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Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked

1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans For Sale

Posted on November 22, 2011 by tad

I was prowling around, looking for something interesting to pick up for my fantasy garage and stumbled across this Moto Guzzi Le Mans.  I’ve written about them before, but this pristine, low-mileage example grabbed my attention.  Then I noticed the “Buy It Now” price…

Go here for the original listing on eBay: 1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans For Sale

This bike is rare, appears to have undergone a thorough restoration, and looks immaculate, if the photos and the description are to be believed.  The mileage is very low for such a usable machine, but a $24,800 BIN?  That is very serious money for a Le Mans, almost twice what I’ve seen the nicest examples going for previously.

  For that money, they could have at least used the European front headlamp that sits flush with the curve of the fairing, instead of jutting out awkwardly…  Damn US safety regulations!

From the original listing:

This bike was found and restored by Guy Fravile in Connecticut, a long time and well respected Moto Guzzi expert. Guy did not spend all this time and effort to sell the bike. When Guy road the finished machine to the Italian Bike Day Show in Sturbridge Mass two things happened that day… Guy won “best in class” and “best of show” and I purchased the bike while still on the field.

I have had the great honor of owning it ever since.

The bike has been shown and awarded at the Greenwich Concour, while living on the East coast, and at the famous Quail Concour in Carmel, Pebble Beach, as well as the Quail Motorcycle Gathering and the Concour on Ocean Avenue in Carmel by the Sea.

The owner of this particular machine sounds very enthusiastic, although I’d take issue with his claim that “current Guzzi’s have lost all of their brand magic”: while the engine and transmission have undergone a process of constant refinement over the years, the bikes retain the air-cooled, longitudinally-mounted, shaft-drive layout of the classic Le Mans.  If the V11 Sport I rode recently is any indication of the sound and feel of Guzzi’s current line up, I’d say aficionados have little to fear.

Introduced in 1976, the Le Mans was Moto Guzzi’s premier sporting machine of the era, a follow up to the iconic V7 Sport.  Only about 6000 Mark I Le Mans were made between ’76 and ‘78, most of which were red, with a few ice blue and a couple white machines thrown into the mix.  It was not the fastest bike of the day, but it was characterful, stylish, and capable of making very good time over the road, with a combination of usable power and rock-steady handling.

V-twin Guzzi’s are striking machines, with their finned, air-cooled cylinders sticking out into the breeze by the rider’s knees.  Yes, if you have long legs, they can toast your shins.  And yes, the torque reaction of the longitudinal crankshaft and driveshaft can be felt in turns.  But they have bags of individuality and, now as then, they can be very quick in real-world conditions and you should be prepared to answer questions whenever you stop for gas or a bite to eat…

It’s clearly a very nice bike that’s being offered here, and it appears that no expense has been spared on the restoration or maintenance.  But we’ll see if the owner can find a buyer willing to offer him Ducati 900SS money for this Le Mans.


1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport For Sale

Posted on November 4, 2011 by tad

I’d recently posted about a very nice MotoGuzzi V7 Sport replica for sale up on eBay, but this week, we’ve got the real thing!  This one appears to be unrestored and in very good condition.  As the seller says, “It can only be original once.”

Original, unrestored cars and bikes with patina can be worth more than over-restored, better-than-new machines.  In many cases, the bikes and cars that now trade for insane amounts of money, including Ferraris, were far from perfect: asymmetrical fenders left side to right side, flaws in the paint, thin chrome…  a complete lack of undercoating [see: 1950’s and 1960’s Alfa Romeos]…  These machines were not intended at the time to be hoarded by collectors fifty years in the future and they were not perfect.

So many collectors are looking for machines like this: time-capsules, machines as they came from the factory.  Or as close to that ideal as possible.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is a classic 1970’s sportbike, a long and lean bike that took the proven v-twin, filled it with highly tuned internals, and stuffed it into a freshly designed frame that endowed the bike with stable handling.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport For Sale From the ad:

Elegant, sophisticated, classic – a rare collectible.

For sale, the much sought after Moto Guzzi V7 Sport in beautiful original condition. it can only be original once.

Hot or cold – it starts every time and runs very strong. 

It is complete with the signature swan neck bars and 4 leading shoe (4LS) front brake, snuff box hand switches, folding foot pegs, right foot gear shift, triangular side covers still with original brand stickers, and many other details which make it the first Tonti model by moto guzzi.

i’ve owned countless Guzzi models – Loops, Tontis, and even Spines – but none had the charisma and presence this V7 Sport has.

1973 with 31,600 adult-ridden miles, clear California title in hand.

The bike is located in San Francisco, California.

Needs new tires. Clocks’ visor is chipped but I have another which isn’t to go with the sale.

