Tagged: LeMans

Best of Both Worlds: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe L Side

When is a vintage Guzzi not really a vintage Guzzi? When it’s a combination of the old and the new, like this Moto Guzzi LeMans café bike. The relatively slow pace of development among many smaller manufacturers is at times very frustrating, and bikes at the end of a glacially slow production cycle can seem like dinosaurs.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe R Side Rear

But that same slow change can pay dividends down the road: long periods of slow improvement mean that those same dinosaurs are pretty well-developed by the time they’re finally replaced, and many updated components can be retrofitted to earlier machines, allowing a modern builder to take the best of each era and combine classic looks with improved reliability and performance.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe Dash

This is definitely true of the Tonti-framed Guzzis of the 70’s and 80’s, and the builder of this example has combined the classic look of the original LeMans with the updated, square-head motor from the donor LeMans III, here bored out to over 1000cc’s and fitted with twin-plug heads.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe L Side Engine

The word “agricultural” gets thrown around a lot with Guzzis but, in this case, that’s no bad thing: the tractor-like torque this nearly 1100cc motor should put a big smile on your face. And don’t assume that the pushrod valvetrain makes this thing a low-end-only proposition: a number of comparisons I’ve read between the LeMans and the Ducati 900SS comment on the fact that the Guzzi is actually the revvier of the two motors.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe Front Brakes

From the original eBay listing: 1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Café

True cafe racer and not only in looks. This bike was built in California with little expense spared. Based on a 1984 Lemans III, Allegedly over $10k spent on the engine, 1060cc, extensive twin plug head work, reworked gear box with silky smooth shifting, heavy duty starter, Olin shocks, twin floating front discs, single floating rear, Alloy tank from the Tank Shop in Scotland, Lemans I faring and Agostini tail piece, new Mikuni slide carbs w/chokes, wire rims, open exhaust, frame powder coated, battery moved to bottom of bike for better balance. I am selling this for a friend and although I have not ridden it I have ridden with him/it and BEHIND it, which is not  a common position for me and my modified BMW R1100s. It is a very fast bike. And I think for an experienced rider, in my opinion.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe Shock Detail

I’m not the biggest fan of the tail section on this bike, but that could easily be changed by the new owner, and the aluminum tank makes up for it in any case. There is a very minor dent as shown in the photo, but slight imperfections are part of the charm of a part like that.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe Tank Detail

I’d say if this goes for anywhere near the starting price of $6,000 it’s a good deal, considering the development that’s claimed to have gone into it, although at some point I’d want to see more documentation of exactly what went into the engine build.

-tad

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans Cafe L Side Front

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III for Sale

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Red R Side

I happen to be a big fan of the 70’s and 80’s Moto Guzzi LeMans series of bikes. While the shaft-drive, pushrods, and longitudinally-mounted engine may not read like the best recipe for a true sport bike, it could handle with the best bikes of the time, made competitive power, and made an ideal roadbike.

The different versions of the LeMans were not radical redesigns, but rather gradual styling and technological evolutions of an existing platform: the famous Lino Tonti-designed frame was used on Guzzis from the early 1970’s up until just a few years ago! Unfortunately this, along with the relative availability of parts, means that it’s pretty easy to fake various LeMans models, so be careful and do your homework before buying. There’s nothing wrong with a fake in theory, unless you’ve paid for the genuine article.

Twenty years from now, I wonder if the III’s won’t be rarer than the earlier versions, since they’ve been cheap for so long and are popular choices for Mark I-style conversions and hot-rod customs. They have all the higher-spec bits and have been really undervalued until very recently.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Red L Engine

The LeMans III was produced between 1981 and 1984, so this is the final year for this style. It represented a much more significant change to the platform, compared to the LeMans II/CX100 and featured the square cylinder head style seen on Guzzis of today. And while compression was decreased slightly to meet ever-growing emissions requirements, the LeMans III actually made more torque and horsepower due to improved manufacturing tolerances careful tuning that maximized available performance.

