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Moto Guzzi June 15, 2022 posted by

Medium Rare – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Moto Guzzi’s V11 Sport constituted the lion’s share of their bikes from 1998-2006, and came with various names, colors, and small fairings.  Though not a special edition, today’s 2003 is more designer vanilla bean than plain vanilla, and looks very good with a small wind deflector and heat wrap on the pipes.

2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 Sport could be described as big all over, with pictures dominated by the 5.4 gallon tank and each cylinder displacing 532 cc’s.  It’s 91 hp is merely generous, but the 69 ft.-lbs. of torque make their case at just 6,000 rpm.  40mm of Marzocchi have a massive look, with a nifty front fender design to protect the extending USD fork legs.  Located by the cast red frame connectors, the shaft drive and monoshock try to hide behind the XL Lafranconi silencers. Even the seat looks like it could almost hold two without uncovering the pillion.

Liking the head guards and K&N filters a lot more than the wrapped headers, but it’s true the wraps do contain some of the heat.  Even if there is hell to pay when they finally come off, the total polishing time will probably be about the same as if they had never been.  Otherwise it’s very tidy, just moderate miles and no apparent damage.  Bar end mirrors sharpen up the looks a bit, but a new ( and matching ) front tire would really make the sale go.  Notes from the eBay auction:

Exceptionally nice condition, pre-lambda (O2 sensor) model and has one of the rarer color combos available. The bike has never been down or knocked over but do expect to see normal wear from use. The headers are lava wrapped to keep some heat off your legs. The rear tire is new but expect to replace the front in 1,000 miles or so. Grips have been upgraded along with the mirrors on the bar ends. All service is up to date and everything works on the bike from front to back so turn key and ride on!

For all the current Guzzi models and branching into the cruiser segment, they’re still an occasion when sighted and wear their quirks in honor.  Luckily the brand was supported and continued by the Piaggio conglomerate.  A nice round number for the buy-it-now, not overly priced these days, but the Make Offer button might get a push before that.

-donn

 

Medium Rare – 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport
Moto Guzzi May 10, 2022 posted by

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!

If you are thinking about a track day bike – and you most certainly SHOULD think about that – you could either go the route of a bashed, rashed and crashed universal 600 or 1000 from [insert your favorite Japanese street bike here], or forgo all of the street deletions and go straight to a real race bike. Think of the benefits – you get a bike already built for the purpose of riding on tracks (usually already sorted) and you look positively bad-ass compared to the generic GSNinjaR1-X crowd. And nothing can prove that point more than this awesome looking 890cc Guzzi vintage racer.

1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer for sale on eBay

From the seller:
1976 Moto Guzzi – Stan and Pearl’s 890CC Middleweight Superbike

You are bidding on an iconic race machine built by my good friend, the late Stan Friduss and his wife Pearl. When Stan passed I acquired the bike from Pearl. She put her heart and soul into this bike with Stan’s tutelage. The result was a machine that competed successfully in AHRMA’s Middleweight Superbike class for several years in the hands of several top racers. It has earned many race wins and I believe a championship or two. One of Pearl’s proudest moments was when it took 2nd place in New Jersey on it’s maiden voyage to the track!

More from the seller:
Now, I am offering it up for auction as I realize it is just too much machine for me at 65, so would like to see someone get it who appreciates it for what it is and continues to use it as intended or displays it for all to enjoy. The bike is “garage fresh” and has not been run in a few years. Knowledge from years of building race Guzzi’s, Stan threw everything he knew at this bike. NOTE: The engine turns over with good compression but I have not fired it. I am sure the carbs will need cleaning and a general going over before it is ready to run. Some spares as well.

Bill of Sale only – no title. (i chose salvage just to get past the title type requirement). I believe the Tonti frame is from a mid 70’s 850T or similar. It does NOT have a LeMans serial number. The bike is located at my garage in Melbourne Florida. Buyer is responsible for shipping or may pick up locally. Thank you for bidding.

Track Day Tuesday has quickly become one of my favorite days of the week thanks to some different finds that would not normally fit on the pages of RSBFS. But seriously, how could you not look at this thing and see yourself motoring through the pits at your next track day? Imagine the stares as you boom your way out onto the track and thunder down the main straight. Glorious! The best part is that owning this wonderful motoring piece of history won’t set you back much by comparison: The Buy It Now price is set at a reasonable $7,500, and the seller is open to offers. Check out all of the details here before the checkered flag waves at this one. Good Luck!!

