Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1, immaculate Condition with Matching Numbers

Sale price: £7600 ≈ $10497 ≈ €8875 ≈ ₿0.30 btc

Item location: Grantham, UK United Kingdom
Sale type: Fixed price listing

Brand: Moto Guzzi
Model: Le Mans 1
Year: 1979
Condition: Used
Color: Red
Engine: 850
V5: Present
ID33091
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Description

This is my Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1 (series 2) with all matching numbers. I purchased the bike about 2 years ago and although a respectable example at the time. it has since received many hours of TLC to get it to the fine example it is now. The wheels have been two pack painted to the original silver/grey colour and new wheel bearing fitted.   Forks have been refurbished with new seals and dust covers. Front/rear brakes have been overhauled with new seals and new Goodridge black hoses fitted.   Headstock has been checked and greased.   Engine has been completed stripped. vapour blasted and rebuilt with new shells. piston rings and cylinders honed.   Although the clutch still had life left. it was also replaced.   The gearbox was again totally stripped. vapour blasted and rebuilt replacing any worn parts and re-shimmed so that you can engage first without waking the neighbours.   The Bevel drive didn't lose out and received the same treatment.   The frame had already been powered coated so that was left but the swingarm bushes were checked. greased and adjusted.   To finish of. the tank. mudguards. side panels and fairing have all been professional painted in the correct colour (red) including the satin finish on the top of the fuel tank.  

I wanted to build the Le Man to reflect how a good example would have looked in the late 70s (how mine looked when I owned one in the late 70s).   I didn't try to achieve a concourse look that would only detracted from the beauty of the bike and they are staggeringly beautiful. if you don't think so maybe you are reading the wrong advert!  Those of you with a keen eye will notice it has the wrong switchgear – most did in the late 70s (the original switches were dreadful) the favoured modification was Yamaha switches. which is what is fitted here. I did toil with changing them but decided it was part of its history – for the purists I do now have an original set of switches that are included in the sale. they are like rocking horse manure and cost me an arm and a leg (amazing how we happily pay a fortune for something that was rubbish). In fact so expense were they. I thought about putting the switches up for sale and throwing in the Le Man! 

 

Everything else is standard (I spent months finding the correct seat) has it would have been in the late 70s including. if you could afford them. Lafranconi Silencers – they sound fantastic.

 

I am a retired aircraft engineer. I have restored motorcycles most of my life mainly Italian. a couple of Jota's. Ducati and to many to mention Guzzi's. I have even been known to stray into the dark world of Japanese machinery but a Guzzi always drags me out.   As mentioned. I try and build honest looking. fine examples of motorcycles and I am sure you will agree from the pictures that's what this one is.   There is quite a bit of history from the previous owners and it will also be sold with any spares that I have accumulated. including a stainless steel 'proddy' exhaust system.  

 

I have put a realistic reserve (please don't email to tell me you could buy a new one in the late 70's for £2000. I know I brought one. actually it was £2199. 00.   Now you need nearly that to buy the aforementioned switches!) at the reserve price you could own it. ride it and enjoy it and still make a profit when you sell.

 

Only selling because I have my eye on a Moto Guzzi Daytona that needs a little TLC. I know. I should get counseling.

 

Thanks for looking  

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