Posts by tag: 850

Cafe Racer February 24, 2011 posted by

It’s raining Guzzis! 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk I

There is no doubt, Guzzis are hot right now. This beautiful Mk I bike was pointed out to us by the lucky new owner of the last LeMans we covered (click here for details), who just so happens to also be a RSBFS reader. And as is common with the rare models we seek, you may not find a bike for months only to suddenly come across several; when it rains it pours.

This bike has very few miles, and appears to be in good condition. It certainly helps when a bike stays in one home for a long period of time, and that is certainly what has happened here – this is the original owner!

From the seller:
I bought this bike new in Geneva, IL. Original bill of sale and IL title. All paint and seat is factory. 120 miles ago (April 1995) Harpers went through the bike and did a full mechanical restoration at a cost of $5,247.22. Has DYNA III ignition, Bitubo fork springs, and oil sump extender. The exhaust was purchased from Reno Leoni in 1979 or ’80. The starter was replaced in 2007 but I saved the original. I have the ORIGINAL TIRES AND EXHAUST SYSTEM. Also have shocks somewhere and will include if found. FLAWS: a small ding on each side of the tank where the handle bars made contact. Also, a small piece broken off an upper fin on the right head BUT, there is a new right head included in the sale! The Guzzi has always been stored in my work area at the shop. I rode it once in 2008. Very reasonable reserve. For sale locally.

We don’t often see this quality of classic Guzzi, much less a low-miles, original owner example. If you have been on the hunt for one of these cafe racer bikes, I would consider this your opportunity. This auction is on now, and the current bid is at $6,600 with the reserve not yet met. Earlier Guzzis LM models have mostly crossed for $8k+, so this is still in bargain bin territory. The seller will even throw in a few extras!

Don’t miss out on this one, because who knows when we will find another one like this to post. . As always, good luck on this one, and tell ’em RSBFS sent you!

MI

Cafe Racer February 19, 2011 posted by

1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans

For Sale: 1976 Moto Guzzi Lemans 850

Given the positive responses to a few of the recent Guzzis posted here on RSBFS, I made an extra effort to another one. Never let it be said that we don’t respond to our readership! It would appear that my efforts have paid off with this beauty, a 1976 850 LeMans. Sure, it is reaching thirty-something status in life, but it is still a looker.

This example, powered by the ubiquitous air-cooled, two-valve Moto Guzzi 850cc v-twin, shows only minor alterations from stock. As the seller notes, this may be one of the earliest LeMans models imported into the country!

From the seller:
This is my Guzzi Lemans, which I have enjoyed for about 10 years. This is a very early Lemans, VIN# VE70505. I have not confirmed this but the bike may be the fifth Lemans imported into the USA.

Updates I have made along the way

All three calibers are updated Brembo’s with single 10mm bleader
Beautiful Delrin intake manifolds

Powder coated wheels, fork legs and rear caliper bracket
Progressive fork springs

Stainless brake lines
Freshened brake cylinders

Electronic ignition

I am the second owner the bike was purchased Portland Cycles Yamaha: Portland, Maine. The fairing and side covers still have original blue paint. Original carb bellmouths. I mostly ran K&N’s which come with the bike.

There are scratches on the front fender, a crack in the rear fender, and a small dent in the tank…please see pictures.

I want to adress a question before it comes up, the wheel color. This is my second Lemans, all Lemans’s I have seen have had silverish wheel color. To my surprise this bike had a cream color wheel, with the outer rim polished. I color matched the wheel and omitted the polished rim. Again I feel that this Lemans is not typical of later versions.

This is really a great looking bike, with a unique stance and presence all its own. Collectors seem to be snapping up these old relics, and pricing has certainly been on the rise. These old M-G machines might just be the blue chip investments of the sport bike world, and the resurgence of the cafe racer movement certainly does not hurt!

If you are ready to join the lumbering world of the big v-twin, or simply enjoy an experience that is decidedly different, then this might be the bike for you. Bidding is now in the $7500 range, with a reserve still in place. There are more pics and more info available – just click the link and

MI

Cafe Racer February 10, 2011 posted by

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

For Sale: 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans

Funny how times change. When this bike was released in 1978, it was considered a heavyweight, large displacement, fast sportbike; a race replica. Fast forward some 30+ years, and what we have here is an interesting vestige of European thinking. In fact, this bike has been around long enough to where the Cafe Racer craze has come back to being cool!