These are very usable classics with a reputation for reliability.  The paint on this one looks a little dull, as you might expect from paint almost forty years old, but the machine looks complete.  It’s a production V7 Sport, not one of the original, hand-made “teliao rosso”bikes, but it’s still a rare and desirable machine.

There are currently no bids on the bike, with only a couple of days left on the auction.  This might be a good chance to snap up a very desirable motorcycle at a relatively low price.


1976 Moto Guzzi 850 T3/Sport For Sale

Posted on October 25, 2011 by tad

The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport was a significant model in the evolution of the sportbike.  It was rare, with high-spec, hand-built components: sand-cast engine cases and high-compression pistons gave 52bhp at the rear wheel and took the bike to 120 mph and a massive front drum brake brought things to a halt.  The original run of 100 [open to debate] bikes had special frames, gear driven cam timing, and polished engine internals.

Racing lime green with a red frame, the Telaio Rosso bikes are rare, exotic, and very collectable.

But this is not one of those machines.

If you aren’t obsessed with originality, it’s very easy to fake a LeMans or V7 Sport: Moto Guzzi used the same, low and lean Lino Tonti-designed frame for many years.  A variant was even used on the recent Jackal cruiser.  Reproduction fuel tanks, side-panels, clip-ons, shark-gill mufflers, and seats are available.

  Just find yourself a clean T3 donor bike, buy a few grand worth of parts, put it all together and viola!

You get the look and feel of a super-rare classic, without the cost and risk of owning a piece of history: a minor crash doesn’t violate an irreplaceable landmark motorcycle.

See the original eBay ad: 1976 Moto Guzzi 850 T3/Sport

The T3 used for the conversion has been mechanically and cosmetically restored, providing a solid basis for the faux-Sport:

“The motor and transmission received new seals, new clutch, a new cylinders and pistons kit from MG Cycle (old cylinders had no plating left, new ones are Nikasil). The forks were updated with cartage and new seals. The shocks and seat are new (someone did some cutting to the old seat pan and I could not save it). I had the side covers made for this bike. Buchanan built the wheels with stainless spokes.

The brakes are new F08s front and rear with modern master cylinders and stainless lines. The bike has Lemons Tarozzi rear sets and Mistral reverse cone exhaust. Palo Alto Speedometer rebuilt the gauges.

Every bolt on the bike is stainless. The paint and all polish work look fantastic and the bike must be seen to appreciate it.”

This fake V7 Sport appears very nicely done, although the bars, instruments, brakes, and pipes are not very original-looking and give the game away.  I’d have used the correct swan-neck clip-ons and  Lafronconi pipes if it’d been my project…  It will likely make an excellent road bike, with more torque from the 850cc motor, up from the 750 of the original V7.

Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked
Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked


1981 Moto Guzzi V35 Imola For Sale

Posted on October 14, 2011 by tad

In the late 1970’s, Moto Guzzi introduced a line of small-bore bikes, but these were far more than simply sleeved-down versions of the big twins and shared virtually no components with their larger brethren.  The big twins followed typical practice: hemispherical combustion chambers and angled valves.  The V35’s and V50’s had “Heron” heads with parallel valves set into the flat surface of the head.

  Combustion in a Heron head motor takes place in the distinctive concave surface of the piston top.

This configuration leads to compact engine dimensions, good fuel economy, and a simpler manufacturing process.  Heron heads had been used previously on Jaguars and Moto Morinis,

Designed to take advantage of Italian tax laws, the V35 was smooth, frugal and sweet-handling, but not very fast.  It is extremely rare in the United States: the ad claims it may possibly be the only one in the country.

First produced in 1979, the little 350 put 33.6 hp through a 5speed gearbox, pushing the 350lb (dry) machine to a 99mph top speed if you were lying flat on the tank.

The bike is also fitted with Guzzi’s linked braking system: the front brake lever actuates only one of the front calipers, with the pedal operating the other front and the rear calipers.  A proportioning valve prevents rear-wheel lock up.  It is a simple system, but apparently very effective and most bikes so fitted, including the original LeMans, retain this system.

From the original ad:

“Exceptional condition with only 4466 original mile (7191 kms on the speedo).  All original and correct. Very nice paint except for a couple of blemishes on the right side battery cover.

Good running and riding condition. Not quite as quick as the common MONZA model but still a friendly docile bike. Factory claimed top speed about 95 mph but the Imola is not about speed.

350cc overhead valve V twin. 5 speed. Electric start. Owner’s manual in Italian.

This bike has the hard to find sports fairing that is much better looking than the standard version.”

A very slick machine in excellent condition and well worth checking out if you never knew Guzzi made these little bikes.


Sporty Tourer: 1987 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000

Posted on July 30, 2011 by Mike

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.

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!

Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked
Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked
Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked
Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked
Moto Guzzi V11 Sport Naked

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