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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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23-11-2013 22:34
Steve

Hi Jan

Thanks for your informative response.I have contacted the previous owner of my bike in New Zealand (second owner) he was very surprised when I asked if he was aware of incorrect engine number for a MK1.
I have the original rego papers that have these number,from the UK were bike was first registered .
Do you think some MK1 bikes did have VF engine numbers.
Great to hear your responce, it has been interesting looking for information .
I will look up the Falloons book
Cheers
Australia,,,,,

 



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23-11-2013 02:20
Mike

I am re-painting my 1976 Lemans 850, and looking for the correct color and paint co for the orange that is on the front of the fairing.

Please help!

Mike
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09-11-2013 22:57
Steve

Hi I have a Lemans mk1. chassis number VE 12086 engine number VF 070847
.bike first registered in UK in 1976.
I have been told all MK1 engine numbers start with VE so could you please advise me if there was some MK 1 with theVF or what motor I have.
It is a round case heads and all components match a MK 1.
Any advise would be much appreciated
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23-11-2013 20:15
Jan

Hi Steve,

According to Ian Falloons Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible chassis number VE 12086 belongs to a first series 850 Le Mans (page 62) and engine number VF 070847 to a 850 Le Mans III (page 86).

The information about the engine numbers is to my opinion not right. The chassis number of my 850 Le Mans comes very close to yours and I also have a VF engine number. It is absolutely sure that the chassis and engine are not separated in the past.

You can find a link to Ian Falloons book on the homepage (third one).

Kinds regards,

Jan

 



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09-09-2014 07:00
tonch

Hi Jan,
just a note regarding the engine number for a Mk1, I also have a Mk1 with the engine number starting with VF*070626*
Note sure what to think??
Cheers.

 



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16-05-2016 14:24
Frank Vanlaerhoven

Noticed your comments on the mk1 guzzi frame and engine numbers, mine is a uk bike too,with original mot papers
Frame number ve14820
Eng no. VF 074312

 



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31-08-2013 07:40
Dan

John Betteo,

Is your bike still for sale?

 



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26-08-2013 22:02
Gaspard Estourgie

Beste Jan,

Ik had het gisteren al tegen je gezegd, nu nogmaals. Erg leuk dat je deze meeting hebt georganiseerd. Jammer dat ik met een lekke band moest afhaken. Als er voldoende animo voor is zou ik meer dan eens per jaar willen afspreken (eventueel met alleen LM rijders)

Vriendelijke groeten, Gaspard

 



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29-08-2013 19:07
Jan

Lijkt me een goed idee. Misschien dat anderen ook ideeën hebben. Laat het weten in het gastenboek of via de contact pagina.

Groeten,

Jan

 



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