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Moto Guzzi V7 Available in US

Thursday, December 4, 2008
Not only was it Italy’s first large displacement motorcycle  but the 1967 V7 was also elegantlystyled by the legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano.
Not only was it Italy’s first large displacement motorcycle, but the 1967 V7 was also elegantlystyled by the legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano.
Four decades after sparking Italian enthusiasm for big displacement V-Twin engines, Moto Guzzi adds a new chapter of history with the U.S. market debut of the 2009 V7 Classic. Acknowledged as one of the most beautifully styled motorcycles of its era, the original V7 became an instant classic when it was unveiled. Not only was it Italy’s first large displacement motorcycle, but the 1967 V7 was also elegantly styled by the legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano. Just as importantly, the V7 became an instant technology trendsetter thanks to its innovative transverse, air-cooled V-twin engine with shaft drive. It is this unique engine configuration that ultimately became the single-most recognized Moto Guzzi brand attribute.

The new 2009 V7 Classic continues to showcase the many benefits of Moto Guzzi’s shaft drive technology, including reliable, consistent performance and smooth acceleration. Originally commissioned by the Italian police force, the V7 quickly found legions of loyal fans and moved to mass production, where it inspired numerous variants, such as the V7 Sport, V7 Special and the U.S. market versions V7 Ambassador, Eldorado and California. Today, motorcycle enthusiasts who appreciate authenticity and classic good looks but don’t want to sacrifice riding comfort and advanced technology will find the V7 Classic an excellent choice for everyday, anytime adventures – and an authentic style statement that sets you apart.

Moto Guzzi Motor Music

The sound of the Moto Guzzi engine is as distinctive today as it ever was. Add proven reliability and low fuel consumption, and the V7 Classic’s four-stroke 744cc 90-degree V-Twin is the ideal powerplant for today’s multi-faceted riding requirements. Solid torque off the line and plenty more of it across a generous powerband range ensures consistent, predictable performance on the highway or around town. A five-speed gearbox is precise and ratios have been optimized for enjoyable cruising at low revs. The quiet shaft drive system provides long life with minimum maintenance. Other technical advancements include special graphite low-wear pistons. An electronic Weber Marelli fuel injection system with 36 mm throttle bodies delivers the necessary ingredients for ignition.

Both the engine and transmission are finished in black and chrome rocker covers put the spotlight on the V7 Classic’s aluminum alloy cylinders.

Engineered for Stability, Smoothness and Agility

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is instantly responsive to rider input and its light weight (just 401.2 lbs.), upright riding position and low center of gravity make it equally effortless to maneuver, whether on a straight stretch of asphalt or a mountain pass. With a seat height of 31.7 inches, the bike is also well suited to smaller-stature riders. And, the small-block twin cradle frame with removable bolt-on lower section adds superb stability and precision cornering capability, with steering rake set at 27.5 degrees.

Other classic Moto Guzzi styling touches include chrome spoked wheels cigar-shaped chrome Lafranconi exhausts and instruments that clearly resemble the famous Veglia-Borlettis from the 70s.
Other classic Moto Guzzi styling touches include chrome spoked wheels,cigar-shaped chrome Lafranconi exhausts and instruments that clearly resemble the famous Veglia-Borlettis from the 70s.
The V7 Classic’s suspension has been designed for a balance of rider comfort and nimble response. The front suspension features 40 mm hydraulic, telescoping Marzocchi forks with 130 mm travel. In the rear, twin pre-load
adjustable Sachs shocks provide 118 mm of travel.

Braking is just as predictable as acceleration. Superior Brembo brakes, including a 320 mm floating disc at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear, provide excellent stopping power. The V7 Classic is fitted with an 18-inch wheel up front and 17-inch at the rear. The high profile tires further add to the V7 Classic’s superb handling and riding comfort.

Styled to Honor a Legend

While the V7 Classic’s engine has the same displacement as the last Moto Guzzi model to bear the V7 badge, the 1972-74 750cc V7 Sport, designers styled the new V7 Classic to honor several variants from the illustrious V7
model line. For example, liberal use of chrome, from the exhaust to instrumentation, recalls the V7 Special, while the fuel tank design recaptures the voluptuous lines of the V7 Sport. As a whole, the bike evokes the most memorable Moto Guzzis of the 60s and 70s, making this modern-day motorcycle an eye-catching classic alternative in any crowd of
me-too Twins.

