Posts by tag: LeMans

Moto Guzzi September 21, 2019 posted by

Tales of the Unridden: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I

Perhaps a little older than most of the bikes we post, this 19977 Moto Guzzi 851 LeMans has but 2,049 miles and represents a fantastic opportunity to own an unmolested and unmodified version of the iconic high-speed hauler. From the tiny bikini fairing with period round headlight, to the the traverse cylinder layout, to the exterior crankcase webbing, the LeMans strikes a pose from almost any angle. Performance is adequate by 40-something year old standards, but with 71 horsepower pushing you along with a relaxed urgency be prepared to be blown off by the current crop of 250s and 300s. This bike has an interesting story to tell, so I’ll turn it over to the seller to filling some of the details:

1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I for sale on eBay

From the seller:
History, I bought this Moto Guzzi LeMans 1 with less than 400 miles on it from the Bank/Receiver of a closed Indiana Moto Guzzi Dealership in January 1979. It has been covered and stored since 1982. Yes, the total Mileage is 2049 and it has never been titled. At the time I drove it with a dealer plate from a good friend also a Guzzi Dealer. Because of Military, College, and extensive travel I rode it very little for 2 Summers. I then moved to Florida and had the Guzzi shipped here in 1982, got married and raised a family.

ID on frame plate states manufactured 1977. Inquires to eBay recommended to use “the year of manufacture”. Picture of plate in listing states MFG year 1977 and Model 1978. I made further inquiries with several DMV’s in Florida and other states as what year they would assign to this M/C and all replied “either year of manufacture or the year it was first titled or registered”. It has never been registered or titled. It will be up to the buyer to decide this.

More from the seller:
Stored since 1982, Rode it into my garage and Covered up. never down or ridden hard. Drained Tank,removed the battery and Oiled Cylinders yearly, then turned over engine by rotating rear wheel while in gear. Never Titled, Have Original Notarized Importers and Mfg’s Statement of Origin, see pictures. Never painted or touched up. Original tires etc. No modifications, it is as it left the dealer. Some blemishes and minor imperfections, typical Guzzi thin paint on frame and mufflers. Note that the Dayglo paint on fairing is Original and Not Faded. Due to the long inside covered storage it will need “waking up” as they say. All systems ,hoses, etc will need to be checked out and serviced before operating. The cover on the light switch came off during storage, switch works,, cover, spring etc., are pictured, should be an easy fix. I Encourage personal inspection and/or calls with any Questions…

More from the seller:
Engine has good compression. Original battery was bad, I bought a replacement, the dry charged one pictured was never charged, given to me in 1979 under the Guzzi Warranty. I was allowed to remove all LeMans items from the closed dealership, see pictures including the Complete Workshop and Parts Manuals, Unopened Original Tool Kit, Etc. It would be hard find a lower mileage, fully documented LeMans 1 with all that is included with this bike, anywhere. LeMans Clock was a later purchase.

Note** Both sets of Original Keys and Carb Stacks, Dealer had installed air filters as shown and I never removed them.
Reason for Selling, I have other projects I want to devote my time to. My son wanted it, he lives in Manhattan and has no way of keeping it so it’s “Sell it Dad” My health is excellent, I have plenty of storage space and selling it is not going to change my lifestyle so, I will not entertain any offers.

This 850 LeMans looks to be a true period piece, with the bike in clean and complete condition, as well as full set of documentation, manuals and tool kit. There is a lot of nice stuff in here that is difficult to find today. Guzzi enthusiasts will point out that this is not the most desirable of the Mark I 850 machines, given that the rectangular tail light identifies it as a second generation example – but it is still a magnificent piece of kit to find. Recommissioning may not be a simple affair of battery and tires given that it has been sitting for so long, but it seems like it would be worth the effort to hear this bike fire in anger again. Bidding starts at just under ten grand with zero takers at the time of writing (although the fence sitters and watchers are gathering). Check it out here, as it is pretty rare to come across the first iteration of the Moto Guzzi 851 LeMans with this kind of interesting history. Good Luck!!

