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19-07-2015 01:33
George Clain

So I am still looking for coments about a frame and engine number begining with a 7 NOT a 1 Both numbers match, both start with a clear 7 and I am the orginal owner of this 1978/850 LeMans. Anyone know anything about this anomaly?????

 



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09-10-2017 13:58
Dave Hough

George,
I know its an old thread but my mk1 lemans frame no starts with a (VE) 7 not a 1, Mike Lacey dating officer of the Moto Guzzi Club GB could not throw much light on this other than guessing a worker stamping the frame picked up a 7 instead of a 1 but I have since heard of a Canadian MK1 frame no starting with a 7 but got no answer to my enquiry.

 



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05-10-2015 16:08
Alfred Wilson

Hello George, if your LeMans is registered in the United States, it's registered using the engine number and not frame number that Moto Guzzi stamped on the head stock.
For instance, my 76' LeMans is registered in California as 70*** which is a variation of the number stamped on the engine which is 070***.
Partially obscured by the registration plate riveted to the head stock is the factory stamped frame number VE11***.
Why the U.S. importer used engine numbers instead of frame numbers for DMV registration is a debated issue even today.
Hope this helps.

 



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18-08-2015 06:47
Brian

There is a Mk1 currently for sale here in Australia and it looks ok. It has engine no. VF 071947. I will try and add a link, I hope it works.

http://www.bikesales.com.au/dealer/OAG-AD-2695804/1976-Moto-Guzzi-850-Le-Mans/

 



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09-05-2015 17:09
Cas van den Eijnde

mooie site jongens, gr cas

 



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10-11-2014 17:50
David

Hi I have a 1978 lemans mk1 series 2. The bike needs retiring as the previous restoration was not done very well. I am looking for photographs under the tank and behind the side panels etc etc to help with installing the new loom and making sure relays, rectifiers etc are all installed in the right locations. Any help / links to photos etc would be much appreciated

 



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11-11-2014 21:49
Jan

Hi David,

Here's a start.

Tank: http://www.vdcon.nl/files/pdf/pdffile635470_691564.pdf

Side panels: http://www.vdcon.nl/files/pdf/pdffile613153_867616.pdf

And here you can find a lot more: http://www.vdcon.nl/technical/manuals/manual-850-le-mans

Good luck!

 



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11-11-2014 23:10
David

Thanks, note I am re wiring the bike ( not retiring it ! - Google auto spell malfunction)

I have all the manuals an am looking for photographs under the tank, behind the side panels and under the seat. This is to help me see where all the relays, volt packs and wiring should be 😊

 



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15-09-2014 18:18
Martin

I have had my mk1 for a year and the side stand is rubbish. Incorrect angle or stand how can I get a original replacement. Is it the same as any other model.

 



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18-09-2014 08:20
Martin

Thanks Jan I will follow that up. I could do with replacing the front indicator bracket, the one on my bike blocks the use of the steering damper, any ideas.

 



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17-09-2014 19:26
Jan

Hello Martin,

The part number is 14432050 and you can order this at: http://www.harpermoto.com/side-stand-14432050.html

Good luck!

 



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23-11-2014 19:38
Martin

Hi Jan, I can't get harpermoto to post a picture of the sidestand you suggest. Can you post an image so that I can see the part. Regards, Martin.

 



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20-05-2014 21:43
Gaspard

Heren, leuk om elkaar te treffen?
Zie:https://www.facebook.com/events/716014958433013/

22 juni in Roosendaal

 



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21-05-2014 00:48
Jan

Een mooi initiatief. De poster staat ook op de homepage van deze website.

 



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17-06-2014 14:47
Gaspard

Jan, kom je zelf ook?

 



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17-06-2014 19:43
Jan

Da's wel de bedoeling. Vorige week met de 2 jaar geleden gekochte Le Mans die zo'n 8/9 jaar niet heeft gelopen naar de Guzzi Classic Caferacerdag geweest. Ging goed, dus Roosendaal moet ook lukken. Zie je zondag.

 



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02-02-2014 23:07
Paul

I have a Mk1 frame no. VE15254, engine number VF74193. DEFINATELY not a MK111 engine as Ive had it rebuilt and it had cast iron bores. MK111 had Nikasil Im told. One expert reckons its just a poor stamp on the engine block. Dunno about that

 



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17-11-2016 19:13
Alfred Wilson

Hello Paul, I know this is a few years late but just saw this post and thought I'd chime in.
On my early first series LeMans, the E too looks like an F unless you get in there very close and at look at the bottom of what appears to be an F....it's definitely an E.
It seems on my bike that the letter was struck too low on the rib making the bottom horizontal line of the intended E appear much fainter than the rest of the letter.
I've seen this on one other LeMans and relative to how few first series LMs were built perhaps not too uncommon.
Also on my LeMans the letter V of VE too is difficult to see when viewed from a normal distance but is there partially hidden by a rough part of casting to the left of the engine number. I also have seen this on other early LeMans'. And then of course there are other LeMans' where the stamps are very crisp.
I suppose it all depends on who was doing the stamping.
Hope you're enjoying the LeMans!!!

 



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17-11-2016 18:31
Alfred Wilson

Hello Paul, I know this is a few years late but just saw this post and thought I'd chime in.
On my early first series LeMans, the E too looks like an F unless you get in there very close and at look at the bottom of the F. It seems that the letter was struck too low on the rib and as on my bike a much fainter bottom horizontal line can be seen.
I've seen this on one other LeMans and relative to how few first series LMs were built perhaps not too uncommon.
Also on my LeMans the letter V of VE too is difficult to see when viewed from a normal distance but is there partially hidden by a rough part of casting to the left of the engine number.
Hope you're enjoying the LeMans!!!
I'd provide a close-up photo explaining but not sure where in this site.

 



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14-09-2015 13:18
Tonch

Just thought I would let you know I have the same engine stamp on my Mk1 1975.... I have checked it out and mine deffinitely looks like the bottom of the E is missing yhru bad stamping

 



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15-02-2014 22:25
Steve

Hi Paul

Very interesting comments about your engine numbers on your MK1.
What country was your bike first registered

Cheers

 



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