I was prowling around, looking for something interesting to pick up for my fantasy garage and stumbled across this Moto Guzzi Le Mans. I’ve written about them before, but this pristine, low-mileage example grabbed my attention. Then I noticed the “Buy It Now” price…
Go here for the original listing on eBay: 1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans For Sale
This bike is rare, appears to have undergone a thorough restoration, and looks immaculate, if the photos and the description are to be believed. The mileage is very low for such a usable machine, but a $24,800 BIN? That is very serious money for a Le Mans, almost twice what I’ve seen the nicest examples going for previously. For that money, they could have at least used the European front headlamp that sits flush with the curve of the fairing, instead of jutting out awkwardly… Damn US safety regulations!
From the original listing:
The owner of this particular machine sounds very enthusiastic, although I’d take issue with his claim that “current Guzzi’s have lost all of their brand magic”: while the engine and transmission have undergone a process of constant refinement over the years, the bikes retain the air-cooled, longitudinally-mounted, shaft-drive layout of the classic Le Mans. If the V11 Sport I rode recently is any indication of the sound and feel of Guzzi’s current line up, I’d say aficionados have little to fear.
Introduced in 1976, the Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s premier sporting machine of the era, a follow up to the iconic V7 Sport. Only about 6000 Mark I Le Mans were made between ’76 and ‘78, most of which were red, with a few ice blue and a couple white machines thrown into the mix. It was not the fastest bike of the day, but it was characterful, stylish, and capable of making very good time over the road, with a combination of usable power and rock-steady handling.
V-twin Guzzi’s are striking machines, with their finned, air-cooled cylinders sticking out into the breeze by the rider’s knees. Yes, if you have long legs, they can toast your shins. And yes, the torque reaction of the longitudinal crankshaft and driveshaft can be felt in turns. But they have bags of individuality and, now as then, they can be very quick in real-world conditions and you should be prepared to answer questions whenever you stop for gas or a bite to eat…
It’s clearly a very nice bike that’s being offered here, and it appears that no expense has been spared on the restoration or maintenance. But we’ll see if the owner can find a buyer willing to offer him Ducati 900SS money for this Le Mans.