MI

Tales of the Unridden: 1977 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans I
Moto Guzzi May 3, 2019 posted by

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV

The LeMans series is a legendary model in the Moto Guzzi lineup. Originally designed as a sportier V7 model way back in 1976, the LeMans went through a series of updates and changes throughout its life span. From a small-fairing enhanced V7 of the Gen I to the larger sport-touring (and half-faired) look of the Gen II, to a back-to-basics look with small fairing of the Gen III, and then finally the decade-long run of the De Tomaso influenced Gen IV machine, the LeMans has had a number of facelifts. Today’s example is a Gen IV bike. Let’s explore some of the key differences.

1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV for sale on eBay

At the heart of the LeMans IV is a full liter of v-twin torque. Upgraded from the 850cc power plants that preceded it, the Mark IV version of the LeMans was bigger in nearly every dimension – except the front tire. Utilizing a 16″ front wheel which was in vogue at the time on GP racers and hyper sport bikes, De Tomaso sought to re-image the LeMans as a sportier machine than it was. Unfortunately without chassis geometry changes, the LeMans IV simply became a bigger, more angular machine with a smaller front end. Handling remained stable – as is the Guzzi tradition – but there was some edginess lost as the LeMans grew older, and performance was nearly on par with the previous generation 850s.

From the seller:
1986 Lemans, totally sorted out. Runs and rides perfectly, very well looked after. New tires, new clutch, ceramic coated Bub exhaust sounds amazing. Very strong running bike. Everything works as it should. Not a show bike, but a very, very nice rider. Needs nothing. I have sold several bikes here and my feedback tells the story. Thanks for looking.

While it is easy to deride the later generation LeMans offerings as being uglier than their predecessors, the LeMans of any configuration is still a good looking motorcycle. Purists may discount the De Tomaso years, but the resultant machines were modern, reliable and long lasting. This particular 1986 example has 58,000 miles on the clock…but certainly does not look like it. These are classic motorcycles to ride for the joy of riding. You are not likely to beat many peers in your riding group on a LeMans, but if you are looking at this that probably isn’t your goal. Pictures are relatively few and there have been some noted modifications, but the auction is currently at a paltry $2,550 at the time of this writing with reserve in place. This could be a sweet bargain Guzzi in the making depending upon where the reserve is set. Check it out here, and then jump back to the Comments and share some LeMans stories. Which generation is your favorite, and why? Good Luck!

MI

Talk to me Goose: 1986 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV
Moto Guzzi April 23, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

Spring is certainly in full swing given the number of fantastic bikes we are seeing enter the market. The RSBFS Featured Listing schedule has been chock-a-block full of the best of the best – and today’s offering is no exception. This 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans model Mark III looks incredible – and despite this model’s penchant for eating up the miles today’s example has but 7,700 miles on the clocks. For those unfamiliar with the oldest European motorcycle manufacturer in continuous production (some minor stops and starts notwithstanding), the longevity of these large v-twins is legendary, meaning that this one barely has break-in miles under its belt.

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

While the original LeMans was an 850cc derivative of the V7 Sport model, the design evolved quickly into its own personality. the evolution of the model was not exactly linear, however. From the original prototype created way back in 1975, the Mark I models established the bikini fairing, the monstrous cylinder heads sticking out from under the tank, the long flat seat and the distinctive tail. The elements meshed together in a unique design that has become the hallmark of the brand. In many ways the Mark II machine was both a technological leap forward, as well as a leap in the wrong direction. Hours in the wind tunnel created a larger fairing with streamlining around the engine lowers – and far more of a sport touring look than the Mk I. Thankfully the Mark III took up where the original LeMans left off, offering a return to the sporting side of riding. Dominated by the new, smaller and angular fairing, square headlight, the huge Veglia rev counter off-center in the dash and the trademark flat seat and tail, the Mark III version is arguably the best looking of the LeMans models.