Other classic Moto Guzzi styling touches include chrome spoked wheels, cigar-shaped chrome Lafranconi exhausts and instruments that clearly resemble the famous Veglia-Borlettis from the 70s. While the cockpit look is traditional, important operational and diagnostic data is presented via a modern digital display unit, presenting time, external temperature and mileage readouts. The classic chrome speedometer and rev counter complete the instrumentation panel. Chrome is also applied to the front headlight and rear light cluster.

The long two-passenger seat also pays homage to its predecessors. Elegantly top stitched and elongated, the seat incorporates chrome passenger grab handles and has the Moto Guzzi name stamped on the rear in white lettering.
The seat blends gracefully with the rear mudguard. The side panels house the same stowage compartments that so stylishly set off the side view of the original machine.

The 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is available at U.S. Moto Guzzi retailers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,490. The exclusive body color is Moon White, a lustrous pearl white accented with classic Moto Guzzi tank decals.

For more information on Moto Guzzi’s complete U.S. model line, visit www.motoguzzi-us.com

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Allen Peat -Guzzi V7C 5000mi  September 14, 2009 01:49 AM
Just approaching 5000mi, running like a top, just routine oil chgs and checked the valves twice(spot on). This is a keep it forever bike!
kevin m -Guzzi  September 6, 2009 09:58 AM
HD flooded the US with their product, didnt make the bikes more valuable- Guzzi doesn't need to compete with Japanese plastic
JimR -V7 Classic  June 9, 2009 11:11 AM
Very beautiful machine. I wish I could own one. I also do not need more than 50 hp to get around. How much horse power is enough? I have been in third world countries in my youth and have seen whole families on little 125's. My first car was a 1963 V.W. with 36 hp. Ask the good Dr. Frazier, it seems he's been around. Anyway, nice bike.
tim from the uk -guzzi v7 cafe  May 27, 2009 05:36 AM
hi i used to have a moto guzzi grisso 1100 2 valve and it was a nice bike to ride with tergi pipes what a great sound and power but the only probs with the griso was the clocks always had condensation build up and it needed a new clock but the problem came back again but dont get me wrong it was a fantastic bike but know i own a kawasaki 12r but i have to say i went to my local bike dealers and there stood a moto guzzi v7 cafe and it looks so good and the finish is spot on so i may px my kwaker in for the guzzi it seems to be the bike for me so who needs to go at 185mph but in this country they jail you for silly speeds riding is about safety and enjoyment and that v twin sound and its nice to have a none clunky first gear and with in my eyes most modern bikes suffer from so to me the guzzi wins over and over and its nice to have a bike what is not the norm like most bikes out there
ian theobald -staintune pipes  April 12, 2009 06:15 PM
I happen to own the v7 classic with stain tunes that were made up as research and developement and the Factory did a fantastic job and the note from the pipes reminds me of an inboard v8 sppeed boat. There dyno showed about 4.5 more horse power between 2-3000 rpms and is just music to the ears. Check out the Guzzista site for photo of pipes. I have just returned from Easter run out in the country NSW Australia and fuel economy each time was about 11 litres at 245 km or close to. The bike does feel small hopping off bigger bikes but was quite happy on country roads att 100-120 kph and is similar to my old Triumph 500 twin with much more grunt.
Allen Peat -Guzzi V7 Mistral Sport mufflers  April 3, 2009 05:23 AM
Nice cool (with/without baffles) mufflers from Italy. More pep more sound, run cooler. $550 from MG cycle. Installed mine 3 wks ago, excellent all the way, MG cycle great to do business with..
Adam -Guzzi V7 Sports Mufflers  March 17, 2009 05:27 PM
Hello all just wanted to share the fact that Staintune Aust Pty Ltd has developed a pair of reverse cone sports mufflers that transform the V7 and give it back some of its intended power and sole, check them out! Very Nice Indeed.
Allen Peat -V7 Classic  January 14, 2009 11:30 AM
