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Moto Guzzi December 24, 2018 posted by

Some of its parts? 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods

While we here on RSBFS tend to favor the original over the modified, sometimes there is a clean enough project bike that deserves some attention. I believe this V11 is one such bike, and I think you will by the time you get to the bottom of this post. Pull up a chair, grab some coffee (or something stronger) and read on!

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 build for sale on eBay

While we tend to see major dollars thrown at the odd Ducati or custom two stroke, it is not often we come across a Moto Guzzi bestowed with such a lavish wardrobe. Guzzis are relatively rare enough in the US and a V11 would find itself on these pages if in decent condition, but when somebody takes the time and money to bridge the stocker into something more while retaining nearly all the stock pieces, you see a potential collection in the making. After all, there are nearly enough parts here to build a second bike!

The V11 is as straightforward a Guzzi as you can imagine: The big V twin is situated across the chassis. Displacing 1064cc and with valves actuated with pushrods, the focus is more on torque than outright, high RPM power. Still, there are over 90 ponies at your disposal in stock form, which ensures respectable performance. Modern touches such as fuel injection and a six speed gearbox bring the Italian relic to the current century. Evolution is a good thing, and Guzzi took advantage of a solid foundation to provide minor improvements to the lineup: a lighter clutch made engagement easier (and reduced the torque roll), enhanced swing arm / driveshaft geometry reduces shaft jacking, and revised chassis rake/trail numbers enhance handling. If you ever drooled over a 1970s or early 80s LeMans, the V11 line offered the same great bones with far greater refinement and reliability. Better yet, the V11 was offered in several guises, including Naked, Sport and LeMans formats along with a few limited specials.

From the seller:
After 5 years of ownership and countless dollars and hours spent on restoring and modifying this Moto Guzzi V11 Sport (serial #1 for the 2003 model year), I have decided to part ways with this fantastic motorcycle. My BMW car hobby has overgrown the garage, and I haven’t rode any motorcycles in a few years now. I’ve sold off all my other bikes and this is the last one I was hanging on to. I’ve only ridden this one about 64 miles since I completed the resto-mod. There’s still a few things I’d like to do to be fully complete to my satisfaction, but I will have to leave those items to the new owner. I’d be happy to discuss all the details with potential buyers.

As a brief overview, I purchased the bike in 2013 from a local seller here in Tucson. Although it had fairly low miles, it had seen some sun exposure and needed some serious TLC. Being serial number 1 for the 2003 model year (the very first bike with all of the Piaggio group updates), I had to save this bike, and also put my flare into it. About 9 months later and thousands of dollars later, I had created a wanna-be Cafe Sport model, with actual Ohlins suspension from a Le Mans (sourced from The Netheralands), a brand new Quat-D exhaust, and custom SpeedHut digital gauges with GPS speedometer (to name a few mods). Lots of OEM and Italian carbon fiber bits too, along with a Power Commander III. Tons of brand new parts from Italy, including a new gas tank and hand controls just to name a few parts. Including the purchase price of the bike, I probably have close to $15K wrapped up in this restoration.

More from the seller:
I will consider getting the old Odyssey battery I have installed and try to get the bike started for interested parties, but I may not have the opportunity during this holiday season. The tank has been drained and not run for a few years now, as it’s just been on display in my garage (sad I know). It was running fantastically before putting it away, as I had adjusted the valves and balanced the throttle bodies with the special adapter cable and multi-meter, as well as a digital differential pressure gauge I borrowed from work. That said, I would highly recommend that the bike be gone over thoroughly by a Moto Guzzi expert before taking to the streets. The tires are old now and should be replaced, even though the tread is still within spec. Again please remember that this has been sitting un-ridden in a climate controlled garage for at least 3 years. The engine oil, trans oil, and final drive oils are 4 years old, but only have 64 miles on them.

