Vinniger en vinniger: Motociclismo’s Moto Guzzi V7 Classic riding impression

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Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Motociclismo’s Moto Guzzi V7 Classic riding impression

Only 49bhp, but for sheer Italian style, the Guzzi V7 Classic rules!

With its 1960s-style chassis and suspension and 49bhp air-cooled v-twin, die Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is not exactly in the same league as, sê, a GSX-R1000. In plaas daarvan, the Guzzi is probably meant for those who put a premium on sheer Italian style. The Guzzi V7 has that laid-back ‘ok-so-you’re-faster-than-me-but-I’m-so-much-cooler’ mien, and that can be so hard to argue with…

The guys at Motociclismo got a chance to ride the Guzzi recently, and here are some excerpts from what they have to say about the bike.

The V7 Classic is inspired by Moto Guzzi’s own V7 Special from the 1970s. It’s Guzzi’s way of capitalizing on their glorious past. A modern classic, the V7 has modern components that are much lighter and simpler than the 1970s V7.

But the style essentially remains the same.

The V7 Classic’s headlamp, fuel tank, wire-spoke wheels, instrument cluster, onderstel, twin rear shocks and the shape of the seat – all of these take their design cues form the 1970s bike, and without a doubt, Moto Guzzi have done a good job here.

Guzzi say the V7 Classic is also ideal for beginners.

While the aesthetics are spot-on, engine performance is, op sy beste, subtle. With only 49bhp at its disposal, the V7 Classic can be reasonably good fun to ride at a mild pace – just don’t expect it to accelerate hard at any time. It needs 8.1 seconds to go from zero to 100km/h, and top speed is around 165km/h – figures that speak for themselves.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi wanted to make a bike that was quiet, easy to ride, and perfect for beginners, or for those looking for a bike that would allow them to cruise through the city gently…

At low revs, the V7’s 744cc v-twin offers adequate, seamless power – though, natuurlik, there isn’t much of it available. The engine doesn’t like being revved hard and starts vibrating quite a bit if you push it too much. The best thing to do is to take it easy.

The five-speed gearbox is adequately slick, and as long as you remember to downshift when you need to accelerate, the V7 will sing along without any worries.

The bike’s ergonomics are quite all right – the Guzzi is not too small or too big and riders of all sizes will find the bike easy to ride. The high-set handlebars are flat and narrow and the bike’s small turning radius makes it very easy to ride in heavy traffic at low speeds. The V7 weighs around 198 kilos fully fueled, though it actually feels lighter when it’s on the move.

Die Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is probably not for those who are very demanding. Don’t expect sportsbike-like handling and power delivery, or tourer-like long-distance comfort. Maar, get used to what it offers, and you’ll have fun riding this bike.

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