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Moto Guzzi Le Mans III

Moto Guzzi

Moto is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer was established in 1921 in Mandello del by the Como Lake at the foot of the in northern Italy.


the ’30s it was the biggest, and until the it was the dominant marque amongst motorcycle manufacturers. The engineer, and Carlo Guzzi’s first was a horizontal single, that in a of guises dominated the first 45 of the company’s history. From the the company used racing to their brand.

Moto won 3,329 official races, 14 Championships and 11 times the Tourist

Until the mid ’40s, the traditional four … single 500 cc engines outfitted with one and one side valve were the performance orientated machines Moto Guzzi sold to the public. At the same time the racing team and private were furnished with all of racing machines which a plethora of overhead cam, valve configurations and cylinder culminating in the mythic 500 cc dohc V8 ended the Guzzi racing era in when the factory withdrew racing for financial reasons.

The period after World War 2, was in Mandello del Lario as elsewhere in war Europe. The solution was production of lightweights. The ’46 Motoleggera, a 65 cc motorcycle became hugely in postwar Italy. A 4 … 175 cc known as the Galetto was a stable as well.

Though relatively for Guzzis, these, and all other were relatively upmarket and quality in their corner of the

Similarity to BMW

Historically, much of Guzzi’s production has gone to the army and police. The horizontal and from the seventies the V2, has been the motorcycle of Italy.

1960 to present

The company specializes in 90° V-twin engines. The V-twin was designed in the early by engineer Giulio Cesare . designer of the fabulous V8 racer. The transverse V-twin, pushrod started out with 700 cc displacement and 45 hp.

engine was designed to win a competition for a new bike sponsored by the Italian The sturdy V-twin easily won and the firm from extinction. original engine has been developed into the 1200 cc 80 hp offered today (2006).

In a small block version was as the V50. This design was the for the 750 Breva and Nevada engines.


The company has produced over models since its inception. One of most famous machines has the Le Mans . This model was a development of the 1971 750 V7 Sport by Guzzi engineer Lino . The V7 Sport was planned as the first speed, 200 kg, 200 kmph, production With it’s disc and additional displacement, the 850 Le Mans up to the promise of the V7 Sport.

When the Le debuted in 1976 it was among the 5 performing road bikes

Moto Guzzi Le Mans III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans III

Six versions of the Le Mans have produced, designated I, II, III, IV, V and V11 Le The I, II and III are 850 cc, the IV and V are 1000 cc and the V11 Le Mans is 1064 cc. The two models had rounded barrels the latter have squared All models have shaft Early models use 36 or 40 mm Dellorto but the late model V11 Le Mans are injected.

All the machines in this series are regarded for their styling and

In the ’80s and ’90s the California were the biggest sellers. The model appeared in 1972, and was on a model sold to the L.A. deparment. The combination of European and manouverability coupled with back American styling has this model its cult all over the world.

Engine and speed

Although many Guzzis as old fashioned, it has been that a well maintained engine can prove to be highly Several machines have over 200,000 miles basic maintenance. The service of the older models is 3000 km and if schedule is maintained the engine, due to its simplicity, will last.

After 1975 (from T models) all models were with a proper oil filter, helps considerably on longevity, to the early models which had a sieve. Later models improved greatly on the service (today between 8,000-10,000


After financial since the late ’60s, the was bought by the Argentinian industrialist de Tomaso in 1972. A period of control by an American investment in the ’90s was put to an end by the takeover by a competitive Aprilia, in 2000. In 2004 the group took over forming Europe’s biggest two manufacturer.

The investments made by owners seem to bear as new models are now (2006) appearing at a not seen in recent years. The Breva 750, 2005 1100 and Griso 1100, Norge 1200 are all-new with competitive engineering and allthough the strong heritage/image to be the key to survival for the small Italian by the romantic Como lake.

Moto Guzzi Le Mans III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans III

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