Le Mans – Emozioni Assolute
A metallic knock from the magnetic switch slams the starter pinion into the flywheel. Unwillingly, the starter struggles against the engine’s compression. A slight turn of the throttle grip blasts fuel into the huge intake ports. The machine, the engine moves, and the floor shakes. It shakes, it strangles, and suddenly, after a few blasts of the throttle, this tremendous beast comes to life. The way it stands there and bubbles away is a pure pleasure.
In the 70s and 80s, the Le Mans was one of the best sports bikes.The Le Mans, a motorcycle, which some can remember well and many stories are about it. A motorcycle that everyone wanted to have – a challenging one.
To ride a Moto Guzzi is to glide smoothly through the curves without being slow. Feeling the vibrations in all the knuckles. Smiling. Enjoying.
Or as the Italian would say: «Emozioni Assoluti!»
History of this bike
This motorcycle comes from the hilly areas of the French part of Switzerland. It belonged to a man who had to sell the motorcycle – out of his own unreasonableness. A motorcycle with which he was always driving too fast. A motorcycle which fascinated him. The sporty character of the motorcycle. Its power.
With melancholy he started it for the last time, enjoying the sound of the Lafranconi exhausts. Enjoyed the intake noise of the Dellortos and open inlets. For a last time he internalized it for himself. With melancholy he gave me his Le Mans.
Nice having the opportunity to take over a motorcycle that has given so much to someone – and now it goes on and should make the hearts of others beat faster.
Despite its emotions, the motorcycle was a rebuild in which a lot was done, modified and changed over years. Blue frame, blue fairing accordingly colorful rims. Tastes are different, trends and fashion have changed over the last 40 years. An original Le Mans build was hardly possible, because too many parts were missing or already changed. So I started looking for a design that would do justice to this motorcycle. Thereby I came across Axel Budde, for me one of the greatest guys, when it comes to Custom Moto Guzzi builds. These bikes don’t just look fantastic, they are also gigantic to ride – real driving machines.
I didn’t have to think long, I took the lightweight aluminum tank and fiberglass seat from him, gave the engine a stronger piston and cylinder, reworked the cylinder head and installed new valves. Suspension was improved and an electronic ignition provides the perfect spark. The electrics were upgraded to the latest technology from Motogadget. Carburetor cleaned and retuned. A masterpiece of exhaust … visually, as well as the sound; discreet and at the same time powerful – but never unpleasant.