Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — Le Mans Deja Vu

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III

Le Mans Deja Vu. by John J. #19718

What were you in 1978? I pondered that recently after reading it in a magazine and it made me think. was I doing 25 years ago, and interesting, what was I riding?

the answer was I was living and working in Texas, only 23 years single, and just had my first motorcycle stolen from my complex! It was my brand new, 1978 Yamaha XS-750 with less than miles on it! It was a major bummer for at the and to date, the only motorcycle I had stolen from me! Well, insurance money in hand, I about buying a new bike.

For the seven years, I had ridden 500, and 750 Yamahas and 500 Kawasakis of the They were fast, had reasonable brakes, and were effective to own and operate.

This time, I thought, it was time to buy something that was not so maybe even something I still remember walking the Moto Guzzi dealer in Texas, and seeing a 1978 850 MKI on the floor. This was clearly one of the most exotic bikes I had laid eyes on.

It was red and black and looked fast sitting on the stand. I talked with the sat on the bike, thought about the I had just received from the company, and made a decision thereafter. This was my very Moto Guzzi and the first motorcycle I had ever owned.

I three things very about that bike. the 850 was very fast with a lot of torque. Two, it was one of the best and best braking motorcycles I had

Three, the stock seat was as a board!

I rode that bike all the Hill Country of central with its rolling hills, and great roads.

Within a I moved to Mountain View, for work, and again, I have memories of riding the Guzzi Northern California and down to Cruz and up to San Francisco. All total Texas and California, I put about miles on the LeMans before it to a young equipment engineer in 1979 for a mere $3800. It was in condition.

In 1980, because of job opportunity, I moved to Arizona and lived in the Phoenix area since.

Well, now it is 2003, five years later. of water under the bridge my old LeMans moved on to another In between, I owned several European bikes — a Laverda 750 SF2, two BMWs a 1976 R75/6 750 and a new 1983 I put over 50,000 miles on one of those bikes.

During this time, I was bought a house, settled etc. But all through this and in the back of my mind, I have pined for another Guzzi, and another LeMans.

Also this period, and for twelve I went through my Harley-phase and three Big Twin Harleys, two Glide Sports (FLH-S) and one King. But even while Harleys, I still wanted European again. I restored a Norton Commando 850 Interstate MK which I picked up 100% at a garage sale for $300!

filled my European niche for and it was fun, but I sold it to a collector for top back in 2001. To replace the I purchased a new 2002 Triumph which is a great little for the money and superb to ride town.

Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III

I also sold the Road and I purchased a demo 1999 BMW — which is a bike similar to the LeMans. It was a great but not made for two up long distance I wanted to have something for my wife and I go on long trips, so I it for a 2002 BMW R1150RT.

Now I was all set in the comfort for two up riding, but I missed the sport-touring scene and the ride of the R1100S.

At a motorcycle event, there was a European dealer with a 2002 Grigio Titanium, Moto Guzzi V11 LeMans special pricing. LeMans finally caught up to me — five years later and I was bit by Guzzi bug again, very I negotiated with the dealer to my Bonneville and wrote the check for the owed on the Guzzi.

As of this writing, I am just the bike in. The bike is great! It and rumbles like my old LeMans, now with a silky smooth six-gears, fuel-injection, and Guzzi’s braking and handling.

I love it!

I the Guzzi tank bag, the OEM hard as rocks hand and I am researching on replacing the bar-end for something heavier to minimize I may do a few other minor modifications, but I like my bikes stock. The big of course, will be its first mile or 1500 mile trip.

I truly believe an long ride is where all bond with their Through the MGNOC, I am also to meet new friends and other and LeMans owners and enthusiasts and a few rallies.

In closing, someone asked me why I chose the LeMans, and why not a Ducati or or something else? I smiled and stated: I wanted to remember my and my old 850 LeMans. Besides, when I this new LeMans fast, it me feel like Giaccomo and that’s worth a smile all day

Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 III

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