2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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2010 Moto Guzzi V7 | Review

V7 is Classic

When a has a history that dates over 85 years, it is natural to a desire to monetize that heritage. One can easily pigeonhole the Guzzi V7 Classic as a retro that relies on its appearance to sales, rather than a modern motorcycle in its own right. the Moto Guzzi V7′s appeal is visual, but that be said of virtually any motorcycle.

Moto Guzzi’s racing-striped is far more than skin

With a styling significantly on the early- 1970s V7 Sport, the is truly a retro motorcycle, in it takes the rider back to motorcycling days-a time riding a sport bike did not the rider to assume the posture of a or exploit a powerplant best-suited to a

One cannot argue that Guzzi got the visual cues wheels, full coverage fender, single front twin shocks, and a traditional and easily assessed analog And, oh yes, the motor. 40 years after the first V7, Guzzi continues to convey pleasure from its transverse-mounted, pushrod V-twin, giving the a decided advantage when a classic model.

Displacing a now seemingly modest the Guzzi powerplant is purely

A nod to modernity, the Moto Guzzi V7 engine is now fed by a Weber Marelli EFI and that traditionalist faux pas is by the ability to manually operate a fast idle circuit a handlebar-mounted lever. With so rotating mass, the motor has power delivery, with no hits or stumbles, so the Guzzi EFI cannot be faulted. You twist the and it naturally proceeds at a wholly pace, all the while delivering a profundo sonata from the Lafranconi exhausts.

Riding a motorcycle with such a slant prodded me to avoid highways and byways, and head out for old California, which still exist if you know where to it. Perusing the unpredictably twisting roads of Somis, a tiny east of Ventura, the Moto V7 Classic revealed its near of the pathology of the leisurely ride.

The motor’s willingness to move idle to rev limiter without makes its performance transparent, the rider to focus on the soothing and tone that emanates its heart. This is not to say the Moto V7 Classic is slow, though is not a pejorative in this context. is smooth, and the five speeds are ideally spaced.

A single disc may seem inadequate, but it is matched to the engine’s thrust and braking attributes.

One feels incapable of error on the Moto You never feel as if you are in the wrong and the relatively narrow Metzeler tires deliver the power to the ably, while sticking in corners. Turn-in is predictable, and the is nimble enough to accept corrections gracefully.

Gliding through high-speed effortlessly, the V7′s 400-odd disappeared beneath me. The suspension has a look, but it supplies prevailing There is no wallowing, yet the ride is not firm.

The ergonomics on the Moto V7 Classic are flawless, with the and bars in a perfectly neutral just as bikes were 40 years ago. There is very reassuring about a natural, unforced body

The V7 seat-flat and wide-is definitely a to the past. In some ways, though it is truly authentic in its it is one place where I am reminded things are a bit better now. The is comfortable, to be sure, but it does not the same security that the of the ergonomics deliver.

Still, I cannot fault Guzzi’s decision to favor over function, and I would that I may be a bit too sensitive in this

Regardless, I was tempted to install an windscreen and bags, and take off for a cross-country ride. This is not to say the Guzzi V7 Classic isn’t capable-a few long rides established its interstate credentials-but its is best performed on back

Such an enjoyable motorcycle is too to keep hidden from for long, but I did not feel right the V7 Classic to the gaudy glitz and of somewhere like Hollywood and where superhero imposters the sidewalks. Instead, I found drawn to southern Los Angeles, the roads are still wide, not as as you would expect in the metropolis, the less frenetic, and low-rise to dominate the non-existent skyline.

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The nimble Moto Guzzi V7 and predictable power are an unbeatable around town. With a height just less 32 inches, nearly anyone can down easily and many be able to rest flatfooted at a red The mirrors do a fairly good job of tabs on the action behind the though bar-end mirrors enhance both their and practicality.

In town, where can unexpectedly reveal brutal the V7′s semi-adjustable suspension is up to the though surely not plush. the Guzzi’s classic shaft is most noticeable here, but I am to consider that to be a feature, than a shortcoming. I did not miss the of a chain for a moment.

I stopped for a pastrami sandwich at Johnny’s, a stand on a grimy stretch of Blvd. in the rough-and-tumble Jefferson neighborhood. Parking the bike at I incongruently snapped a photo on my Passersby nodded, thinking it was a vintage motorcycle and they seeing something extraordinary, not the truly amazing aspect of the Guzzi V7 Classic is how much fun it is to


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by Don Williams

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