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Moto Guzzi September 12, 2020 posted by

Red and Rare – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III

Back after a short break, Moto Guzzi’s Le Mans returned with a raft of updates from the Mk. II.  This Bay State native has been carefully kept in red, and has a couple of nice nods to reality.

1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III for sale on eBay

Though del Lario was never tempted by mere technology, the EPA cajoled Guzzi into a thorough re-design of the longitudinal V-twin, with an eye toward limiting intake noise as much as tailpipe emissions.  There was a lot new aboard the Le Mans III, right down to the Nikasil lining and outer shape of the cylinder heads, though the shaft drive and linked braking system kept it recognizable.  The fairing did a better job protecting the rider, having grown into almost a supersport affair.  Dry weight was in the mid-400’s but the big twin’s torque kept reviews positive.

Showing over 24,000 miles but looking much better, this Le Mans III has been lucky to have a fanatical owner.  Red fork legs are factory, though red head protectors are a little glitzy.  The handlebars look more relaxed than most Le Mans, but expert readers will have to weigh in.  Even the stock seat has an elevation change for the pillion, but the Corbin seems little too sculptural for the trim Guzzi lines.  Can’t argue with the spares or maintenance, however.  Comments from the eBay auction:

Always stored inside. Never seen rain. NO RUST. The bike is insanely clean. YOU WILL NOT FIND ANOTHER LIKE THIS.  All original (included oem seat). Runs and rides great!  Bought from an exotic motorcycle collector many years ago. This bike is beautiful and needs nothing! It is part of our family!  Always babied! Many parts included!!  This is the one! If you know what this bike is and what it represents, this is the ONE!  A beautiful, rare gem. Be part of the MOTO GUZZI LEGACY!! 

RECENT SERVICE/ PARTS INCLUDED-

  • Regularly serviced, Bridgestone Battlax tires, clean pipes, rebuilt carbs
  • Carb rebuild kits
  • Brembo rebuild kits
  • Battery straps
  • Many rubber parts – O Rings, clips, etc 
  • OEM hand grips
  • Original seat and Corbin seat 
  • Coils
  • Gaskets 
  • Badges
  • Brake lines
  • Switches
  • Piston rings and valves
  • OEM seat 
  • And many more parts included ! 

MAINTENANCE OVER PAST 2 Seasons-

  • Meticulous oil changes
  • Cleaned carbs
  • New tires
  • New battery

No fault of its own, the 850 Le Mans was shortly superseded by the 1000cc variant in 1984.  For every grinning twist of the wrist, there might be a wish that the bigger bike was just a little more nimble.  The Mk. III was a more modern ( in Guzzi’s way ) Le Mans, and helped keep the model in production until 1993.  Looking great in crimson, this 850 Le Mans is just in the middle of a long run.

-donn

Red and Rare – 1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III
Moto Guzzi September 10, 2020 posted by

Florida Cafe: 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

For those readers interested in some old school cafe racer action, one need look no further than the classic original – the Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans Mk1. These big, air cooled, v-twin cruisers are the antithesis of the smaller two stroke set (such as this Honda NS250F). Powered by a 850 cubic centimeters of push rod, two valve goodness, the Moto Guzzi is built to eat up the miles and excels at high speed runs.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for sale on eBay

Although Moto Guzzi’s origins go way back to 1921, it was DeTomaso of the Pantera car fame that recreated Guzzi in the 1970s as the classic icon for which it is known today. This is the era that introduced the Le Mans series, based on the already successful V7 Sport model. So popular was the Le Mans that it spawned several different generations, up through the late 90s. Today, the earliest generation of the Le Mans models have become highly collectible, with rising prices to match.

From the seller:
For sale is a 78′ 850 LeMans in excellent condition.
MK 1 version of the Le Mans, built between 1976 and 1978
Everything works as it should, no issues
Recently services, new battery, new tires, fresh oil, etc.
Engine is perfect, very strong.
Take a look at the pictures and you be the judge.
If need more pictures or video just ask

There are actually two distinct types of the original 850 Le Mans model. For the initial production run the rear taillight utilized a round unit that was similar to the V7 in the home market. Estimates place that as approximately 2,000 units. The following 4,000-ish bikes have the more popular and stylized rectangular model and slightly altered rear mudguard. Those were the only changes during the original model run, with some conjecture that the earliest bikes were the rarest, and therefore worth a slight amount more. In truth, all of first Le Mans models are of high interest to collectors.

Today’s particular Le Mans, one of the later versions of the original model, is no exception to the “highly collectible” category. It looks to be very clean, pretty original, and not missing any pieces to note. The most substantial non-stock item that I can see is some metal polishing. That is only a problem if you consider overly-clean to be an issue – which usually is not a deal killer. The asking price is a lofty $17,900 which might be a deal killer for some, but the truth is that pricing on these models (and the early V7s) continues to climb. Located in Florida, the seller is open to offers so check out all of the details here and let us know what you think of this original bad boy. Good Luck and stay safe!!

MI

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