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A virtual tour of the classic motorcycle collection on display at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.


1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

A 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

Country: Italy
Engine: Air-cooled, transverse 90º V-twin, four stroke
Ignition: Battery and coil
Bore x Stroke: 83 x 78mm
Displacement: 844cc
Valves: Overhead, pushrod activated
Fuel system: Twin Dell'Orto 36mm carburetors
Transmission: Five speed, shaft final drive
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shock
Brakes: Front twin disc, rear single disc, rear brake and one front disc linked
Weight: 436 lbs.
Top Speed: 125 MPH

A 1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans on display with other classic motorcycles at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Ala.

This is the original, or MK 1 version of the Le Mans, built between 1976 and 1978.  Named after the famous French race track, this Guzzi has proven itself to be one of the classics of the Italian post-war motorcycling scene, and it has been built in larger numbers and over a longer period than any other Guzzi V-twin.

alfred aleguas
6/20/2013 4:54:12 PM

When I was younger, I had to do a straight shot on mine from Indianapolis to Providence RI on the original seat. My a** was sore, but it was still fun. Got 2 tickets within an hour that was good for a half-hour lecture from the second Trooper on the NYS Thruway. Good times! I love that bike! Fred Mike Baldwin was something to see on the LeMans, I saw him at Loudon in the late 70's. He crashed on the last lap, and pushed the bike over the finish line just letting it fall once he got the flag. It killed me to see him do that!


vigilante
6/13/2013 4:10:47 PM

Rode a 1000cc version when I had a dealership yrs. back. Never had a problem with the oriental bikes in the corners .


tony carlos
6/13/2013 4:05:18 PM

As uncomfortable as these things are reported to be, I seem to recall a guy winning one of the early Iron Butt rallies on a LeMans. And they won a few US Superbike races while the Japanese were still trying to learn how to make bikes handle. I was at an AMA race in the late 70s, sponsored by Duckworth Chain, in which the podium bikes were two Guzzis and a BMW. Not a chain to be seen! Pretty bike.