2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II First Look

October 2, 2014
Byron Wilson
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Moto Guzzi revealed its updated V7 platform during the 2014 Intermot Show in Germany. The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II will be available in Stone, Special and Racer versions featuring a new transmission, geometry and ABS braking system.

Guzzi has refined its V7 over the past few years, with a notable upgrade coming in 2013 when the Italian company zeroed-in on the engine to produce a quicker and lighter machine. The following year the V7 received tweaks to its injection system and rear suspension and got improvements in braking performance. For 2015, Guzzi went a step further, leaving its old five-speed kit to collect dust in favor of a new forced-oil lubricated six-speed tranny. As a result, gear spacing has been reduced between the first and final two ratios. Changes to the lever, linkage and cable were made to improve action at the bars as well.

Though it looks vintage the 2015 V7 II is by no means outdated, coming more technologically-decked than ever thanks to the new ABS and Moto Guzzi Traction Control systems. The ABS is a Continental two-channel unit and the MGCT is derived from the system used on Guzzi’s California 1400.

Geometry changes include tilting the horizontally mounted V-Twin four-degrees toward the front axle and lowering the entire mill by 10mm. The footpegs and seat have been lowered as well, which according to Guzzi press puts the rider more “in the bike and not on top of it.”

V7 II Stone
The 2015 V7 II Stone will be available in satin finish black, red, grey and yellow colorways. It’s “new” frame features more “aesthetic welding” and at the back there’s a new black rear light cluster to match the clutch and brake levers. It also features alloy wheels whereas the Special and Racer versions roll on spoked rims.

V7 II Special

The graphics package on the 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Special is called “Essetre,” drawing inspiration from the 1975 V750 S3. Color bases will be classic black with orange stripes, metallic red with a silver stripe or light blue with a silver stripe. It gets the new rear light cluster and levers as the Stone as well as fork covers, the Stone and Racer coming with gaiters.


 
V7 II Racer
The 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer maintains the chome tank/red frame black highlights of previous model years. It’s got up-spec billet footpegs, a lighter steering stem and Bitubo rear shocks with adjustable spring preload.
There’s no indication of MSRP or date of availability yet.