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1970s (1976?) Le Mans - pix

Discussion in 'Loop & Tonti' started by Nicolai, Sep 1, 2019.

  1. Nicolai

    Nicolai Just got it firing!

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    Lost in forum-land....not sure this is the right place, feel free to move if not.

    I had promised photos of my old (35-year neglected, SHAME on me!) 850 Le Mans kitted to 1000.IIt was my I'ddream bike,b and after it2 motobecanes LT, 2 125MZ and 2 250MZ, then a Laverda SF750, I bought this babe in 80(?) from a guy who had gotten it from early 70's famed Krajka (atelier outisde Paris and superb racer) and adjusted it to make it street-legal in 1978.
    I rode it two years all around France on small roads enough( to blow the aft shaft bearing riding at 180km/h on the free section of Autoroute du Sud returning from Paul Ricard race). Then I left in 83 to the USA with a backpack....and never really came back (until now).
    The rear wheel moves only about 10 degrees and of course there's abundant rust. It deserves a complete remake but I'm not sure I'll ever be able to handle that (also due to bad Rhumatoid Arthritis in hands and other health issues).
    Just looking at her,I blush in embarrassment and love ;-)
    Love Thy Bike and Treat Her Right !

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    Tonerjockey High Miler GT Contributor

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    It is "resting" peacefully and comfortably.

    Alex
     
  3. thierry roullier

    thierry roullier Just got it firing!

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    Great bike. I love the real Moto Guzzi signs glued to the tank and side covers, not just stickers like in mine.

    I remember the 2 stroke Motobécanes! even the short-lived 350cc 3 cyclinders one.

    This Le Mans looks absolutely terrific. There is probably a few thousand $/Euros needed to bring this bike to life, not just cosmetic issues but road worthy. Don't let her rot! At least I would make sure the engine is still turning and not rusting from the inside. Nothing like getting a 40 years old bike back to life! Thierry in Chicago
     
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    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    For the amount of time it has been "hibernating", it looks pretty good. At least it was stored in a pigeon free environment.:)
     
  5. Nicolai

    Nicolai Just got it firing!

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    [With a name like yours and knowledge of the Motobecane 350, tu es sûrement gaulois, encore un résistant d'un petit village d'irréductibles ;-)

    The rear wheel did turn the engine over until a couple of years ago, but now it's only giving a very few degrees of rotation. The 100tj anniversary of Guzzi is motivation, and maybe I'll take time next year to take it all apart and give it the TLC is oh so deserves!

    Then again, maybe I'll rather ride to Prudhoe Bay and visit my niece in Chicago... Life can be funnily complicated ;-)

    Ride safe (not like a parissien or marseillais ;-))
     

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