I’m still not convinced about the styling of that fairing from the front, but it was designed in a wind tunnel, and allows that huge dash to mount that white-faced tach. And we all should know by now how I feel about big Veglia tachs… The rest of the angular design has grown on me over the past couple of years and the LeMans III’s have been increasing in value of late.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Red Dash

This one isn’t in perfect shape, but looks good and should be easy to put right any details that aren’t.

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

 This bike sat in a barn for 15 years. Aprox. 39000 miles. I acquired it and got it running and clean up a bit. I am not a Guzzi guy so I have no interest in doing a full restoration even though it is the perfect candidate. What I have done to the bike,(Rebuilt the carbs with all new internals jets floats…, new air pods because thats what it had when I got it, throttle cables, ignition switch, glass wind shield, fuel valves/lines, spark plugs/caps/wires, new used instrument light strip, and new battery. The bike shows great and you could enjoy it as it sits or do a detailed restoration. Runs great, starts right up in freezing cold. I have horns with it but they are not hooked up. I do not know if they are original. Also have a box of parts with some type of plastic deflector, vacuum hose and starter cover. The bike seems to be all original except for the air pods but I am not an expert.

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Red Tank

Ooh look: videos! http://youtu.be/tYG_ILgtmL0  ,http://youtu.be/bR4RaFwiTKY

All-in-all this is what looks like a very solid example. I actually prefer the LM III in white, but you certainly can’t go wrong with a classic red Italian sportbike.

Vintage Guzzi sportbikes really are great classic bikes. They can do big miles, handle as well as anything from the period, sound amazing, require minimal maintenance, and are a breeze to work on. With those heads sticking out in the breeze, even serious top-end work is simple, and shaft drive means you won’t need to worry about keeping a chain lubed up during nasty weather.

-tad

1984 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Red L Side

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

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer for Sale

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Front

If you’re looking to collect a sporty Guzzi big twin, the V7 Sports and LeMans are the ones to have.  If you’re on a budget, aren’t concerned about originality, don’t mind scouring eBay, and are handy, you can have a great, usable machine you won’t be afraid to thrash for much less…

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe R Side

The Lino Tonti-framed Guzzis have been in nearly continuous production since the V7 Sport, and all of the late 70’s bikes make great foundations for replicas and customs, with a wide variety of sporting parts available: Tommaselli clip-ons, replacement V7 and LeMans tanks, rearsets, LaFranconi mufflers, Agostini gears to replace the timing chain, bigger pistons…

This one’s just had most of the heavy lifting done for you.  Just maybe needs a coat of professional paint, a MotoGadget gauge to replace the clunky stockers, some detail work, and someone to ride it.

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Dash

The original eBay listing includes a long list of parts and work that has been done: 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer for Sale

I’m the 2nd owner of this bike, it was purchased new in 1976 at Drager’s Seattle, WA.

  • Agostini rear-sets
  • Tommaselli adjustable clip-ons
  • V7 Sport fuel tank, with new petcocks from MG Cycle. 
  • shaved and polished triple tree
  • polished aluminum headlight mounts
  • Fiberglass cafe seat from “Glass From The Past”
  • Carbs just rebuilt and synced, aluminum velocity stacks
  • Recent brakes and adjusted
  • Braile carbon fiber battery
  • Renthal grips
  • Chrome fin guards from MG Cycle
  • Fresh oil change and filter
  • Engine compression tested, very good!
  • Avon venom tires, plenty of tread still on them
  • Recent fork seals and dust caps
  • Cat eye taillight and plate holder, upgraded turn signals(one came loose, gorilla taped it) stock headlight
  • Bub exhaust 
  • Lowered stock gauges(the tack has a cracked lens, but works fine)
  • Shortened stock front fender
  • NGK steering damper
  • Lots of other little stuff fixed and new

This is exactly the sort of thing I’m planning to do someday: find a nice 1970’s T, slap on a nice V7 Sport or LeMans tank, and cafe it up!  Mine would have the later twin-disc front end, have slash-cut mufflers, a dual seat, and Aston Martin green paint on the tank, but otherwise this is the look I love for old Guzzis.