More from the seller:
In the pictures below, please note that I am selling ALL of the spare parts with the bike, so if you are the lucky winner, please plan on arranging for transport of the motorcycle as well as the huge spread of parts as shown. There’s probably $3000 in spare parts alone. On that note, please do not ask me to part out the Quat-D exhaust, carbon fiber pieces, etc. At this time, the winning bidder will be rewarded with a large collection of rare OEM and aftermarket parts to which he or she can part out as they see fit. I truly think this resto-mod is a great ‘sum of its parts’ motorcycle, but I understand if it appeals to some people as a source for parts and profit; however I will not be tearing the bike down for that purpose.

Selling as shown in the photos, no warranties expressed or implied. Happy to work with your moto-shipping company for transport. The bike is located in Tucson Arizona. I will be keeping the personalized license plate!

Not only is this a gorgeous build full of some awesome parts, it has been chronicled in a few different formats. First off, there is an extensive thread in the Guzzi forums HERE. If you want to see a timeline, this is your chance. There is also a video of the bike in action, however it may not be in its final configuration:

As you can imagine, the seller has invested more into this V11 (with serial #1) than he is likely to get back out of it. Bespoke items for Italian hardware do not come cheap, and modified machines rarely recoup the purchase price (or labor) of the upgrades. And at the heart of it, the base V11 Sport is not exactly rocketing up the charts when it comes to valuation. That makes this auction extra interesting: with a $7,500 opening ask there is a lot of value here, even if that is on the high side for this make/model. Check it out here – there are many more pictures available. Enjoy the fruits of someone else’s labor and obsession, and if you play your cards right you might end up with an Italian steed with a boatload of spares for a decent sum. Viva Italia!

MI

Some of its parts?  2003 Moto Guzzi V11 with mods
Moto Guzzi November 23, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale

1.4.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

Much as Moto Guzzi’s purchase by the Piaggio Group saved the company from possible [likely?] extinction, it also doomed any chance that a new superbike to compete with Ducati or Aprilia would see the light of day. And one did reach the prototype stage, with a narrower-angle, longitudinally-mounted [I will die on that hill] v-twin that improved cornering clearance, with liquid-cooling, four valves, and a chain final-drive. So for the foreseeable future, today’s Featured Listing Moto Guzzi MGS-01 is the closest we will get to a true sportbike from Mandello del Lario.

With no headlight or signals and just a mesh screen covering the air scoop that led to an oil cooler, it’s pretty obvious that the original MGS-01 Corsa is a track-only machine. A roadgoing “Strada” version was supposed to follow, but unfortunately never materialized. In spite of a design that dates back to the early 2000s, the lack of bodywork and unnecessary stylistic flourishes mean it’s aged well and the bike looks very spartan and purposeful.

It’s quite obviously based around the standard Moto Guzzi Daytona powertrain that uses the air-cooled, four-valve “high cam” engine, the V11 Sport’s six-speed box, and shaft drive. But beyond that, it’s had a raft of high-performance parts thrown at it and is stripped to the bare minimum to save precious pounds, and lacks any sort of road-legal lighting. New internals took displacement out to 1225cc and the updated mill was good for 122hp and a staggering 82 lb-ft of torque.

Period reviews of the Corsa were very flattering, with the usual caveat that it wasn’t really light or powerful enough to compete directly with the likes of something like a Ducati 999 in Superbike racing when it was new. So, aside from a couple of race series that catered to big, air-cooled twins, it was really just a very expensive track-day toy. These days, it does fit within the rules for several AHRMA classes, so well-heeled contrarian racers can fly the flag for Moto Guzzi and mix it up with other unconventional sportbikes, as the owner of this example appears to have done.

