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Moto Guzzi Le Mans and California: books - history

A book on the Moto Guzzi Le Mans or California? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Moto Guzzi motorcycles.

The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible

The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible celebrates the iconic Moto Guzzi V7 Sport and Le Mans sporting motorcycles of the 1970s and 1980s. It tells the story of these classic bikes, which were among 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. It was so successful that Moto Guzzi shifted to specialize in building sporting motorcycles.

Covering all models produced from 1971 to 1993 (V7 Sport, 750S, 750S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II, 850 Le Mans III, 1000 Le Mans IV, 1000 Le Mans V), descriptions of model development year by year, full production data, and 160 photos, this is the essential Bible for all enthusiasts.

Pages of the book The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible (1)

Period covered: 1971-93.

Models covered: V7 Sport, 750S, 750S3, 850 Le Mans, 850 Le Mans II, 850 Le Mans III, 1000 Le Mans IV, 1000 Le Mans V.

Author:Ian Falloon
Specs:160 pages, 25 x 21 x 1.9 cm / 9.8 x 8.25 x 0.75 in, paperback
Illustrations:160 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Veloce Publishing Ltd (GB, 2017)
Book: The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible

The Moto Guzzi Sport & Le Mans Bible

Language: English

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans (1976-1989) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Brooklands Portfolio book about the Moto Guzzi Le Mans motorcycles from the years 1976-1989. Describes the Moto Guzzi 1000 Magni, Le Mans Mks. I, II, III and V850s and 1000s, CX100.

  • The 30 articles, taken from contemporary British and American motorcycle magazines, provide much information about history, model changes and technology.
  • Also driving impressions, tests, comparison tests, technical specifications, etc.

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Specs:140 pages, 27 x 20 x 0.9 cm / 10.6 x 7.9 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:250 photographs
Publisher:Brooklands Books (GB, 2000)
Book: Moto Guzzi Le Mans (1976-1989) - Brooklands Performance Portfolio

Moto Guzzi Le Mans (1976-1989)

Language: English

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850-1000 - Le moto che hanno fatto la storia

Introduced in the mid-Seventies as an evolution of the V7 Sport, the 850 Le Mans is one of the most renowned Moto Guzzis of all time. The development of the model was closely bound up with the concluding chapters of the firm's works racing team. The features conceived for endurance races were in fact incorporated in a model presented as a "race-ready" production bike.

The immediate success with the public, who appreciated the performance of the V-twin engine, consecrated the 850 Le Mans as the finest Italian sports bike of the period. It enjoyed a relatively long career that was to conclude with the controversial 1000 cc version, as enjoyable for its engine as it was disappointing in its chassis.
A flat end to a career that took nothing away from the overall prestige of the model, still today considered to be a legend by the enthusiasts of Italian sports bikes around the world. This is because the Le Mans is a rare combination of performance, versatility and mechanical robustness, with most of the examples built between 1976 and 1993 are still on the road today after having covered grand tourer mileages.

Text in Italian.

Author:Antonio Cannizzaro, Alberto Pasi
Specs:128 pages, 2.5 x 2.5 cm / 1 x 1 in, paperback
Illustrations:82 b&w and 142 colour photographs
Publisher:Giorgio Nada Editore (IT, 2021)
Book: Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850-1000 - Le moto che hanno fatto la storia

Moto Guzzi Le Mans 850-1000

Language: Italian

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Moto Guzzi California

The Moto Guzzi California is a motorcycle that has left a significant mark on the brand's history. Its undeniable dynamic qualities became even more apparent starting from the T3 model.
The California has a long history, beginning in 1971 and still continuing today with models featured in the Guzzi lineup.

This book delves into its history, starting with the designers who brought it to life and continuing with an analysis of the many versions produced over the years.

Text in Italian.

Specs:140 pages, 23 x 33 x 2 cm / 9.1 x 13 x 0.79 in, hardback
Illustrations:130 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Edizioni FBA MotoItaliane (I, 2019)
Book: Moto Guzzi California

Moto Guzzi California

Language: Italian

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Moto Guzzi California - Die Touring-Legende aus Italien

Dieses Motorrad verbindet italienische Eleganz mit amerikanischer Lässigkeit: Moto Guzzi California. Seit einem halben Jahrhundert erfreuen sich Motorrad-Fans aus aller Welt am Sound des markanten, quer eingebauten V2-Zylinders. Das Retro-Motorrad steht für ein Lebensgefühl, das irgendwo zwischen Easy Rider und der Sonne Kaliforniens angesiedelt ist.

Dabei begann die Erfolgsgeschichte der Moto Guzzi California ganz anders: Italienische Behörden sind der erste Abnehmer. Mit Modifikationen wird die California ab 1968 auch als Dienstmotorrad im Los Angeles Police Department eingesetzt.
Doch was sich im harten Dienstalltag bewährt, kann auch für den Wochenend-Biker mit Freiheitsdrang nicht ganz ungeeignet sein. Die zivilen Ausführungen des Motorrads werden schnell zum Renner bei Tourenfahrern.

Die beiden Motorrad-Journalisten Dirk Mangartz und Stephan H. Schneider erzählen erstmals die ganze Geschichte der "Cali" - vom ersten Prototyp der V7 Police Special über die Moto Guzzi Custombikes bis hin zur futuristischen MGX-21. Damit präsentiert ihr Buch nicht nur die Evolution dieser einzigartigen Modellreihe, sondern auch die Geschichte des ältesten europäischen Motorradwerks.

Author:Stephan H. Schneider, Dirk Mangartz
Specs:240 pages, 27 x 24 cm / 10.6 x 9 in, hardback
Illustrations:432 b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Delius Klasing Verlag GmbH (D, 2018)
Book: Moto Guzzi California - Die Touring-Legende aus Italien

Moto Guzzi California - Die Touring-Legende aus Italien

Language: German

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[6010] Moto Guzzi V2 (1967-1996)

Moto Guzzi - Die grossen V2 Modelle mit Vergaser (1967-1996)

Franz Josef Schermer

German | paperback | 232 p. | 2011

[0546] Moto Guzzi V-2 (ab 1974)

Moto Guzzi V-2 - 750, 850, 1000 (ab 1974)

German | paperback | 168 p. | 2002

[HR] Moto Guzzi 750, 850 & 1000 V-Twins (74-78)

Moto Guzzi 750, 850 & 1000 V-Twins (1974-1978)

Mansur Darlington

English | paperback | 160 p. | 1988

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