Lot 363 - 1993 Moto-Guzzi Le Mans Limited Edition 83/100
|Odometer reading||51,212 miles|
|Estimate||£7,000 - £10,000|
|Result||Sold - £7,840|
The Le Mans was Moto Guzzi's top sports bike in the 80s. The big bore version has enjoyed a fine and enviable reputation as a tried, trusted and proven motorcycle. The 948.8cc OHV V-twin four-valve per cylinder engine, with its longitudinally mounted crank and shaft drive is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a high-revving unit. The motorcycle offered for sale here has been restored over a five year period with excellent attention to detail and substantial financial investment resulting in this magnificent example. A brief description of the works included on this iconic classic is as follows; swing arm dismantled and parts renewed as necessary, front forks fitted with new seals, FAC of Italy air dampers and rear Koni shocks. Wheels refurbished and all bearings replaced, Bridgestone Battlax BT45R tyres fitted and brakes de-linked. New Brembo master cylinder, new hoses, disc carriers Zylan treated by Sandwell Sport of Towcester. Electrics rewired with Electrix generator, regulator/rectifier fitted, Lucas ignition and single wasted spark coils and an Odyssey extreme battery completes the electrical system.
Geoff Baines of Baines Racing Silverstone, set up the engine with carburettors mounted on straight, purpose made inlets tracts. The sump is Zylan treated by Sandwell sport and the distributor cap has been specially CNC-machined in aluminium. The exhaust system has wrapped reverse cone megaphones and the alloy tank and 'dustbin alloy fairing' were both fabricated by a retired F1 mechanic paying homage to the earlier Moto Guzzi 500 V8 racer that astonished everyone in the late 1950's. The fairing mounts are of the F1 style quick-release fastener type making the removal of the fairing very quick and easy. The fairing incorporates the indicators plus an ingenious design utilising a projector headlamp. This Moto Guzzi Le Mans Mk. IV is a limited edition (83/100) and is a stunning bike that not only offers an attractive investment but would make a fantastic showpiece in any corporate reception area.
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