saw one of these for the first the other day when Geeto67 posted one and kind of fell in love w/ it then saw this today:
1980 moto guzzi lemans $5k.... 1980 CX100 Moto Guzzi Le Mans
underpriced no? there's a 78 on ebay right now at 10k. unless that's a rarer one?
no pic in the ad but my friend knows the guy....this is it:
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The price is a good price for a lemans CX100, but it is pretty close to "retail". Anything more than that would be obscene without justification (like a $10K restoration using original lemans I parts). A 1978 model would be a Lemans I and yes those bikes are way more desireable.
The neat part about the CX100 is that it is an american market only bike. Berliner, the importer for Guzzi didn't want to pay for emissions certification on the 850 engines which were slated to only be in production one or two more years (the emissions regulations went into effect in 1979), but the 1000 motor for the SP touring models had already cleared federal emissions testing, so they slotted the 1000SP engine into a Lemans II chassis and called it the CX100. All CX100s are 1979 models but some have been titled and sold as 1980 models. My CX100 was a 1980 as well. I don't think Guzzi sold more than 1500 of them. They resurrected the model in 1981 but only produced 353 of those. Unfortunatly rarity does not translate into monetary value, as most of the guzzi purists don't consider the cx100 a "real lemans" and the bike was obscenely expensive for the time ($5000+ when a 1979 cb750F was $1495).
While a real lemans I is knocking on the $10K door, cx100s seem to be trading for around $4500-$5500, maybe $6K if you had a really really good one. I have seen custom lemans CX100 conversions to lemans I spec sell for $8K but the cost of doing it with original parts is prohibitive - it has to be a labor of love, and even then really well done.
I have ridden an 850 lemans I and an sp1000 (my own cx100 was broken when I bought it and broken when I sold it) as well as a later 1000S. Stock for stock the 850 is the most fun, but the 1000SP/cx100 is the most useable around town bike (more torque and a heavier flywheel - not as smooth but has the inertia to pull you away from a stop light quickly).
If I ad $5K to spare I would buy that bike today. if it were $6K I would probably pass.