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2013 Moto Guzzi V7 First Look

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


(Top) The V7 Stone is aimed at value conscience motorcyclists with its $8390 price tag. (Bottom) The Racer continues to offer flashy café racer styling with a more powerful engine and larger fuel tank.
Europe’s classic motorcycling brand, Moto Guzzi, has released information on its updated V7 line of street bikes. Three flavors will be available in the U.S. including the Stone, Racer and Special—these motorcycles offer distinct styling with more contemporary road performance.
 
All three models share the same powertrain, frame, suspension and brakes. The motorcycles are powered by a more powerful air-cooled 744cc V-Twin engine fed from a generous 5.8 gallon fuel tank (1.4 gallons larger than the '11 model)  which will equate to a useable range in excess of 250 miles. In contrast to other brands, Moto Guzzi mounts the engine in a traverse position which adds character and makes Moto Guzzi motorcycles so charismatic to ride. The engine is fuel-injected and employs a conventional manual-style five-speed transmission and shaft final drive.
 
The engine is hung in a cradle-style steel frame with a non-adjustable hydraulic fork and twin shocks damping road bumps. All three bikes also share the same Brembo braking components including a single 320mm rotor pinched by four-piston caliper at the front and a single 260mm disc and double piston caliper mounted rearward. No ABS option is available at this time.
 
The Stone ($8390) is aimed at value conscience riders. It rolls on 12-spoke cast aluminum wheels shod with Pirelli tires in sizes 100/90-18 (front) and 130/80-17 (rear) and is claimed to weigh just 395 pounds ready to ride. The Stone is finished in a Matte Black colorway.
 
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Specs
Engine: Four-stroke, 90-degree V-Twin
Displacement: 744cc
Bore x Stroke: 80 x 74mm
Compression Ratio: 9.6:1
Transmission: Five-speed, dry clutch
Final Drive: Shaft
Frame: Steel tubular twin cradle
Front Suspension: 40mm Marzocchi, telescopic
Rear Suspension: Die cast light alloy swingarm, fully adjustable Bitubo shocks
Front Brake: Single 320mm rotor, 4-piston Brembo caliper
Rear Brake: 260mm rotor, 2-piston Brembo caliper
Wheels: Tubeless wire-spoked wheels
Front/Rear Tires: 100/90-18, 130/80-17 Pirelli Sport Demon
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Wheelbase: 57.05 in.
Rake/Trail: 27.83 degrees, 4.29 in.
Curb Weight: 395 pounds
Fuel Tank: 5.8 gallons
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited mileage

As the name implies the Racer ($9900) gets an in-you-face café racer style paint job with a red frame, swingarm and wheel hubs. It also deletes passenger accomodations and adds spoked wheels wrapped with the same sized Pirelli tires as the Stone and Special versions.
 
The Special ($8990) edition offers a more understated look with your choice of a two-tone red/white or yellow/black paint job and spoke wheels. All V7 models are backed by a two-year warranty and one-year of roadside assistance. Bikes should be arriving to U.S. dealers this fall.

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unhinged   October 8, 2012 10:03 AM
All the V7 versions use the same tires. They're tubeless spoked wheels. I would lean towards the Stone myself, but the Special in yellow/black looks really nice.
fmaxwell   September 27, 2012 07:52 AM
I notice that the caption to the photo mentions a less-powerful "Stoner" edition. It's like the regular edition except the constant whining you'll hear from it.
Piglet2010   September 26, 2012 08:25 PM
Should point out that BMW flat-twins, the Triumph Rocket III I-3, and Honda ST V-4 and Gold Wing V-6 engines are also longitudinally mounted.
Piglet2010   September 26, 2012 08:22 PM
I will take the V7 Stone thank you, for its lower price, tubeless tires, and understated looks. And well under 100 pounds lighter than a Bonneville to boot.