Moto Guzzi Le Mans

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Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans II

This test is something of a for me, as the last Moto Guzzi I was also a Le Mans, back in 1982. Then the Le Mans was a fire breathing monster of a 850cc and slim as a whippet, it was one of the production bikes on the road, then, and handled in the way that Italian bikes could at time.

That it was cripplingly not especially reliable and had suspension achieved stability by being solid seemed not to be an issue at the I loved my fire engine red II Le Mans, and only sold it the shaft drive made it too to change the gearing for racing.

So I am. 22 years later and I am out in the wilds of on a new Le Mans. This version, the Corsa, sits at the top of the Moto road bike pile, blessed with very Ohlins suspension at each end as as the latest incarnation of their motor. And it is fair to say that have changed somewhat.

And for the too.

But Moto Guzzi Le is a very strong name. and who remembers them of old will some expectations as a result. So have a look at what changed.

The motor, of course, is bang up to Well, actually, it isn’t. there is the latest, state of the fuel injection feeding it, the lump is the same air cooled 90 vee twin that it was in 1982. Or for that matter. It looks finished, for sure, and it’s now with electronic ignition of points, but to all intents and purposes the hasn’t changed.

And why should it? a strong, compact and efficient which is relatively cheap to and easy to work on. The trademark drive is effective and unobtrusive and in the words of an old engineer, if it ain’t don’t fix it.

Guzzis always had brakes, even before reinvented them. They do – any twin front disc Guzzi has the left disc with the rear, from the pedal. It’s an efficient, setup that gives of feel and keeps the bike and stable even under braking pressure but manages to do without any electronic gadgetry of any at all.

In fact, the linked brakes are so that it is possible to lock the without locking the front as – that’s pretty sensitive for a pedal.

Instrumentation is as basic as I as well, with a speedo and joined by a small cluster of lights. Other than a warning light there are no to the fact that this is a Century bike. No clock, no LCD

Everything is analogue, including the meter which is reset the way by turning a knob on the side.

And the is still a long reach in front of the left hand Perfectly useable, but something a out of the ordinary.

But there have been changes. For a start, I am a hundred miles into a but I’m not in pain. The Guzzi is big by sports standards, and that means there is room to move, to stretch and room to be comfortable. The big is generously padded and the reach to the is just right.

Add that to a protective upper fairing and got somewhere that is quite a place to spend several at a time. The suspension is compliant but absorbing the worst failings of the of Transport without removing or jarring the spine and still enough feedback to ensure the rider knows exactly is going on.

The standard adjustable steering does its job without being but backing it right off on the motorway did me a distinct feeling that it is than just a styling A couple of clicks cured a unstable feeling and there no more concerns throughout the

Performance-wise, it’s not unreasonable to say the big Guzzi has fallen slightly the opposition. While it is by no means a bike, it is comprehensively outgunned by an average sports 600. of course, when it comes to An 1100cc motor will be gutless, and the Le Mans is a great of what a relatively low revving but torquey motor can do, especially set up for performance.

Pulling away is a problem, especially since Guzzi have discovered the of a clutch that can be worked two fingers rather than hands, and the easy character of the soon comes to the fore. But is another side to this There is a distinct power and once within it the motor hard, revving happily up the red line.

What soon becomes is that although you can simply the torque and potter around very little effort, is a bike that really the effort you do put in.

Handling falls a very similar category, the easy going nature of the making it relaxing and forgiving required but still offering agility, ground clearance and to make for a distinctly sporty should you approach the ride in a committed fashion. Again, is no ultra quick steering of a bike, requiring considerable to turn, but it is accurate, stable and a smooth rider who is prepared to the effort.

Comparisons are always a game, but this bike me very much of the Ducati — our 2003 bike of the It’s a little bigger and a harder work but the overall experience and the satisfaction are similar. of course, both can trace lineage back to the dawn of and both are overlooked by the rider a quick adrenaline fix.

Which is their loss, both are fine motorbikes in own right.

To sum up. then, I liked the Guzzi Rosso Corsa a Sure, it isn’t the fastest or handling bike I have ridden. Nor was it the most comfortable or the economical.

But it did everything very — far better than any Guzzi I have ridden — and did some things than many other It has masses of character, it looks to be well screwed together, it has a distinctive style and a history many makers would for. It’s far more than most sports although the pillion seat is recommended if you intend to get very indeed to your passenger, and only for a short distance.

drive may be terribly unfashionable but it has a lot for it and Moto Guzzi have doing it for so long that seem to have overcome any of the issues that can arise it. There is a beautiful set of alloy cans available for it that road legal but make the far more like a big vee twin. also, when combined a new chip, liberate a further which should not be sneezed at.

In fact, the only real I have of the bike is the headlight. It great but I fear the days of the headlight on sportsbikes are numbered, it simply fails to provide illumination to make the sort of you’d otherwise be able to at night anything other a game of high speed man’s bluff. Which is not a great idea.

If you fancy a bit different take a look at one of They’re great bikes and value to boot. And that be a bad thing.

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