From the Seller: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale

One of approximately 120 produced between 2004 and 2006. The model was an absolute show stopper at Intermot 2002.Unfortunately, the model only saw a short production run prior to the takeover of Moto Guzzi by Piaggio and was ended soon after. This example was originally delivered in Italy where it saw about 750km of track use and was imported to the US in 2014 by its current owner under a racing exclusion with the EPA which is a bit of a process. The MGS-01 Corsa model was produced for racing use only cannot be legally registered for street use in the US under any circumstances with a hefty penalty if it ever gets the VIN run through. The characteristics of the bike are those of a Hot Rod fused with a race bike. It’s obvious weight number of 420 lbs. disappears once it is rolling and is amazingly nimble. Thanks to the tireless development of the racing program for many years including that by Dr. John Wittner, the disadvantages of having a shaft drive vs a chain drive was virtually eliminated by design of the rear of the bike. The handling is that of a proper racing machine in all aspects. Power is linear from near idle to 8000 RPM’s with torque that lets you pick a gear to suit, showing that a lack of ability to make gearing choices is not an issue. If one chooses to race the bike as its current owner has on occasion, it is a perfect fit for the “Battle of the Twins” class in AHRMA where air-cooled bikes only compete. It also fits in the AHRMA “Sound of Thunder 2” competing with the likes of Ducati 848’s triumph 675’s etc. For the collector only for display, please be aware that the bike as it has a couple of flaws from being used, but is still brilliant and original in it’s overall condition. It has never been down or off track or in the rain, just a mark on the tank cover and a small tear in the seat foam as shown from being bumped off the stand and hitting a toolbox. It also has a small crack at the base of the windscreen which is concealed by the Moto Guzzi decal in the photo. It currently has a Trans Logic servo push button shift unit as the current owner has trouble shifting the bike due to limited foot movement, which is why he is reluctantly selling it. The unit will be removed and no wiring has been cut or modified. Everything is in perfect working order and comes with Michelin EVO Slicks that were fresh at Barber in October 2018 with one practice day on them. The current owner has logged another 750km since 2014. Delivery within a reasonable distance of Southeastern PA can be arranged.

Specifications:

  • VIN# ZGULRRA006M10078
  • 1225cc Air cooled V Twin
  • 100mm bore x 78mm Stroke
  • Cosworth Pistons
  • Four Nymonic Valves per Cylinder
  • 11.0:1 compression ratio
  • 121 HP @ 8000 RPM
  • 83 lb./ft of torque
  • 6 Speed Gearbox
  • Forged OZ wheels
  • 320mm Brembo Floating Rotors (Upgraded)
  • 4 Piston 4 pad Brembo calipers with Performance Friction race pads
  • Ohlins 43mm Forks
  • Ohlins rear shock
  • Dry weight: 192 KG/ 423 lbs.
  • Wheelbase 1428mm/ 56.2
  • Comprehensive Service Manual in PDF form

Asking price is USD $ 43,500.00.

Considering Guzzi’s current status as a “heritage brand” for the Piaggio Group, it’s amazing that these attract so much attention when they come up for sale. Unusually, this one has been modified to suit the owner and has seen some actual racing, which means it’s not completely pristine, but Guzzis are famously durable and a bit of patina adds character. It also means the bike will spared the fate of so many collectible sportbikes, doomed to sit and slowly decay. As the seller mentions, very few bikes were produced, with as few as 50 originally sent to the US to compete in the AMA’s Battle of the Twins series that allowed larger air-cooled twins to compete or, more commonly, to be used as track-day toys or the aforementioned display pieces.

-tad

Featured Listing: 2006 Moto Guzzi MGS-01 Corsa for Sale
Moto Guzzi October 23, 2018 posted by

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

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

Despite their wanderings toward the edge of insolvency, Guzzi managed to further develop the ngine for the V11, still air cooled and only slightly oversquare for great power and torque numbers of 91 hp and 69 ft.-lbs.  Updated Marelli fuel injection and a smooth 6-speed transmission brought them clearly into the new century, though the overall feel is reverential to past Le Mans.  Premium bucks for the time brought premium components from Öhlins and Brembo, along with staples like shaft drive.  The sporty aura is completed by clip-on handlebars, some carbon accents, and a monoposto-looking pillion cover on the tailcone.

