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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
Featured Listing September 18, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: Wild custom 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro

Leave it to the Greeks to dream up a mythical half-man-half-horse that signifies chaos, power, lustfulness and general hooliganism as both an inspirational and cautionary metaphor. Strength and vigor are virtues, to be sure, but color outside the lines and the benevolent beasts turn into terrifying monsters. Leave it to the Italians to apply that metaphor to motorcycles.

1997 Moto Guzzi Cenaturo for sale on eBay

Not only do Italians often refer to motorcyclists as centauro, beautifully capturing everything that we love and respect about the passion, but they built a bike to suit the myth.

The Moto Guzzi Centauro is basically a finely-crafted, specced-up Italian VMax. There’s a big vtwin mill, more power and torque than is reasonable, an upright riding position and Muscle Beach bodywork. There’s also finely crafted suspension, state-of-the-art for the time fuel injection, and brakes like Myron’s discus. Reviewers at the time weren’t as kind as Guzzi had hoped, but nobody could deny the thing’s presence.

Today’s 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro takes presence to another planet. The seller bought it with the idea of having master customizer Craig Rodsmith build something truly special around its rare-as-hen’s-teeth overhead cam vtwin. The big mill is enough to stop traffic on its own, and the owner wanted something that would show off those trademark heads that hang out in the breeze.

We’ll leave the rest of the description in his capable hands.

From the eBay listing:

I have a passion for motorcycles and I have been riding since 1976. I specially like the Moto Guzzi brand and over the past 30 years I have had the pleasure of owning many of the models such as the LeMans I, LeMans III, 1000S (big carb), T3 stock, T3 Café, Elodrado Police, Eldorado civilian, two Daytonas, and two Centrauros.

You can say that I know a “little” bit about these bikes!

I have NOT even ridden this bike 10mi since completion ~2+ years ago! ☹ It is in perfect shape and ready for a new owner. The bike really looks and sounds better than the photos.

This build is based on the very rare overhead cam (OHC) engine. This rare engine was offered for a few years on the Daytona and the Centauro ONLY! The cylinders/heads are giant and thus they make for an amazing look! 😊

This is not some hacked up motorcycle. The chassis is the stock Centauro chassis, with rear section modified for the seat. Complete body work built by master builder Craig Rodsmith, 100% painted, plated, polished, and assembled, and then final once over by Ducati Master Tech. and AMA racer.

Imagine removing 100lbs from the stock Centauro and then having a low restriction exhaust and intake. There is NOTHING like an OHC Guzzi! You can hear the intake and the exhaust… There is nothing like this bike! PERIOD. If you have never ridden a Guzzi then this is your chance!

STORY:

I love the OHC Guzzi engine and the Café style motorcycles. And so when I learned about Craig Rodsmith and his amazing talent, I was very much interested in seeing what he could do for me. We met, and we discussed the build and he shared with me his thoughts and we agreed.

Craig is a very well recognized master builder and has built numerous fully functional and museum grade motorcycles. If you are into café bikes, then I am sure that you have heard of him or seen his work. His work is amazing and specially since he does so much work in aluminum and his passion and expertise really shows in his work.

You can find examples of his work at the following places:

https://www.facebook.com/rodsmithcustoms/

https://www.instagram.com/craigrodsmith/?hl=en

https://www.facebook.com/rodsmithcustoms/

Starting Point on the Bike:

The starting point was my Maroon 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro with ~7,000 miles. You can see the photo the day that the project started.

This bike was mint, always stored inside, never sat outside, very well maintained, and always ran like a dream.

So, my low mileage, mint and very well cared for 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro was the starting point for Craig.

Craig’s amazing work:

It is probably best to look at the photos, and I will list the long list of his amazing work. And I cannot even begin to list everything that he designed, engineered, and built on his build. – Almost all aluminum

From Front to Back!!!

Aluminum front fender

pinstriped center with “trick” mounting brackets to the lower fork.

