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1956 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale

Posted on December 15, 2013 by tad

Moto Guzzi traditionally named their small-displacement bikes after small birds, in this case the bunting, a colorful little thing that looks like this:

It was launched in 1953 and featured a 98cc completely square 50mm x 50mm bore and stroke put a mere 4bhp through a three speed box, but it made up for a lack of outright power by being highly flexible, reliable, and economical, injecting a bit of style and class into the budget-minded small-bore class.

It is un restored, unmolested, and as far as I can tell 100% original.  It has been sponge cleaned.  Ride or display.  I have not started it.

  The brakes work (albeit not as you would expect from a modern bike), the throttle grip turns, and it turns over.  The electrical wires are in place but disconnected in order to ship from Italy.  I have not started it.

Tires are holding air, are not significantly dry rotted.  I imagine the speedometer reading is wrong but it is titled and registered with that reading.  It has been stored and parked in the US inside and under cover, mostly in a living room.

It has some of the patina and dings of a 57 year old motorcycle, but in good non abused condition.  No seat tears (very minor, small tuft seen in photo, size of a 12 font O).  Inside tank seems fine.

  It is a clean and rust free example with all the original bits, including an old satchel of tools.  I have the grab cable for passenger, not seen in photos.  This is the only part I am unclear if original from manufacturer.

The “Lusso” model like the one for sale was red, the standard model was a more subtle grey. Spares can be very difficult to find for these, and they’re certainly not capable of anything like modern, high-speed travel. But they’re charming and well-made, and would certainly be way more fun around town than a modern scooter…

There’s very little time left on this auction, with very little interest so far, which seems a shame. Move quickly if you’ve got room in your garage for this little survivor and the skills to get it back on the road where it belongs.

-tad

1977 Moto Guzzi 850 T3 Le Mans Replica for Sale

Posted on November 19, 2013 by tad

Oh look! A shiny Moto Guzzi Le…  Hmmmm…  What’s this?  It’s really a T3?

  Moto Guzzi’s line of Lino Tonti-framed sports motorcycle stretches back to the original V7 Sport and includes the iconic LeMans models.  Less well-remembered are the T-models, with their slightly bland looks and very 70′s color palette.  But these bread-and-butter bikes, aside from their cheaper suspension components and slightly detuned engines, are basically built on the bones of their more exciting brothers.

I’ve mentioned before the interchangeability of parts for these bikes, how easy it is to recreate one of the more collectible Guzzis from a more pedestrian model, if one were so inclined and felt like hunting down the requisite parts. Replica fuel tanks, side panels, exhaust systems: everything is easily found online and relatively affordable.  A big-bore kit and a good mechanical freshening and you could have yourself a very authentic looking and performing classic without the “numbers matching” expense.

I’ve been planning to do this myself, have the T3 all picked out and everything, and this one looks pretty much like what I’d…  Wow.  $8,000 Buy It Now?  That’s pretty steep.

BASED ON A 1977 MOTO GUZZI 850  T3 THIS  850 SPORT/LEMANS CLONE .IS SUPER FUN BIKE TO  RIDE.  PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN GREAT EARLY PRODUCTION MATCHING #s 103002


CORBIN SEAT

TANK FENDERS  SIDE COVERS  ALL HAVE  FRESH PAINT

FRAME PAINT IN A MATTE BLACK

REBUILT  DELLORTO 30MM VHB

REBUILT TRANSMISSION (CHARLIE COLE)

NEWER TIRES

ALLOY WHEELS  

STAINLESS SPOKES 

LOW MILES

NEW BATTERY

REBUILT FRONT FORKS

NEW PROGRESSIVE  SHOCKS 

SCOTTS STEERING DAMPNER

HIGH PERFORMANCE LAFRANCONIA EXHAUST SYSTEM 

TAROZZI REARS SETS

TAROZZI CLIP-ONS

POLISHED TREES

REBUILT BREMBO BRAKE SYSTEM

STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES (UNLINKED)

READY TO RIDE

I think his buy it now price is pretty optimistic, given the parts involved. It’s a really great-looking bike but I think the seller might have his/her sights set a bit too high. There are some pretty fire-breathing, hot-rod Guzzi’s out there with high-compression, big-valve 1000cc engines.

