Posts by Category: Moto Guzzi

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
Moto Guzzi January 3, 2022 posted by

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850

If you are among the many locked in by snow and ice, the photographs of this beautiful Moto Guzzi might just as well be an exotic model writhing on some sunny, tropical beach. And let’s face it, there is a lot to dream about when it comes to an exotic supermodel such as this Mark I Le Mans.

1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 for sale on eBay

Originally developed as a 1972 proof of concept show bike, the Le Mans officially became available to buyers in the 1976 model year. Based on the successful (and proven) V7 model, the Le Mans was festooned with hot rodder tricks to help bump horsepower; higher compression thanks to new pistons, better breathing with larger valves, and larger carbs and intake tracts to make use of the improved flow. The rest of the Le Mans was an impressive exercise in design, with tail, tank and bespoke bikini fairing providing an aggressive stance that strikes a pose even today.

From the seller:
Shown at the 2021 Greenwich Concourse for the 100th Anniversary of Moto Guzzi, it was the ONLY Lemans and placed second to a restored 1952 Falcone Sport.

This is a beautiful very original matching number Moto Guzzi Lemans 1 with 17,780 miles and original paint that runs well, has original switches and period correct upgrades of Tarozzi rear sets and Lafranconi exhaust.

Recent servicing includes new fluids, new rings and tires in the past (4) months.

More from the seller:
It is a wonderful example for an original (44) year old Lemans that has a beautiful aged patina. There are blemishes in the paint from a past owners tank bag and a few scratches here and there that would be expected in a motorcycle this age and mileage. The Browning side stand was removed prior to the Concourse and is not included.

The judges at the Greenwich Concourse were amazed at its originality and presentation. This is a bike that will appreciate in value (you know that if your read this far), that should be ridden and enjoyed and will stop traffic at any bike show or Bikes & Breakfast.

Thanks for looking and happy New Year!

Famed auto designer De Tomaso was at the helm of Moto Guzzi during this era, and his sport-oriented design certainly influenced the long line of Le Mans-based bikes to come. And while rare in the US, these first generation bikes were officially imported into the States – with some minor changes. US bikes can be identified by the solid sprinkling of side reflectors front and rear. Additionally, the original Aprilia-sourced headlight did not meet US standards, necessitating a larger sealed-beam unit; it was too big to fit into the original fairing, and required it to stick out like Pinocchio telling a whopper of a lie. This was largely masked by painting the front of the fairing and the headlight bezel black, camouflaging the effect.

Today’s Le Man is very, very original. This can be attested by the representation in the 2021 Greenwich Concourse. It can also be seen in the pictures. This appears to be an authentic, 17,000 mile survivor that has been shown much love and care over the years. If you are in the market for one of these fantastic Italian steeds, this Mark I model looks to be a great find. Check out all of the details here, and Good Luck!!

MI

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850
Moto Guzzi December 17, 2021 posted by

Christmas Goose: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona

Last posted for Thanksgiving of 2020 (see original post here), this particular Moto Guzzi Daytona looks like it is on the market again. Some of the pictures are new, and a thoroughbred stallion such as this deserves another look. So let’s take a moment to enjoy a relatively rare Italian model not often seen on the streets, highways and byways of the American road system – the redoubtable Moto Guzzi vee twin.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona for sale on eBay

When it comes to sporting Guzzis, the factory was more geared to GTs and high speed cruisers. But here in America “Dr. John” (AKA American dentist Dr. J. Wittner) wanted to go racing. The Battle of the Twins events were significant here in the US, and Dr. John focused his efforts on the Guzzi platform. So successful was he that the Italian factory took notice – and notes. The Daytona is the celebrated offspring of that collaboration, showing a sportier side to the big goose.

From the seller:
93 Moto Guzzi Daytona In excellent condition. Moto Guzzi Stage 1 upgrade Termignoni Full exhaust, Intake system, (Computer flash.I was told?) Bike was serviced by a professional.

all fluids changed, tires, timing belts replaced, valves adjusted, New fuel pump, pressure regulator, fuel lines. Speedo registers in kilometers.More pics available on request. Bike was ridden 20 miles last week. Runs & drives like it should. All questions welcomed. More pics available by request.

The current used bike market is crazy at the moment. Whereas Italian manufactures such as Laverda and Moto Guzzi offer the sort of hewn-from-sold-rock type of steeds that will last generations, the dot com snapchat tik tok flashy baubles of the sportbike world are taking the spotlight – as well as the tops spots in the bidding wars. Massively massed produced models of the UJM remain hot at auction, while tried and true, genuinely rare and likely to outlive a nuclear war examples such as this Daytona struggle to meet relatively modest reserves. In the last go around a year ago this beauty failed to sell at under $10k. That is not a lot of coin for an awesome bike that will always look like an awesome bike – these are ageless beauties. Sure they may not offer the performance of modern Japanese machinery, but you can actually ride it without electronic nannies to save you from yourself (and it).

