1984 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III for Sale

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III R Front

It used to be that I wasn’t a fan of the Mark III LeMans, but it’s really grown on me: all origami angles and flat planes, and that white Veglia tach probably doesn’t hurt… And while red is obviously a classic choice for a classic Moto Guzzi, it looks very striking in white.

Classic 60’s and 70’s bikes have been popular for a while now, and it looks these 80’s machines will soon follow suit: Guzzi’s, BMW’s, and Ducati Pantahs all have the same sleek yet slab-sided styling and graphics that seemed designed to enhance the lines, instead of disguising them like they seem to do today.

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III L Tank

The LeMans III was an evolution of Moto Guzzi’s sporting flagship. Made between 1981 and 1984 it was not a complete redesign of the LeMans, but was more than just a cosmetic make-over like the second-generation machine was. It featured a heavily updated engine with square, as opposed to the earlier round, cylinder heads and revised engine internals, along with aerodynamics shaped by Guzzi’s very own wind tunnel.

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III R Engine

In addition, the dash was revised with a more modern look that placed a beautiful white-faced Veglia tach front and center, set into a spongy new dash that was advertised as a safety feature! Well I guess if you have to smack into a dash at speed, better it be made out of soft rubber than a sheet of metal… By the way: that small button-looking thing in the dash below the idiot lights is actually the key: the fob folds flat once it’s inserted. I know this because I lost the key to my buddy’s Moto Guzzi Lario and it had the same one…

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans III for Sale

This is a near original LeMans III with 26,542 miles and in very good condition.

Runs and rides excellent.

Some additional features include:

Bar end mirrors

Fork brace

Cylinder head guards

K&N air filter

Stainless steel brake lines

It has a recent battery, good tires and has been recently serviced

Items to note

Fairing and some body panels were re-painted at some point and the white is slightly lighter than the original paint color.

This is ready to ride, increasingly rare, classic

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III Rear

Price for all classic Guzzis and LeMans models in particular are on the rise. This one is being advertised for just under $6,500 with less than a day to go. It’s been repainted per the listing, but looks to be in very nice condition and 26,000 miles is just broken in for a Guzzi. It may not have the classic café looks of the original LeMans, but the Mark III has a character all its own and take you down the road in style for many years to come.

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III L Engine

Plus you get to have this conversation time and again:

“That’s a great bike. What is it?”
“It’s a Moto Guzzi.”
“Who makes that?”

-tad

1984 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans III R Rear

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2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    I seem to be in the minority, BUT I always thought the LeMans III was better looking than the original LeMans. Much to my benefit I picked up a great LeMans III for about 1/2 the cost of a comparable LeMans I.

  2. tad says:

    They’re definitely growing on me, and the price is still right! I saw a Mk III at the New York Vintage Motorcycle Show in Brooklyn last August. It had a pair of Lafranconi’s on it and was easily the best-sounding bike at the show.