From the seller:
1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III

Original toolkit and manual
Second owner – 7,792 original miles
LaFranconi Competizione exhaust system
EnDuraLast 450 Watt charging system
EnDuraLast electronic ignition
Rebuilt front calipers, stainless steel brake lines
Powdercoated valve covers
Tommaselli clip ons
Repainted and new decals 5 years ago
Denali LED Auxiliary Lights
YSS Shocks
Located in Staten Island NY

Price: $10,000

Contact: dansciannameo@gmail.com

You are looking at a two owner bike here. Think about that. This bike has been out in the wild for 35 years, yet has been ridden fewer than 250 miles for each year it has been around. It has not been sold on through multiple owners, but rather cherished and cared for throughout its life. This particular bike does offer some interesting upgrades including a revamped electrical system and additional lighting. Is it me, or does this amazing machine look ready for a run at an Iron Butt event? The seller has included a walk around video of the bike here. Turn up the sound!

Modern riders accustomed to Japanese liquid-cooled hardware might be taken back by the valve train noise in the video, but that is part of the allure of these great air cooled machines. Valve clearance is important; “Better to hear some clatter than burn a valve” is one of the key lessons I was fortunate enough to be taught (rather than learn by experience). The video simply underscores the visceral nature of the LeMans – this is not merely a bike you ride, this is a bike that you experience. If you are serious about truly classic machinery, give Daniel a shout out. This Mark II Guzzi is a wonderful offering in a steam punk sort of existence. What’s not to love? Check out the pics and videos and Good Luck!!

MI

Featured Listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk III
Moto Guzzi August 27, 2015 posted by

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV

Almost 20 years on since the introduction of the V7 and the big V-twin was still the basis for the Moto-Guzzi range.  Alejandro De Tomaso took a personal interest in the machine, displacement was increased from 850 to 1000cc, and the front wheel size reduced to 16 inches in the interest of quicker handling.  In various minor revisions and special editions, the Le Mans 1000 carried the marque until the early nineties when fuel injected models were ready.

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1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV for sale on eBay

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Sporting a more angular but bikini-style fairing, the Mk. IV Le Mans looks back at the sporty cafe racer it was when introduced in 1976.  The red-orange paint, now extended to the frame and forks, recalls earlier 850 models.  Small body fairing and chin scoop direct air over the cylinders.  Larger valves and 10:1 compression ratio gave a nice bump in power from the 850, needed as weight had creeped up to over 500 lbs.  With shaft drive and the fairly high-geared 5-speed transmission, if not super quick the 1000 was plenty fast with a top speed of almost 140 mph.  Steering was enhanced with the 16-inch front wheel, though not all riders considered it an improvement to the long heavyweight the bike had become.  Early linked brakes were a safety enhancement, handlebar lever operating the right front brake disk, and pedal gave you left front and rear brake together, each disk 270mm.

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Sparklingly presented by a Nashville dealer, this Le Mans has only 5,100 original miles and appears unrestored.  The eBay auction lists a few updates and repairs:

This Le Mans is in fantastic original condition and was just picked up from the second owner. It is bone stock with the exception of the leather bags and upgraded exhaust (comes with original exhaust as well, in poor condition) The paint is all original and is very glossy with very few minute blemishes. The tires are new Metzlers, 500mi ago. The brakes lines were all replaced due to age (original included) and the rear master cylinder was also recently replaced. Comes with all it’s original keys, 2 ignition, and two for the neck.

20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv right engine detail  20150826 1985 moto guzzi le mans 1000 mk iv binnacle

Though a mature design at the beginning of the sportbike “revolution”, the Le Mans 1000 is still a looker, and can still perform.  The bombproof twin and shaft drive make it a cafe racer for the long term…

-donn

Red Survivor – 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mk. IV
Moto Guzzi June 20, 2014 posted by

Featured Listing: 1980 Moto Guzzi Lemans MK2 available in San Francisco

1980 Moto Guzzi Lemans for sale

If you’ve been salivating over the V7 Sport offered by Piston and Chain, you now have a choice of great looking Guzzis offered by them! This bike is clearly not all original but looks like a very sharp and like most, we prefer the round headlight over the square unit that came on the MK2.