One of those might be worth the nearly $8,000 “Buy It Now” price, but it feels a bit high for a “Le Mans Mock I.” Pricing for nice T’s is on the rise though, so I’ll be interested to see how the bidding goes on this one.

-tad

1959 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale

Posted on October 17, 2013 by tad

The Moto Guzzi Zigolo is really a “sportbike” only in a loose sense, but fun, frugal and hey, it’s a Guzzi.  The Zigolo was a small-displacement, two-stroke bike launched in 1953 as a follow up to the Guzzi’s “Guzzino 65″ an extremely frugal machine that helped get Italians back on the road after WWII, with over 200,000 produced.  The Zigolo was a much more sophisticated machine: more “small motorcycle,” less “bicycle with a motor.”

The seller has some good information about this model and this particular machine in his original eBay listing: 1959 Moto Guzzi Zigolo for Sale

My understanding is that the Zigolo was never officially imported and that consequently there are very few in the U.S. I mean very few like a dozen. Maybe some Guzzi expert will see this and shed some light; what I do know is that I’ve had it in a couple parts of the country and of all the hundreds of people – expert or otherwise – who just have to approach me every time I park it, no one has ever seen one in person, if at all.

I’ve never cared about how rare it may or may not be, I just love the bike and have tried to honor it. I feel pretty safe in saying that, with a couple small exceptions, this is a 100% unmolested original. I replaced the tires, brake, throttle and clutch cables, all of which were basically unsafe when I bought it.

I’m pretty sure the spark plug and wire have also been changed, but not by me. I think you should be able to see by the tire photos how many miles I’ve put on it. Of course you can’t be sure because there is obviously no odometer, but suffice to say not many.

As you may know, many of the Guzzi’s of this era were named after birds. Zigolo translates to Bunting, which is what you see where the speedometer would ordinarily be. I can tell you without hesitation that of the half-dozen or so vintage bikes I’ve owned, this is without question the most reliable. Even at times where it hasn’t been ridden for 6 months, it starts in about 6 kicks. Seriously.

It’s hard not to wear a smile on this thing, but at 54 years-old and 98cc’s, you’re not going to be setting any speed records. I don’t really know what to tell you about it that you can’t generally see. It’s a pretty straightforward 2 stroke single and it runs like a top. It’s my belief that the seat will be structurally useable, but the upholstery is definitely shot.

It has numbers on the frame and the engine, which match.

The Zigolo had a horizontally mounted motor like it’s bigger, four-stroke brothers for a low center-of-gravity and good cooling, and put its modest power through a three-speed box, with top speed about 50mph.  It was lightweight, reliable and relatively fast for a machine of its class, with a powerband defined by a surprising flexibility.  In 1958, the Zigolo became first series production bike to use a chrome plated cylinder removing the need for a cast-iron liner.

  With the revised motor, 100mpg was easily achievable.

The seller claims that these are extremely rare in the US.  Assuming you keep the limitations of a 1950′s 100cc motorcycle in mind, this is a very useable little bike: the Zigolo was designed as practical transport for the masses.  Parts availability may be an issue, but I doubt that many bikes this old don’t present at least some problems in this regard.

Plus: you’ll have a rare as all get-out bike with a tiny bird plaque instead of a speedometer!

-tad

One-Owner 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 for Sale!

Posted on October 10, 2013 by tad

I’m a huge fan of Moto Guzzi’s V7 Sport, and I can never pass up the opportunity to post them up when I find one for sale!  It just has the perfect combination of low and lean looks, v-twin sound, and solid engineering that, to me, captures everything I love about vintage bikes.

