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23-11-2013 02:20

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!



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09-11-2013 22:57

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

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,



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09-09-2014 07:00

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??


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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

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

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




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31-01-2013 23:38
Alex Hamilton

Your Manuels have proved invaluable, the bike is roaring and eating up Tuscan roads, thank you for the help you have made so freely available, yours Alex


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28-07-2012 21:23
Alex Hamilton

Dear Jan ,

I found the "beyond the scope of this manuel " so I phoned Ted at Mototoer , he told me what to do, in no uncertain way ! Thank you, Alex.


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