MI

Track Day Tuesday – 1976 Moto Guzzi 890 Racer!
Moto Guzzi March 18, 2022 posted by

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa

America may have talent, but it’s the Italians who have Style. Whether its the super sexy shape of a Bimota, the hypercycle approach of Ducati, the engine-first stance of a Benelli, the unconventional-but-standard look of a Laverda, or the iconic “stick your cylinders out like you just don’t care” of a Moto Guzzi, Italian bikes are somehow just so, well, Italian. And hence we point out this striking 2003 Guzzi Le Mans Rosso Corsa edition.

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

While the nomenclature Rossa Corsa literally means Red Racer, the moniker may be a bit of a hyperbole when comparing the Le Mans to more modern WSBK-worthy machinery. To do so would highlight the massive heft (500 pounds – dry), and the lack of horsepower (91-ish). But stats and figures miss the point of the V11 entirely, as these big Guzzis are perfect for eating up curvy, swooping miles with ease. And while endurance racing is in the DNA, the street translation is longevity and reliability. The Le Mans might be as heavy as a chunk of granite, but is built just as solidly and likely to last as long.

From the seller:
This is a 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa. This is the high end Limited Addition Moto Guzzi Lemans with the Ohilns suspension. I just had the front Ohilns forks rebuilt with new seals and fluids. The bike has just had a complete going over. The valves were set, motor oil and rear oil changed, fuel injection system flushed, cleaned, and checked for correct 44 PSI pressure, new Odyssey battery, injectors synchronized and more. I purchased the bike used in 2006 from MPH Cycles in Houston. I am the second owner. This bike is part of a large collection of motorcycles that I own. It has always been garaged and has been well cared for. It has aftermarket non-adhesive tank protectors, custom made bar risers, stainless steel brake lines, luggage rack, Corbin Seat, aftermarket windshield, aftermarket carbon fiber exhaust, pegs lowered, Throttlemeister bar end cruise control and more. Overall the bike runs wonderfully and should provide many trouble free years of enjoyment. All turn signals and brake lights and horn work. It does have an air box modification. There is a K&N filter in the air box. It was cleaned and resealed as well.

More from the seller:
Overall the bike looks really good and any owner would be proud to show up on a bike day with it! The Rosso Corsa currently shows 13,795 miles. This motorcycle is very comfortable for long rides. I did a couple of 550 miles days on it. V11 Le Mans where designed and tested using Moto Guzzi’s exclusive wind tunnel. The bike cuts through the wind like a dart and has a smooth wind stream. No buffeting helmet or strong updrafts. It’s a real pleasure to ride. I did discover one issue with the bike when I test rode it. After it was serviced, I noticed the odometer quit working. The speedometer and tachometer work fine. The last time I rode the motorcycle was in 2015. I’m not sure what happened. The odometer was working when I parked it. So 13,796 are pretty much the original miles. I didn’t see or detect any other issues with the motorcycle and everything seems to be in good order and ready to go. I don’t ride my motorcycles in city traffic. I normally ride long distances to bike rallies and overnight camping. At this point I just don’t have the time to ride as much anymore. So I’m starting to sell some of the motorcycles

With over 13,000 miles under the oil pan, this Le Mans is not new. But the pictures show a cared for and lightly modified example of a fairly rare bike. This is a nice mix between exotic and rare, without being a unicorn with no parts availability. This is a bike you can ride and is relatively easy to own. The carbon cans are befitting anything Italian, and the ergonomic mods point to this model as being an excellent sport tourer. You can check out all of the details here. Good Luck!!

MI

Red Head: 2003 Moto Guzzi V11 Le Mans Rosso Corsa
Ghezzi-Brian January 19, 2022 posted by

As Rare As They Come: 2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE

Ghezzi-Brian is on of those amazing motorcycle stories that combines engineering ambition and raw talent into a winning product.  Always on the cutting edge and pushing the boundaries, the company started with a simple goal, to win races.  In 1996 they won enough to claim the Italian SuperTwin Championship.  In 1998 they started selling everything from components to fully built bikes to anyone that wanted to ride the ultimate Moto Guzzi powered motorcycle.  The efforts of Ghezzi-Brian lead to the birth of what many see as one of the most desirable Italian bikes, the Moto Guzzi MGS-01.  The company is still very active and continues to push what is possible out of these wonderful machines.

The example today is claimed to be one of 2 Folgore in the United States.  Other sources have made a similar claim, and some digging around for past listings has not turned up any other examples.  The Folgore featured some lighter wheels and other small but meaningful improvements on an already exotic motorcycle.  Some of the best braking and suspension components were used to ensure this package lived up to the expectations of offering extreme performance on the road and track.  Overall the bike weighs 55 pounds less then the V11 that donated it’s engine.

