Munch Miles in Style: 1984 Moto Guzzi Lemans III

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III R Side

Guzzi’s LeMans III was the first Italian bike I fell in love with, a fake LeMans I someone made out of a III with the fairings stripped off and a simple, round headlight fitted. The square cylinder heads would be obvious to me now, but I still wouldn’t care: the low stance allowed by the Tonti frame makes it one of the coolest café-styled bikes out there, without compromising useability. It’s fast, reliable, tuneable, and makes an amazing noise.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III L Engine Detail

Produced between 1981 and 1984, the LeMans III was a more thorough overhaul of the bike than the CX100 and featured a restyled cylinder head design and revised internals, along with the distinctive angular styling. In typical 1980’s era emissions-reducing form, compression was reduced, but vastly improved quality control at the factory actually improved performance, and the lower-compression engine made more torque than the older version.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Dash

And I always have to point out: see that little button underneath the row of idiot lights? That’s actually the key: it looks like a normal flat key in your pocket,but it folds as you see in the picture so you can slot it into the dash, and then you twist. Cool right? Just make sure you don’t loose it, since I’m not sure replacements are available…

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

I’ve owned this bike for 15 years.  It is solid and requires minimal attention.  It’s a GUZZI!  And a very, very good one.  I would not hesitate to head across the continent on this machine.  It has had all the right upgrades and runs EXTREMELY well.  Bike has no “issues” and is not a refurb.  This bike has always been on the road and excellently maintained.

Dyna electronic ignition, Dyna coils
Dellorto 40MM pumper carbs, Delran manifolds, Heads have been flowed
Bub head pipes, Lafranconi Competizione Wizzer mufflers
Heavy valve springs, Chrome Moly push rods (Raceco), Augustini cam
Lightened flywheel, Harpers outsider oil filter kit, Steel braided brake lines
Marzochi 38MM fork assembly, Tarozzi adjustable clip-ons, Fork brace, Koni adjustable shocks
Gaman seat, Euro Motoelectrics starter,  U-joints replaced, Front brake rotors and calipers replaced with new.
Lots of original parts included.

Note: Lemans III chin fairing is included.  I have it off the bike because I think it looks better without.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Front

Like so many Guzzis, this one isn’t strictly stock, but the modifications are thoughtful, subtle, and should improve the overall package. Also: the noise those cannon-like Lafronconi pipes make should be pretty epic. Mileage is at 55,000 although Guzzis are built to go the distance and this appears to have been very well maintained. The III is definitely not the most desirable of the LeMans bikes, but prices are on the rise: there are just two days left on the auction and bidding is at about $5,000 with the reserve not yet met.


1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III L Side

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5 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    I’m in the minority because I always thought the III looked better than the I. Plus I think the III looks better with the chin fairing. If the engine and trans. on a LMIII is taken care of they will easily last 75K miles before a rebuild. Other bits on the bike will have to be looked after before then though.
    The mods listed by the seller are pretty standard except I liked the power band for street riding better with the stock 36mm pumper carbs and the stock diameter forks work well with a good fork brace for the street. Mine has the hotter than stock Moto Guzzi cam but I think it used the stock valve springs, again it works well on the street.. The Augustini cam must be even hotter with the heavy duty valve springs.
    Best of all though, you have that large white Veglia tach to admire. My LMIII is an Italian model so it reads in Giri al minuto rather than RPM. Too cool.

  2. Jess says:

    Oh I see the original airbox and fittings are included, I’d put that back on. Been there done that. But my theory has always been “if you want to go faster, twist that right grip further around.” Geez maybe I’m getting slower!

  3. Justin says:

    Excellent bike, and I hope the new owner keeps it stock… this one has survived a long time with even the original key (no, you can’t find those blanks). The first instinct is to make a mock LMI out of any Guzzi, which is fine- just do it to a CX100. They aren’t real LeMans anyways!

  4. tad says:

    Wow, I just reread this post: couple very ugly typos slipped through, so I apologize to regular readers who refrained from commenting on my lapse!

    I wrote up an LM III a while back that was white, and I think the III is one of those rare bikes that look really good in that color. These have really grown on me, and I’m hoping I can find some room in my garage before they’re out of my price range.

  5. Jess says:

    If this bike is considered, LMIII prices are going up. $7,600 for a bike w/ 55K miles (although well maintained) is the highest I’ve seen on ebay. Got mine for $4.5K, 5 years ago. It is a Silver (rare color and looks really good), Italian model, totally stock, looked and ran like new.