1985 Moto Guzzi LeMans IV
For Sale: 1985 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1000 IV
Although not nearly as coveted as the earlier Mk I bikes (like these here), this Moto Guzzi LeMans Mk IV is a direct decendent. It is also an all around better riding bike, thanks to updated chassis and suspension and factory motor upgrades. Time stands still for no one, not even the glacial Moto Guzzi group.
Sporting a cutting edge, GP-inspired 16″ front wheel for quicker steering, the classic LeMans bikini fairing , and the ubiquitous big v-twin, this Mk IV bike shows the evolution of the LeMans models that preceded it. The frame is essentially the same as the Mk III bikes, although the front fork has been upgraded. Power is up thanks to added displacement, larger carbs, and a different camshaft. Interesting fun fact: After the 16″ front wheel craze died down, later variants of the Mk IV model actually came from the factory with 18″ wheels.
From the seller:
A great find! Enjoy summer on this awesome collector’s bike.
European Jetting and Gauges (Kilometers)
K & N Bub Exhaust
Comes with 16″ and 18″ Front Wheel
Recently Panted (Yellow/Red Paint)
Low Wear on Tires
Approximately 35,000 Miles (Mileage Gauge is in Kilos)
Free local (SF Bay Area, North Bay) pick-up and test ride OR able to ship anywhere in mainland US via Forward Air. Zip code for quote. Subject to payment approval.
These Guzzis are fairly rare – less than 2,500 of the Mk IV bikes were produced betweeen 1984 and 1985. The styling is polarizing; hard core fans of the classic LeMans models tend to dislike the angular appearance (first introduced on the Mk III), while the new design did update the look of the bike and bring new interest to the Guzzi lineup. Regardless to which camp you belong, there is no doubt that this bike has a rather striking appearance.
The paintwork is not original, as stated by the seller. I’m really not sure what to make of the combination, as I could not find a similar livery in any stock Moto Guzzi LeMans offering of the era. This bike also has a euro dash – but it is not clear that it was an add-on or the bike is grey market. The listed VIN is not a 17-digit number, so prudent buyers will ask for more information first.
This auction is on right now, and bidders have shown minimal interest thus far. There is still much to play for, however, should you wish to join the ranks of classic Guzzi ownership. At the time of this writing the current bid was $3,500 with reserve not met. That is still below fair dollar for a clean and cared for LeMans of any series. This bike is not original and has some relatively high mileage on it (although not very high by Guzzi standards), which will likely influence the ultimate sale. For more information and to get in on the action, . Good luck!
Now all I need to figure out is how to get a set of matching leathers like this guy…