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Old 03-23-2013, 01:50 PM   #1
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1980 Guzzi Sp1000?

I'm thinking of picking up a bike from several hours away. 1980 Guzzi Sp1000, looks to be stock except for some Harley-ish turnout exhaust. What should I look for before handing over cash? It's got a claimed 23k miles, and he says it runs "fine".
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:02 PM   #2
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With 23k not much to look for just the usual old bike stuff like seals leaking, grounds cleaned up ,brakes may need to be gone through. One of my favorite Guzzi's I have had 2 78's. Really a great bike.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:30 PM   #3
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Thanks! If it's in good shape how much should I pay for it?
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Old 03-23-2013, 03:13 PM   #4
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Here's a crappy picture of it.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:32 PM   #5
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Thanks! If it's in good shape how much should I pay for it?
Tonti-framed bike prices have been going up quickly over the last year or two, would be a deal at $2k or under and a fair price up to $3.5k
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:45 PM   #6
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One big plus is that this is one round-head Tonti where you dont have to woory about peeling chrome bores! Way to go!
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Old 03-23-2013, 06:15 PM   #7
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One big plus is that this is one round-head Tonti where you dont have to woory about peeling chrome bores! Way to go!
That is awesome to know; I was worried how low the miles were for the year. I'll have to brush up on the Guzzi terminology.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:36 PM   #8
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any guzzi under 20k miles is low miles... i had a 78, great highway bike...
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:20 AM   #9
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Looks like the handlebars have been changed to semi-apes and the front fender is a chrome thing insted of the plastic color matched part.

They're solid bikes, switchgear is suspect but it's an old Guzzi (they all do that)

Looking at the picture $2500-$3000. If it's nicer than the picture represents add a few quid.
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Old 03-24-2013, 05:43 AM   #10
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Looks like its been through a somewhat rough life....check out the boot guards on the wrong side of the valve covers ....if the price is right get it!!
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Old 03-24-2013, 09:41 AM   #11
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I have a '79 that I turned into a cafe bike. I think they're very easy to work on. Pick up a copy of Guzziology and a Haynes manual and you can pull it apart and fix just about anything. The fairing is great, especially if you can get the lowers. It should have iron bores. Nice bike. It looks like a nice project.
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Old 03-24-2013, 04:48 PM   #12
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I got my 79 for $300 but that was 10 years ago, running Tontis seem to go for $2500 and up these days, those mufflers are probably on the loud side, seat could be a plus, the stock one wasn't that great, I had a G5 seat on mine.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:23 PM   #13
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Thanks for all the responses. Waiting on the seller now..
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:40 PM   #14
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i've owned 2 sp's. still kicking myself in the ass for selling them like so many other bikes i've owned.
awesome road bike, good power, would spank any airhead i've owned with the exception of my R90S.

dig the fishtail exhaust on my second one. the only distraction to a lovely bike.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:43 PM   #15
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Ha! Funny, the one I'm trying to purchase has a Harley-shop exhaust too.

Our other rider bike is an r90/6 in need of some top end refreshing. Probably won't be a fair comparison.

The tonti frames are starting to look better and better to me. ..uh oh.
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