While recently it seems everybody is throwing their hat into the scrambler ring, Moto Guzzi is quick to point out it’s been in that game for a long time. The Italian manufacturer’s history of producing scrambler-style motorcycles dated back more than 50 years. The company first launched the Moto Guzzi Stornelloin 1960, with a more dedicated off-road version called the Stornello Scrambler following in 1967.
As scramblers are riding a wave of popularity, Moto Guzzi resurrected the name for a special limited edition motorcycle called the V7 II Stornello. Only 1000 will be made, each with a laser-inscribed number on an aluminum tag affixed to the headstock.
The motorcycle is based on the Moto Guzzi V7 II platform that includes the Stone, Special and Racer. The V7 II Stornello is equipped with the same transversal 90-degree V-Twin fed by Weber-Marelli fuel injection. The Guzzi V-Twin is good for a claimed 43.96 lb-ft at 3250 rpm and 48hp at 6700 rpm. Other carry-overs from the V7 II include ABS, traction control that can be disengaged, and the 6-speed gearbox that debuted on the V7 last year.
The Stornello’s conversion to a scrambler-style includes a long and low saddle, a two-into-one Arrow Exhaust, knobby tires, rubber guards on the fuel tank, fork gaiters, and hand-brushed aluminum mudguards. The Stornello’s footpegs are more off-road ready than the traditional V7 and are fitted with with aluminum extensions to provide better grip for the rider’s soles when they’re on the road. The footpegs are teamed to an aluminum rear brake peg that is a bit longer than ones on the standard V7. The Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello also has a trio of number plates in honor of competition bike from the ‘70s while the pastel white tank and racing red frame pays tribute to the white/red 1972 Stornello 125 Scrambler.
“Since the ’50s making street bikes which are also suited for offroad use has been a normal operation. There are those who have found it easier to take advantage of this market because they had a “scrambler” heritage within their brand and then there were those who reinvented themselves. For Moto Guzzi this is nothing new: our heritage is full of this type of interpretation,” said Piaggio’s Marco Lambri in a press release. Lambri is the director of the Piaggio Group Style Centre who supervised development of the new Stornello.
- A laser-inscribed number on an aluminum tag affixed to the headstock bears the production number of the limited edition motorcycle.
- Moto Guzzi resurrected a famous name from its past for a special limited edition motorcycle called the V7 II Stornello.
- Knobby tires on wire wheels will provide the V7 II Stornello a little grip when it ventures off-road.
- The scrambler-style seat of the V7 II Stornello has special foam stitched into it.
Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello Specifications:
Engine capacity: 744 cc
Bore/Stroke: 80mm X 74mm
Timing system: 2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
Max power at crankshaft: 35 kW (48 HP) at 6700 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft: 59.6 Nm (43.96 lb-ft) at 3250 rpm
Exhaust: Two-in-one Arrow. 3-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Frame:Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements.
Headstock angle: 27°50’
Front suspension: Telescopic hydraulic fork w/ 40 mm stanchions
Rear suspension: Diecast light alloy swingarm with 2 spring preload adjustable shock absorbers
Wheel travel: 111mm
Front brake: 320 mm Ø stainless steel disc and Brembo calliper with 4 differentiated and horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake: 260 mm floating stainless steel disc, floating 2 piston calliper
Front wheel: 18″ spoked. Tire 100/90
Rear wheel: 17″ spoked. Tire 130/80
Saddle height: 798mm
Minimum ground clearance: 179mm
Fuel tank capacity: 21 litres (including 4 litre reserve)
Kerb weight*: 186 kg