Clymer Manuals Moto Guzzi LeMans III Cafe Racer Vintage Motorcycle Walk Around Video
Clymer Manuals got up close to Logan Herndon’s 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III. This Italian factory cafe racer was on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Show.
Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorbikes were all on display. Manufacturers included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, Yamaha, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations, bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could imagine.
MOTO GUZZI LeMANS on WIKIPEDIA
The Moto Guzzi Le Mans is a sports motorcycle first manufactured in 1976 by Italian company Moto Guzzi. During its lifetime it has gone through a series of changes which have meant that it is increasingly seen as a sports tourer.
This model saw an extensive re-design both technically and aesthetically. Features included revised cylinder heads and barrels, now sporting a squared off cooling-fin design. Pushrods were moved further from the bore centre, hinting at intent to provide larger bore sizes and an increase in capacity. In total there were some 80 technical changes from the Mk II model. The aesthetic upgrade included the tank, seat, fairings and instrument cluster. Now dominated by a large white faced Veglia tachometer hinting at the Le Mans sporting heritage. The technical changes included improved machining tolerances, revised carburation and exhaust systems. These technical advances resulted in an increase in power and torque from preceding models. Other improvements were made to the rear suspension and front forks with provision of linked air assisted damping.
Frame numbers are VF11111 - VF20700 inclusive, engine numbers are also prefixed by "VF".
MOTO GUZZI on WIKIPEDIA
Moto Guzzi is an Italian motorcycle manufacturer and the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production. Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle center stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine.
Moto Guzzi was conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic serving in the Corpo Aeronautico Militare (the Italian Air Corp, CAM) during World War I: Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi. Assigned to the same Miraglia Squadron based outside Venice, the three became close, despite coming from different socio-economic backgrounds. The trio envisioned creating a motorcycle company after the war. Guzzi would engineer the motor bikes, Parodi (the son of wealthy Genovese ship-owners) would finance the venture, and Ravelli (already a famous pilot and motorcycle racer) would promote the bikes with his racing prowess. Guzzi and Parodi (along with Parodi's brother) formed Moto Guzzi in 1921. Ravelli, ironically, had died just days after the war's end in an aircraft crash and is commemorated by the eagle's wings that form the Moto Guzzi logo.
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