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Engine Close

Bidding is at about $3,700 with four days left and the reserve not yet met.  This would make a great rider as-is or be the perfect basis for a really classy vintage machine like the ones from Kaffeemaschine or Officine Rosso Puro.  I’m not sure where the seller has the reserve set, but if you’re in the market for something that offers lantern-jawed good looks, easy parts availability, and usability, keep an eye on this one.

-tad

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Steering Damper

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans for Sale

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Silver R Side

Moto Guzzi’s LeMans I is one of my all time favorite motorcycles: the low, lean and muscular silhouette, bulging cylinders, and period-skinny tires make a powerful impression.  Throw in stable handling and famous durability, and you have a bike that can be showcased in your living room or do double-duty as a weekend touring machine.

The LeMans was designed to be Guzzi’s sporting standard bearer in the late 1970’s big bore bike wars.  The famous Tonti frame was so effective, Guzzi used it well into the modern era: it allowed the motor to be set very low for good handling and aggressive looks, and detachable lower frame rails made major maintenance relatively straightforward for such a compact machine.

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Silver Front1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Silver Rear

Unfortunately, the ubiquity of this frame and widespread availability of parts means that it is relatively easy to faithfully “recreate” these iconic machines.  In fact, as prices on original machines rise, it becomes even more important to do your research before shelling out big bucks on a real LeMans.

This particular machine looks great, but is a bit of a question mark.  The seller mentions it is a LeMans, but is it a Mark I or MarkII/CX1000?  1978 brought on a redesign of the bike to update styling and address some of the original bike’s shortcomings, but many of the later bikes have been retrofitted to match the earlier, more popular style.

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Silver Dash

This one’s VIN does not appear to fit into the Mark I’s VIN number range: VE11111 to VE13040 [per Mick Walker’s Illustrated Moto Guzzi Buyer’s Guide], and the black fork legs should belong to the later model, although the brakes are in front of the fork legs, not behind them as on the Mark II/CX1000.  In addition, the red frame and silver paint combo, while very attractive, was not available on the Mark I from the factory.  The Mark I came in bright red, with a very few ice blue and white models making their way to the US [all with black frames], so this bike has very likely been repainted at some point.

From the original eBay listing: 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans for Sale.

Always garage kept. Just had the tranny spring replaced as well as the tires, battery, fluids, and brake pads. Carbs were rebuilt and was told the clutch looks good. This machine sounds like no other bike on the road. Runs good and pulls like a train. This use to be my only bike but now is 1 of a few and it deserves to be ridden not just admired. That’s where you come in. Have been asked over the years to sell her but now is the time. The Bad is that while attempting to bleed the brakes 2 of the bleeders snapped off. I do not have the tools to undertake this task. If you know a mechanic they have the correct tools for the job.

In any event, questions about originality aside, this looks to be a great looking, well-maintained machine with low mileage.  Assuming the bidding doesn’t get out of hand, this might be the perfect way to get into classic Guzzi ownership.

-tad

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Silver L Side Engine

 

Extremely Low-Mileage1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans for Sale

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Front

I love older Moto Guzzi sportbikes.  Okay, I like pretty much all Guzzis really: cruise-y Eldorados and Ambassadors, jack-of-all-trade-y T3’s, thumpy old, externally flywheel-d Falcones.  But I obviously have a special place in my heart for the sporty V7’s and LeMans bikes.  Big, thumping V-twins, long, low looks, stable handling, and bags of personality.

But unlike many famous and desirable vintage machines, the classic Guzzi’s aren’t fragile: their clunky, tractor-like character means they eat up the miles with gusto, and most have racked up some pretty serious miles, by classic-bike standards.

