1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III – $6500 chasingmotorcycles.com

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Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

1983 Moto Guzzi Le Mans III – $6500

A ChasingMotorcycles Exclusive Listing. Now on eBay at this link…

This bike was featured in Motorcycle Classics Magazine. has 21,xxx miles. I have a copy of that edition as well as Dave Richardson’s Guzziology that I will include.  ( update!  The bike is located in the Denver, CO area )

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1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans

Dell’Orto PHM 36mm pumpers

Bub Exhaust

Bitubo inserts

Tommaselli Domino Dual-line Throttle

New Metzler Front Lazer – New Dunlop Rear

What’s not stock: |Front brake lever and master cylinder, but still have the original Brembo model | Rear blinkers | Mirrors – nice quality matching bar end models | On/Off/Start switch |

Flaws: | Paint in general, but tank and side covers original |rear fender was cracked and repaired above tailight | Ready for complete restore, investment or daily driver.

I don’t want to deal with a bunch of local yokels who want to haggle or try to get a ride. I bought another bike, a Triumph Trident with 4600 miles in perfect condition and can’t keep both. If I don’t sell the Guzzi in a few weeks, I will keep it, restore it completely and sell the Trident.

Excerpt from a recent review…

Guzzi launched the 850 Le Mans Mk II in 1978, following it up with the Mk III in 1980. They also made Le Mans 1000 Mk IV and Mk V models in 1984 and 1988, but rather than the earlier 844cc engines, the Le Mans 1000s were fitted with slightly more powerful 949cc v-twins. Over the years, the Le Mans also got some styling tweaks, air-assisted suspension, linked brakes, and marginally better electrics.

But the sexier, more stylish 850 Le Mans – and not the later Le Mans 1000 – is most definitely the bike to have.

Good 1970s/80s models go for around US$8,000 – 10,000 these days, and for fans of classic Italian sportbikes, those old 850 Le Mans should be well worth the money…

Look at these pics and you’ll probably understand why we’re in love with the 850 Le Mans.

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With Moto Guzzi’s traditional shaft-drive, telescopic forks at the front, adjustable twin rear shocks, and proper Italian-superbike styling, the racy-looking 850 Le Mans was fast and fun. Top speed was about 210km/h, and while racer-style ergonomics and stiff suspension meant that the 225-kilo Le Mans wasn’t very comfortable, it handled at least reasonably well. (For that era, riding on the tyres available in those days, and other such clichés as applicable…) It also cost US$3,700 back in 1976, which wasn’t exactly inexpensive!

The 1983 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans MkIII. It’s just so, so cool…

Contact Ray Roske  — rayroske@gmail.com

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