LM1 was essentially Moto Guzzi’s first attempt at making a cafe racer. Bill Haylock of Bike magazine wrote a glowing review of Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans in the August 1976 issue of the magazine: ‘The Le Mans just looks so goddam beautiful that if I was rich enough I’d buy two of them – one to ride and one just to stand in the living room to admire as an object d’art. It represents the ultimate in motorcycle styling as an art form – the synthesis between engineering and aesthetics in which the Italians are supreme.’  We love the alloy wheels, shaft drive and semi-gloss black exhausts as well as the funky 70’s embossed seating, all correct and exactly as they were sold when new. This example even has the correct LM1 orange safety stripe on the fairing. This particular LM1 was restored in January, 2016 and then decommissioned to be added to a substantial collection of Porsche motorcars and vintage bikes. The LM1 is showing 14,705 miles on the odometer but has just a handful of miles since its complete restoration.  The heart of the LM1 is the 90 degree V twin that is still a hallmark of the bikes produced in Mandello del Lario.  The dual front cross-drilled rotors help ensure adequate stopping power.

Hard to believe this 850 Le Mans is just shy of 45 years old, but time stops for no bike.  Moto Guzzi has weathered multiple owners and seems poised to continue under the Piaggio umbrella.  A fair chunk of change for an air cooled twin, but now a classic and that condition will never go out of style.

-donn

Very Correct – 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. 1
Ghezzi-Brian January 19, 2022 posted by

As Rare As They Come: 2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE

Ghezzi-Brian is on of those amazing motorcycle stories that combines engineering ambition and raw talent into a winning product.  Always on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries, the company started with a simple goal, to win races.  In 1996 they won enough to claim the Italian SuperTwin Championship.  In 1998 they started selling everything from components to fully built bikes to anyone that wanted to ride the ultimate Moto Guzzi powered motorcycle.  The efforts of Ghezzi-Brian lead to the birth of what many see as one of the most desirable Italian bikes, the Moto Guzzi MGS-01.  The company is still very active and continues to push what is possible out of these wonderful machines.

The example today is claimed to be one of 2 Folgore in the United States.  Other sources have made a similar claim, and some digging around for past listings has not turned up any other examples.  The Folgore featured some lighter wheels and other small but meaningful improvements on an already exotic motorcycle.  Some of the best braking and suspension components were used to ensure this package lived up to the expectations of offering extreme performance on the road and track.  Overall the bike weighs 55 pounds less then the V11 that donated it’s engine.

From The Seller’s Listing:

2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE, 2002 Ghezzi Brian Moto Guzzi Folgore One of two imported to the US. One owner. OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service.

OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes, Ohlins shock, Bitubo exhaust.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service. CA title. ” The Super Twin is built around an air-cooled 1,064cc V-twin from the V11 Sport that’s had its flywheel balanced, and a new full exhaust added. The 87hp mill acts as a stressed member of the mono-beam chassis that houses the airbox and oil-tank. Connected to the race-developed frame are adjustable 41mm inverted Paioli forks up front and an Ohlins (or Bitubo according to some sources) monoshock. The race-replica’s giant 420mm perimeter discs — which are attached to the rim and not the hub — and dual-piston calipers help slow the 427lb (dry) machine — 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport — from its claimed 140mph top-speed.” Google it for more details. Very unique.

When most think of perimeter brake rotors, they think of Buell, but Ghezzi explored the concept for a while as well.  Shock arrangement and frame design are also rather unique and really tell a story of unbridled engineering.  There is a sense that these were never meant for mass production or to suit a well rounded owner, these are focused and purpose built.  What makes this proposition even more appealing is the relatively low service costs.  This is now powered by some MotoGP race engine that needs pistons every other oil change.  The V11 Moto Guzzi engine is know for being reliable and easy to work on.

The bike is being offered by Pro Italia for $29,999.  Data is almost nonexistent for pricing, and while that sum is not insignificant a buyer would struggle to find a rarer or more interesting Italian exotic for that price point.   With something this rare it is hard to imagine another chance to add something like this to a collection, but if the opportunity passes there is always some of the original press documentation we could sit, read and enjoy.

 

As Rare As They Come:  2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE
magni January 6, 2022 posted by

Gorgeous Goose: Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52

In 1977 Arturo Magni started a small, but interesting company in Italy that would bear his name.  Arturo had a long history in the Italian motorcycles, specifically MV Agusta.  For more then 25 years he was involved in the MV Agusta racing program, ultimately becoming the Team Manager.  Mangi would go on to make upgrade parts for many high end sports bikes in period.  They were also know for chain drive conversions.

When the original Moto Guzzi Le Mans was released Magni saw a chance to improve the machine by designing a new rear suspension.  Dubbed the Parallelogrammo, this design cured some handling issues from the factory and retained the shaft drive.  Magni also started to create parts to back date the Le Mans for a more vintage feel.  These fairings and packages began to become very popular in Japan.  This was the start of a long term focus on the Japanese market.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Magni, and the 50th anniversary of their Japanese importer, Fukuda Motors, the Giappone 52 was created.  Just 52 of these full faired motorcycles would be created.  All were powered by a 1064cc Moto Guzzi engine.  The Giappone weighed a staggering 36kg less then the contemporary sporting Moto Guzzi.

From the Sellers Listing:

Rare premium limited production 52 units Mani Japone 52 1998 13,744km

■ Front wheel: 3.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI
■ Rear wheel: 5.50 × 17 3Spoke Vintage sports Gross Black finish MARCHESINI

■ Front tire: 120/70 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI
■ Rear tire: 180/55 ZR17 DIABLO PIRELLI

■ Grip: Racing type Closed end Black rubber DOMINO

■ Headlight bulb: Halogen bulb
■ Winker : European style Black body Amber Lens CUSTOM WINKER

Data is limited on any Magni due to the rarity, but it is unlikely one would encounter one at the local bike night.  Known for being bespoke commissions and offering a truly unique experience this auctions presents an opportunity for someone to join the elite club of owners.

This bike is located in Japan, but interested buyers should know that there is a thriving market for exporting motorcycles from Japan to the USA and cost/taxes are not as expensive as one would assume.  Might have to wait out the 25 year clock though on this.  Currently at just under $23,000 and no bids.  Unclear how many remain on the road, or how many have stayed in Japan.  At least one has been exported to Australia and unfortunately broken down for parts.  Maybe someone that lusts after a bike like this will buy one of the fairings and hand it on their wall as the art that it is.

Gorgeous Goose:  Guzzi Powered Magni Giappone 52