1980 Moto Guzzi Lemans for sale on eBay

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We’d like to once again thank Michael at Piston & Chain for purchasing a Featured Listing. Good luck to buyers and seller!

dc

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from the seller:

This bike has full Italian pedigree having been freshly imported to the States.

The LeMans was designed to be Guzzi’s sporting standard bearer in the late 1970’s big bore bike wars. The famous Tonti frame was so effective, Guzzi used it well into the modern era: it allowed the motor to be set very low for good handling and aggressive looks, and detachable lower frame rails made major maintenance relatively straightforward for such a compact machine.

Mechanically the bike is sound. Battery is fresh, engine starts easily and runs well.

Cosmetically, the bike is clean as shown in the photos. There is no “road rash” on the motorcyle, The pipes are unscratched , There is no rust on pipes or on the bike. All rubber components are intact and there is no rubber rot.

Tires are fresh, no cracking, I believe they are near-new.

In short, this is a clean, honest, never-abused, original, rare MK2 . These motorcycles have a reputation for incredible power and awesome sound .

This machine sounds like no other bike on the road. Runs good and pulls like a train. This bike deserves to be ridden not just admired , that’s where you come in !

These machines are currently the most undervalued of all the Italian Classics …We have done all the hard work for you to make this bike available to ride and enjoy today .

Featured Listing:  1980 Moto Guzzi Lemans MK2 available in San Francisco
Moto Guzzi February 12, 2013 posted by

The Euro Look: 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III

LeMans_1

Up for grabs today is a great looking Moto Guzzi LeMans III. This is a bike for those that march to the tune of a different drummer. And while not as hyper-performance as the rare and homologated bikes you tend to find on the pages of RSBFS, these Guzzis will eat up the miles with reasonably comfortable seating and relaxed engine cadence. And they will last forever.

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From the seller:
Up for bid 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans 3.Iam the 2nd owner.Runs great has new avon road riders tires gauzzi shocks progressive springs fork seals halgon bar end mirrors ngk plug wires new battery and air filter.Fast and fun.I have all the orignal paperwork.I have to sell because life is short and too many bikes wife said something must go.

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The Italians have their own sense of style, and love it or hate it this Guzzi really stands out. The “safety orange” on the front of the fairing is more than just a styling cue; it was designed to provide reflectivity – and thus make the rider more visible to oncoming traffic.

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This bike is located in Ohio. At the time of this writing the bidding was up to $5,500 with moderate action. There is NO RESERVE on this one, so if you are looking for a lower mileage goose in a rare color that appears to be in very good condition, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI

Honda April 2, 2012 posted by

Monday Mailbag!

First up is submitted by “Dan RC”, a very rare 1981 Honda CB1100RB on eBay UK for 12k GBP. Awesome!

Next up from Dan is this Kawasaki ZX7 on our Facebook page.

Dan also spotted this 1994 Honda VFR400 for sale in Colorado for $5k. Thanks Dan!

Check out this 93 works Ducati 888 spotted by Pelayo in Spain! He writes, “This one is special. That bike is a 888 works Ducati from 93 that was used by Dani Amatriain (former Lorenzo´s manager) to try win the Spanish superbike national (lot of money at this moment from this rider). The bike was so dominant at european championship but at the end the spanish title went to a private RC30 from former 500 privateer Lopez Mella. I remember watching it raced also at world SBK at Jarama.”

James recently posted his Honda MC21 NSR250 in our Classifieds area for $7500. Good luck with sale!

Erik emailed us to alert us to his 1985 Honda NS250R for sale in Denver for $3500. Good luck with the sale!

Next from John is the 94 Yamaha YZF750. It looks very complete, has receipts, and even the toolkit is still there. Just $3000 in Chicago.

