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    I just purchased this 1997 EFI Moto Guzzi 1100 Sport on September 21st, 2016 from a friend of mine, who is also the owner of Moto Motivo located here in Raleigh NC. This Guzzi has 7200 miles on the clock, and she is in absolutely mint / museum quality condition. After having been originally imported into the US from Germany (yup, no miles here, the speedometer is in kph), she spend most of her life being displayed at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Museum until a couple of years ago when Moto Motivo purchased her from the museum's liquidation auction after they gone belly up. The original German owner changed almost all hoses over from factory to braided stainless. He also upgraded the ECU with a stage II power chip, added carbon slip-on pipes, and installed an K&N filter, which raised her factory 90 hp to 110 hp. She now makes a nice addition to my stable! This bike, like some others that I own, will be ridden from time to time to the local coffee shop, bike show, or watering hole, but her main role is going to be eye candy for the soul, and a nice display of what motorcycle art is all about! :-)

    The 1100 Sport was never really a "Road Warrior", and most of the bikes in her class during the 90's, like my 185 hp 1996 GSX-R1100, out-performed her! But, riding a Moto Guzzi will give you a feeling like...... well, you just need to ride one to understand! Besides, this MG is one sexy looking machine!

    The info below was taken from: Motorcycle Magazine

    Moto Guzzi's 1100 Sport offers a unique combination of old-world sensations and modern components. While it doesn't compare to a 916 in terms of all-out performance, it is an exclusive and capable machine. For those looking for a charismatic bike to travel through sweeping corners at high speeds, Moto Guzzi just may have the machine you're looking for.

    Original Factory Specifications:

    Manufacturer: Moto Guzzi
    Model: 1997 1100 Sport
    Price: $12,500
    Engine: Air-cooled, OHV 2-valve,
    transverse 90 degree V-twin, 4-stroke
    Bore x stroke: 92 x 80 mm
    Displacement: 1064 cc
    Carburation: Weber Marelli Fuel Injection;
    one injector per cylinder
    Transmission: 5-speed
    Claimed power: 90 hp 7800 rpm
    Claimed torque: 9.7 kgm at 6000 rpm
    Wheelbase: 58.7 in. (1475 mm)
    Rear Tire: 160/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Front Tire: 120/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Seat Height: 31.8 in. (810 mm)
    Fuel Capacity: 5.01 gal. (19 L)
    Claimed dry Weight: 487 lb. (221 Kg.)
    Color Schemes: black, yellow, blue, silver, or red.
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    If owning one 97 EFI MG 1100 Sport is good, then getting a second one is even better! At least this is something I keep telling myself over and over in order to justify of adding another bike to the stable! But in reality, I do like the way the 1100 Sport rides, and she is a great communication piece whenever I stop somewhere with her! So I did buy this second 79 EFI 1100 Sport on November 3rd, 2016 as a rider, so that I can use my 7.2K low milage 1100 Sport mainly as a show bike. I bought this (new to me) 1100 Sport from a guy, who was the second owner, out of Michigan today. She has the performance upgrade power chip, carbon slip-on pipes, and K&N filters, which raised her factory 90 hp to 110 hp. She also comes with an extra gas tank, the original air-box, exhaust, mirrors, wind screen, and turn signals. In addition, the stand, a Corbin tank bag, and a complete factory manual set was also included in the purchase. This bike was original painted from the factory in yellow, but the first owner liked the MG red better, so he had the bike painted.

    Original Factory Specifications:

    Manufacturer: Moto Guzzi
    Model: 1997 1100 Sport I
    Price: $12,500
    Engine: Air-cooled, OHV 2-valve,
    transverse 90 degree V-twin, 4-stroke
    Bore x stroke: 92 x 80 mm
    Displacement: 1064 cc
    Carburation: Weber Marelli Fuel Injection;
    one injector per cylinder
    Transmission: 5-speed
    Claimed power: 90 hp 7800 rpm
    Claimed torque: 9.7 kgm at 6000 rpm
    Wheelbase: 58.7 in. (1475 mm)
    Rear Tire: 160/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Front Tire: 120/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Seat Height: 31.8 in. (810 mm)
    Fuel Capacity: 5.01 gal. (19 L)
    Claimed dry Weight: 487 lb. (221 Kg.)
    Color Schemes: black, yellow, blue, silver, or red.
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    I just bought this 97 for US $2.5k from a motorcycle collector here out of Raleigh, NC. I had known, and tried to buy this bike now for about the last six month, and today was finally the day that her owner finally decided to let her go!

