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I have just recently begun the restoration and rebuild of a 1979 850 Le Mans Mk2. I have discovered that the original paint colour was that cobalt blue shade. Can anyone help with a paint name and paint code, or an automotive match?
The blue is the same as a 1976 BMW R100 RS
Very happy to be an owner/rider of a 1976 Moto Guzzi Le Mans that I imported earlier this year to the UK. It was previously owned by an elderly gentleman in Parma who prized it among his modest collection. Apart from the replacement seat, it's in mostly original finish which makes it quite a find, I think. Whilst retaining the original KPH speedometer, I have fitted a NOS MPH version. I love how this machine fits together. It's so easy to maintain, yet it feels like a solid piece of engineering. I trailed it for only 5 miles, very recently, after finalising all the documentation making it road legal. It's a memorable ride for all the best reasons! I love this dedicated site to this machine. Thanks.
Proud original owner of a 1978 Le Mans hoping to find the color code for this bike. Would like to repaint my red bike as close to original as possible.
I just bought a le mans from 1978 and was wondering whether some one can help me as i am planning to use my bike for longer trips would welcome suggestion how to store luggage eg any suggestions for bags systems?
Oxford saddlebags (X50) perhaps?
Very nice site! I appreciate the detailed reviews and riding reports from owners, as well as the videos. (No possessive apostrophe, by the way, for the plural).
Thanks for all you do here! --Thom
I wanted to say 'Thank you' for your excellent site, it looks great and the magazine articles in particular are a fantastic resource that it is generous of you to share.
Hi all, does anybody know where iI can get a original LM1 riders manual in italian englisch or german language? No copies please, I am looking for the original! Any hints and tips welcome! Ciao, Gert
Who has a Le Mans 1 or 2 for sale?
Please send a mail with photo and price to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Already had a look at www.Mobile.de ?
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?????
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.
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.
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.
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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
Here's a start.
Side panels: https://vdcon.nl/files/pdf/pdffile613153_867616.pdf
And here you can find a lot more: https://vdcon.nl/technical/manuals/manual-850-le-mans
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 😊