Custom Aluminum headlamp housing with modern headlamp and lens

Tachometer integrated in the headlamp

Palo Alto speedometer reworked gage to work perfectly

Italian Clip-ons

Custom made aluminum fuel tank

Polished

Painted and Pinstriped – just gorgeous

Custom rear Sub-frame (steel)

attaches to the stock frame (backbone)

Custom Aluminum solo seat

Painted, Polished, and Pinstriped

Beautiful high-grade Brown leather diamond stitch work

Aluminum front fender

Designed to be removable for the more naked look

Custom stainless exhaust

You cannot see the welds

Cross-over under the bike

Custom velocity stack with screens

Sensor incorporated in the base.

Foot pegs and all controls ground smooth and polished

Battery tucked in under the transmission

Everything is polished

Custom paint and Pinstriping of the engine, body, frame, and wheels

Engine and Transmission:

100% Stock and unmodified.

Runs perfect!

All fins on engine and transmission are polished for that great look.

This is the OHC engine where as many of the Guzzis are OHV. This rare engine was only offered on the Daytona and the Centauro. The cylinders/heads are giant and thus they make for an amazing look! 😊

Electrical & Electronics:

In some custom bikes the harness gets all butchered up, but not on this bike.

Craig carefully saved the harness since all the sensors are used and the engine controller is stock.

The harness is very neatly folded back, and hidden, while the electronics are beautifully mounted on a tray under the seat.

Engine ECM is beautifully mounted under seat

The wiring for the turn signals is there and the turn signal switch is there if you choose to install some. (No turn signals on the bike)

All electronic and electrics is untouched

Other Mechanical work:

Upon the completion of the bike, I dropped off the motorcycle at Chicago Motoworks with Master Ducati Technician and AMA racer. He completely went through the bike again, dialed-in, and safety checked the entire motorcycle:

Re-torqued and double checked every fastener on the bike

Lubricated all bearing and reset everything

New fluids: engine/transmission/final drive/brake

New braided brake lines

Adjustable steering damper

New Tires, Brake pads, …

Etc.

Performance: Imagine removing 100lbs from the stock Centauro and then having a low restriction exhaust and intake. There is NOTHING like an OHC Guzzi! You can hear the intake and the exhaust… There is nothing like this bike! PERIOD.

FLAW: One flaw around the fuel fill some paint peeled off because I overfilled and did not wipe fast enough…my fault. If I get a chance, I will have a pinstripe master clean it up for $100.

Other Important stuff:

Clean and Clear title to this bike in my name (I am the owner!) – registered as 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro

VIN intact and in place.

For $28,999, you can bring home the unique fruits of the owner and Craig’s creativity and craftsmanship. Move quickly, this thing is destined for a perch worthy of Zeus.

Featured Listing: Wild custom 1997 Moto Guzzi Centauro
Featured Listing August 1, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

Update 8.1.2019: Joe has renewed his Featured Listings. Check out all of Joe’s bikes for sale on RSBFS! Many thanks for choosing us to help move your collection! -dc

If ever there was a bike to show up to a cruise night on, surely the 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is at or near the top of the list. The pundits all say it is the defining cafe racer shape, leaving the factory in the era before two-foot long license plate holders and 10,000 candlepower turn signals crept in to defile more modern machines’ lines. We tend to agree.

The V7 sport is adorned with absolutely nothing extraneous, its thin-tube frame, shapely tank and minimalist bodywork seem to embrace the prominent heads on the unmistakable Guzzi v-twin. Low bars, spoked wheels and twin chrome megaphone pipes complete the purposeful package.

Though it was made to celebrate and recall Guzzi’s mid-century racing successes, the V7 provides antiquated performance, with just 70 horsepower running through a very tall gearset. The mill revs quickly, but the eagerness is deceptive. Couple that with slightly scary drum brakes and a right-side-shift transmission and you’ve got a bike more suited to cruise nights than track days.