Offered by a shop specializing in vintage Jaguar parts, this Rosso Corsa has been nicely updated and maintained.  The Rizoma reservoirs and Pazzo levers are easy on the eyes, and lowered foot controls help the older knees.  An insider mod is the Roper windage plate, which keeps oil from splashing around the crankcase and protects the engine at higher revs.  Recent Rosso paint looks excellent.  From the eBay auction:

This bike has been repainted to remove the decals that had lifting edges.  It has one small scuff on the right hand fairing in the clip on clearance area.
  • Mileage:  9,200
  • Clear Title in my name
  • New Michelin PR4 Tires
  • New Battery
  • Rizoma Fluid reservoirs
  • Motra Tech lowered foot pegs and levers
  • Pazzo control levers
  • Mistral CF Mufflers
  • “Race” ECU
  • New rear rotor and pads
  • Roper Plate
  • Fresh synthetic engine oil (Agip)
  • Fresh transmission and rear drive oil
  • Iridium spark plugs
  • Valves have been adjusted
  • Tool Kit
The bike runs very well and needs nothing.

Never meant to challenge the onslaught from the east, Guzzi stuck to their formula and has survived as Italy’s oldest marque.  The V11 Le Mans reviewed as a nice all-day rider, fast and stable.  Judging from the boutique Jag offerings, this owner knows nicer things and has improved this already very good Le Mans with top-quality updates.  If the reserve can be met it should make the new owner quite happy.

-donn

 

Rhode Island Red – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Moto Guzzi October 5, 2018 posted by

Torque of the Town: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale

With all the 2.3 liter inline triples, 1200cc V4s, and 2000cc v-twin cruisers running around in recent years, 1064cc of pushrod v-twin doesn’t sound like all that much muscle. But back in 1996, when you could buy a Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 new, that was a pretty huge motor, especially for a sportbike. Although many might argue that we’re stretching the definition a bit here for the Guzzi…

Really though, it’s just a different kind of sportbike, one oriented more towards fast road riding and long sweepers than track day scratching or tight canyon thrashes. A more mature sportbike, carrying just a bit extra around the midsection, along with plenty of high-quality components and racing history. I don’t just mean ancient history: the Sport 1100 grew out of the bike developed by Dr John Wittner for his privateer racing efforts in the 1980s. A variation of the resulting Daytona 1000 was released powered by Guzzi’s two-valve pushrod twin, the Sport 1100 seen here.

Earlier versions used a pair of Dell’Orto carburetors but the bike switched to fuel injection around 1996. WP suspension means the bike has stable handling, once you get used to the mild shaft-drive effect and the longitudinal crankshaft. Triple goldline Brembos lack Guzzi’s earlier linked system and haul the 487lb machine down from speed effectively, although you’re still fighting 500+ pounds of beefy Italian sportbike with fuel and oil.

From the original eBay listing: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale 

This is a beautiful and rare collectible Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in true Italian racing red. Carefully maintained through out its life. This rare collectible is part of a private collection and is being sold as is to thin out the heard in the hopes another collector will snatch this elegant red head and love it just as much as I have. 

Australian made Andrews exhaust pipes fitted makies this Guzzi sing. Rev the throttle and this 1100 sport will give you that heartwarming feeling of a by gone era of motorcycling. These bikes rarely come up for sale especially like one in this condition.

Great condition with low miles makes this the one to have. Small ding in front of tank with a loss of paint can be seen in pictures but in all honesty it barely shows unless your looking hard for faults.

18,713 miles isn’t even broken in for a Guzzi: these things seem to rack up some pretty high mileage, considering the aggressive riding position.  This one looks pretty clean and complete, if a little scruffy around the edges and is missing the airbox, opting for exposed filter elements instead. The $7,400 asking price seems a little bit high, considering other 1100 Sports we’ve seen recently here on RSBFS, but not outrageously so. If you’re looking for an appreciating, practical classic, look no further. The Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 isn’t really any kind of track bike, but it’s a great road bike, with stable handling, torque, and good parts availability to keep it running.