From The Seller’s Listing:

2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE, 2002 Ghezzi Brian Moto Guzzi Folgore One of two imported to the US. One owner. OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service.

OZ magnesium wheels with perimeter brakes, Ohlins shock, Bitubo exhaust.  Stock MG V11 engine and 5 speed gearbox means its reliable and easy to service. CA title. ” The Super Twin is built around an air-cooled 1,064cc V-twin from the V11 Sport that’s had its flywheel balanced, and a new full exhaust added. The 87hp mill acts as a stressed member of the mono-beam chassis that houses the airbox and oil-tank. Connected to the race-developed frame are adjustable 41mm inverted Paioli forks up front and an Ohlins (or Bitubo according to some sources) monoshock. The race-replica’s giant 420mm perimeter discs — which are attached to the rim and not the hub — and dual-piston calipers help slow the 427lb (dry) machine — 55lbs less than the unfaired V11 Sport — from its claimed 140mph top-speed.” Google it for more details. Very unique.

When most think of perimeter brake rotors, they think of Buell, but Ghezzi explored the concept for a while as well.  Shock arrangement and frame design are also rather unique and really tell a story of unbridled engineering.  There is a sense that these were never meant for mass production or to suit a well rounded owner, these are focused and purpose built.  What makes this proposition even more appealing is the relatively low service costs.  This is now powered by some MotoGP race engine that needs pistons every other oil change.  The V11 Moto Guzzi engine is know for being reliable and easy to work on.

The bike is being offered by Pro Italia for $29,999.  Data is almost nonexistent for pricing, and while that sum is not insignificant a buyer would struggle to find a rarer or more interesting Italian exotic for that price point.   With something this rare it is hard to imagine another chance to add something like this to a collection, but if the opportunity passes there is always some of the original press documentation we could sit, read and enjoy.

 

As Rare As They Come:  2002 Moto Guzzi GHEZZI-BRIAN FOLGORE
Moto Guzzi January 3, 2022 posted by

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850

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

1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 for sale on eBay

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thanks for looking and happy New Year!

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

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

MI

Outstanding In Its Field: 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850
Moto Guzzi November 3, 2021 posted by

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

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

1983 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III for sale on eBay

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

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

An excellent survivor that can be shown or ridden.

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

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

MI

Moto Guzzi April 29, 2021 posted by

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III

I love a good story – especially one with a happy ending. And this spectacular 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III has a great story to tell. But first lets start with the basics. Powered by a 949cc 90 degree vee twin longitudinally mounted in the chassis, the pushrod, two-valve air cooled and carbureted lump is good for just over 71 relaxed ponies. But it is the torque that makes the ride here, and with nearly 80 foot pounds of thrust, the big twin makes the most of what its got. The SP – or Spada (Italian for sword) – is a more upright than say a Le Mans, and is the bike on which Italian police steeds are based. So it is capable, comfortable, and not without the usual Moto Guzzi quirks which include shaft drive. But this particular example of the SP is rather special in that it was a dealer-constructed show bike, and the seller is someone who lusted after it for years before realizing the dream. Read on!

1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III for sale on eBay

From the seller:
The Story of the 1993 Moto-GuzziSP III

From 1995 – 2008 I made an annual pilgrimage with some long time friends to Daytona Beach to watch the Daytona 200 motorcycle race. It just so happened… at the same time in Daytona each year…. a little party was also going on… a party called Bike Week. Now, not being the parting type (tee hee), our main focus was to cheer on our favorite riders in the annual superbike endurance hosted by the Daytona Motor Speedway and tour the back roads of Florida.

We all stayed in Deland Florida for two reasons: it was quiet and we did not have to mix with the Harley riders. Deland also hosted the Euro Bike show and Wood Brothers antique bike auction. Many cool Italian, German and Japanese bikes make their way to Deland on the final Saturday of Bike Week. It was a great atmosphere.

At the time I was driving a 1996 Moto Guzzi 1100 sport. Harper Moto Guzzi, from St. Louis, MO, always made the trip to Florida and had a booth at the show in Deland. I had a business relationship with them so on Saturday, I planned to visit them at the show. And that when I first saw it:

Harper’s Daytona show bike, a 1993 Moto Guzzi SP III 1100. It was beautiful and looked like it was going 100MPH just sitting there. I got excited and asked one of my best friends to take a picture of the bike and me. I said “I’m gonna own this sucker one day”

More from the seller:
The bike has a ton of custom Moto Guzzi farkle and a super rare, custom full Valtek Body Kit, the same faring used by the Italian motorcycle police, the “Carabinieri”. The bike wasn’t for sale (but I think they wanted $10 or $11 grand for the bike), which was a fortune for me in 1998. For several years we visited the show and I always visited “my bike”. As my kids and business grew my time got short the Bike Week trips faded away. I kept in touch with Harper’s as I was still driving the 1100 Sport.