The great thing about the Cafe Racer craze making a comeback is that this bike IS very cool. With the distinctive Guzzi v-twin look, decent power from 850cc, a decidedly sporty riding position and great paint, this bike really looks the business. It is no wonder that the value of these bikes are rising at auctions everywhere.

From the seller:
For sale is my 78′ 850 Lemans. I bought it off the 2nd owner in Glendale California. He owned it since 81 and purchased it from the original owner, also in Glendale. It was purchased at Pro Italia in Glendale and serviced there for 31 years. I’ve owned it since November of 09 and had it serviced by my friends at Moto Guzzi Classics in Long Beach. I have to get rid of a couple of my toys to buy an Alfa Romeo. I did the following on 10.9.09 with 32,101 miles; – Changed engine oil and filter
– Changed gear box oil
– Rear drive service including oil
– New plugs and valve adjustment
– New brake pads
– New fork seals, dampers and fork oil
– New Conti Go tires

I also changed the oil on 8.3.10 at 34,005 miles and added a new Odyssey dry cell battery. This bike runs and brakes like it should – Sean at MG Classics said I found a strong runner. This bike has no mechanical issues that I am aware of. Cosmetically, it looks great as you can see by the photos but; please do not bid on this bike if you are expecting a show bike/concours bike. This bike looks amazing from 10ft, excellent from 5ft but upon very close inspection, it shows scratches and wear on the frame. It also has some but not all fasteners (now 33 years old) that show light rust or corrosion. The header pipe clamps have light rust too. The four areas of the bike that could be cleaned up a bit; 1. Front fender has light surface scratches (a bone headed move on my part, losing my grip on a wooden box from above and it grazed the fender), please see photo. 2. Some light paint missing from battery acid leak (right side of frame when the frame tubes form a “Y”near swing arm pivot). 3. Horn button missing (but horn works). 4. Scratches on exhaust on left under side pipe near center stand (from my boot buckle). The red paint still looks incredible, especially the tank, side panels, fenders. The fairing looks good but some of the day glo orange has sun fading. Original seat included and in amazing shape. Replacement Stucchi seat looks and feels even better. 3 out of 4 turn signals and manuals included. Marzzochi shocks original manual actually shows how to rebuild them – cool. To my knowledge, this bike hasn’t been restored. It really looks amazing.

While the seller clearly states that this is not a new bike, the pictures speak for themselves. This is undoubtedly a clean and well-cared for example of a rare species. Similar LeMans models that have recently been posted on RSBFS all sold north of the $8k mark. This bike is currently in the $5k range (with reserve not met), but should certainly go up above previous bikes. Should this bike fail to ignite a bidding war, you might find yourself with a well-priced, well-loved LeMans. The only way to find out is to click the link and . Good Luck!

MI

Moto Guzzi December 18, 2010 posted by

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans

For sale: 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans

I’m dreaming of an Italian Christmas – one with a 1983 LeMans III. These 1980s Guzzis are very attractive and desireable machines, combining a large V-twin with a stout chassis and brakes (linked, of course). With a long-ish wheelbase and shaft drive, the LeMans is more of a GT than flat-out sportbike – but it gets along quite well all the same!

Fom the seller:
Rare and beautiful classic – ’83 Le Mans
Approximately 21,250 original miles | Dell’Orto PHM 36mm pumpers | New Metzler front tire | New plugs & NGK caps | Running perfectly, fires up immediately, even in the dead of winter | New battery | New clutch and tach cable | All original, matching numbers | New fluids ( trans, axle and engine) oil & filter | Stock except for K&N filters | Nice quality matching bar end models | Bitubo fork inserts | Tomaselli Domino 1/4 turn throttle, stock throttle included | Collector or daily driver

The value of these older Guzzis has definitely been on an upward trend as of recent years. LeMans and V7 Sport models have been the primary beneficiaries of that boost, and this bike should be no different. Clean, nearly original, and in seemingly exceptional condition, I would expect this bike to meet the BIN price of $8500. For your chance to own a classic cafe racer from the Old Country, and jump over to the auction!

MI

Norton December 7, 2010 posted by

Classic Cafe Racer: 1974 Norton John Player 850 Commando

For sale: 1974 Norton John Player 850 Commando

Outfitted in striking Union Jack colors, the John Player Norton was a good looking machine. With its long fairing, lowers and solo tail section, the profile of this bike really defines the quintessential cafe racer movent of the 1970s. And it is not all just looks; with an 850cc parallel twin pushing forward, dual disk brakes slowing you down and with a capable chassis and suspension tying it all together, these Nortons make for wonderful riding machines – even today.