-tad

Torque of the Town: 1996 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100 for Sale
Moto Guzzi August 10, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!

Moto Guzzi boarded the “special edition” party bus with a lot of boutique manufacturers, but the stance of their V11 Le Mans has held up very well, and the Tenni is a standout.  This Tenni has but 2,000 miles and is plated number 114 of 170.

The V11 Le Mans is modern enough that the Moto Guzzi Le Mans wiki doesn’t even mention it, but the big axial V-twin didn’t fall very far from the family tree.  Horsepower isn’t wild at 92, but torque is so abundant that the 6-speed transmission is almost superfluous.  The V11’s have beefy alloy side plates which on the Tenni are red anodized, part of a complex but pleasant styling job by Marabese Design.  Components are top notch with Brembo brakes ( unlinked ), lightweight hydraulic clutch, and adjustable suspension by Marzocchi in front and Sachs-Boge monoshock.  Dusty blue alloy wheels are seventeens.

Bought after reading last year’s post on the – Tenni – the owner returned it to the road with new rubber, fluids, and a tune-up.  Real life has intervened however, and Rob wants to lighten his collection by several bikes, and unfortunately it’s often last-in, first-out at times like these.  With just 2,006 miles, it’s in nice stock shape, though Rob notes two paint imperfections – two small cracks on the right tank presumably from sitting with ethanol aboard, and a splatter of something on the seat fairing courtesy of the previous owner.  Part of the Tenni’s design is semi-flat finished accents which might not even be painted, so a consult with a paint correction guy might be in order before diving in.

The V11 had a very together design and build quality thanks to new owner Aprilia’s financing, and reviewed as somewhere between “rides by itself” and “weight disappears under way”.  Never intended to take on contemporary sport bikes, it’s happiest on a two-lane, exploring the relationship between torque, engine braking and the close-ratio 6-speed.  The Le Mans will always be part of the Guzzi story, and the V11 is up-to-date enough to ride without vintage worries.  The green and silver livery recalls their early endurance racers, on which Omobono Tenni took the Isle of Man in 1937.  Rob asks $7,850 for the Tenni, and can be reached at (757) 784-8410.

-donn

Featured Listing – 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Tenni with 2,000 miles!
Moto Guzzi July 25, 2018 posted by

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale

Considering just how few Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin 1100s there are running around anywhere, let alone North America, I’ll forgive the “WTF” face your computer or phone’s built-in camera is secretly recording because of an undetected malware infection. You’re looking at what is functionally a Moto Guzzi sportbike, the company’s pushrod, two-valve twin and shaft-drive and dropped into a lightweight, better-handling package. Long associated with a slightly stodgy, “Italian BMW” image, Moto Guzzi got a kick in the pants in the 1980s when dentist and weekend warrior Dr John Wittner decided to base his racebike on Le Mans IV and reminded the world that the venerable Italian company had racing in its DNA, although the production bikes like the Daytona and Sport 1100 inspired by his efforts were still banking on their character, not their raw performance, to sell them.

Giuseppe Ghezzi and Bruno Saturno, two halves of the Ghezzi-Brian team, decided to follow Dr John’s muse and build highly-spec’ed, boutique sportbikes and even racers around Moto Guzzi’s characterful, but relatively antiquated powertrain. It’s a shame their MGS-01 didn’t see anything like mass production, but you can still pick up a legitimate Moto Guzzi sportbike like this Supertwin that could be considered a test bed for the ideas later used on the MGS-01 that was also Ghezzi’s brainchild.

Based on their successful racebike, the Supertwin 1100 took its name from the Italian Supertwins series, where it won 9 out of 32 races in the 1996 season. The main performance increase came from a significant reduction in weight: overall, the Supertwin tipped the scales at 427lbs dry, 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport. Handling and braking were upgraded with an adjustable Paioli 41mm fork and a Bitubo shock out back, with distinctive perimeter disc brakes mount to the rim of the front wheel, instead of the hub, to further reduce weight and more evenly distribute braking forces. The concept never really took off for mass-produced motorcycles, excepting the ever-contrarian Buell, but they work well in practice.

