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posted 8/18/2020 ~ sold 8/19/20
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1978 Moto Guzzi Lemans 1 - SOLD

Professionally restored by Pro Italia of Glendale, CA in 1997/98.

I purchased this bike from the widow of a friend in 1996.  It was in good overall condition, with 20,752 miles on it, but was starting to look a little tired cosmetically, particularly the matte black frame and exhaust.  I wanted to restore it and address the cosmetics as well as upgrading a few mechanicals. 

Pro Italia was one of the premier Italian bike dealerships at that time and was run and staffed by true enthusiasts.  I approached Earl Campbell (GM at that time) about taking on the project.  As our discussion evolved Earl became more enthusiastic about doing the project, as we both seemed to have the same vision for the result.  My directive was to build the best bike we could, without losing the original character of the bike.  Once I assured Earl that I was willing to spend what was necessary to do that, and wait as long as necessary, we agreed to set the wheels in motion.  I could not have been happier with the result.  All the right things were done, by all the right people.

I rode the bike occasionally for the next 2 or 3 years, putting about 1,200 miles on it, then prepped it for storage in my collection.  I couldnít decide if it was too nice to ride or too nice not to, but I had other bikes to ride.  Today the bike looks as good as it did the day it left Pro Italia. 

I am now preparing for retirement and have decided itís time to let someone else enjoy this bike.  Iíve just finished re-commissioning the bike and it is ready to ride.  A new Odyssey battery has been installed, brakes (de-linked) have fresh fluid and have been bled, fresh oil, etc.  I will note that the tires look good, with only 1,200 miles on them, but should be replaced, based on age.  The bike fired up easily and settled into an idle after maybe a minute of warm-up.

OK, now for some details

This was a frame-up / crankshaft out resto.  Everything was rebuilt or replaced.

         * Engine rebuilt:  heads rebuilt and flowed by Axtell, Agostini timing gear conversion, Dyna ignition and coils, new bearings, seals & gaskets
   * New MG wiring harness
   * Billet aluminum head guards installed
   * Transmission rebuilt, new clutch
   * New MG final drive unit, new U joint
   * New hybrid Guzzi/Staintune exhaust system
   * Frame powder coated
   * Paint by Tony Markus
   * New Guzzi seat
   * New Koni shocks
  * Wheels, engine and trans case were all shot-peened.  Gives a more subtle finish than bead blasting and seals the pores rather than opening for ease of maintenance.

There are numerous other small items, but Iím sure you get the idea.  New owner will get the original receipts from Pro Italia, totaling over $12,000 in 1998.  Thatís equal to over $19,000 in todayís money, and it would be hard to find someone to do the job to the same level of expertise and craftsmanship.

Bike is located in Las Vegas, NV 89103, with a clean Nevada title in my name.

Price:  $16,900 USD (or best offer)  SOLD  SOLD  SOLD

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