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LOT 291

1980 Moto Guzzi 850cc Le Mans MkII Registration no. JRJ 62V Frame no. VE*19990* Engine no. VE*107452* (See text)

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1980 Moto Guzzi 850cc Le Mans MkII
Registration no. JRJ 62V
Frame no. VE*19990*
Engine no. VE*107452* (See text)

• Regularly serviced
• Ridden sparingly
• Last started February 2023

An engine design that originated in the late 1940s, Moto Guzzi's venerable 90-degree v-twin is still around today powering the latest generation of machinery from Mandello del Lario. The first motorcycle to use this remarkable engine, the 703cc V7, appeared in the late 1960s, while the first sports model, the V7S, was of 748cc capacity. Hitherto an acquired taste enjoyed by a discerning minority, the big Guzzi suddenly began capturing the imagination of a wider public when the 850cc Le Mans arrived in 1976. Described by Bike magazine as "the sleekest, horniest thing you've ever seen on two wheels", the Le Mans looked like it was doing 100mph while stationary and on the open road delivered 130mph-plus performance. Without doubt one of the definitive superbikes of the 1970s and today highly collectible.

This Le Mans was purchased by the current vendor in 2018 from a dealer in Nottingham. During his ownership it has been regularly serviced and fitted with a new oil pressure sensor switch, new tyres, new battery, and a new clutch. Ridden sparingly, the machine is sold on account of the vendor's advancing years and imperfect health. Kept dry stored in a garage under cover, the Guzzi was last started February 2023 (a video of it running is available on request). The odometer reading is 26,365 miles (at time of cataloguing). Accompanying documents include a current V5C; a quantity of expired MoTs (most recent 2019), two Gutsibits workshop manuals; and various bills/invoices. It should be noted the engine number prefix appears to show evidence of a 'D' over stamped with an 'E'.
Offered with key


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