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    Up on my mantle...a beauty!
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    And back in the 1970's they were a fine and splendid thing. The world has moved on, thank god! Sure the 850 LeMans was pretty and punched above its weight, (Like Guzzis do!) but it was obsolete tech even at its zenith.

    Pretty doesn't necessarily mean cutting edge or outstanding unless it can talk the talk as well as walk the walk......
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    'zactly, a modern Le Mans 850 has to be more than a cosmetic "heritage" piece.

    A sad thing shared by all these modern-day throwbacks is they'll never be raced like the originals were, and a lot of that awesome heritage came through racing glory. Ah, well.

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    Your knowledge of Guzzi racing history is lacking. The pushrod V-twins never won anything important. The racing heritage all predates 1957, incidentally the year of my birth.....
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    Lacking for sure, but not absent. To speak of "important" results does inject a degree of subjectivity to this discussion.

    Moto Guzzi 850 Le Mans were raced in the early days of AMA Superbike, the best known example being the one tuned by Italian maestro Reno Leoni for a then 19 year old Mike Baldwin. Mike had some success with the bike, with wins and good placings. The same guy went on to win in 500 GPs, but obviously not on a pushrod Guzzi.
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    http://discoverv85.motoguzzi.com/en/

    This'll probably be the first Guzzi I buy when they start hitting showrooms next year
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