From Pete we have this very low miles 2002 Moto Guzzi Le Mans for just $7k in Montana. Love the colors!

From Sébastien we have this rather rare bird, a 1980 Honda Segale 1000. If you can provide information on this bike, leave a comment below!

Mike sends us this spotting in Los Angeles, a 2006 Derbi GPR125 for $6k.

Have a good morning all!

dc

Moto Guzzi December 8, 2011 posted by

Old World Charm: 1986 Moto Guzzi 1000 Lemans

For Sale: 1986 Moto Guzzi 1000 Lemans

Like all Italian hardware, this Guzzi LeMans 1000 looks terrific in red. Given, the mono-chromatic paint scheme does reek a bit of the ’80s and has a bit of “Crocket & Tubs” to it, but you can forgive such dated cues when you recall the long history of this brand. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find that Noah had a pair of Guzzis in the original ark. After all, Guzzi is the oldest continuously operational motorcycle manufacturer in Europe. Resistant to change, Moto Guzzis have exhibited the same quirky features for eons: transverse v-twin, air cooled, shaft drive, and lots of crankcase webbing on the outside of the cases. While the Japanese brands moved to internal webbing to clean up the looks, Guzzi forges on with what they know. Fortunately, it works very well and seems to last forever.

The heart of the matter is all right here: lots of torque thanks to two valves, a decent flywheel effect and two 500cc slugs loping in those nikasal-coated bores. While the power and torque are satisfying, any Japanese hypercycle larger than 400cc need not fear. Guzzi motorcycles are more like GT bikes – made for long distance, high speed touring (like you might do on the Autostrada or Autobahn). Despite the 16″ front wheel to invoke quicker steering characteristics, the long wheelbase and relatively heavy stance of the LeMans dampen the “cut and thrust” manueverability; meandering roads are your best path to enjoyment.

From the seller:
Riding these great machines gets more difficult as I get older, so I’ve begun to pare down the collection. I had a full set of all 5 LeMans’ and my 2 favorite remain; an early Mk I and this terrific Mk 4. I purchased this bike from the original owner, a true enthusiast who meticulously documented every service, jet change and replacement part. It had 24,700 miles on it 10 years ago when I bought it. The clock now shows 25,826 miles. It’s wearing the original paint with only a few minor chips here and there. It is completely original with the exception of the Bub replacement silencers. It now sports K&N filters, Dyna coils, braided lines and a few other upgrages but the original coills, lines and the air box come with the bike. Also included are several point sets, oil filters, gaskets, fuel lines, extra Ferodo pads, miscellaneous parts and a number of jet changes for the higher altitude runs. I’m 6’3″ and my knees would touch the cylinder heads so I had Sargeant build up a seat to eleviate the problem. If the reserve is met, both seats go with the sale. Tires are probably 50/60% and in fine shape. This classic has not been buggered up or wrenched on. Three years ago, I did replace the clutch, pressure plate and throw out bearing along with a new cable. Does have a fresh battery and a high intensity headlight, but again, original is included.

This LeMans rides, brakes and handles wonderfully. It is a fun ride. Included in the sale is the original factory brochure, decals, owners manual, shop manual and a MGNOC newsletter cross-reference manual.

Like most Moto Guzzi LeMans models we see, this one has had long-term ownership and has been well loved. This is typical; Guzzis, like Beemers, then to be long-term relationship type of bikes. This might be because of the longevity, or because while they do not do any one thing in spectacular fashion, they do everything reasonably well. It helps that they are overbuilt and last for what seems forever; with 25k on the odometer this particular bike is just getting broken in.

The investment market has not smiled on these later generation LeMans models like it has for the Series I bikes. The upside is that prices are very reasonable for a competent machine such as this one. The auction is currently at $4,050 (reserve not yet met) with moderate bidding. There is still much to play for, and you can check out the details and photos by jumping over to the auction. Good Luck!

MI