This 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is in immaculate condition. All the paint and brightwork have a brilliant shine and appear to be blemish free. The seller says he stores her bikes in a climate-controlled facility on trickle chargers, so there should be no worries about the mechanical condition of the bike.

From the seller:

1973 Moto Guzzi V7

You should know that I am a serious collector, with a large motorcycle collection. I decided to sell some of the most valuable motorcycles in the collection. These motorcycles represent some of the most iconic motorcycles of the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Those motorcycles are now being offered up for sale one by one. These motorcycles were targeted by me for my collection many years ago when the best of the best were available and that is what I purchased.

In general, I do believe super rare Italian motorcycle of the 1970s and 1980s are the future Ferrari of motorcycle collecting. We all know what has happened to Ferrari.

If Italian collector sports bikes could be rated for handling, the Motor Guzzi V7 Sport would certainly score a 98 out of 100 points. They can just read your mind in terms of negotiating the curvy roads. If motorcycles were rated for sex appeal the 1973 Motor Guzzi V7 would score 101 out of 100 points. I don’t know of anything that is quite so simply designed yet pleases the visual senses so much. And, yes, this bike has the rare original exhaust pipes with the fins, and the sand cast brake drums (not the ‘not so pretty’ disc brakes) which is just a little frosting on the cake.

This bike is in top flight condition and runs like a Swiss clock, it is kept on a trickle charger at all times. There are no known issues. Just try and find a nicer one!

This is certainly a bike for serious collectors and for those that don’t know all the details, the internet is just loaded with information. I can only suggest that you scrutinize the pictures and decide for yourself if this is another rare Italian collector bike that will eventually become as iconic as the Ferrari automobile. I spent a decade looking for the best one and this is the best one I have ever seen.

All my bikes are kept in climate controlled storage and on trickle chargers when not in use so they are always ready to take a day’s ride at a moment’s notice.

Check out the pictures and be a little amazed – you are seeing the best!

Thanks for looking at one of the best!

Prefer phone calls: 847-774-4857

Even though it doesn’t fit our traditional fare, we’re in love with this classic Goose, thanks mostly to those magnificent lines. Though it may not be an adept canyon carver, there is a place in any collection for a classic, sexy cruise night machine like this one.

Featured Listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport
Moto Guzzi June 24, 2019 posted by

La Scelta: 2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport

Going Moto Guzzi has always been a choice. These v-twins are an interesting alternative to the high-strung offerings of those other Italian marques. Character is plentiful, as is an abundance of low RPM torque. Quality is high, at both the component as well as the build level. Performance is adequate – but far more relaxed than your usual hypercycle. Think of modern Moto Guzzis as a BMW boxer with a funny engine configuration and Italian flair and you will get pretty close to the mark.

2001 Moto Guzzi V11 Sport for sale on eBay

The V11 Sport model is dominated by the engine. A 90 degree twin with cylinders that sit across the bike, the nearly 1100cc mill is tuned for torque rather than outright horsepower. With an engine like this, who needs bodywork? And while the bike retains traditional (and low maintenance) air cooling, there have been several concessions to technology. Most likely these came about due to EPA regulations, but let’s ignore that and simply enjoy how well the bike breathes throughout the rev range thanks to 4-valve heads, and let’s revel in the cold start capabilities and decent mileage thanks to Magneti Marelli computerized fuel injection. These pieces almost seem wasted on something as arcane as this throw back, but they are well integrated pieces that actually improve what is already a great riding bike.

From the seller:
Pristine V11 Sport. Unless there’s a new one in a crate in Italy then this is the lowest mileage V11 in existence – 1076!!. Taken out 2 to 3 times a year for shorts runs just to make sure everything is working perfectly. Absolutely perfect paint and mechanics – truly no scratches or imperfections.

Runs , stops and handles like the new bike it is. I bought it basically just to admire the fantastic Italian styling and colors but the motor is surprisingly strong with wonderful sounds. I’m slowly thinning my collection of high end low mileage collectable bikes. The one is truly the best. Buy with complete confidence.

