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Old 06-24-2015, 07:25 AM   #1
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Anyone looking for a LeMans 850?

No no, not mine.

This one is up on the guzzi national owner's club with no price and for sale by widow. I get the feeling she's just looking for the "right" owner. I could be wrong and she could want what it's worth, though. Worth a call, right?

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Old 06-24-2015, 10:29 AM   #2
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Old 06-24-2015, 06:50 PM   #3
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I know the bike and knew the late husband. She wants "what it's worth" and the bike needs some work.
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Old 06-24-2015, 09:27 PM   #4
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She wants "what it's worth"....
How much does she want for it?
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Old 06-25-2015, 05:50 AM   #5
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I know the bike and knew the late husband. She wants "what it's worth" and the bike needs some work.
I'd love to hear more!
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Old 06-25-2015, 06:32 PM   #6
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I heard a price of $16,000 mentioned - "experts" have told her it's worth that. Needs carburetor cleaning and tuning, transmission has a 2nd gear issue (jumps out of 2nd), maybe some other sorting.
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Old 06-26-2015, 04:26 AM   #7
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I heard a price of $16,000 mentioned - "experts" have told her it's worth that. Needs carburetor cleaning and tuning, transmission has a 2nd gear issue (jumps out of 2nd), maybe some other sorting.
Wonder how many LM1's those 'experts' have sold?? The carb clean etc. is nothing, but trans.....if this bike just so happened to have the ZD close ratio trans, those gears are almost unobtanium.

Even pristine that's premium money and would have to be an exceptional example.

Oh well, would be nice if it really was worth that much, I'd have to up the insured value on mine.
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Old 06-26-2015, 07:50 AM   #8
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Wonder how many LM1's those 'experts' have sold?? The carb clean etc. is nothing, but trans.....if this bike just so happened to have the ZD close ratio trans, those gears are almost unobtanium.

Even pristine that's premium money and would have to be an exceptional example.

Oh well, would be nice if it really was worth that much, I'd have to up the insured value on mine.

Not many round-fin bikes had that gearbox unless it was swapped out after the fact. I am liking these prices, even if wishful. Throw in a working transmission, lack of over-restoration, un-fucked carbs and some race provenance, and voila!
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:05 AM   #9
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Wonder how many LM1's those 'experts' have sold?? The carb clean etc. is nothing, but trans.....if this bike just so happened to have the ZD close ratio trans, those gears are almost unobtanium.

Even pristine that's premium money and would have to be an exceptional example.

Oh well, would be nice if it really was worth that much, I'd have to up the insured value on mine.
Minus the trans issue, it could be worth close to that. In the past year I've seen them go for north of that. I think union city garage in NYC recently let theirs go for around 18k. I've had offers on mine, without posting it for sale, for north of 10k. I think folks are seeking out original ones, though, not restored.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:31 AM   #10
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Minus the trans issue, it could be worth close to that. In the past year I've seen them go for north of that. I think union city garage in NYC recently let theirs go for around 18k. I've had offers on mine, without posting it for sale, for north of 10k. I think folks are seeking out original ones, though, not restored.
wow. When I got mine I was puzzled why the trans whined so much. I found out that a few had that straight cut close ratio trans and sure enough mine had that. A big bonus for me I guess.

Works great. LM1's are wonderful bikes, you just need Popeye forearms for the throttle and clutch, they have a bit of a pull to them, especially this big Del 36's.

I guess prices have gone up a LOT. I need to re-evaluate my insurance coverage on all my bikes I guess.

Will be interesting to see what this one goes for but we will likely never know.
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:34 AM   #11
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Seriously, the throttle is amazingly heavy. New cables and better routing helped a lot.
It's a really fun bike to ride. Surprisingly fast, nimble and incredible stopping power.

That said...I hate working on mine. I really like working on the Ducatis and BMWs. I'm glad I got all the main service out of the way and can just enjoy riding it now.
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:38 AM   #12
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wow. When I got mine I was puzzled why the trans whined so much. I found out that a few had that straight cut close ratio trans and sure enough mine had that. A big bonus for me I guess.

Works great. LM1's are wonderful bikes, you just need Popeye forearms for the throttle and clutch, they have a bit of a pull to them, especially this big Del 36's.

I guess prices have gone up a LOT. I need to re-evaluate my insurance coverage on all my bikes I guess.

Will be interesting to see what this one goes for but we will likely never know.
A good LM1 is the equivalent of US $ 17,000 in the UK. Only going north.

I'm really glad I paid $5000 for my Mk2 when I did.
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Old 06-26-2015, 12:17 PM   #13
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A good LM1 is the equivalent of US $ 17,000 in the UK. Only going north.

I'm really glad I paid $5000 for my Mk2 when I did.
Someday, when I can't ride anymore, I'll put all my bikes in a container and sell them in the UK. Seems that's where the money is.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:18 PM   #14
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The throttles and Clutch are fine inho, I converted my Ducati Darmah to hydraulic as that is in a different league of 'heaviness maan"

A Mk1 like the one in the pic would probably fetch the asking price here as they are not common.
EG this SP that has been modified a bit.
And not even road legal at this stage, up to $5000 US ( ish)
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I nearly bought a 750 T3 dressed up to look like a 750S last year but it went past my " its only a hobby" $10 000 threshold

I'm really glad I got a Mock1..and 38mm forks
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:35 PM   #15
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Someday, when I can't ride anymore, I'll put all my bikes in a container and sell them in the UK. Seems that's where the money is.
I'll broker for you...

Hey, want to sell the Hawk? I've been trying to find a nice one for years. Rare over in the UK.
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