This wonderful ’93 Moto Guzzi Daytona is looking for a home for Christmas. Who among us would not be thrilled to find this under the tree come Christmas morning? Dear Santa: I’ve been a (mostly) good boy all year long…… This time around it’s being listed at $13,500 Buy It Now, or Best Offer. Check out all of the details here, and then share your thoughts on the Daytona model in the comments. Good Luck!!

MI

Christmas Goose: 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona
Moto Guzzi November 22, 2021 posted by

Cruella de Magni – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport TT

Late 2001 the Guzzi importer had a thought to increase U.S. sales with a contrasting paint scheme for the V11 Sport.  Today’s Goose has a rare Magni fairing and very sharp presentation.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport TT for sale on eBay

As ever, Guzzi designers kept some classic elements along with up-to-date driveline tech.  Approaching 1100cc, the V11’s longitudinal twin used fuel injection and sported 91 hp with a handy 69 ft.-lbs. torque.  The chassis is the classic backbone – but red, with matching alloy sideplates.  USD Marzocchi forks are paired with a parallelogram monoshock and a retro semi-exposed driveshaft.  Chassis geometry and big Brembo brakes add to the trademark stability and a newly designed smoother six-speed.  Not a small machine, but the V11 offers adjustable bars to accommodate.

The two valve goose is easy on the maintenance budget, and this one is nicely accessorized, and the classy Magni fairing works well with the two-tone TT livery.  This owner has apparently added just 1,000 or so miles, and she looks ready to rumble, as the exhausts confirm in the owner’s walkaround – here -.  Comments from the eBay auction:

One of a kind V11 sport. You wont find another as unique a collectors item as this one. One of 15 V11 Sport “TT”. Clean Titled as V11 Sport TT. Excellent condition. Always garaged. 15k miles. Fresh service. Everything operates as it should. Runs and drives perfect! Battery is only a year or so old. Tires are great. Corbin seat. MASS Moto reverse cone carbon fiber exhaust. Has the desirable Magni cafe fairing. Sale will include stock Lafarconi exhaust, stock seat with cowl, service records, promotional materials, and various spares.

Moto Guzzi has long-lived models and the V11 ran from 1998 through 2006, and could be said to be one of the sportier recent Guzzi’s, since their current imports don’t include anything Le Mans derived.  Ready to shake off the polishing cloths and rack up some miles, this example has quite a few watchers and Make Offer button.

-donn

Cruella de Magni – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport TT
Moto Guzzi November 3, 2021 posted by

From Italy With Guzz: 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III

With a claimed 5,300 miles, this striking 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III is a gem for a certain type of collector. The most BMW-like of the Italian set, Moto Guzzis take some getting used to – although many quirks are amazingly similar to the air-head set. Jump on a similar vintage Beemer and thumb the starter: the twin settles into a lumpy idle with requisite valve clatter. Blip the throttle and the bike wants to lean over all on its own, thanks to the crankshaft orientation and gyroscopic effect of the flywheel. Drop the tranny down into first gear with a solid thunk and drop the clutch – the rear end rises thanks to the shaft drive trying to climb the pinion. And when you’re done riding, don’t forget to shut off the fuel petcock lest the floats stick and drain gasoline over your boots. With the Italian bike the exact same caveats apply, except you are more likely to bang your knees rather than bark your shins due to the vee angle, and the gasoline will be deposited courtesy of Dell’Orto rather than Bing carbs.

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III for sale on eBay

Comparisons to the German marque go deeper than idiosyncrasies. Build quality is high, as the use of top shelf components are evident in both. Unlike some of the other Italian brands that only utilize Italian gear, Moto Guzzi presented a premium offering based on the best available parts and pieces. And like the BMW, the design goal was very much the same: high speed transport for extended periods of time rather than hypercycle sport bike. The cockpit is a comfortable place to spend a few hours, the instrumentation is adequate and the wind protection is much better than one might expect from such a small fairing.

From the seller:
1983 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III in great original condition. Well maintained and stored. Runs great with no issues at all. Motor,gearbox and running gear all great. Starts on the button. Idles well. No smoke or funny noises.

An excellent survivor that can be shown or ridden.

By the standards of the competitive Japanese machinery, the LeMans must have seemed like an utter failure. It was heavy, was not particularly powerful (75-ish HP), was slow in the quarter mile, and lacked the razor sharp nature of the best sport bikes. But as if hewn from solid rock the Guzzi chugs along, making miles and providing the rider with a different type of experience. By today’s standards even the cutting edge Japanese machines of the era appear antiquated – but still the LeMans series has held up. The looks are iconic to be sure, and there is something stately about the presence of the overall design.