But not this one.  1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans for Sale

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans R Side

According to the seller, this machine has less than 2,800 miles on it from new, and it sounds like he knows his Guzzis:

Check this boy out!  I bought this bike from a seller that wanted to refuse delivery after it was paid for because he found out I was putting new tires on it at the dealer that handled the sale for him.  He had owned it since 1992 and put not one mile on it.  Seems he couldn’t believe I would ride this piece of history.  He didn’t.  The milage at my purchase was exactly what it had been at his over 15 years earlier.  I still have the factory tires that I took off with 2300 miles on them (included).  They look new but of course are suited only for display or trash.  This bike is totally original and has never been apart.  The front brake master cylinder was replaced at the dealer correctly, just before I bought it.  I have ownership and service docs from new.  The front fender and cowl were repainted in my custody after an enclosed trailer incident (stupid me) scratched them.  Perfect undetectable match.  Every other bit of finish is factory.  It starts and runs beautifully and everything works as it should.  I have put about 400 miles on it mostly 10-12 at a time except for a Bear Tooth turnaround (~200).  It is quite exceptional as a rider.  Light and much quicker steering than Guzzis are typically credited for.  Great brakes and actually about the best shifting Guzzi trans I have ridden.  That may not be saying much but as tractor like as they often are I think shift quality varies and is a matter of the luck of assembly at the factory that day.  At any rate this one is good (I have had quite a number of Guzzis) and certainly better than any of the BMW airhead rock crushers of the day.  I have misc odds and ends as well as the tires, docs from new, and the original seat.  The seats were one piece of cast rubber with the finish actually in the casting.  This one is cracked across just between the rider and passenger seat. I think this was typical.  The seat on it is genuine leather and quite nice in comfort and appearance.  The boys at MG Cycle have new repops just like the original.   I guess if you are collecting you want to call MG.  If you are riding you will like this one.

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans Dash

Interestingly, the owner claims the bike has “lighter and much quicker steering than Guzzis are typically credited for.”  You’d think it would, considering the bicycle-skinny tires fitted to this classic superbike!  I’d read an article in Bike magazine once that old Guzzi’s, owing to their relaxed steering geometry and long wheelbase, “turn like a plank in a swimming pool.”  Obviously, these things are relative, and what turns more sharply than a modern 600cc sportbike they were likely using as a benchmark, anyway?

1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans L Side

Bidding’s up over $11,000 with a few days to go.  This one sounds like a great collector, although it’s hard to tell from the pretty limited photos…

I love Guzzis, but I think I’d just find myself a solid T3 and turn it into a V7 replica to ride the wheels off of: this is one for the collectors out there, since it seems a shame to rack up miles on it.

-tad

1984 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III for Sale

 

 

 

 

 

 

A very nice Moto Guzzi LeMans III is up for sale on eBay, but time is short!

The LM III was made between 1981-1984, so this is the last year of this particular bodywork.  I prefer the Mark I’s, but this is definitely my favorite of all the later LeMans bikes and it looks very sharp in white, like crisp origami.  While not a complete, ground-up redesign, the LeMans III was a major reworking of the flagship model, whereas the LM II/CX100 was primarily a cosmetic upgrade.  The LM III incorporated new square cylinder heads that set the style for Guzzi motors through today and, though the compression was decreased slightly, torque and horsepower were both increased slightly due to improved breathing and superior manufacturing techniques employed during production that made the most of the existing design.

While the styling maintained the sleek café pose and bikini fairing of the original LeMans, it was updated with a significantly more angular look that was developed in Guzzi’s wind tunnel: note the small winglet spoilers that were intended to deflect air over the cylinder heads.  The dash was significantly changed, from a bare-bones pair of gauges to a much more modern dash made of rubber that was touted as a safety feature and featured a very classy white Veglia tach paired with a smaller speedo and voltmeter.

The ad is very comprehensive and suggests a knowledgeable owner: 1984 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III for Sale.

The seller does mention some minor carburetor problems that don’t sound like they should deter any enthusiastic buyer:

I bought new additional parts parts including a stucchi seat, as well as new parts to recondition the carbs which have all been installed.  The most I’ve ridden this bike is about a few miles or so since I’ve had it and I just don’t have time to enjoy it.  Some finishing is needed in regards to setting up the carbs.  All the parts are new inside of the Dellortos, except for the slides which I also wanted to replace, but MG Cycle didn’t have them in stock.  The bike runs a little rough at idle and I think the float heights need to be set as well as the carbs needing to be synched.  When I was riding it and rolled on the throttle, it pulled great.  The original floats were 10g, but MG Cycle only had 8.5g floats…I’m not sure if the lighter floats made a difference to the way it runs at idle.