The Supertwin makes do with the earlier five-speed box which is a shame as the torquey engine doesn’t really need a sixth cog, but the newer unit shifts much more smoothly. Luckily, the boutique nature of the Supertwin allows for a lightened flywheel that helps minimize the usual Guzzi torque reaction: the longitudinal crankshaft, flywheel, and shaft drive all conspire to give anything powered by a Guzzi twin its characteristic torque reaction that makes handling slightly asymmetrical, but you really do get used to it pretty quickly.

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

Rare opportunity to own a little known piece of Italian motorcycle history. Believed to be only 5 examples in the US, one of which can be seen at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama. Selling for a friend who has owned it for almost 10 years and is now thinning out his collection. For any questions, or if you’d like the owner to contact you directly, please reply through the listing.

Bike is in good original condition and ready to ride

Shorai lithium battery 

Recently re-surfaced front brake rotors

Known to have been down at low speed on left side and at a stand-still on right side

Left rear cowling has been cracked and re-enforced from underneath 

Various scuffs and scratches from normal use

Note: Odometer reading is in kilometers. Actual “mileage” calculates to around 10,600

Clear South Carolina title

Located near downtown Greenville, 29601

The seller also includes a nice video of the bike starting and running. These were pretty expensive when new: $15,000 in 2001 dollars, and the wild colors and abbreviated, curving bodywork suggest that Britten’s racebikes were an inspiration for the styling. It’s not cosmetically perfect, but miles are still pretty low and the bike is ready to run, and minor issues shouldn’t detract from the riding experience: reviews were very positive and the striking looks should get plenty of attention!

-tad

Featured Listing: 2001 Ghezzi-Brian Supertwin for Sale
Moto Guzzi July 15, 2018 posted by

Two for the Road: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Tenni for Sale

In spite of its shaft drive and pushrod valvetrain, the original Moto Guzzi Le Mans went head-to-head against bikes like the Ducati 900SS. Unlikely as it might seem, it held its own, but later generations gradually lost ground on the competition. A new platform and six-speed gearbox introduced in 2000 on the V11 Sport was a huge leap forward for Guzzi, but the fully-faired Le Mans that followed was still pretty far from a lightweight sportbike. No problem, this Moto Guzzi V11 Tenni embraces the bike’s more sport-touring bent with a set of soft luggage, and this one comes with plenty of other extras as well.

So the Le Mans doesn’t look like much on paper: it’s more of a mature sportbike. The big 1064cc v-twin still uses pushrods in this version and puts out 80hp and 65ft-lbs of torque to motivate the 557lb machine. It’s no screamer, but pulls nicely once you get past the usual v-twin grumbling at lower rpm, and the longitudinal crankshaft’s torque effect is pretty mild. Don’t worry: you’ll get used to it very quickly.

The V11 is pretty heavy, but handles surprisingly well: upgraded Öhlins suspension at the front and rear of the Le Mans improve the handling further and offer up a bit of unexpected bling for such a retro machine. The six-speed isn’t as slick as those found on most modern bikes, but was a noticeable improvement when compared to the earlier, much-maligned five-speed that worked just fine as long as you planned ahead, used the clutch, consulted an oracle, made the correct ablutions…

This particular example is done up in very 1930s racing colors to commemorate Omobono Tenni’s success racing Guzzis during that period. It’s a very limited edition, if collecting is something you’re into. I just really like the colors and think Guzzis are cool.

From the original eBay listing: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Tenni for Sale

#122 of 170 – with numbered plate on top triple clamp.