    The 1100 Sport was never really a "Road Warrior", and most of the bikes in her class during the 90's, like my 185 hp 1996 GSX-R1100, out-performed her! But, riding a Moto Guzzi will give you a feeling like...... well, you just need to ride one to understand! Besides, this MG is one sexy looking machine!

    The info below was taken from: Motorcycle Magazine

    Moto Guzzi's 1100 Sport offers a unique combination of old-world sensations and modern components. While it doesn't compare to a 916 in terms of all-out performance, it is an exclusive and capable machine. For those looking for a charismatic bike to travel through sweeping corners at high speeds, Moto Guzzi just may have the machine you're looking for.

    Original Factory Specifications:

    Manufacturer: Moto Guzzi
    Model: 1997 1100 Sport
    Price: $12,500
    Engine: Air-cooled, OHV 2-valve,
    transverse 90 degree V-twin, 4-stroke
    Bore x stroke: 92 x 80 mm
    Displacement: 1064 cc
    Carburation: Weber Marelli Fuel Injection;
    one injector per cylinder
    Transmission: 5-speed
    Claimed power: 90 hp 7800 rpm
    Claimed torque: 9.7 kgm at 6000 rpm
    Wheelbase: 58.7 in. (1475 mm)
    Rear Tire: 160/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Front Tire: 120/70 - ZR 17 Tubeless Radial
    Seat Height: 31.8 in. (810 mm)
    Fuel Capacity: 5.01 gal. (19 L)
    Claimed dry Weight: 487 lb. (221 Kg.)
    Color Schemes: black, yellow, blue, silver, or red.
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    And then there were three!
    I thought having two red 97 1100 Sporti bikes in my stable would be enough, but no, I needed a little blue in my life!

    I added a pretty rare (1 of only 18 blue imported into the US) 1100 Sport beauty on 12/02/16 to my stable. She is a one owner bike, which was used as a trade-in last week at a motorcycle dealership in Vancouver WA. The dealership is going to install a new set of Michelin Pilot tires on Monday, which is going to conclude this purchase. She will then be ready to start her 3000 mile journey from the West Coast to her new home here on the East Coast! The owner's manual, original tool kit, two set of keys, and her service and parts purchase history are also included with the bike.
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    I added this 1996 GSX-R1100W to the stable on 08/05/16. I picked her up in Baltimore, where her 2nd owner purchased this bike a year ago from a local dealer. She came with a new Zero Gravity wind screen, new slip-on pipes, a set of Keihin FCR 41 mm flat slide carbs, and shorty brake & clutch levers.
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    Purchased a new black on black 2015 KLR on 12/14 for $6,109.00. Since new, for a total cost of approximately $2.5K, I purchased KLR saddle bags, a heavy duty skid-plate, taller wind-screen, front and rear crash bars, USB & 12 V adaptor, Thermo-Bob II, Doohickey, LeoVince X3 muffler, KLX Jet kit, UNI air filter, Ernie Clutch Arm, Omni Cruise Throttle Lock, Off-road foot-pegs, 2 x 2 gallon Rotopax fuel cells for those remote rides, aluminum luggage mounting plate, Seat Concepts 2" higher seat, Pelican 1500 hard top case, Headlight guard, 2" handlebar risers, Radical Tombstone Highway foot peg's, SW-Motech Center Stand, and a low profile magnetic oil plug. I also just installed a set of Heidenau K60 Scout tires on 05/16.

    I have neglected this bike and ridden her only for about 50 miles within the last 8 month due to having to many other bikes sitting in the stable now. This will not do, since she is way to nice to become a dust collector!
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    I just purchase this 1985 Moto Guzzi Lemans IV on 4/16/16 with only 5121 original miles on her. The bike drives and looks great. The only downside of owning this bike is the availability of some replacement parts. I am looking for a good donor bike, so that I can stock up on parts. It is getting really hard, and costly to locate and buy, for instance, the rear tail light lens or light assemble. A used assembly, if you can find one, will cost over $200.00

    But, besides the parts issue, this bike has lots of midrange torque, drives as good on straight roads as in curves. The Lemans IV has an air-cooled engine, which makes this bike better suited to be out on the open roads versus a cities stop-and-go riding. But, the engine has great heat-distributing and heat releasing ribs located on the outside of the engine, which cool's the bike off pretty fast. It's best if the engine does not run for more then 5 minutes without the bike moving.

