2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Review

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Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
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2013 Moto Guzzi V7 | Review

2013 Moto V7 Racer Test

When Guzzi updated its 1200cc giving it four valves and an cam in each head, we cheered the As effectively evocative as it may be visually, the transverse V-twin motor was long in the tooth and the performance gap was to get disturbingly high. The Norge, and Griso all benefited from the of technology.

Although the 2013 of the Moto Guzzi V7 engine retains the basic two-valve design, the upgrades (annoyingly, got them last year) to the air-cooled powerplant are clearly of Doubtlessly, Giulio Cesare and Lino Tonti, who collaborated on the 1967 design, would recognize the engine as theirs.

V7 iterations had lots of torque, but the ability to rev quickly. A fine was still easily obtained, as owners of the retro-style motorcycle understanding of its limitations. Still, one help but wish for a bit more when the throttle gets a

Thumbing the starter switch you that the upgraded motor has none of its characteristic charisma. It fires up with an alacrity only by Harley-Davidson’s own iconic A new single throttle-body/twin-injector system Marelli means the choke-like idle switch is a thing of the – the new V7 settles into an assured like any properly fuel-injected

Once underway, the new V7′s – created by an all-new top-end – itself instantly in two ways. the modestly oversquare 744cc revs more freely, so you away from stops increased urgency. Second, is simply more force

Moto Guzzi claims a increase in peak torque, importantly, comes 800 rpm sooner. there are a couple of extra on top, and they arrive 600 rpm than before. It’s focus on more power that peps the motor up

In a world of 200-horsepower superbikes, are unquestionably small numbers. in the real-life arena of police-patrolled of sometimes-dubious quality and sightlines, is a case to be made that the V7 has more than enough to enjoy a sprint between

Make no mistake about it – the V7 is no racer. The “race” part of the is the styling and, to a lesser the ergonomics. With a huge fuel tank that carries nearly six gallons, it it predecessors – endurance competitions in the including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 500 of Monza.

The competition theme is by the Racer’s low bars – not quite thankfully – that put you in an aggressive without causing pain to neck or wrists. Slightly pegs are also conservatively keeping your knees complaining on all but the longest stints in the Spartan solo saddle.

in at 395 pounds at the curb with an tank, according to Moto the V7 Racer is absolutely lighter it looks. New aluminum rims – a non-standard 18-inch front and 130mm rear 17-incher – reduced the effort required to direction changes. Regardless, the is more stable than in corners.

For best results, set your and stick to it. If you know the road, you do quite well.

Mid corner are discouraged, and it will require a bit of to get your way when that decreasing radius turn up. It can be done, but don’t expect any of quick response from the Fortunately, the Pirelli Sport tires hold their as does the versatile well-damped, suspension.

When straight-lining, the V7 is unflappable up to its top speed just of 100 mph (though the speedo optimistically up to 140 mph).

The same sort of thinking is found in the tachometer, stands ready to measure speeds to 10,000 rpm. Guzzi has a hard rev limiter kicks in at 7000 rpm, and horsepower happens 800 rpm sooner, so is lots of wasted clock

That’s all fine, as the peppy gets its first boost 3000 rpm and again at 5000 where the torque peaks at 43 When all is said and done, you want to shift by 6250 above that, the V7 powerplant is some harsh vibes the chassis. Shift the five-speed but not too early, for the best performance.

Shifting on the V7 Racer is mixed. The from 1st to 2nd gear is monumental, and you are very deliberate and move left boot a long you will click into After that, the gaps gears are more manageable, improves acceleration.

Be careful downshifting, especially back first, as there is no slipper and the 10:1 compression ratio can the progression of the 80mm piston as it the Sport Demon rubber.

Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara
Moto Guzzi 500 Sahara

expect much from the The rear 260mm disc has a caliper, and there is only a 320mm front disc. that’s a four-piston Brembo but you don’t get anything like mounting, ABS, or stunning

The brakes are serviceable, and those for harder deceleration will to experiment with more pads.

Riding the V7 Racer successfully is riding smooth. Carry corner speed, make use of the torque, pick a good and enjoy its stability.

Keep an eye on the and one of two things will happen. either be disappointed at how slow going, or you will be thrilled you can get so much fun at lower velocities and mortal threats to your

While you won’t overtake on a straightaway, the crafty Racer can muscle-bound competitors in the corners – the the better, unless you are up against a bike.


On the freeway, you can still reasonable acceleration at 80 mph should you to get out of an unpleasant situation. Below 80, power is more than If commuting is on your agenda, the V7 will get you to work in style.

parked, be aware that the is an attention-provoking machine. The chrome with the leather strap it on, the bright red frame, the number emblazoned with #7, and distinctive motor prompt admiration fellow riders, as well as questions and laudations from passersby.

Not a motorcycle for everyone by any means, the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is for the self-confident enthusiast who understands the of abundant fun over extreme You might not get to the next stop but you won’t want to swap with anyone once you get

Photography by Don Williams

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