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Moto Guzzi racer

Moto Guzzi racing motorcycle
It’s a shame not to see Moto Guzzi competing at the top level in motorsport—especially given the marque’s illustrious racing history. And a MotoGP Guzzi roaring down the never-ending Mugello straight would sound like the proverbial Lancaster bomber taking off. But despite Mandello’s official disinterest, there’s no shortage of racing Guzzis out there—and this retired racer looks like one of the best. It’s owned by Dylan Egon of New Jersey, who also has a BSA Lightning, a Norton Dunstall and a Ducati Scrambler in his stable. The Guzzi is thought to be a ’76 Le Mans, and Egon is planning to make the bike road-legal again. That way he can make better use of the upgraded suspension set-up and reworked motor—which is running Carrillo rods, dual-plug heads and a long duration, high lift Megacycle cam. With straight pipes so short they’re almost invisible, I bet this Guzzi sounds insane. [Images by Svend Lindbaek.]

V7 Sport crank
Carrillo rods
Raceco-prepped dual plug heads
Arias pistons
620×8 Megacycle Cam
Aluminum timing gears
Pro 39.2mm Mikunis
Dyna ignition and coils
Koni rear shocks
Bitubo front fork upgrade
Tarozzi fork brace
Lightened flywheel
Race-prepped 5-speed gearbox
Sidecar gears in rear drive
Swan-neck bars
Sun rim rear
Tarozzi rear sets

Moto Guzzi racing motorcycle
Moto Guzzi racing motorcycle
Moto Guzzi racing motorcycle

  • Bellissima! I like the 70s-style paintwork, similar in style to the green-on-black combo from the 750S. I wonder how they determined that the bike is a Le Mans and not just an 850T or other plain Jane Guzzi modified for racing. Are the Tonti frames any different between touring and sports models?

    Tell you what, if I were to choose a single bike to keep for life, I’d get an old Guzzi.

  • NoH2Oh

    That is class.

  • I saw good job on Moto Guzzi.. Looking good and looking fast…

  • Troy

    They may just be the strangest clip-ons i’ve ever seen.

  • They look like factory mounted swan-neck bars from the V7 Sport.

  • Mingh

    More weird than beautiful, this bike sure looks purposeful. I think i like it better with a ‘lighter’ tail

  • Steve

    Love the tank (anyone know who makes it?), tach setup and stiffening plate / battery mount. Super clean. I can’t explain why, but the swan-neck clip-ons add so much visually that standard clip-ons wouldn’t. Get that man a muffler and a starter! :)

  • Luca

    Nice bike, but I do not think it is a “850 le mans”, the head covers and the shaft hub, in the rear weel, belongs to a “V7 sport”
    (see linked image

    Fork weels and brakes must have been changed, though.

    cheers, luca

  • Woody

    Pretty bike, but she sure got a big fat ass.

  • PB

    serious businness. bad ass guzzi. great!

  • A decade ago I had a 1977 Honda Goldwing; a simple standard with roughly 1000cc laid out in boxer-type form, but with opposed 4 cyl., not 2 cyl. I know you know this and you also know how smooth those Honda’s were from the outset. I rode a friends guzzi lemans 850 during my Goldwing ownership and found it comparable in egine performance, with the difference being the lemans’ superiority in each facet, (smooth power, torque, power delivery over the entire powerband, throttle response, tire chatter). I wanted one. I was surprised the two should feel so unique from the rest of the market, and so comparable. My alltime sports tourer would probably be a guzzi.

    Keep the variety coming B.EXIF. I check each and every entry each and every day – not something that can be said of any of the other subscribed daily emails I receive. I do so because of the concentrated dollups of motorcycle history & sweet cuts of engineering tidbits by publisher and public both. It’s a unique product you’ve got here fellas and I hope you value that particular quality as much as I do.

  • Arie

    Lucca……The V7 Sport and 850T shared the same valve covers, but that rear drive is from an 850 5 speed (larger oil reservoir than the earlier ones)

  • I hope no one inferred from my post that I thought the engine layouts of each were similar — I’m not that dumb. Close, but not quite. What they were, to me, was comparable in feel. Now that surprised me so much because the layouts were different. It changed a lot of my assumptions about motorcycles.