Author: Ian Falloon, ISBN: 9781787110953, paperback
V7 Sport, 750S & S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II & III, 1000 Le Mans IV & V
Lino Tonti managed to take the large V7 Moto Guzzi touring engine and create a spectacular sporting motorcycle, the V7 Sport, in 1971. This remarkable machine evolved into the stylistic 850 Le Mans, another landmark Italian motorcycle. Here is a year by year account of development and specification changes of a great series of motorcycles.
- History of Moto Guzzi and how the utilitarian V7 evolved into the V7 Sport
- Full description of the Telaio Rosso and subsequent variants
- How the Le Mans came about
- Sport and Le Mans racing history
- Modifications to each model during the production run
- How the Sport and Le Mans compared with the competition.
- Technical appraisal
- Complete Appendices of technical specifications
The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport and Le Mans are iconic sporting motorcycles of the 1970s and 1980s. They were amongst the first Superbikes to combine Italian style, handling and performance. After struggling to survive during the 1960s, Lino Tonti was given the opportunity to create the V7 Sport Telaio Rosso, in 1971. This was so successful that Moto Guzzi again began to concentrate on building sporting motorcycles. When Alessandro de Tomaso acquired the company the future for Moto Guzzi twins looked bleak until the 850 Le Mans was released in 1975. Like the V7 Sport, the Le Mans was a class leading sporting motorcycle and continued into production throughout the 1980s. After the Le Mans II of 1978, Le Mans III of 1980, the Le Mans IV of 1984, and the Le Mans V of 1988, although no longer a cutting edge sports bike, the final Le Mans successfully managed to combine traditional attributes with modern conveniences. Covering the period 1971-1993 and all models (V7 Sport, 750S, 750S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II, 850 Le Mans III, 1000 Le Mans IV, 1000 Le Mans V) and with description of model development year by year, full production data and 150 photos this is a highly informative book and an essential Bible for enthusiasts.
Introduction & acknowledgements
1 Moto Guzzi motorcycles before the V7 Sport 6
2 200kph & 200kg: the V7 Sport (1971-73) 17
3 De Tomaso style: 750 S & 750 S3 46
4 Style with speed: the 850 Le Mans (1975-78) 59
5 Wind tunnel design: the Le Mans II & CX 100 75
6 Square heads 86
7 End of the line: Le Mans 1000 97
8 Racing the V7 Sport & Le Mans 125
Appendix – Specifications & production figures 145
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