1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III for Sale
The LeMans III was the second reworking of Guzzi’s big-bore café racer, and featured more than mere cosmetic updates to the now long-in-the-tooth machine. This was the first generation to feature revised squared-off cylinder heads, improved breathing, and much closer production tolerances that resulted in slightly increased power, in spite of a reduced compression ratio.
The style was 80’s-angular, with a wind-tunnel designed fairing that supposedly produced actual aerodynamic effect and a huge, rubber dash to bounce your chin off of in the unfortunate event of a crash. This machine has had that retro-cool, wind-cheating feature removed and now sports a simple, round light in front of that instrument cluster.
The original eBay listing has a ton of clearly written information about the bike and its history, which is always hugely appreciated and clearly indicates the character of both bike and owner. He’s a little gruff, but knows what he’s talking about and this is the kind of guy I’d want to buy from.
He’s also got a ton of cool bits and pieces, enough to build a second bike, it sounds like. LeMans III’s aren’t really hitting their stride yet, in terms of collectability, so the starting bid seems like it might be a little ambitious. I happen to like this bike very much, but I think he might be aiming a bit high: it’s well cared-for, but also well-used and not in original condition, although many of the mechanical mods seem very practical and are very much in character with the bike.
One of my favorite bits from the original ad describes the very unusual wheels:
“The wheels are modified by Kosman Engineering. Kosman TIG welded two “split rim” style wheels after narrowing the original rim center. The new wheels are flawlessly built, as straight as can be <within .002″ TIR, better than factory>, and by choice, as wide a possible. In addition to being designed to accept “tubeless tires”, I fitted the rims to the maximum available space between the swingarm on the rear, which is effectively a WM5 fitment, 4.312″ wide. The front wheel is of identical construction, but is a WM4, chosen to mount 130/70-18 and 120/80-18 tires, respectively. If you know the name “Kosman Engineering” you know it’s a very high quality product.”
He clearly knows his stuff, and makes a point of showing clear shots of the welded-up rims. Very cool bike, with some one-of-a-kind bits and pieces. I’d put the original square headlight and fairing back on and hit the road.