Celebrating the fifty year anniversary of the first V7 model, Moto Guzzi; Europe’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer has introduced a new line-up, of the ever-popular V7. If the stance/profile of the new V7 looks different that’s because the chassis has been revamped, with a shorter wheelbase and a marginally lower seat, now at 770mm. Front to rear weight distribution remains the same despite a more robust front-end. Steering geometry has also been tweaked to give a more responsive ride and greater stability.
The small block engine block has not been neglected and now outputs 38 kW (52 HP) at 6200 rpm (approximately 10% increase over the MKII). The new V7, will be released in four different iterations.
The Bling Model
First up is the, V7 III ANNIVERSARIO, which is a limited production run, comprised of 750 units. With its chrome tank, pipes and mirrors the Anniversario edition will look pretty spectacular on most days in Italy, though if you live in a more temperate climate, such as the UK, you’re probably thinking “hmm, rain… watermarks….lots of polishing”.
The Basic Model
The V7 III STONE returns as the entry model of the line-up, with light alloy wheels and more modern finish, it should appeal to riders who have a slew of modifications in mind.
The Classic Model
V7 III SPECIAL, offers spoked wheels and chrome finish and should capture the imagination of riders who want the classic look.
The Café Racer
Lastly but by no means least, is the more aggressive-looking V7 III RACER hints at the marque’s racing heritage, with the distinctive red frame, stopping short of the full racing colours and instead comes with a polished aluminum tank. In addition, the fully adjustable Öhlins rear shocks further add to the racer’s more aggressive look.