    The 1985 LeMans V1000 IV model did have an issues with some riders concerning the 16" front wheel, which my bike has. Here is a short explanation of what the issue or concerns were:

    I'm also a member of the Wildgoose Moto Guzzi forum, and the general thoughts that I got out of reading up on the issue a little was that most riders back in the days were used to ride only on 18" front wheels. So when they rode a 16" model it made the handling and the individuals riding skills more critical due to the steering geometry, setup, and tire profile. So not being either experienced enough, or just taken by surprise, these 16" vs. 18" front wheel differences in handling resulted in some (or maybe many) of the riders being thrown off the bikes when they were taken by surprise with the bikes faster than expected turning capabilities. Many Lemans IV riders who had the 16" front wheel factory setup liked this configuration and never changed to the 18" wheel. Others didn't like the quicker movements that the 16" front wheeled bikes made and made the change. BMW, who sold the LeMans back in the days, changed all of there 16" bikes over to the 18" after Moto Guzzi did a recall due to riders being thrown off and crashing their bikes during high-speed cornering. Many people also seem to think that the real issue was more related with the type of tires that the 16" LeMans wheels had installed from the factory. Some stated that riding on the factory installed original 16" Lemans IV tires felt like riding on, or pushing a wheelbarrow tire around (Whatever that may mean)??. Something to think about: Many of todays race bikes use 16.5" front rims, which allows the rider to turn quicker, and in theory should have faster lab times than a 18" wheel rider, if all variables are constant. So it seems to me that the 16" front wheel on the LeMans is just fine if you have a good tire, and if you know what to expect when you go fast into tight turns. So, there is no wobble or steering shacking, but the 16" wheel can however throw you off, like a mad bull would in a 8 second rodeo, when riding it into turns or tight corners to fast and being un-prepared for doing so! So for me, I like the 16" wheel and it's ability to turn quick. My LeMans is also more a show bike than a rider, so having the 16" original setup could become a favorable option at bike shows in the future.

    Let's just hope that I'm not going to send out a post one day titled "I guess I took this curve a little to quickly"...............


    All in all, I would rate this bike a 4 out of 5, mostly due to theLemans IV's parts availability. Also, this bike is pretty sporty and cool looking for being almost an antique motorcycle. I am looking at the Lemans IV as her being a piece of two wheel art, especially when she is painted in red, which highlights her many smooth flowing lines and body panels.

    Technical Data:

    Model: Moto Guzzi V 1000 Le Mans IV
    Year: 1985
    Category: Classic
    Engine and transmission
    Displacement: 948.00 ccm (57.85 cubic inches)
    Engine type: V2, four-stroke
    Power: 81.00 HP (59.1 kW)) @ 7400 RPM
    Top speed: 217.0 km/h (134.8 mph)
    Compression: 9.8:1
    Bore x stroke: 88.0 x 78.0 mm (3.5 x 3.1 inches)
    Valves per cylinder: 2
    Fuel control: Overhead Valves (OHV)
    Cooling system: Air
    Gearbox: 5-speed
    Transmission type,
    final drive: Shaft drive
    Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels
    Front tyre: 120/80-16
    Rear tyre: 130/80-18
    Front brakes: Dual disc
    Rear brakes: Single disc
    Physical measures and capacities
    Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 245.0 kg (540.1 pounds)
    Fuel capacity: 24.00 litres (6.34 gallons)
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    1979 XT500, purchased from original owner in July 2012. She is inspected, insured, and received her antique license plate in June 2014. I did a partial restoration on her, which included: Repainted the tank and rear fender, new brakes, chain, sprockets, tires, added luggage rack, rear shocks, rebuild front forks, seat, powder coated the exhaust and skid-plate, installed a twin feed cam oiler, and did a proper engine tuneup. I also installed a new Mikuni TM-36 carb, which eliminated the rough engine idling, hot-start issues I used to have, and added lots of engine torque and throttle response. She does drive great now, has lots of power, and does not smoke or burn any oil. I invested, besides the original purchase cost of $2,100.00, approximately $3,200.00 and about 80 personal shop hours into her cosmetic / mechanical restoration.
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    I purchased this 1996 BMW R1100RS on 3/28/16 out of an Estate sale in NY. She is a one owner bike with only 6300 miles on her. Her original owner passed in 1999, and his family left the BMW sitting in the garage for the following 17 years without ever touching her. I paid $1,250.00 for her, but I found out after I got her going again that she did needed a new clutch, which had cost me $1.5K on parts and labor at the BMW dealer. I'm going to have a total of about $3k in her before she is done. I still think that this was a good deal for such a low milage bike.
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    This is the only picture that I have left of my very first street bike, which I bought back in the early 90's, a long, long time ago! The bike is long gone, so is my dog, but seeing this picture does bring back good memories from the good ol days! It's scary on how fast 25 years have passed!
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