2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Café — Canada Moto Guide

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Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

2010 Moto Guzzi V7

Canadian fans of Moto have been stuck the chewy end of the pasta for quite a The bikes were never mainstream and the dealer network was to say the least. Sadly, it had to get worse it could get better.

In late Guzzi’s parent company giant Piaggio group) the Canadian distributor and assumed for the Great White North

I was invited to a meeting in California in May of year where Paolo Piaggio’s CEO, acknowledged the and said that they to have around 50 to 55 dealers Canada by year end.

units were slated to be in early June.

Hahaha, Italians and their zany of humour.

It wasn’t until that I finally got word of a V7 Café waiting for me at the newest line Piaggio dealer in the BMW Toronto.


The V7 the classic lines from the

The first thing you notice the V7 Café is the lime green fuel tank that follows the shape of the original Guzzi Sport from the making the profile of the Café one of the I’ve ever seen.

750 v-twin refuses to get with technology. But then it’s a innit?

The minimal front fender the polished steel rim and single your eyes then are along the fuel tank, the seat and finally, to the matte rear fender.

Most motorcycles have mufflers look like they designed by a committee of not overly chimps (see Kawasaki Honda VFR1200), but the Guzzi’s upswept silencers nicely the appearance of the bike.

Both the and the more traditional Classic are by a 744 cc version of Guzzi’s 90-degree The engine is mounted longitudinally in the the cylinders poking their out in the airstream like a dog in a moving

Going home to adjust the just the way Bondo likes it.

The is a slap in the face at modern with air cooling and a mere two per cylinder, which are actuated by called “pushrods” – I think I my grandfather telling me about


The Café was a new unit with a grand of 25 km on the clock. Its first official act was paralyzing downtown Toronto on a 31 degree Celsius afternoon. I guess we’ll find out how the air cooling is, won’t we?

The Guzzi itself other than a couple of times. Turned out the cable had excessive freeplay, it difficult to coordinate clutch and in the stop-and-go. Once I got home, my fifteen minute session I adjust the levers, gearshift and controls to my personal preferences care of that issue.

With Guzzis, it’s amusing to fan the throttle at a stop and the bike lurch to the right, a of the longitudinally mounted engine. also happens when the throttle during downshifts and I’m mindful that, when over in right hand a mittful of throttle will the bike to lean more, in left handers, it will to pick it up a bit.

Centrally pegs don’t give room for the lanky legged.

The handlebars have a nice to them and are mounted below the clamps, although the slight brings your hands level with said The sharp bend in the clutch makes the pull heavier the V7 Classic, which has higher, bars allowing for a straighter for the cable.

Slick box but big buzz 100 km/h.

The footpegs are high and mounted, giving my 37-inch fits and making for a very and un-natural riding position for riders. Comfort level increase significantly if Guzzi the Pukka Café route rearsets. After all, not like they have to room for the pillion pegs or

Unlike previous Guzzis, the is very slick. When from neutral to first, trannys give a clunk and a but the Guzzi engages with a noticeable “snick.” Rowing the gears is equally silent and upshifts are a snap.

Acceleration is leisurely but certainly acceptable, those 48 horsies have to 400 lbs (183kg) of V7 plus rider. The is smooth and willing, however, and at 120 km/h shows about rpm, although anything 100 km/h will set your and feet to buzzing as vibration its ugly head.

A man’s

The 320 mm single front disc Brembo four-piston caliper wooden at first but improved as the pads bedded in. It’s a manly brake though, sinewy forearms and all four on the lever to slow the bike – none of this namby-pamby stuff.

Instrumentation is fairly with an analog tach and an LCD tripmeter and odometer within the and similar LCD ambient temperature and in the tach. There is a low fuel in the bank of warning lights.

for an Italian motorcycle, the speedometer is as as a NASA launch – an indicated 100 is a GPS-certified 97 km/h and 120 km/h is an 116.

For some reason that makes sense in Italy, the and clock reset themselves to kilometers and ambient temperature freaking time the key is turned Listen, if I wanted tripmeter and when I turned the key off, are I want them back time I fire the bike up.

744 cc in two sticky-out jugs, very Bellucci .

Which at times, was a in itself. The Café was VERY blooded – even on those 23 degree Celsius mornings. enrichener and WAY too much cranking was before it reluctantly coughed to

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Clocks too come from the

And even then, the enrichener had to be on for the first few klicks or it stumbled and its way down the street. Once it was fine although it still ran lean with lots of and banging on the overrun.

The Italians how to build a good chassis – as by Sophia Loren, Monica and Maria Grazia Cucinotta (go I’ll wait while you use images. Atsa nice,

The Guzzi’s steel frame everything together nicely and the 40 mm forks have damping and rates well suited for the V7. The Sachs rear shocks, keep the hind end well without being harsh.

Suspension and tires both to keep the V7 planted.

The Metzeler buns are first rate. raced on these tires not only do they stick poo on a blanket, they wear iron. The narrow 100/90-18 allows the Café to steer a bicycle, but without being making it a lot of fun to ride around

The bike glides over heaves and smaller bumps and the motor is strong enough to you entertained.

Where the V7 Café shines is on open, two-lane It cruises along quite at 80 to 90 km/h, steers precisely and the has such excellent feedback you can ride over a quarter and whether it’s heads or Must be that Italian showing through.


Without the of acceleration you’re free to on the more important things.

The won’t propel you to the next at warp speed but there’s than enough grunt to it interesting. Besides, if you’re not with retina flattening you can concentrate on the more important – good lines, smooth, trailbraking and keeping your speed up. It’ll make you a rider.


The Guzzi exhibited something I’ve seen in a press bike – marking its territory with oil on my driveway. A quick check the bottom sump bolts tightening and it’s a reminder like any high-strung thoroughbred, motorcycles need occasional

Because the bike only had 25 on it, I’ll cut it some slack on the oil and excessively lean fuel issues as they’d hopefully be care of during the first

With Triumph, Ducati and Harley recreating the sights, and feel of motorcycles of yesteryear, the Guzzi V7 Café brings charm, stunning looks and a few to the retrobike party.

Owning an motorcycle can be challenging, but remember for every challenge, there is a

Taller riders looking for a fix would be well advised to at the Classic rather than the but if the Gucci fits, wear it.

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