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Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

Classic case of style: Guzzi V7 Classic

Kevin Ash on Moto Guzzi’s latest bike, the V7 Classic

Moto has been having a hard of it recently, with sales from a low 10,000 or so to an even dismal 8,900 last — it’s amazing years of these desperate and one crisis or takeover after that the famous old Mandello still exists at all.

Yet ridden every new Guzzi in years, and there’s nothing with the bikes, so ultimately the has to be at fault for not improving marketing, spares back-up, the dealer and the company’s reliance on the Italian market, where 50 per cent of its are made.

Nothing wrong Guzzi’s latest product the V7 Classic, a bike that on the company’s rich history for its and the existing, proven engine and gear for its mechanicals. The original V7 of 1967 was the father of all Guzzi’s V-twins, including the accomplished V7 on which the new Classic’s look is closely based, as well as the known Le Mans sports from the mid-Seventies.

The V7 Classic though is no sports but an entry-level machine designed to be to ride, especially for those up to their first big bike. As it’s up against machines as the Triumph Bonneville, and what a job it does. Visually it’s an good-looking bike, with its styled fuel tank to perfection in white with the old V7 red-and-blue striping, and the finish is quality, too.

The instruments sophisticated faces in white on with chrome surrounds, the controls and grab handles are or polished and the whole look is balanced without trying too — it gives the Bonneville the air of a budget bike in comparison.

It’s not a big motorcycle, making it to manoeuvre for the inexperienced, but neither is it so that larger riders awkward on it. You could easily touring as well as commuting, inevitably the 48bhp power means you won’t be blasting motorways at very high and two-up with luggage the will struggle, especially in terrain.

But the motor compensates for its of outright horsepower with flexibility, pulling strongly and from low rpm, right to 1,000rpm in fact, and still the doesn’t protest. The power steadily from there to the range where the engine is and although there’s some it is not really intrusive unless you try the motor hard — isn’t rewarding in terms of anyway, so that doesn’t

What is important is how willing and the engine feels, far superior to a in this respect. Turn the and the bike responds crisply and making it not only easy to use but fun as — the low power doesn’t to matter much. It has character, burbling away in a friendly that’s endearing to the rider.

The is as simple as the motor with its steel design — but the point of the retro look and, like the engine, it very well. The steering, as all of Guzzi’s current 750 twins, is good, turning the bike and with perfect neutrality so bends and mini roundabouts are to negotiate without the bike too far into the turn. Raise the and the bike remains neutral, good stability but still direction willingly and reasonably too.

Wind it on and the suspension starts to a little stressed, allowing more bounce and wallow is ideal, but to experience this you to push the bike harder the majority of its owners will do. In more considered travel, the quality is good, if a little at the front end, and wheel in cornering isn’t an issue nor is ground clearance.

Braking from the ever dependable so inevitably even with a disc up front there’s stopping power which is easy to modulate. Even the brake works well, on a novice bike as new riders to favour the rear for fear of up the front.

Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750

This is one of those motorcycles adds up to more than the sum of its It’s light and easy to well proportioned and good certainly, yet it comes across as outstanding in the class, an easy choice ahead of the Bonneville. In although the base model is cheaper than the Guzzi, the Bonneville with a higher that’s closer to the Guzzi’s cost you more anyway, the case for the Italian bike.

Guzzi V7 Classic [tech/spec]

£5,629 on the road. On sale July. Contact: Promark, 823890, .

Engine/transmission: V-twin four-… with 4 48bhp at 6,800rpm, 40lb ft of at 3,600rpm. Five-speed gearbox, final drive.

Performance: top speed, 110mph average fuel consumption

We like: Engine, style, to ride.

We don’t like: dealer network.

Alternatives: Sportster XL883, £5,195. SV650, £4,399. Triumph T100, £5,999.

Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750
Moto Guzzi Nevada Classic 750


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