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Le Mans or Le Mans II

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Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby BadKen » Sat Nov 11, 2017 1:42 am

Probably can't afford a Le Mans unless it needed some work; happy to consider most projects including non-runners. Otherwise fairly open minded. I have cash and a van for collection. I'm on the south coast but willing to drive up to Newcastle for the right bike. krpridham@gmail.com Tel:07874129786
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby ranton_rambler » Sat Nov 11, 2017 2:13 pm

Not a Le Mans but seems a good price and basis for a project. Was advertised for £2500 on "other" forum.

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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Mike H » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:48 pm

Thought it looked a bit odd but appears to check out if a Spada NT. Front mudguard is off a T3 tho. Nice colour scheme.

Had a LM1, total money pit. Too many PO modifications, and basically shagged out (been raced). Also bear in mind that was when you could buy new parts for it. Sold it as a to-do-up project, the guy still hasn't got it running yet I don't think. Got a different engine lined up to put in I believe, one that isn't knackered. I myself had already replaced the gearbox and rebuilt the FD.
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Mike H » Sat Nov 11, 2017 3:53 pm

PS: engine rebuilt at 68,000 miles?
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Chris950s » Sat Nov 11, 2017 8:26 pm

The problem is that we are talking about 40 year old sports bikes, of course the majority have been thrashed. Either you need to buy a rebuilt bike that has evidence that it has been done by someone who knows what they are doing, or you must accept that an "original" bike will need a rebuild. I was not convinced that Mike H's bike was a Le Mans, and I have seen it, as there was so much Spada stuff on it, I personally think it was a Spada with a Le Mans engine in i,t but you can call anything what ever you like and without the history who will know?

My bike is a total Bitsa and to my mind is none the worse for that. Tonti framed bikes all have interchangeable parts so after 40 years how sure can you be about originality and how much do you care? I will leave that to the rivet counters to decide. My other gripe is the astronomical cost of an "original" Le Mans, still it means my bike will not go down in value.

As I said in another post if you want a reasonably priced Tonti framed bike get a Mille GT then you can add all the Le Mans parts to it.

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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Chris950s » Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:41 am

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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Mike H » Sun Nov 12, 2017 7:26 pm

Hi Chris it was a LM1, frame No. VE117xx, lots of custom homemade bits on it when I got it, cosmetically only tank and rear mudguard were left as original, some of the homemade and aftermarket stuff wore out or broke or got tatty, I put the Spada like bits on it simply to make it more comfortable.

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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby exsmokingbiker » Mon Nov 13, 2017 8:27 pm

I have that Lemans and changes in circumstances dictate that its stil sitting around and yes its been dressed as a Spad some bits have been boght but a lot still needs buying was not long ago i got a £600+ invoice for parts
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby BadKen » Mon Nov 13, 2017 10:27 pm

Thanks to Ranton...and others.but I'm looking for a Le Mans (non runner etc) or a Le Mans II. I don't want a T3 or a Spada (I already used to own one of those)
So long as the numbers add up ie frame VE11111 to VE24788 and appropriate engine numbers ( VE70000 to 83668 ), I'd be interested. Cheers.
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby exsmokingbiker » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:44 am

As said mine is a lemans its got the frame refs and the engine ref numbers - but it has been dressed as a Spada but it is a MK1 its got the 6mm inlet fixings as well so right heads
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby cyclobutch » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:49 am

All down to whether you are buying as an investment or to ride I suppose.

I wanted an LM 1 or 2 as a project to mono shock. What I did want on it was all of the LM go faster bits. All out of my price range now. And I'd probably get as big a boo/hiss here now for cutting one up as anyone from the investor community looking to stash one away.
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Chris950s » Tue Nov 14, 2017 10:58 am

cyclobutch wrote:All down to whether you are buying as an investment or to ride I suppose.

I wanted an LM 1 or 2 as a project to mono shock. What I did want on it was all of the LM go faster bits. All out of my price range now. And I'd probably get as big a boo/hiss here now for cutting one up as anyone from the investor community looking to stash one away.

My mate Batty had a Mk! Le Mans that had a mono shock conversion in the early 80's. I have posted photos on here before, he had it black and gold, magnesium fork sliders and a nickle plated frame. I saw the custom aluminium tank and seat for sale on eBay a couple of years ago and managed to trace the current owner and it now looks more like a Le Mans but still is mono shock and the frame is still nickle plated. It was the bike that first got me into Guzzis. Enjoy :D

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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby BadKen » Tue Nov 14, 2017 8:04 pm

exsmokingbiker wrote:As said mine is a lemans its got the frame refs and the engine ref numbers - but it has been dressed as a Spada but it is a MK1 its got the 6mm inlet fixings as well so right heads

Hi there, I'll admit I'm a bit confused! Which bike are you talking about? Is it for sale? Are you advertising it? Do you have pictures?
I haven't seen a Le Mans that looks like a Spada for sale?
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby guykate » Tue Nov 14, 2017 9:39 pm

Twas a bit back....Ray bought it off Mike....it looked like a white Spada last time I saw it in Scotland....if Ray was to sell it twould be worth a look.....
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby Chris950s » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:15 am

Yes sorry, the photos of the Harris mono shock Le Mans were off topic, but posted because Butch mentioned wanting to do a mono shock Le Mans project.

I agree with Kate, have a chat with Ray (exsmokingbiker) the Spada/Le Mans has not been for sale as far as I know, but it could be worth a chat?
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby exsmokingbiker » Wed Nov 15, 2017 4:22 pm

hi yes it is for sale as i have due to change in workload apreciated that i will never get it back to a lemans it is a project located in Leicester pm me an email as they will not load here i only have a couple of pics
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

Postby BadKen » Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:27 pm

Done, thanks.
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Re: Le Mans or Le Mans II

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