The 90 Degree V-Twin engine has been a cornerstone of Moto Guzzi’s series production motorcycles for well over three decades. In that time it had carved itself a truly unique reputation, which only BMW can challenge in terms of its robust construction, ease of maintenance and the sheer number of tasks it is able to take on.
Together with Ducati’s original bevel drive 900SS, Laverda’s Jota and the MV Agusta America, the Moto Guzzi Le Mans rates as one of the truly great Italian motorcycles of the 1970s – and unlike all the others, it was to survive not only for the whole of the 1980s, but creep into the 1990s as well.
The Le Mans 1000 had its debut late 1984, it was more often refered to as the Mark IV. This shared the larger 948cc engine already used in not only the V1000, but also the California II and SPII and SPIII models, but in a higher state of tune. Differences included larger valves, higher compression, bigger Dell’Orto carbs and new exhaust pipes. With these new improvements the output increased to 86bhp( at the crankshaft), and the top speed jumped to almost 140mph.
Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Mark IV
Type: 948 cc, Air Cooled, transverse 90° V-twin, OHC
Bore x stroke: 88 mm x 78 mm
Power: 76 hp @ 7250 rpm
Torque: 8.4 kg-m @ 6250 rpm
Gearbox: 5 speed
Final drive: Shaft
Wheelbase: 1500 mm
Fuel capacity: 25 Litres
Dry weight: 215 kg
Red 1985 Moto Guzzi Le Mans 1000 Motorcycle. With just over 21,000 Miles, this motorcycle is in good running condition. This is a rare example of a great looking motorcycle from Moto Guzzi. The engine is a 90° V-twin, 948cc shaft driven, extremely smooth and reliable. This motorcycle is all original except for the addition of the Corbin seat with extra comfort and style. Motorcycle runs and rides great!