1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans

The 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans was the company's attempt to capture the superbike market. See more motorcycle pictures.

The 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans motorcycle mounted the Italian company's respected 1000-cc V-twin in a sportbike design for a unique blend of power and style.

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When Moto Guzzi introduced its first V-twin engine in the mid 1960s, it displaced 700 cc and was mounted in a shaft-drive model called the V7. The engine soon grew to 750 cc, and a performance-oriented model called the Sport followed.

Further enlargements to the V-twin in the mid 1970s increased displacement to 850 cc, and then to a full liter. Most of these engines were mounted in touring motorcycles, but in order to capture the attention of the enthusiast market, Moto Guzzi introduced the LeMans Mk I in 1976.

Like other Moto Guzzis of the period, the LeMans was built on a tubular frame, a section of which could be unbolted to allow for easy removal of the engine.

It also had a linked braking system where the foot pedal controlled not only the rear disc, but also one of the twin front discs; the other was activated by the conventional hand-brake lever.

Unique to the 1978 Moto Guzzi LeMans motorcycle was a bikini fairing, clip-on handlebars, and distinct badging and trim.

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