2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Record Kit Experience

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Exploring Los Angeles… …from the saddle of Moto Guzzi’s new V7 Racer Record Kit.

Barry Hathaway

One of my favorite in life is to point a cool toward an unknown destination and pictures when I arrive. Not Carefully composed images are rewarding to make, and view.

been a professional photographer all my life, and interest in photography and came early. When I was 17 I my ’86 Yamaha FZ600 onto a stone wall at a remote in Colorado because I thought it make a compelling image. I didn’t make it back to the tale.

Adventure, I think called, and I loved it.

When I that CW wanted me to explore Los Angeles and photograph a new Moto in the sweet spots, I jumped at the Sure, I’ve been to about 300 times, but there are so layers to the place, you’d discover all its secrets even in visits. That’s a big part of the finding spots you didn’t know were there.

the role of the cool motorcycle: the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, a desirable ride, but fitted the prototype retro Record Kit seat and tail piece will soon see the light of day in America. She’s a beauty, and more than skin

More than 70 percent of the components are new this year. power and torque (41.7 hp at rpm, 40.3 foot-pounds at rpm) are the result of redesigned blocks, heads and pistons, a new intake system with ECU—it’s the first ever with a single throttle

Other notable changes are new wheels, a larger capacity aluminum tank and a new gearbox that dramatically improves quickness and precision. The optional Kit (available in the U.S. in early MSRP $1,999.99), however, is the on top of the long list of improvements. adding to the fun factor: This V7 Racer is likely the only Guzzi in the world sporting the new Kit.

After a positive impression—the quality of the machined the artistry of the Italian design—I got to the new Racer in motion in the hills of San The bike is small, light, and with a predilection for bends in the In other words, a perfect in urban exploration. An overall of quality and solidity prevails, and the of the instrument cluster suits the theme perfectly.

  The Record Kit the clip-ons a full two inches than on the stock Racer, and at I’m probably the tallest guy who could completely comfortable on the bike.

The overcast sky was bit of a dud for pictures that so I ducked into a pizza for dinner. Emerging 55 minutes (1 hour max on the meter), golden God blazed on the horizon, the kind of that photographers kill or at least fantasize about. I on the Racer and raced to the highest in Pedro, just in time to the Italian machine as the giant ball dropped into the Had I eaten pizza for 30 more I would’ve missed the epic

It’s good to be lucky in and in photography, and the Guzzi and I had just hit the

A storm was forecast the next so I considered sitting it out at home. But that severe weather creates opportunities for epic and dramatic skies, I had to venture out the disturbance. I headed into the desert in an attempt to stay

It worked, and I rode by a ranch with lots of rusty old in the yard. “Scrap Iron” was out front wrenching on an old ‘40s gas Mike collects the cool old treasures that a lot of us love and photograph. “Take the bike out and get some pictures,” he said. where all the good stuff What a great guy. He to pull the Model A out of the shed, but was threatening and I pointed the Guzzi Los Angeles.

The Record Kit draws attention, for sure. I was surprised at how many came out of the woodwork. One guy tracked me inside a Starbucks.

He didn’t buy a coffee. “Is that your out there?” he asked, with a of reverence typically reserved for Italian machinery or possibly the Pope. He just wanted to to me, I guess, or maybe touch the hem of my

Many people realize looking at something special, and they are. The Racer is and brazen, with its chrome and bright red frame and swingarm, but it off in that way that only an can. The brown leather artfully gracing the mirror-like only adds to the charm. bike would look parked in a piazza in Florence—“a Italian with a rich to borrow the factory’s words.

say the same for a Honda or Suzuki.

As I headed into L.A. on the 10 the sky ahead turned black. Not Black. Then, deluge. People in must have felt for me as I jet-skied next to them.

the time my leather gloves and reached full saturation, out of the five northbound lanes flooded with about 16 of water. The photographer in me instantly “great picture!” so I stopped and the Racer in the middle of the freeway at the of the lake, pulled out my camera and if it was dry enough to function. I would wonder the same thing the Guzzi when a rogue big rig by through the deepest part, a wave that makes the a lot more dramatic.

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After a sunset that was rewarding to in downtown L.A. a friend me to stay the night in Malibu, me from the prospect of a long, ride home and giving me a to carve some canyons in the warm sun the next morning.

Old Canyon Road is a happy on the V7 Racer. The drivetrain sounds under acceleration are pleasing, harmoniously with the famous ‘small block’ exhaust from the Arrow slip-ons. a rewarding bike to ride, not it’s blindingly fast (it but because it’s a wonderful that sends endless messages to your nervous

The improved gearbox is a joy, smooth, precise shifts and feel. It’s easy to this bike in corners, The information coming to you via the Pirelli Demons and the time-honored double frame is honest and true; no The front brake is adequate, and you can it, too, as long as you don’t ask it to…

Yes, the V7 could use a bit more brake, but the package is balanced and very well.

I rode to Monica, visited my friend Hill and convinced him to drop and come ride his 1975 CB400 Super Sport me. He’s had the Honda for almost two and we hadn’t managed to get out with it yet, so this was a great The bikes complement each very well, both machines with style to One is vintage; the other, vintage-looking but good brakes and modern

I’ll always remember the Racer up the Pacific Coast with one of my best friends as the day to an end.

Motorcycle riding is a metaphor for life, in a “nothing nothing gained” sort of Just think: If I had stayed on that day when the bad weather was I’d never have had all those or these images that they all happened. I ride for the freedom they provide, I love to explore, and because I the mechanical intimacy they

The 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 is much more than a appliance; it’s a fun bike backs up its solid hardware a healthy dose of race-inspired style. It’s polished, and fun.  And perhaps most it made me feel like a high school kid again, off on another memorable motorcycle

Grazie mille, Racer.

V7 meets Corvette Stingray. Sometimes something catches eye, and you can make a solid right away. Sometimes you

Basking in the Santa Monica — The sun was setting over the in Santa Monica, and I chose to these action shots in

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