1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 MKIV

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Post Sale Update: This Guzzi sold for $5,995 after 14 bids on eBay.


The fourth of five generations of Guzzi’s iconic LeMans, the Mark IV was full of upgrades from previous generations. But one of the modifications was generally frowned upon – a 16″ front wheel. Moto Guzzi didn’t change any other aspects of the steering geometry of the bike to compensate for the two-inch reduction in front wheel diameter, and the media did not appreciate the new handling characteristics.

The Mark IV got a 949cc motor that featured a 10:1 compression ratio, Nikasil cylinder sleeves, giant valves, and a high-lift cam – all good for a 12 second quarter mile. The motor wasn’t the only thing that got some love: Moto Guzzi added a new 40mm fork, Brembo rotors, and twin Koni shocks. The cosmetic adjustments included red aluminum wheels and all-new bodywork. For more on the Mk IV and why it may not deserve the scorn it got about the smaller front wheel, check out this story on The Bike Shed Times.

This example (VIN: ZGUVVAVV5FM100076) shows 28,477 miles on the odometer and everything is said to work. Recent service includes fresh fluids, new Spiegler stainless steel brake hoses, and new throttle/clutch cables. The ignition has been upgraded to a Dyna electronic unit and it’s got Malossi velocity stacks as an option. The paintwork has held up very well and this has the much sleeker front Euro turn signals. From some of the photos in the listing, it’s clear this bike is being sold by a very passionate Guzzi fan.

Find this Le Mans for sale in Miami, Florida with bidding up to $4,051 and the reserve not yet met

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