1980 Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100

In Italy, Standard by Mathieu Guyot-SionnestLeave a Comment

As a motorcycle collector and lover, you’re probably the kind of motorcyclist who spends at least an hour per day looking for something. Not something, but THE thing. The motorcycle you will want to ride just seeing at the first picture. The motorcycle you will think about before sleeping. The motorcycle with a name that you will never forget. Well, this bike is one of them. The three words composing the name is enough to make you dream: a mix between one of the most prestigious Italian motorcycle manufacturers and the most famous endurance race in the world: Moto Guzzi Le Mans.

The story of the (road legal) Moto Guzzi Le Mans started in 1976 with a 844cc engine. The “Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans” was basically an endurance racing bike with turn signals – the Dell’Orto carbs fed unfiltered air into the motor!. Like many vehicles, the end of the 70’s meant the need to create models with different specs in the US and in Europe. Due to emission regulations, Moto Guzzi released the Le Mans CX100 in 1979 while the Euro market had a 850 MkII. Despite a few modifications to detune power (like adding air filters to the carbs and a lower compression ratio) and a higher weight, Guzzi managed to create a CX100 that was powerful and nearly as enjoyable to ride as its 850 sister. The 949cc motor produced 80 hp, good for a quarter mile time of 13.5 seconds for the CX100 (13.1 for the 850). The CX100 also inherited Guzzis’s special linked braking system where braking with the right foot not only activated rear Brembo brakes but also one of the two front wheel brake calipesr. All of this is perfectly explained in this Motorcycle Classics article.

This specific bike is a CX100 Le Mans in great condition and has never been restored. The paint has not faded at all, the engine is in great condition, and it has just about 6,000 miles. The seller is the 3rd owner and he bought it more than 20 years ago. The bike has new tires and new battery, plus many spare parts. It is time for this Italian Diva to find a new home!

Find this Moto Guzzi Le Mans CX100 in Sacramento, California, here on Craigslist for $7,900.