These Mark III bikes are just starting to see a rise in popularity and value: just a few years ago, you could get a decent Mark I bike for the $7,500 asking price shown. Until recently, the Mark II and III bikes have been cheap enough that they end up being modified into good LeMans I replicas, bastardized into bad ones, or chopped up by hot rodders of various skill levels.  The “Buy It Now” price seems a bit on the high side, but this one looks to be in excellent shape and these are likely to increase in value as the striking 1980’s style goes from being simply “dated” to being considered “classic.”

-tad

 

1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans

When I first got into Motorcycles I didn’t care for the looks of the Moto Guzzi V-twin or the shaft drive. I didn’t discount them as a well made bike, just something I didn’t think I’d want to own. Then I saw this bike and read of it’s background and I am sold. The seller is very descriptive.

1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans MK1 for sale on eBay

1976 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans 1 (engine #070695)

One of the classic Italian sport bikes.

First year of the 850 LeMans (with round CEV tail light)

I have owned the bike for the past 23 years having purchased it in October of 1989. During that time it has been maintained by well known and regarded east coast (CT) mechanic Phil Cheney (now at Max BMW in Ct.). The odometer shows 32,607 miles of which I put on approximately 4,000.

In 1995 I had the bike refreshed cosmetically, painting the frame, tank, fenders, fairing etc and the wheels were bead blasted and repainted as well. At the same time a dyna electronic ignition was added.

It has a couple of interesting parts:

1)  it has the very rare straight cut close ratio gear set/transmission (#ZD26073)

2)  it has a BUB exhaust (which has been jet hot coated and sounds incredible).

The tires have less than 50 miles on them and the rear shocks are new as well (Icons)

The bike is in generally excellent condition.

The warts ?

1)  There is a dent in the bezel of the tachometer (it was there when i bought it) (see photo)

2)  there is a small scratch on the right side of the tail section (see photo)

3)  there are some minor scratches on the jet hot coating of the right exhaust where some boxes were set against the pipe while stored (the bike has never been down) (see photo)

4)  The paint is flaking off of the 850 LeMans badging on the right side panel (see photo)

5)  The metal on the some of the lines shows light rusting (see photos)

6)  The seat is from a MK II and has been recovered in leather (on the bike when I bought it). Not really a wart as most of the original MK I seats cracked where the seat met the tank and have generally been replaced.

Also with the bike will come a complete set of workshop manuals as well as a Haynes manual.

Such a unique bike, with the injection molded seat looking part of the tank and the flat black pipes. It’s like they new exactly what people wanted and gave it to them. I could just look at it all day but if it were mine more time would be spend riding it I’m sure.

Happy Bidding! Click here.

~Buck

Reader Ride: 1976 Moto Guzzi LeMans M1

One of our favorites, the Moto Guzzi LeMans hardly needs an introduction around here. Brent emailed if we’d list it and of course I’m always happy to help with a piece like this!

From the seller:

Hello,

I would like to submit my father’s 76 Guzzi LeMans M1 for your review. I am attaching several photos of it to accompany the ad.

Here are the particulars that he has given me so far:

850cc engine that has been fitted with a 1000cc Factory Big Bore kit
48k+ miles
40mm Dell’ortto Carbs
K and N Air Filters
Arlette Rear Sets
All 3 Rotors are machine bored for ventilation
New Brake Caliper Pucks
Harpers Outside Oil Filter Kit
Bar-End Mirrors
New Michelin Tires (<200 miles) He is asking in the neighborhood of $8500 for it. He lives in Tucson and needs to have the buyer pick up the bike. Brent

If you’re interested, please email the seller.

Good luck with the sale Brent! If you have a classic sport bike for sale, email us and we’ll see about getting yours on the site too.

dc

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!

MI