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Old 06-19-2015, 11:53 PM   #1
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I have always wanted a Lemans 1 or 2 but I realised some years ago that they were not very common here and generally sold by word of mouth at prices higher than I was prepared to pay.
Last year I bid on a T3 made to look like a 750s but at $11000 NZ was a bit rich for me.
In March a Lemans 2 was advertised for just over 8K but it had a noise that no one seemed to be able to sort out.
I rang up and went into a sort of lottery that I figured I would not win...but what the hell...
Weeks went by and I figured it had been sold, but no.... the 'buyer' got annoyed with the seller and was in the sellers words " terse" ( I looked it up, sort of like rude)
Turned out my patience paid off and the seller said it was mine.
It arrived about a week later.

It had been modified to look like a Mk1 some years ago, the seller has bought it like that in 1995 and itemised every tyre, oil change and so on since.
The noise apparently appeared a couple of years ago and her mechanic had pulled the motor down as far as the crank looking for " the tappet" issue.

I started it up and it sounded like a very loose tappet.
I pondered on it overnight and the next day took off the timing cover for a look see.

The captive nut was loose and the crank gear could move back and forth about a mil.
Did a Google on it and discovered the gear/chain debate.
The bike came with spares and in the spares was the original timing setup.
Ordered up a new chain and an automatic tensioner, as the original had a non adjustable one.

Finished it off today and then the moment of truth as started up.
Well the noise was gone and it runs very quiet, my gamble has paid off.
Other bonus's are new tyres, Koni shocks, electronic ignition,deep sump, Lafronconi mufflers and 38mm front forks
Plan now is to get it road legal, tidy up the dash to look more LM1, swap out the knackered switchgear and do some riding. I don't do restorations any more, preferring these days good tidy runners with some character.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:03 AM   #2
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Old 06-20-2015, 03:50 AM   #3
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Nice bike!
as it will never be a Mk1 , just might as well return it to Mk2 looks,
saves a lot of trouble getting the electics from the dashboard sorted.
( if you insist , get a 850 T3 wiring loom )

having said that , i might be biased ,this is mine


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Old 06-20-2015, 06:38 AM   #4
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Love the sound of the Lafranconis on my LM1. Nice looking bike mate!
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:46 AM   #5
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Nice score. That will be a pleasure to own.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:16 PM   #6
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Nice bike!
as it will never be a Mk1 , just might as well return it to Mk2 looks,
saves a lot of trouble getting the electics from the dashboard sorted.
( if you insist , get a 850 T3 wiring loom )

having said that , i might be biased ,this is mine

Nice.
I'm not fussed on originality, I'm going to ditch the volt meter,clock, horrible switch gear and generally play around with it ( being a time served sparky helps).
Weather is good today, might take it for a test run
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:17 PM   #7
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Love the sound of the Lafranconis on my LM1. Nice looking bike mate!
Cheers been following your Mk1 adventures.
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Old 06-20-2015, 03:26 PM   #8
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Sorted out the carbs and their unusual linkage, put my gear on and out for a test ride.
I had a Monza as a project but it didn't really inspire me much to get it road legal so that got sold.
I was not sure what to expect from the Lemans.
First part of the test was to see if all the gears worked, and they did.
Brakes are good if you remember they are linked from the foot brake.
Nice sound and rumble.
I was under the impression that it would not be very tractable under 3000 like a Ducati but no not at all, more like a BMW.
Had to stop in the local park for a stand and admire...not the sheep the bike


I think its going to be more usable than I first thought.
Riding position is very similar to my 900SL Ducati.
Next on the list is sort out the dire electrics of the dreaded PO.
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Old 06-20-2015, 10:20 PM   #9
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Cool bike! Glad it worked out for you!
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Old 06-21-2015, 09:27 AM   #10
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in regards to the electric, i would would consider to implant a motogadget m-unit. that's what i did on my ambassador. got rid of the entire wire harness and replaced by less then 10 wires.
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Old 06-21-2015, 11:43 AM   #11
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in regards to the electric, i would would consider to implant a motogadget m-unit. that's what i did on my ambassador. got rid of the entire wire harness and replaced by less then 10 wires.
that's a pretty cool setup, if I was building a custom I'd consider that.
As the Guzzi uses what is basically the same system as my BMW's I'll just make a few improvements.
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Old 06-22-2015, 06:02 AM   #12
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in regards to the electric, i would would consider to implant a motogadget m-unit. that's what i did on my ambassador. got rid of the entire wire harness and replaced by less then 10 wires.
I sort of agree. I have an m-unit and think it's the cat's meow but I'd save it for a bike that you aren't trying to make look stock or act stock. You have to butcher the existing harness for an m-unit and if you're going to do that, may as well go for a much cheaper plug and play solution of the stock harness. I saved my m-unit for the completely custom and less valuable Ducati 860.
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Old 06-23-2015, 03:17 AM   #13
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Nice.
I'm not fussed on originality, I'm going to ditch the volt meter,clock, horrible switch gear and generally play around with it ( being a time served sparky helps).
Weather is good today, might take it for a test run


I went down the same road. Couldn't find a good Mk1 at an affordable price so I bought the best Mk2 I could find, and got Nigel at NBS Motorcycle to turn it into a mock 1.

I love that bike. I'll never sell it.
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Old 06-23-2015, 09:18 PM   #14
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I went down the same road. Couldn't find a good Mk1 at an affordable price so I bought the best Mk2 I could find, and got Nigel at NBS Motorcycle to turn it into a mock 1.

I love that bike. I'll never sell it.
Mock 1 , I like it
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