1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000/CX100 for Sale
In 1978, Moto Guzzi decided to update the two-year old Le Mans. Known as the “Le Mans II” in most of the world, the updated machine was called the “CX100” in the United States.
It was largely a cosmetic update that found the spare, café-racer styling of the original Le Mans replaced by a big, angular fairing with built-in turn signals and aerodynamic side panels designed in Guzzi’s own wind tunnel to produce genuine downforce. Behind the fairing was a huge, rubberized dash [safety feature!] with comprehensive instrumentation, including a clock and voltmeter.
In addition to the plastics and dashboard, there were minor updates to the seat, suspension and other bits, including the a hydraulic steering damper to replace the earlier friction-damper unit.
The European bikes were powered by a virtually unchanged 850cc mill, but the CX100 used a 949cc powerplant found in the more touring-oriented bikes of the Guzzi range. Despite the difference in displacement, they were endowed with very comperable overall performance: the 850 came in a higher state of tune, the 1000 with greater displacement but smaller valves, so they made very similar power but delivered it in different ways.
The CX’s are beginning to find their value but they have often, as is the case here, been stripped to create Le Mans Mark I replicas.
Royal blue was an option for paint on the CX, so this may be the original color, although it no longer has the original bodywork: the huge, origami fairing has been replaced with the original Le Mans pieces for an un-original, but arguably more pleasing look.
The original eBay listing can be found here:
With three days to go as of this writing, the bidding is up to a mere $3,600.00, although the reserve has understandably not been met. This is a very classy bike you could ride every day, and one I’d gladly spend my own money on.