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Moto Guzzi Le Mans

850 Le Mans [ edit ]

Released in the 850 Le Mans was styled as a cafe Although often referred to as the Le Mark I, the first Le mans was known by the factory as the 850 Le Mans, and is of a long list of Moto motorcycles developed since the inception nearly 100 years

It had debuted at the Milan motorcycle in November 1975, although the started several years the eventual production version [ 1 ] It was developed from the earlier V7 model [ 2 ] but moved performance far the interim 750S and the 750 S3. The power measured at the back wheel was 71bhp, giving a top speed of 130mph.

The Le Mans used black instead of traditional to offset paintwork, and debuted the one-piece seat made injection molded foam. A success, [ 3 ] competing with Italian superbikes, it spawned later models until its model of the late 1990s. It was in homage to the 24 Hours of Le Mans race track in France.

A factory prototype finished 4th in the race at Barcelona’s Montjuïc In 1977 Roy Armstrong won Britain’s Production Machine championship [ 4 ] on a bike fitted with race kit, and it had multiple success during the AMA Superbike in the US. [ 5 ]

The Mark I had two production runs slight modifications. The first known as Series 1, used the CEV stop/taillight used on many bikes of the decade and is known to continued until at least 1976. [ 6 ] Fewer than of the round taillight bikes made. The second production known as the Series 2 and totaling 4,000 bikes, used a De -designed rectangular taillight/reflector and rear guard.

This was also used on the II and SP models. The taillight and guard was the change between Series 1 and 2 but modifications included later of a tripmeter, black fork a more generous dual that replaced the split-prone seat, exhaust pipe guards and inferior fuel and altered front indicator bracket.

The extra cost to the cooking T3 model paid for items such as high domed pistons, larger and exhaust valves, Dell’Orto pumper carbs with mesh grey plastic stacks, Tomasselli clip-ons and throttle. Most Mk I bikes brilliant red and black although a small number were in metallic ice blue. An exceedingly number of Series 2 bikes white.

All bikes had a poorly-primed black frame and exhausts to rust.

Bikes imported the United States were by two major visual differences. were fitted with side reflectors on the black CEV (blinker) bodies, both and rear. More significantly, the US were fitted with a beam headlight to meet of Transport approval instead of the poor quality OEM Aprilia with removable 40/45W

The US sealed beam units significantly in front of the bikini changing the flush lines of the when seen in profile.

Both engine and frame for the Le Mans are prefixed with VE. serial numbers are stamped on a left hand side rib. Frame numbers allocated a different sequence to numbers.

Frame numbers from VE11111 and engine commence from about [ 7 ] Due to poor priming some were replaced under [ 8 ] adding complexity to the number Frame numbers and data are on the headstock, opposite the Neiman lock. Confusion about based on numbers further in part because of veteran author Mick Walker specific warning [ 9 ] that a Le 1 outside the frame range of to VE13040 is likely to be a fake. [ 10 ] erroneous detail gained credence in the Introduction to a compilation of magazine reviews. [ 11 ] In fact, it is the Le Series 1 (with roundish CEV frames that are numbered to VE13040. Le Mans Series 2 rectangular taillight) are numbered to VE17311. [ 12 ]

A Mark II bike to look like a Mark I has been nicknamed a Mock I. [ 13 ] The Le was also affectionately nicknamed the This was not for reasons of unreliability. It popularity when published as an in Bike ‘s Quote of the after a reader sent in a from Motor Cycle highlighting a typo in which Le was spelt Lemons — similar to the pronunciation. The story reiterating how the came about was reprinted in when Bike reviewed a released Mark II bike number plate DRO205T). [ 14 ]

850 Le Mans II [ edit ]

Basically the motorcycle to the original Le Mans, Moto Guzzi changed the from a small ‘bikini’ to a larger, more angular one in with emerging fashion of the period with incorporated and with two small frame fairings similar to those of the SP model. The fairing had been in Moto Guzzi’s own dedicated tunnel, which had stood for many years but had been originally to test race fairings in the 1950s. [ 15 ] The new nose had a rectangular headlight, rather the round headlight of the original.

