Sporty Tourer: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000
For Sale: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000
Meet Italy’s equivalent of BMW. Moto Guzzi has long been known as one of the original motorcycles in the style of the cafe racer (note LeMans MK I, II and III bikes, for example), but they are much more than that. Guzzis are designed to cover long stretches of Autostrada at high speeds and in relative comfort. The big air cooled v-twin rumbles along (not unlike a BMW boxer), the chassis is long and stable (again, not unlike the Beemer), and shaft drive simplifies the maintenance associated with the final drive (just like the BMW). Neither are sportbikes, but both offer the quintessential sporty experience. And both brands tend to rack up the miles.
Today’s example is a very nice ’87 LeMans 1000, showing 27,130 miles on the clock. That is not extreme mileage for a Guzzi, as these bikes are good for 100,000 and more. This bike seems to be in very good condition, has some nice modifications, and appears to have been cared for in a fashion you would hope for in a classic bike.
From the seller:
A very nice running bike I’ve had for about 3 years. Recent clutch and main seal. No issues. Starts on first crank. I do have a matching 18″ front wheel and fender that can go with the bike. I also have the original fairing. It has electronic ignition, Koni rear shocks, Corbin saddle, and Vance & Hines slip-ons. It’s pretty loud. All records at Murph’s BMW and Moto Guzzi here in Eugene.
Fill up the tank, fill up the tankbag, and head out on the highway. A Moto Guzzi will get you there and back in style, comfort and quirkiness that only the Italians can offer. And the best news about it, unlike Bimotas, Ducatis and MV Agustas, a classic Moto Guzzi will not break the bank. Sure, some of the early Mk I bikes are heaeded skyward in value, but a decent LeMans is still an affordable (and desireable) machine.
This bike is available now. The starting bid is only $3,500, and there is a BIN set for $4,000. Both of those figures are pretty fair money for this bike. And if the later LeMans variants follow the earlier bikes in value, this would be an inexpensive investment as well. For more information and details, click the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck, and tell ’em you saw it on CSBFS!