These V11 Sports have gained in interest over the years. Moto Guzzi’s fits and starts and changes of ownership placed the brand – and the history – under considerable pressure. But somehow the bikes retained key Guzzi trademarks, and the key Guzzi feel. These are solid machines that do most things well. There is no doubt that the earlier LeMans and V7 machines are the most sought after, but even De Tomaso and later era bikes are gaining in popularity. Pricing remains relatively low for the newer examples, but condition and mileage generally vary wildly.

Many, many Guzzis are ridden to extreme; these bikes have an enviable reputation for longevity. Today’s bike is the opposite; this one has a scant 1,000 miles and change on the clocks (!). Treated more like a ultra rare homologation racer, this V11 Sport has barely been ridden, and appears to be in good shape. It is located in sunny California, but looks to have spent most of its life indoors. If I’m to nitpick I spy a bit of what looks like corrosion in some of the pictures, which would be likely if the bike is in a beach community. Ridden or not, sea air can do a number on most metals. Unfortunately, that makes the appearance conflict a bit with the ultra low miles. Perhaps that is not an issue with someone looking to ride. We do see these bikes come through now and again – so they are not totally rare – but this is certainly the lowest mileage V11 Sport we have posted. Check it out here, and Good Luck!!

MI

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 April 10, 2019 posted by

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada

Update 7.31.2019: This bike has SOLD! Congratulations to buyer and seller! -dc

The 1997 Moto Guzzi Sport 1100i has been a bike for people who value quirks and personality over outright speed since its debut. With the marque’s classic longitudinally mounted long-stroke, pushrod v-twin it’s known for a smooth, torquey delivery rather than screaming speed. But what you don’t get in lap times is made up for by the fact that the big Goose is solid, reliable, unique and timeless. And there are plenty of tasty pieces hung off the pretty trellis frame.

Despite a mill that made little sporting pretense, the bike wears WP forks and a WP shock, which guide a pair of lovely Marchesini wheels down the road. Thanks to that, and despite ground clearance hampered by the heads heading east and west, the bikes handle remarkably well.

And all that is before you get to how pretty the bike is, in this case in Guzzi’s beautiful hue of yellow. This one has seen just shy of 7,000 miles, and less than 3,000 since its current owner took it to Ontario eight years ago.

By its condition, it is clear this bike has spent its entire life being babied, and as such, it is more than ready for a new owner to enjoy. From the seller:

This beautiful 1997 Moto Guzzi was listed on RSBFS in March of 2011, and was purchased by the current owner after seeing it on this website. Here is a link to the original posting here on RSBFS in 2011 – The bike was shipped to the border at Buffalo, New York, and was legally imported into Ontario at that time. The owner has Ontario ownership (title) in hand. At the time of the current owner’s purchase the bike had only 3982 miles on the odometer. As you can see in the photos the bike has seen less than 2500 miles since moving north of the border.

Since moving to Ontario the bike has been kept indoors in a heated garage, except for its occasional use on sunny days. All plastic and bright bits are in excellent condition. It has a
new battery and starts and runs as intended. As you can see from the 2011 posting the rear sets and the levers are custom items, but the original controls and footrests were not included
in the original sale, so they are not available with this sale. The original owner’s manual comes with the bike.

$7500. USD or $10,000. CDN

The Moto Guzzi is located about 30 miles east of Toronto. Assistance can be provided to facilitate shipping, but that is the responsibility of the buyer to organize. The seller, due to ill health, is selling his collection, and I am attempting to assist him with this process.

Thanks in part to its definite quirks and the fact that just being good at everything doesn’t make you stand out, these lovely bikes don’t command the premium that some of slightly less refined Japanese bikes do. But that, dear reader, is part of what makes this thing so desirable. The cost of entry means you don’t need to be a budding tech oligarch to park one in your two-car.