From the seller:
“THE ULTIMATE CAFE RACER” Barn Find. Only 10,440 miles since new. “0” miles since a just completed full, no expense spared, ground up mechanical restoration by noted Norton restorer Phil Radford. You break it in. Over $4,500 in parts alone. [Reciepts] In storage by origonal owners family since 1983. Approximately 200 ever built. Very nice cosmetic condition. The JPN was featured in July/August 2010 Motorcycle Classics magazine as a “Top Collectable” Jay Leno has one. With the resurgance of the Cafe Racer and the new TV series, it is sure to appreciate rapidly. Other interests force sale. Serious [please] inquirys welcome.

These Commandos were specifically created to celebrate the success of Norton racing ventures: Peter Williams won the 1973 Formula 750 Isle of Man TT, with Mick Grant second. Robert Dunlop also rode for this hallowed brand. The sponsor was the John Player Special brand of cigarettes – hence the John Player Norton designation.

If these special JPN machines have any flaws, the frontal view might just be one of them. If you have not seen one in person, these bikes have a gorgeous profile and a sharp tail view. The front view, however – with a pair of headlights dominating the fairing – looks just a bit bug-eyed.

So what is the going rate for such a rare and distinguished machine? Built in low numbers and imported in even fewer, these bikes do come up at auction on a fairly regular basis. In January 2010 a 1975 JPN sold for $10,000 at the MidAmerica Auction in Las Vegas. Below is a video link to another auction providing some interesting information. The bike in the video was apparently bid up to $11,250 – but did not sell as the reserve was set as $12,500:

The seller of this particular bike has placed the auction starting bid at $12,000 with a reserve somewhere above that. While this might be a touch high given current economies, it seems in line with the going rate, especially considering the recent restoration activities.

MI

Norton May 2, 2010 posted by

1976 Norton Ala Verda custom – ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!

1976 one-off Norton Ala Verda custom for sale on ebay for a cool $75,000.

Beautiful.  Stunning. Gorgeous. Brilliant. Splendid. Magnificent. Gob-smacking.  Bellisimo.  And I’m running out of words to describe this bike.  I have seen this in magazines and websites, but had never thought I would see it for sale on ebay! Even if you’re not interested in Nortons, you owe it to yourself as a motorcyclist to check the bike and try to appreciate the time, effort, and passion that went into the creation of it. .

Not that I can afford it anyway, but some lucky collector will have the chance to add this gem to his/her collection.  I’ll let the pictures so the talking:

THIS IS THE HOLY GRAIL OF NORTON CUSTOMS.

THIS IS THE MOST BEAUITFUL BIKE I HAVE EVER SEEN,

IT IS TIME FOR THE NEXT CUSTODIAN TO ENJOY!

THIS IS THE MOST PHOTOGRAPHED  &  PUBLICIZED NORTON EVER!

THIS BIKE IS IN JUST ABOUT EVERY COUNTRYS MOTORCYCLE MAGAZINES ,ON THE COVER

OR FEATURED  INSIDE .

THIS NORTON WAS A HUGE HIT AT THE 2008 CONCOURS  D” ELEGANCE IN HALF MOON BAY

CALIFORNIA. MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD WERE THEIR TO FEAST THEIR EYES ON THIS BEAUTY,THERE WERE CROWDS AROUND ALA VERDA ALL DAY LONG.

I WILL POST PICTURES,IF SOMEONE NEEDS MORE PICTURES I HAVE MANY,JUST E-MAIL AND I WILL SEND. I HAVE ALL KINDS OF MEMORABILIA,BUILD BOOK,MAGAZINES,CUSTOM GREEN BIKE COVER WITH #  53 ON COVER ECT.

IF YOU NEED TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS BIKE JUST GOOGLE-NORTON ALA” VERDA,THERE WILL BE MORE INFO THAN YOU CAN HANDLE.

The “holy grail custom Norton customs” is a pretty big title to live up to, but looking at the painstaking attention to detail that went into the creation of this, I would say that title fits.  And not only is this the most beautiful Norton custom that I’ve seen – this has to be one of the most beautiful bikes ever. Period.

Here’s a video of a Norton 1975 MKIII being started – sounds nice, ain’t it?  The Ala Verda has a tuned 1976 engine it in and also has electric start.  And probably sounds even nicer with those tasty megaphones sticking out the back like that.

So what’s $75,000 for a piece of “motorcycling’s Picasso”?  Hand over that stack of lottery tickets please.

ph