This V11 Tenni is a rider, not a museum piece. They don’t show up in the photos, but there are numerous small nicks / marks on the tank, rear, and lower sides (the front fairing is almost perfect). The imperfections never bothered me, as I purchased this V11 to ride – and it rides well. I’ve owned Aprilias, Ducatis, and Triumphs – all chain driven with transverse engines. This was my first Moto Guzzi, and it took some getting used to. Steering requires a little more effort, and at low speeds you have to be mindful of the rotational forces of the longitudinal engine and drive shaft – but once you’ve got it down, this bike rewards with amazing stability, a comfortable ride, and possibly the best fairing ever made – both in beauty and smooth airflow. The hydraulic clutch is light but not limp, and the 320mm dual 4 piston front Brembos with braided lines are a pleasure to use with great feel and predictable, progressive stopping power.

The separate function forks are adjustable for compression and rebound damping, while the rear shock (just rebuilt) is fully adjustable. It’s also equipped with an adjustable Bitubo Steering Damper. The bike is currently wearing Pirelli Angel GT tires that I estimate are good for another 1000 miles – I am including a new set of Dunlop Roadsmart III tires with purchase of the bike.

Comes complete with both the black and the brown suede saddles, rear seat cowl, 3-piece OEM luggage kit, tool kit, owner’s manual, shop manual, extra air and oil filters, and service stand.

Mileage may go up slightly before end of auction (test rides), but it will be kept below 10,000.

Additional photos and close-ups of cosmetic issues available on request (24 pic. eBay listing limit).

Expandable Moto Guzzi Branded Tank Bag

  • Clear map pocket
  • Numerous storage compartments.
  • Easily unzips from tank pad for refueling.
  • Converts into a comfortable back-pack.
  • Reflective piping.

Expandable Tekno (OEM) soft panniers/saddle bags:

  • Zip and buckle closure.
  • Expands to double size.
  • Internal water resistant draw-string liner.
  • Easily removed from bike.
  • Locks to bike with internal key.
  • Mounting hardware goes on/off bike quickly and easily (only 3 bolts per side).

Also included with bike:

  • Paddock/service stand
  • Brand new set of Dunlop Roadsmart III tires from Sport Bike Track Gear
  • Spare Air Filter
  • Spare Engine Oil Filter
  • Spare valve cover gaskets
  • Owner’s manual & warranty book
  • Service / shop manual
  • Two sets of keys (4 total: 2 ignition and 2 luggage keys)

Recent services:

  • New Fuel Filter at 6300 miles
  • Cleaned internal fuel tank filter screen at 9800 miles
  • New Air Filter at 6300 miles
  • Revised transmission spring
  • Uprated under-seat relays
  • Additional rectifier grounds
  • Lubricated throttle cables
  • Lubricated drive shaft
  • New Choke / High Idle cable
  • Fully adjustable rear shock just serviced by Ken Hall / SB Suspension
  • Oil changed at 9800 miles with Maxima full synthetic, new filter and sump gasket, cleaned internal stainless mesh screen
  • Hydraulic fluid flushed at 9800 miles
  • No coolant to worry about – engine is air / oil cooled
  • Brake pads & discs are in great shape with plenty of life left

I am not interested in trades, thanks.

Test rides available to serious buyers with an M endorsement and cash in hand. Tire kickers on a permit – please look elsewhere. Please show up with a helmet and riding gear. If you are local, I will gladly help you transport all the extras included with this bike (saddle, luggage, paddock stand, tires, books, etc.) back to your home. If you are from out of town, and looking to do a fly & ride, I can pick you up at O’Hare Airport and assist with shipping all the extras included with this bike (saddle, luggage, paddock stand, tires, books, etc.) Everything will be well packed in sturdy boxes with plenty of protection.

Clean & clear Illinois title in hand.

Thanks for looking!

There are not takers yet at the $7,500 starting bid and there is very little time left on the auction. With just 9,800 miles, this thing isn’t even broken in, and the owner’s soft luggage fitment is in the spirit of the bike. This is a sport-tourer with class and history, a bike that, when well-ridden could definitely embarrass much more sophisticated machines on a back-country road, but would get murdered at a track day. If you want a V11, the earlier Sports are cheaper, but this seems like a very nice price for a versatile bike like this, and it looks great in the Tenni colors.