Featured Listing: 1997 Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport in Canada
Moto Guzzi April 1, 2019 posted by

Italian Sweetheart: 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza

Moto Guzzi has a long and storied history in the annals of motorcycling. Among the oldest motorcycle manufacturer – and THE oldest if you consider the “…in contiguous operation…” caveat (simultaneously turning a blind eye to the few lean years where they were between owners and technically not in production) – the Guzzi trademark is really the splayed out V-twin look. Turning the cylinders across the bike rather than inline (like an Aprilia, Honda or H-D) allows the power to flow through the crankshaft and provides direct input into the transmission and final shaft drive without having to make any 90 degree turns. Much like a BMW with folded-up cylinders, Moto Guzzi has resolutely clung to this configuration as if nostalgia were the sole meaning of existence. Modern examples of
the transversal V-twin* (* official Guzzi marketing nomenclature) have introduced updated technology, but to this day the twin cylinder arrangement remains as an anchor feature of the M-G brand.

1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza for sale on eBay

The V50 Monza was the baby brother to the V7 and LeMans models. Displacing a modest 500cc and producing an even more modest 48 horsepower, the Monza configuration provided for bigger valves and different carbs over that of the standard V50. With a dry weight of 355 pounds, the Monza is no high performance scooter. But to compare quarter mile times (somewhat on par with a Toyota Prius) really misses the intent of the V50 platform. Intending to introduce an entirely new group of riders to the mystique and cachet of the Moto Guzzi brand, the V50 was an attempt to create a smaller, more approachable and more affordable slot in the Moto Guzzi lineup. Sadly the buying public did not line up to purchase the V50 (or its even smaller brother, the V35), making this an often overlooked motorcycle.

From the seller:
The Moto Guzzi V50 Monza’s were a real gem that is often overlooked. There are said to be only about 100 of them that were sold in the United States. They are essentially a baby LeMans, but their lower weight and smaller size make them a very nice bike for back roads or local cruising. They are smooth, dependable, reasonably fast, and the design is very attractive. You just have to love the alligator-patterned seat vinyl. No plastics (to speak of) and lots of beautifully cast aluminum.

I’ve had this 29,895 mile bike for 5 years and its one of my favorite drives. We have rebuilt the carbs and done all maintenance regularly. There are no mechanical or electrical or cosmetic issues. The tires are a few years old and have nearly all there tread. While the bike has a lot of miles, it is impeccable. There are no paint blemishes, wear, scratches, or fading of any sort. This is a pristine survivor. No excuses.

I’m not sure the silencers are OEM, but they came with the bike. It sounds great, The Guzzi sound is pretty unique. There is no other bike that sounds like these narrow sideways V’s. Sort of an Italian Harley sound. The bike made a fair amniunt of power for the day. The 45 hp motor was in part due to the fairly novel use of Heron heads. The other small bike of the era that used them was the iconic Moto Morini 3 1/2. Incredibly smooth ride due to the shaft drive (which is beautifully enclosed in the right rear swing arm).

My only additions to the bike was to install the beautiful Alberts bar-end mirrors, new tires, and a new OEM windscreen.

Time is said to heal all wounds, and eventually makes (nearly) everything valuable again (ever surf eBay for fun?). With 38 years and nearly 30,000 miles behind it, this 1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza looks pretty incredible. The colors are vibrant and the instrument cluster looks unblemished (and no rash on the top of the triple trees!). There is some discoloration and staining on the cases and cylinder heads which is simply an indication of normal use. From the pictures this looks like a time capsule, and with legendary Guzzi longevity this would be a bike to putt around on for decades to come. The current bid on this beauty is a paltry $3,200, with reserve still in place. Depending where that reserve is set, this baby Guzzi could be a bargain in the making. It’s hard to believe the seller would let it go for peanuts after lavishing such care on this Italian beauty, but as we see so few of these rare models come across our pages it is definitely worth a look. Into classic Moto Guzzi models? Check this one out here, and then be sure and jump back to the comments and share your thoughts and experience with this lesser known example. Good Luck!!

MI

Italian Sweetheart:  1981 Moto Guzzi V50 Monza