Clymer Manuals got up close for a look at Logan Herndon’s 1983 Moto Guzzi LeMans III at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally.
Clymer Girl and the crew didn’t have to go far to attend the HoAME show and rally, as it was just up the road at the Kansas City Airline History Museum in the Downtown Airport. The show was packed with classic vintage and antique motorcycles representing the best of British, German, Japanese, Italian, and American manufacturers. Some of the brands on display were Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley-Davidson, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Lambretta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi, and more. There was everything from 100% perfect restorations, to well worn bikes daily riders, to full-on customized cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, dirt bikes, road racers – any type or style of motorcycle you could image. As part of the museum’s permanent exhibits, there were also vintage propeller driven passenger planes, including a Douglas DC-3, a Martin 404, and, the pride of their collection, a 1958 Lockheed Super Constellation.
The Moto Guzzi LeMans first appears in 1976 as a factory built cafe racer, based on the Italian marque’s traditional, transverse mounted, air-cooled V-twin. As time passed, the Japanese companies far outpaced the Italians for power, but the LeMans continued to evolve with better handling and brakes, and of course looks. The final versions sold in the early 1990s, still carried that V-twin, and even today it is the core of the Moto Guzzi line.
Clymer does not have a manual specifically for this Moto Guzzi 850, but most models of this era are covered by our Vintage Collection Series Four Stroke Motorcycle Manual. Or, visit our sister company Haynes Manuals out of the UK and pick up their Moto Guzzi 750, 850 and 1000 Twins 1974-1978 book.