Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 — Vintage Motorcycles Online

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

Mandello’s last Lemon was the

A s the most popular production Guzzi ever, the Le Mans as a vivid backdrop against the tides of technology. Reluctant to the regime in Mandello produced in an ancient complex trimmed gingerbread valence and lace

The first generation, built 1976 and 1992 was based on a yet brilliant engineering formula began with Lino 1972 750cc V7 Sport . cradle frame hugged the snugly; it’s upper running between the cylinders to the swingarm to the steering head. platform gave the Le Mans a highly effective balance endeared it to legions of motorcyclists the world.

Four versions of the Le were produced prior to version. The Le Mans 850 -often with the unofficial the ‘Le I’ designation- came making its debut late in Hot on the heels of the 750 Sports the ‘Lemon’ a larger, quicker-spooling engine, paint (decorated with a day headlamp surround) matt-black and cast wheels.

Backed and supported in various profile racing events, Guzzi even offered a racing kit. In 1979 moved the Le Mans closer to territory by fitting a larger with a rectangular headlamp and leg Made specifically for the US market, the looked much like the Le 850 II . but used the small-valve, 949cc from the G5/SP1000 tourers.

with numerous changes, the Le Mans 850 III was developed in the very 1980s and found success; the highest production run of the entire As such, it is viewed as the epitome of the Le concept by many enthusiasts. Aprilia, an 1100cc version on the spine-frame V11 was produced between

Using most of the updates into the Le Mans 850 III as a starting the 1000 was bigger, faster and bulkier. Trading in the narrow-waisted of the earlier versions for yards of ABS plastic, the reviews were favorable. Most of the criticism around Guzzi’s decision to fit a 16” wheel, followed by speculation form had surpassed function as a in Mandello.

This may have been the but the explanation given to me claimed the was inspired by the tire manufactures. to Japanese engineering mandates, of Japan’s big four had fit the sixteen to its models. By the late 80s, the has all but vanished.

Regardless, at the center of the Le 1000 is its engine, and what an it is. Uprated with 47/40mm and exhaust valves, a larger chamber, high-dome 10.0 40mm Dell’Orto PHM carburetors and the B10 camshaft from the Le Mans 850 kit, the Le Mans 1000 a bare knuckle punch any Moto Guzzi produced it. The suspension received attention a new 40mm forks and standard 7610’s for its dual-shock swingarm.

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In response to the decreased rim size, Brembo 270mm cast floaters replaced the fixed units bolted to the previous with additional changes to the design, width, and controls.

In Guzzi revised the Le Mans retrofitting the 18” front wheel and a frame-mount fairing. This was the Le Mans 1000 CI designation. Guzzi retained the 270mm rotors, and while these better than adequate force, a certain styling from the older models is Some notable highlights uprating to smaller, lighter starter, a keyed (instead of alternator mount and improved

Production dramatically slowed, and 1990-92 it seems Guzzi pieced a few Le Mans 1000s as need demanded. The very version wore a five-piece which housed the instrument and new clip-ons fastened under a upper clamp. A special of the Le Mans 1000 called the Edizione’ was produced from the batch of parts for the Dutch Guzzi importer.

It sold in very limited before production ended.

ownership falls under two collectability, and machines for use. all Le Mans models have and are solid, reliable classics, the issue 850 (1976-to-78) is the obvious as an investment motorcycle. Despite its following, the Le Mans 850 III ranks the Le Mans 1000 by virtue of the bike’s superior engine In this writer’s opinion, the and revisions made to the Le Mans CI earns it top marks for over the use.

Factor in the CI’s ultra-low numbers and rich heritage, and demand seems certain to Nolan Woodbury


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