Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850

Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850

Moto Guzzi are renowned for rugged, reliable machines.  One 'Guzzi', though, that had way more going for it than mere practicality, was the Le Mans 850.  Strong and purposeful, yes - but it was also a kingpin of Italian design.

The Le Mans' top speed stat of 130mph was plenty impressive in '76.  Especially, since it was delivered by shaft-drive - a power-train more noted for efficiency than performance.  Like its styling, the Le Mans' motor was simple, but effective.

The Guzzi's iconic engine was an 'across-the-frame' V-twin.  It first saw the light of day in a 3-wheeler ... built for crossing mountains.  Suffice it to say - torque was not in short supply!  It was a long way from such icy wastes, to the furnace of France's most famous racetrack.  But the 'Le Mans' would have devoured those miles - and not missed a beat!  And it would have arrived with the same laid-back demeanour with which it set out.  The Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850 blended style and solidity - in equal measure.

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