Moto Guzzi V50 Custom
Moto Guzzi V50 Custom

Although they do seem to pop up for sale with startling regularity, considering their relative rarity…

The V7 Sport was the first in a line of sporting v-twin motorcycles.  It used the existing motor, with displacement reduced slightly and compression bumped to provide a genuine 52hp at the wheel.  The real innovation was Lino Tonti’s frame, that gave the bike it’s unmistakable silhouette and handling to compete on the world stage.

  After the initial run of nearly hand-made, red-framed Teliao Rosso bikes, the V7 Sport went into serial production.

From the original eBay listing: One-Owner 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

Purchased new in April of 1973, meticulously maintained for years; rubber fittings, tires and hoses, cables, etc renewed as required; re-painted and re-chromed in the 90s. Just completely gone over last month by Eric at Speed Demon Cycles in Bloomfield , CT (

$1200 invoice available by request).

Runs strong and looks good; some minor rust and pitting; needs detailing for a truly great appearance

The pipes and starter are replacements, but everything else is kosher and I have the original Silentium mufflers, pipes and crossover, the original carburetor stacks and an after-market chrome luggage rack to fit.

Also have the rider’s handbook, tools (but not the fabric pouch), a xeroxed shop manual, applicable Chilton’s Guide, the original Premier Motor Corporation color one-page and several magazine reviews.

This one has the earlier drum brake.  It’s reputed to be pretty effective when set up correctly, and offers more classic looks, but the later twin discs are probably a better bet for back-road scratchers…

Considering how many of these weren’t made, compared to more pedestrian versions like the touring-oriented T3, there are a surprising number of V7′s that come up for sale in good condition.  As always: caveat emptor.   It’s possible to make a very nice-looking replica Sport from the lesser models and many have done so.

This one seems to have a nice patina.  It’s not perfect, but it looks like a well cared for, original machine.  New paint is mentioned in the ad, but it’s clear that the bike hasn’t been over-restored.

  I’d just track down a set of pattern “shark-gill” mufflers to complete the look and go for a ride!

-tad

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 LeMans 1

Posted on September 9, 2013 by Brian

This 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans 1 may be from Italy, but there is something about the Red and Black combination which makes it more then just an Italian bike. It looks tougher, more rough and ready to rumble. Not something you think of when you think of Italians.

From the seller

As the saying goes, “the bike is only original once!”

GOOD LUCK EVER FINDING A LEMANS 1 THIS ORIGINAL AGAIN!

I PURCHASED THIS BIKE IN JULY 1978 IN LOS ANGELES WITH 3,000 MILES FROM THE ORIGINAL OWNER (A CALIFORNIA HIGHWAY PATROLMAN WHO WAS HOT TO GET THE NEW 1978 SUZUKI GS1000 SUPERBIKE)

THIS BIKE HAS COMPLETELY ORIGINAL PAINT (FRAME, PLASTICS, RED TANK, EMBLEMS ETC)

OTHER THAN THE FOLLOWING:

The black paint on the top and bottom of the tank is new due to old tank bag wear marks, ORIGINAL RED PAINT IS PERFECT!

The Orange of the front faring has been painted black as well as the inside

THE ORIGINAL OWNER DID THE FOLLOWING:

The alternator and valve covers have been painted a textured semigloss black

There is black pin stripeing on the wheels (very hard to notice)

There is some red detailing on some of the brake banjo bolts and rotor bolts

First offered in 1976 the Le Mans Mark I did not get its moniker until 1980 when the Mark II came out, but was know at the factory as the 850 Le Mans. The first generation was broken up into series 1 with a rounder tail light, and this apparent series 2 with a square tail light. 71bhp delivered from the Mark I engine would deliver the rider and bike at about 130mph, a factory café racer which did the job.

This 1978 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1 is offered up by its long time owner. Check out the auction for more pictures an a little more description of what to expect when it rolls of the transport into your garage. BB

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