Just Sold: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans
Here’s a lovely 850 Lemans with just the right amount of patina that just sold for $12,500.
From the seller throughout the auction:
1976 850 Lemans but titled as a 1977 because thats when it was first sold by the US dealer. It is currently registered, with US import motor and frame numbers matching, see photos. This bike has new Lafranconi Competizione performance exhaust which sounds great. The reproduction seat thats on it is more comfortable than the stock one, but the stock one is included. New Lemans side stand works perfectly. I installed a timing chain tensioner from Moto International. Cycle Garden rebuilt both heads when I had them off. They are Lemans heads, not 850T. Extra parts INCLUDED in this auction: Original Lemans seat, European Lemans recessed headlight, tool tray, new Dynatek DYNA III Electronic ignition, original kickstand, 2 new CEV turn signal lights, front axle, new crossover fuel lines, new clutch cable, original velocity stacks, Lemans fusebox, original Lemans left and right handlebar controls (1 small internal brass part is missing), head and valve cover gaskets, original wire seat support, 850 Lemans Service Manual, original Lemans mufflers (2 right side and one left side in rough to fair condition, there are rust holes in two of them). This bike is bad ass and probably the most sought after Guzzi. They will eat V7 Sports for breakfast. It just needs a proper restoration to its former glory to be worth 25K. But this is a vintage vehicle with mileage, so know what you are buying. ASK QUESTIONS. Sale is as-Is, no warranty is applied. Shipping is the responsibility of the buyer but I will work with your shipper. WINNER: an immediate PayPal deposit of $500 is required. Balance to be paid by bank transfer. I reserve the right to end this auction early as this motorcycle is for sale locally. Thank you. SEE IT RUNNING HERE: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-XA-sUHR9M
On Jun-24-21 at 22:04:18 PDT, seller added the following information:
I forgot to add that it’s not original paint but an older repaint. And here’s the link to the bike running: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-XA-sUHR9M
On Jun-26-21 at 17:30:11 PDT, seller added the following information:
I’ve been answering questions about the bikes condition so maybe this extra info will help potential bidders: I had the heads off because one head had a couple broken fins and I wanted to repair that but cant do aluminum welding, so I took them to Cycle Garden with the valves intact and they repaired the fins and also rebuilt both heads. All this was years ago so memory fades. As for shifting, first gear is jumpy and not exactly sure why but it must have some wear in the clutch maybe. To get to the clutch would involve removing the rear wheel and ‘crabbing’ the frame (which is elevating the rear frame section up and out of the way). Its fairly easy to get to without having to remove the engine. You would need a few special tools from MG cycle. I was going to do it years ago but just havent had the time to wrench and I just got used to riding it that way. Tranny doesnt pop out of gear and no false neutral that I experienced. Havent inspected the U joint, but no vibrations or weird sounds. Only oil leak Ive noticed is some drops from clutch/tranny area after riding. Its rideable right now but there is always maintenance on a vintage machine, its not a new bike. Havent ridden it in 6 years, I’ve been too busy with other things and moving to a new house. But I used to ride it regularly around Los Angeles when I lived there. Guzzis are very reliable but it helps to be mechanically inclined to enjoy vintage machines. It doesnt need a tune up but I would change the oil. Oil filter should be fine. I retorqued the heads since I had them off but they should be retorqued again after your first ride. Regardless, this machine is a solid investment even if its not ridden a lot. -Ted