1-10-21 Update: 2+ years later, this bike is back up for sale. The seller has put an additional 4,400 miles since the last listing but everything else appears to be the same. Find it still in Williamsburg, Virginia with bidding up to $4,550 and the reserve not met or a BIN of $6,300 here on eBay.
Post Listing Update: This Tenni did not get any interest at the opening bid of $6,000. It was relisted and then pulled off of eBay, final sale price unknown.
The Moto Guzzi LeMans Tenni was a limited production model produced only in ’02 and ’03. Just 170 examples were produced, and the most obvious difference is the custom paint scheme and large quasi-dustbin fairing. It was named after Omobono Tenni, who was also know as the Black Devil or Red Bullet. Tenni was the first non-Brit to win the Isle of Man TT, and he won 47 races for Guzzi between 1933 and 1947. He was killed during a practice session for the Swiss GP. In addition to this limited edition V11, MG honored Omobon with a monument in the factory museum.
Other upgrades included a lightweight clutch, fancy titanium-nitride coated forks, and carbon fiber exhaust pipes. You also got an extra suede seat, which is a rarity in the modern age – at least directly from the manufacturer. The interior of the engine wasn’t touched, so you still got 91 horsepower and 72 pound-feet of torque. For more information, head on over to the Moto Guzzi National Owners Club for a lengthy writeup from Kevin Hamann.
This example is #114 of 170, and it’s been with the seller (second owner) for the last year and 900 miles (it currently has 2,006 on the odometer). During that time the seller gave the bike a tuneup, fluid change, new tires, and he replaced some relays. He says everything works and that the motor is strong. Unfortunately, there are a couple of cosmetic issues – blisters in the paint on the gas tank and some blemishes in the tail. The seller has photos of both so you can decide how much they bother you. The sale includes the brown suede seat, some spare parts, and a repair manual.
Find this Tenni for sale in Williamsburg, Virginia with an unmet opening bid of $6,000 or a BIN of $7,900