Over 900mi on the bike now. Checked the valve clearance and torqued the heads, All spot on. Staying with the factory recommended break-in (under 6000rpm) at this mileage. Engine pulls a quick 80mph in 4th at 6000. Overall this bike has lived up to my expectations. I have been impressed with the character of the engine and high quality of the bike. I personal feeling is high marks to Moto Guzzi for keeping the many satisfying aspects of the original V7 and incorporating modern improvements that add to the charm of the machine!! I see a black and gold bike is now announced and a Cafe' style as well!
scott -horsepower-who cares?  January 12, 2009 09:27 PM
anyone worried about horsepower is missing the point, I see a fantastic classic motorcycle that puts a smile on your face while riding no matter the speed, or lack there of.
gfrench440 -V7 Classic  January 11, 2009 12:44 PM
I first saw this bike is a magazine that I get from the UK. It was released last year in Europe and they originally said it would not be sold in the US. I found out in July of 08 that it was coming here and I started calling the closest 2 dealers neither of which knew anything about it. Long story short, I stayed in contact and I have now had the V7 in my possession for 2 weeks. I love the bike because it a pure and simple motorcycle and there aren't many of those being made these days. Jim in the previous post got it right, it is not for sport bike guys and so it doesn't need a lot of power. I have 30 bikes in my collection and I ride them all. One of them is an 06 Ducati Sport 1000 monoposto. It is very strong and handles well but the V7 is more fun to ride. The V7 makes plenty torque way down low in the revs and keeps on pulling. If you buy this bike for it's intended use it will have more than enough power to satisfy. One thing more, I had been looking at pictures for more than a year and I was really surprised at how small the bike is in person. It's quite a bit smaller that a new Bonneville. It's about the same size as the Kawasaki W650 that I have which to me is just perfect for around town or afternoon rides out on country roads. And the sound is sooo sweet, and in some ways is like the Ducati. Great job Moto Guzzi!
Allen Peat -Moto Guzzi V7 classic  December 9, 2008 04:20 PM
Very well done, excellent mechanicals and great style, just ordered the 09!
Jim -2009 V7 Classic  December 8, 2008 10:04 AM
"I doubt it makes 40hp" Umm, it actually makes 48 HP, according to the sales brochure. "It needs to match the straight line performance of the SV 650/Ninja 650r type bikes." Why? You're comparing apples to oranges here. This isn't designed to be a sport bike, it's a naked air-cooled standard. If people want a SV650 or Ninja 650R that's the bike they will buy, but I don't think the designers envisaged sport-bike folks on the V7C. I sold my FJR1300 (way more bike than I needed) and I'm getting one of these. I like it!! Pure and simple. I don't need 72.5 Hp (Suzuki), or the 71 Hp of the Kawasaki or even the 148 Hp of the FJR I owned. 48 Hp is fine for me.
Jimbolaya -HP: a/c vs. liquid-cooled  December 5, 2008 07:53 PM
Sorry for double posting, but to "Kevin-Guzzi V-7" 's earlier post. All things being equal an a/c twin would always make less power than one being liquid cooled; conversely the a/c motor would have a great potential for better styling vs. the liquid cooled bike.
Jimbolaya -probably less than 40hp  December 5, 2008 07:47 PM
I doubt it makes 40hp. Hope it lasts longer than my '01 Guzzi Quota, which threw a rod bearing w/ only about 12k miles US. It looks very sweet. An old friend/co-worker owned a mint V7 Sport, one of the best, most naturaly beautiful & artistic motor vehicles ever. He was a collector w/ so many vehicles that he had to "borrow" parking spaces from friends all over the area; in this case the V7 was parked at work (a firehouse). It was parked in such a way that every time you passed from the com-room to the apparatus floor you would be staring straight at the bike, one of the more pleasurable experiences while at work. The aluminum front wheel hub housing vented dual-drum brakes was especially beautiful; even the metal grill covering the vent was perfectly shaped & formed & looked completely bulletproof. The lines on the bike are excruciatingly symmetrical, with every form seeming to flow perfectly into the next. The trademark Guzzi transverse a/c 90-degree V-twin is just plain gorgeous. Hopefully reliability has returned back to a level consistent w/ that of the original V7 Sport.
Kevin -Guzzi V-7  December 5, 2008 02:06 PM
This is a cool looking bike but 40 HP?? Time for a scaled down version of the twin-cam four valve motor with 65 - 75 RWHP. to be a success in the USA,It needs to match the straight line performance of the SV 650/Ninja 650r type bikes. At least Guzzi is trying!