changes included addition of instead of the iron bore used on earlier mkII’s. It had improved air assisted front The brake calipers on the front were mounted behind the whereas they had been on the front on Le Mans Mark I. The single seat of earlier was also replaced with an saddle now capable of accommodating a

Improvements included a revised cluster derived from the SP model, however the new dash an integrated circuit board was in itself problematic. [ citation ] Brakes were still with the hand lever the front right caliper and the brake operating the front and rear caliper.

Frame are VE17312 — VE22635 in the series of the Mark II, with the series starting in 1980 frame VE22636 to VE24086. [ 16 ] Guzzi patented Nigusil-plated were incorporated from number VE80390 onwards. The CX 100 sold in the US — 1000cc downrated carbs — a new frame number sequence at VU11111, with only 353 made in total it remains a model in the history of the sporting Guzzi. [ 17 ]

850 Le Mans III [ edit ]

This saw an extensive re-design both and aesthetically. Features included cylinder heads and barrels, now a squared off cooling-fin design. were moved further the bore centre, hinting at to provide larger bore and an increase in capacity.

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In total were some 80 technical from the Mk II model. The aesthetic included the tank, seat, and instrument cluster. Now dominated by a white faced Veglia hinting at the Le Mans sporting The technical changes included machining tolerances, revised and exhaust systems. These advances resulted in an increase in and torque from preceding

Other improvements were to the rear suspension and front with provision of linked air damping.

Frame numbers are — VF20700 inclusive, numbers are also prefixed by VF. [ 18 ]

Le 1000 (16-inch and 18-inch wheel) (1984–1993) [ edit ]

The Le 1000 appeared at the end of 1984 and with modification until There were two main runs known as Series 1 and 2.

The frame and engine prefix with VV11111 in the 1984-85 1. Many of the bikes, especially US included a new 17-digit Vehicle Number (VIN) on the headstock. The VIN of Z (denoting Italy), GU (for VV (specifying Le Mans 1000), a particular country code, a code (A-H from M (for Mandello) and six digits with 1000001. With data listing some by frame number and others by it can be difficult to determine exactly updates occurred.

The 16-inch wheel and Lario-styling were ordered by owner De Tomaso. [ 19 ] other manufacturers redesigned to incorporate a smaller front Guzzi simply placed the wheel on the proven Tonti which dated back to the V7 which was designed for an 18-inch without reconfiguring the geometry. [ 20 ] It however, have sturdier than earlier models and (270mm) semi-floating front Physically, the bike was much than the lean and low earlier Le bikes, and performance from the engine with uprated pumper carbs and LM I production B10 camshaft was only marginally than the Mark III.

An option was made available in The Series 2 bikes commenced at VIN and started to include uprated dampers and updated geometry.

totaled 6343 units 1984 and 1988. In 1984 and a total of 2226 bikes produced as Series 1. Then Series 2 models were in 1986; 754 in 1987 and just 71 in Most 1988 models factory-fitted with the 18-inch [ 21 ]

Le Mans 1000 SE (Special (1986-88) [ edit ]

Released to the 20th anniversary of the V7’s the 1000 SE was sold in late 1987, and also into for those in the US market. (Only 100 SE were sold in the US.) All sold worldwide were red and with a red seat, red cast and most had black rocker engine and lower rails. had black engines and transmissions. The gearing was closer and higher the standard 1000.

Le Mans (1988-1993) [ edit ]

The 1000CI at frame number VV14000 as 1 and included many updates of the version and included a range of schemes. Series 3 commenced at and ended at VV16994. It is sometimes the Le Mans 1000 Mark V NT type) and was to be the final incarnation of a line of larger capacity, Guzzi v-twins. [ 22 ]

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Moto Guzzi 1000 Daytona Injection
Moto Guzzi 1000 Daytona Injection
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