Reasonably rare due to high costs, marginal dealer network and lack of US interest, the LeMans of any vintage can be considered a collector. Sure, there are more valuable Guzzis than an early 1980s model, but the Mark III was perhaps the most modern of the line that remained true to the original. Prices are all over the map, but today’s seller is asking a cool $10k for this one. That is pretty big dollars, but then again we don’t see these all that often. Check out all the details here, and then jump back to the comments and let us know your favorite LeMans model. Good Luck!!

MI

Moto Guzzi October 31, 2021 posted by

Gútsy Baseball – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 with 3,454 Miles !

Some have said the Daytona is Guzzi’s last real sportbike, but the factory could change that with a new model.  This Ohio example hides its age phenomenally, and hasn’t been stored long term – the owner claims a couple of gallons of super every six months or so.

1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 for sale on eBay

Moto Guzzi dropped a dime on gentleman racer John Wittner, and took his suggestions of four valves, monoshock swingarm, and clip-on controls to heart.  Power was snappier than the Guzzi’s of recent memory with 95 hp, and found a home in a chassis design with Dr. Wittner’s tweaks.  Premium adjustable suspension paid dividends, and floating cross-drilled brakes didn’t complain.  Guzzi lifers will appreciate shaft drive, stable wheelbase, and sporty upper fairing.  Even regulators were pleased with Weber-Marelli fuel injection and catalytic converter.  Production amounted to just a few hundred per year but attracted a lot of attention in the showroom.

Evidently in the care of a more recent second owner, this Daytona looks barely used.  Mileage works out to about 125 per year.  Comments from the eBay auction:

This is a two owner bike purchased by me from the original 27 year owner. Always fastidiously maintained as part of an extensive collection and ridden just once or twice yearly to keep everything flexible. Mechanically and cosmetically in mint, original unaltered condition. Very few were made and I would guess there are very few in this condition. Purchased originally by a collector, it was always stored in an inside, climate controlled environment and serviced by a private technician that came onsite to keep all parts of the collection in excellent working order. Ridden a couple times a year for enjoyment and keep everything limbered up. Completely stock and original, auction also includes the biposto seat assembly which has never been installed. Very few scuffs or blemishes in the paintwork, check out the pictures closely. Bike starts, runs and rides like a new one.

The four valves and belt driven cams on the Daytona make the ride-by sound less sedate and more Ducati-esque, and might lead to an irrational exuberance citation.  This Goose could go either way, certainly roadable or feed those headers into the vibratory polisher and put it back on display for a while.  A great looking classic which would be a shame not to see ( or hear ) going by occasionally.

-donn

Gútsy Baseball – 1993 Moto Guzzi Daytona 1000 with 3,454 Miles !
Moto Guzzi October 8, 2021 posted by

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Lucky to have been designed and manufactured during Aprilia’s acquisition, Moto Guzzi’s V11 Sport had some new ideas as well as classic Guzzi attributes.  This example shows just 3,130 miles and the condition indicates that is correct.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 started its summation of Guzzi history right in the engine bay, with its largest-ever engine at 1,064 cc’s, optimized for 69 ft.-lbs. torque but sporting 91 hp.  A newly designed 6-speed drew raves, along with an interesting two-plate dry clutch.  The chassis is a beefy rectangular tube connecting the headstock and sideplates, with the engine supported front and rear.  The shaft drive is a Guzzi hallmark, and the Brembo brakes look big enough to handle the 500 lbs. riding weight.  Styling is classic with upright but forward controls, nearly 6 gallons of fuel, and faired pillion.  Love it or don’t, the green has been in and out of Guzzi’s catalog since the original V7.

Somehow stored without damage after passing just a season’s worth of miles, this V11 looks great and boasts a recent oil change and battery.  New baloney skins will be a requirement however.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Green color with Red frame edition in mint condition with only 3130 miles. It is a one owner motorcycle, all original with only a battery tender lead added. The Emissions Canisters have been removed as well as the side reflectors but I have these items in a box that’s included in the sale. Newer battery installed as well as a recent oil change. Tires are original as well as everything else. Never in the elements and kept in a climate controlled garage. Clear PA title and 2 keys along with the Owners Manual.

The V11 stayed in production until 2006, and the 1064 two-valve engine was used in the more muscle-bike Griso until recently, though only the 1200 is currently on the USA site.  Better for shorter rides without the Le Mans fairing, the semi-clip-ons give a sporty but relaxed ride.  Classic prices have been so bonkers it’s hard to say whether this one will still be available when the post comes up, but it’s worth reviewing to see a lovely stock example.

-donn

Comfortable Café – 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport