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1976 Moto Guzzi 850 Lemans Project

Up for auction on eBay is this Moto Guzzi that is going to need a bit of work in the cosmetics department. Given the lack of description and the high starting price, it isn’t too surprising that there are zero bidders and the price is $3,995. Reasons for this probably include the cracked fins on the heads, and the bike’s origins as a supposed race bike. If it still had the straight-cut gears and the Dellorto carbs, that might be a little better. Actually, it may still have the race gearbox, but the seller doesn’t really know.

I guess the final analysis of this bike would say that it is a good example of an eBay bike that the buyer should investigate further before placing a bid. Given that there is only an hour left in the auction it is likely that we will see it pop up again for sale…

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1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III Cafe Racer – Form vs. Function

I think I’ve written previously of my belief that cafe racers need to combine form and function to create a functioning (i.e. fast) motorcycle that follows a certain aesthetic principal. Lots of bike go one way or the other, but very few actually find that nirvana. I believe that the bike pictured below is fairly close to balancing form and function into a workable whole.

Up for sale on eBay is this Moto Guzzi LeMans III that has been cafe’d in all the right ways. Clip-ons, aluminum gas tank, rear-sets, and a custom (albeit non-traditional) cafe seat create a visual package that really is set off in a good way by the cool fairing. All the bits that create the vision of the cafe racer are on this bike. But in addition to the visuals, the owner of this bike has done some things to make this twin-cylinder Italian beauty live up to it’s good looks. Carbs, headwork, and upgraded brakes and suspension will make the new owner of this bike happy with the performance, too. (Click through on the photos to eBay to check out more description and pictures)

Is there anything I would do to this bike. Hmmm. Maybe paint the fairing. Maybe. I wish I had a few grand sitting around so as I could make a bid for this beauty…


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Polished Aluminum Cafe Racer Tank

I think I have posted before that the tank can make or break the look of a cafe racer. It is the biggest problem with my Sportster. The peanut tank is, well, a peanut tank. True/pure cafe racers don’t generally have peanut tanks.

So if that’s a problem that your bike faces as well, this tank might just be the solution. The seller has a number of cafe-related parts up for sale on eBay with this being one of the nicer items. He does mention a dimple in the tank somewhere, but apparently it is small enough that the camera has trouble picking it up. I’m not an expert at mounting custom gas tanks, but there appears to be enough room in the tunnel for a fairly robust frame backbone.

8 hours left in this auction. Good luck!


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