For several years I clubbed raced motorcycles and attended many track events. Soon, my interests changed and by 2010 I was completely out of motorcycles and now into vintage car racing. Even the 1100 Sport had to go and my relationship with Harper’s was put on hold. Sadly, my interest in the SP III also waned and soon it became nothing more than a memory. My wife, however, was very happy that finally “the metal was wrapped around me not me wrapped around the metal”. Fast forward to 2015 and after missing my Moto-Guzzi 1100 Sport, and experiencing my 10th mid-life crisis, I found an interesting 1100 Sport for sale and bought it.

The bike was great but after a year of riding her it became apparent that my body did not feel so good after riding long (or short) distances. My 58 year old bones and a 20 year old Italian sport bike did not mix. Regrettably, I came to the realization that I needed a more comfortable ride.

More from the seller:
Suddenly, I remembered the SPIII from Harper’s. Six years later I immediately went to the internet and searched for Harper’s. At the first click I found the banner “Harpers closes its doors and liquidates all its motorcycles, will only sell parts”. My heart broke. I decided to give them a call and see if they knew anyone who would be interested in my 1100 Sport.

On the first ring, Curtis Harper, son of the founder picks up the phone. I introduced myself and he remembers me. I tell him I’m trying to sell the V 1100 Sport and was looking for a nice Italian Sport Tourer. He says “are you interested in a trade?”. I say yes….then Curtis says “Dad auctioned off all the bikes except the 1993 SP III show bike, he was saving that for a good home”

I was shocked, it was destiny! Within two seconds we made a deal and two weeks later I drove 15 hours to St. Louis and drove home with my dream bike. That was 2017, and I’ve had several good years with her and some nice local rides but now I’m 63 and ready to pass on the SP III on to an appreciative owner. My focus now is now English sports cars, heaven help me.

Summary:
Two basic owners since 1993;me and Harpers Motors
1.554 documented miles
Recent carbs rebuild in 2020
New Bridgestone tires in 2017
Show winner, people attractor
Rides like a dream
Collectable rare classic
Title in hand

Guzzis of this vintage are reasonably rare in the United States; the brand was simply not as popular as other European makes, nor did they have a large dealer network. However Moto Guzzi fans are rabid, and the longevity of the brand – as well as the bikes – is legendary. That would explain why this auction, even though it is in the mere $5,000 range at the moment, has a significant number of watchers. This is an extraordinary motorcycle that is truly unique, and has a very interesting history and story to tell. And I’m sure the next owner will become part of that story (and hopefully piles on some more miles). There is a reserve in place, so this one has some distance to run. Check out all of the details here, and enjoy this departure from the everyday superbike. Good Luck!!

MI

A Long Time Coming: 1993 Moto Guzzi SP 1000 III
Moto Guzzi April 27, 2021 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS

Update 4.27.2021: This bike has sold to an RSBFS reader! Congratulations to buyer and seller!

Check out our criteria and get your own Featured Listing! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS is probably the pinnacle of MG’s powers, and it’s a true emblem of the storied marque’s steadfast dedication to doing its own thing, consequence and technology be damned. The Daytona line was released in 1993 to celebrate Goose’s racing success with a privateer in the 1980s. If you can find one from any production year, they are magnificent machines, but the ’97 RS model adds some handling finesse and power the older bikes lack.

For ’97, the v-twin got a 12-horsepower bump to just under 110 horsepower, thanks to better breathing heads, Carillo rods and forged pistons, a lightened crankshaft and upgraded EFI. Braking was now handled by Brembo, and adjustable WP suspension front and rear kept the 500-ish-pound brute headed the right direction. Other trick bits included Marchesini wheels and an Bitubo steering damper.

Complaints at the time included notchy fueling from the big twin, but this bike has had its issued smoothed out with a chip tune from Creedon. The mod should bump power slightly as well as cure the throttle response woes.

From the seller:

Asking price for this beautiful, rare beast is $14,500 and it shows 13,360 miles. It’s not Ducati quick, or as precise and capable as a Japanese bike, but neither of those machines carries the same panache. Unless you’re a member of a well-heeled Guzzi club, the chances you’ll ever see another at the local cruise night are nil.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi Daytona RS