Guzzi Le Mans - no thanks

Discussion in 'Classic Motorbikes' started by The Older Gentleman, Jan 11, 2004.

  1. *Sigh*

    Some people have rose-tinted specs when they describe their bikes,
    especially if they've stashed them away in the garage years ago. The
    seem to think they're still as nice as when they were put away. Not the
    first time I've discovered this.

    The Le Mans: well, OK, so it was a blue one and therefore not my
    favourite colour. But it had been put in the garage and not properly
    stored. Not greased up or anything, although he'd squirted oil down the
    bores and turned the engine over from time to time.

    The frame paint was shabby and flaking off. The stanchions were shot,
    There was an oil leak from somewhere - looked like the feed lines to the
    head. The tyres were dead. No battery. A fairing lower was cracked. The
    front brake (which operates the right-hand front disc on its own) was
    sticking (common fault).

    The rest of the blue paint was good, and the seat (amazingly) was
    perfect. Steel brake lines throughout and a bagful of useful new spares
    - seals, cables, brake pads, bulbs etc.

    I could see that just what I'd listed above meant 500 quids' worth of
    work, and given the asking price of ukp1700, that meant it was a no-no.
    Applying the Tog law of adding at least 50% for the faults that you
    can't see and which come to light after it's been bought and properly
    played with or ridden made the equation even worse.

    So I left it. I might simply bid him a grand tomorrow. For that sort of
    dosh, I'm interested.

    Further bulletins as and when.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 11, 2004
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    RealMart Guest

    The frame paint was shabby and flaking off. The stanchions were shot,
    So it was in "as new" condition then?

    [tries to control nervous tic from previous Le Mans ownership]
    RealMart, Jan 11, 2004
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  3. It's a shame. I still want a Lemon Two.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 11, 2004
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    sweller Guest

    It doesn't sound that bad, other than the fairing lower I'd say about
    £250 with tyres. The rocker feeds are a common fault.

    LM's seem to go for really silly money. Even I may be interested.
    sweller, Jan 11, 2004
  5. I budgeted 60 quid for the battery, 150 quid for tyres and tubes (the
    ones on it were cracking), 200 quid for stanchions and seals, and a few
    the rest for oil lines, seals, sorting out the front brake, etc. And
    then you're still left with a fairly shabby Le Mans.

    I was also working on the basis that once it was back on the road, for
    the first time in a decade, various other things would show up - engine
    seals, shocks (the originals!) etc.
    Well, if I can get it for a grand, I'm interested. But as a good Le Mans
    Mark Two, in the more desirable colours (ie: not blue), is ukp2200-2500,
    I thought ukp1700 to be well OTT.

    As did my mate Niall, who came along with me to view it. However
    clued-up you think you are, bringing along a sceptical mate is *always*
    a good move.
    The Older Gentleman, Jan 11, 2004
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