Moto Guzzi National Owners Club — Something for riding beyond the county line

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Moto Guzzi LeMans III Sport Touring

Something for riding beyond the line. by Frank Wedge

written a couple articles my 2002 V11 LeMans that I in late August of 2001. LeMans now (as of early February, has 11,600 miles on the clock. this article is an update on the and in particular about a pair of saddle bags I installed and a few comments.

For at least two months my new sat in the garage, missing the stock missing the foot controls and foot pegs. Thanks to Bob Alf of Lincoln, Nebraska for designing and the wonderful replacement parts. are not only functional, and work but the machined parts are beautiful. I pointing out to friends the quality that Bob did. FYI, Bob has plans in regards to building one or additional kits.


As mentioned in one or two past articles I fell in love with the V11 when I took a demo provided by MGNA. In the end, I the beauty of the LeMans, as well as the power that it has over my EV California, and the solid handling is and adds greatly to my riding

I sit on my Guzzis long periods of so I wanted a tad more comfort the stock V11 LeMans provided, the higher handlebars and lower the controls. The foot controls extended forward and downward by 3- or so, as as the taller after market that was installed within a months after I brought the V11 home.

Since my most recent about the V11 LeMans appeared in the I’ve added a pair of RED 46 liter saddlebags. Dave (see his article about his RED LeMans IV in the January, 2003 put me onto these bags. He a pair of 40 liter Givi for his LeMans and we found out the red color was a perfect match to the 2002 pickup truck -Bright that I painted my LeMans and he painted his LeMans. I had to have a of those RED Givi bags and so did (Great minds think

I ordered these bags Harper’s Moto Guzzi in Missouri. Curtis Harper me Givi was out of the 40 liter units, but obtain a pair of the 46 liter in red. (Dave already got his 40 Givi bags from Why not, bigger might be Besides, I didn’t want to upwards of eight weeks for the on the 40 liter jobs.

The 46 liter are approximately 1.25- wider than the 40 liter Givi and they are taller too (I think). The width of the LeMans (counting the saddle bags) is a tad over 41 They really stick out and the brackets are fastened as close the LeMans as possible.

I call them my -Red But they hold a lot of stuff and are indeed water tight, and snap off very quickly if I to leave them at home or in the room.

Brackets weren’t for the V11 LeMans, so Dave Zecha and I out the fabrications for the brackets to fit. We at mounting the brackets for the better of one day. Things went smoothly than we expected.

The concern was lowering the mufflers so that the bags would end up as low as and at the proper angle to match the

After using expert adjustment on the mufflers, to allow to come downward (we placed blocks under the crossover and bent the mufflers/pipes down by the mufflers were lowered by three inches at the ends of Why do manufacturers have to stick up in the air.

Only makes it difficult for the passenger to have a foot peg setup and difficult at to mount real saddlebags. monkey see, monkey Straight and flat mufflers on the old V7 Sport) won’t drag and are out of the way. To me, having mufflers up in the air is style over function, and I can do this kind of style. works well for the rider who into long distance — I just like to a lot of my stuff, and I need REAL

I’ve used Hepco/Becker before and I like their arrangement tons better the Givi bags. To their these Givi bags only one latch, but it’s compared to the Hepco Becker And too, every time the units are opened or closed, I to deal with the key.

Hepco Becker bags, you can them if you want, or do as I do and never with the key. But the Givi work well to keep my safe, they are water and solid accessories for a traveling And too, they snap on and off and overall, Givi builds a quality product.

I also a Stucchi luggage rack. I this item from MG in Albany, Wisconsin. It’s a designed rack, fits on the nicely, etc. But like luggage racks today, tiny and not large enough for and stowing gear.

As my father to say, -If it’s worth it’s worth doing Hello, anybody home. wrong in building something big enough to do the job?

When I go on (not everyone does of course), I attach an old flat plastic base to the Stucchi plastic ties and this well enough to carry my large (13 year old) red vinyl bag. Gordon at MG suggested another rack sell for the V11 LeMans, but being my self, I didn’t want to a couple weeks until came in. Besides — I the rack NOW because I was soon for MGNA’s Open House 2002).

Just for looks, I removed the ugly-gray valve covers and them with polished from a California III. For me, was style over function for a (style for my taste). Before the covers arrived, I painted the valve covers red, and my opinion the red ones look the But I already had the polished pair so I ended up selling the originals and the California III units.

I like and that’s what counts.

say one thing for the stock gray on those stock valve — that’s tough I tried paint remover, and the gray paint off, I gave up and simply painted the red the original finish.

My V11 LeMans is now me) truly set up as a solo sport machine and it’s reasonably for several hundred mile — my longest being Black Mountain, North to Larned, Kansas in late 2002 — very to 1200 miles in something 14.5 hours (I forget

While the V11 LeMans isn’t the of the fast by any means — it is one of the -sport touring- (solo) out there. According to my GPS, it run a real 140 mph. In my eyes different than other and I like the lines, and red paint so well.

Maybe even important to me — it doesn’t like a -Flash Gordon- ridden by the masses. It’s so in such a pretty way.

with the V11 LeMans, I greatly the integrated braking system on my EV. ridden Guzzis with same system for nearly 27 so obviously I’m used to it. The on the LeMans are wonderfully powerful, but I get off the EV and climb on the LeMans I have to when braking, and thinking me a headache! J

I absolutely LOVE the tires on the LeMans. Not necessarily the Bridgestone tires (for I have NEVER had much with in general), but radial are so great! They don’t lines in the road — In my neck of the woods we have of roads with various running down the highway

And too there are cuts in the pavement put by our farmers when pulling farm equipment behind the (and forgetting to raise the all the way up, grrr). You can’t feel places in the road that are on the LeMans, but I can tell those are there on the EV, bigtime. Manufactures of should only use tubeless and radial tires, period. another article sometime.)

A friend in Georgia is in the process of a taller and wider windscreen for the V11 fairing, so stay tuned. As as I get one of those in my hot little hands do a write up on that after screen. He is developing other Check it out at: .

46 liter bags. You ought to see this in

Two RED LeMans — both Givi bags. Dave gorgeous ’86 Ford truck red machine (it doesn’t get any than that one), and my V11

Moto Guzzi LeMans III Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi LeMans III Sport Touring
Moto Guzzi LeMans III Sport Touring
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