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Offline canuck750

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1978 LMI in the UK
« on: December 13, 2018, 12:20:03 PM »
https://www.madeinitalymotorcycles.com/single-post/2018/12/12/Moto-Guzzi-Le-mans-1-1978

Asking 13950 British Pounds = $17577 USD. Decent looking bike, not 100% correct (no dayglow on the fairing, switches, shocks ...)

Seems to be in the current market range for cost.
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Offline v7john

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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #1 on: December 13, 2018, 03:12:04 PM »
I called in there on Tuesday. I can confirm that bike looks as good "in the flesh" as it does in the photos. Everything there is really well prepared and nothing is cheap.
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #2 on: December 13, 2018, 06:42:08 PM »
I still recall them being slightly more "Orange" in colour..
Am I in error ?
Beautiful bike though, still have done nothing with my Mk 2

Offline jazzamoto

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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #3 on: December 13, 2018, 09:31:31 PM »
Without serial numbers there's no way to tell if it really is a Le Mans. Besides, the carbs are wrong.
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2018, 07:21:33 AM »
Without serial numbers there's no way to tell if it really is a Le Mans. Besides, the carbs are wrong.

Unmolested except for respray & mods. My memory must be fading, didnít these have black forks?

Previous owner of mine rebuilt the engine and swapped the 40mm carbs for centrepull 38ís, wish it still had the 40mm carbs as the bike had the performance kit. But... she runs sweet.
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2018, 08:18:15 AM »
Unmolested except for respray & mods. My memory must be fading, didnít these have black forks?

Previous owner of mine rebuilt the engine and swapped the 40mm carbs for centrepull 38ís, wish it still had the 40mm carbs as the bike had the performance kit. But... she runs sweet.

Yes, black forks. The V stacks aren't stock either. I thought stock carbs were 36 pumpers. Wonder if the pipes are original, they look like it. Valve covers polished, switch gear not original. Mine doesn't have locking gas cap, nice job on the satin black finish though, My dash looks a lot different but it's a 77, more lights and not all the colors. petcocks not original, shame he didn't finish off that starter.

I know I messed up slightly on my paint but I sure hope their value is up in that range. Mine has the straight cut racing trans. 
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #6 on: December 14, 2018, 03:23:15 PM »
My 77 has silver front forks.
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #7 on: December 14, 2018, 03:33:34 PM »
Petrol taps aren't standard Le Mans and neither are the exhaust heel guards; both from a Mk II.
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Re: 1978 LMI in the UK
« Reply #8 on: December 14, 2018, 04:09:43 PM »
My '76 had/has silver forks. The carb bell cranks have been removed. Not a big deal and likely reduces the resistance on the throttle pull. The stock V stacks were plastic. Unlikely the stock ones would last. I have my original shocks. They were replaced 30 years ago with Konis which actually work.
If the rest is all original, implying the motor, clutch, timing chain, and transmission have never been apart then it will take a lot of work to make right. These have iron liners. 20k miles in 40 years means it sat around a lot. Not a good thing.

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« Last Edit: December 14, 2018, 04:12:20 PM by PeteS »

 

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