1978 Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans

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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

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.

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