-tad

Two for the Road: 2002 Moto Guzzi V11 Tenni for Sale
Moto Guzzi June 5, 2018 posted by

Muscular Classic: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale

These days, Moto Guzzi “sportbikes” really need the quotation marks I’ve included here. Ducati managed to develop their signature 90° v-twin format and stay competitive among the current crop of tech-heavy rockets, but it’s unlikely that, even given a pretty large budget to attempt something like that, Guzzi could have stayed true to their longitudinal twin and shaft drive and expected to remain relevant. And even if they’d been allowed to produce the much more radical 72°, liquid-cooled and overhead-cammed, chain final-drive package they’d been working on, a purchase by Piaggio permanently locked Guzzi into the retro-roadster limbo where they’ve languished ever since. I’m glad they’ve managed to survive into the modern era, but it’s sad that that they only do so as a bit of a self-parody, since they were fully capable of building legitimate racebikes like their impressive, but unsuccessful V8 Grand Prix entry and versatile sportbikes like today’s 850 Le Mans.

Often referred to as a “Mark I” Le Mans, that’s obviously a name that was coined after the fact to differentiate it from the bikes that followed. An evolution of the earlier V7 Sport and 750S, the new 850 Le Mans sportbike even continued with Lino Tonti’s excellent frame, wrapped around a bored-out engine with chrome-lined cylinders, high compression pistons, and a set of 36mm Dell’Orto carburetors. The result was 71 rear-wheel horsepower and a top speed of 130mph. To make sure the rider could safely slow the machine from those heady speeds, the bike used triple disc brakes and a rudimentary but very effective linked-brake system.

It’s easy to dismiss the Guzzi for being a “tractor” and the chunky, slightly angular style, massive-looking engine, shaft drive, and simple, pushrod v-twin do lend themselves to agricultural comparisons. But although the spec sheet doesn’t seem cutting edge now and really wasn’t even when the bike was new, it’s the overall package that impressed then, as well as the brute motive force supplied by the 850cc engine. The noticeable torque-reaction caused by the longitudinal crankshaft aside, handling was excellent, and the engine was revvier than you might expect. Much more rev-happy, in fact, than the contemporary Ducati bevel-drive v-twin. But it wasn’t a high-strung machine and had a nice blend of exotic looks, torquey power, and practicality that saw Guzzi eventually shift from sportbike to sport-touring as they were unable to compete with the relentless pace of cutting-edge motorcycle development in the 80s and 90s.

From the original eBay listing: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale

Bike restored in 2016 and only 1600 miles added since… A true beauty with only natural flaws, this is a bike to be ridden.

Bike was completely gone through in 2016 by the team at world famous CYCLE GARDEN in Huntington Beach over $20k spent on restoration , tank was left with original paint . Bike looks exactly as an original 1976 should . There is not a better one to be found anywhere, this is a rare opportunity to own a true piece of motorcycle history.

“Now acknowledged as one of the great sporting motorcycles of the 1970’s, the Le Mans was a Masterpiece ” -Ian Fallon

 

A very nice video of the bike by Cycle Garden is included that shows the bike in motion and goes over some aspects of the restoration. An old Triumph or bevel-drive Ducati might have more vintage looks, if you’re into chrome or polished metal, but the same qualities that have characterized Guzzis from the beginning are present here, and the first-generation Le Mans is about as good as it gets for a practical classic sportbike: it’s got stable handling and the flexible motor can even keep up with more modern bikes without much trouble. The powertrain is reliable and the whole bike is pretty easy to get parts for, considering the mere 6,000 or so that were built between 1976 and 1978. Unfortunately, these are no longer the bargains they once were, and the seller’s $24,979 Buy It Now price gives a pretty clear indication of where things are headed.

-tad

Muscular Classic: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans for Sale