Goosing the Goose: Making a Cafe Racer out of the Guzzi V7 Cafe …

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Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Goosing the Goose: Making a Racer out of the Guzzi V7 Cafe

the good news about Guzzi’s V7 Cafe Classic: equipped with the same small-block, pushrod V-Twin and chassis you may remember from the And here’s the bad news: it’s with the same charming pushrod V-Twin and simple you may remember from the 1980′s.

good because the cute bike has loads of character, is looks good and is priced at just $9990. But then some buyers might 10 Large is a lot to pay for 30-year-old pushrod (and there are those who rightly point out the fact V-Twin pushrod motors are best-selling motorcycle powerplants), mind the old-fashioned suspension, tires and simple braking Oh, and the 37 horsepower the bike makes would probably only owners of riding mowers.

Luckily, there are enthusiasts out who like to make weird old go fast. Meet Ed Milich. writer, mechanic, machinist, and raconteur . Ed specializes in Moto and early post-bevel-drive Ducati and he knows how to make them go ; over the last five he’s racked up an impressive 13 wins on his annual pilgrimage to the vintage races in Daytona

One of those bikes is a venerable who better to help Moto get some real power out of the V7?

Ed me this project is still in so he didn’t want to reveal too details. “You can say I did top end work to and pistons—and gained 25 percent power and torque across the In addition to the engine mods, fitted a full Arrow system and worked some voodoo. Ed didn’t have a chart to show me, but he’s it’s around 50 hp at the wheel, and he claims his V65 racer makes 54 another five or 10 seems

Ed bought my MD Project: Ducati Streetfighter Ducati Supersport project bike, and when I the bike off at his headquarters at Die Werkstat  in San I asked if I could take the V7 home for some evaluation. I had the V7 previously, and was not impressed by that handling, motor or…anything, But I do love how the Cafe Special and was eager to see how much “lettin’ ‘er would improve the bike.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

our riding-mower enthusiast friends have to agree—boosting anything’s 25 percent is going to make it a lot interesting. And they are right. The short gearing and new-found horsepower (pushing somewhere 450 pounds) get it to flow-of-traffic speeds and easily, and rocketing to 90 mph is easy too.

Over that and the motor feeling strained and buzzy, it’s willing enough to rev and I’m 110 mph or more is achievable.

The aged and running gear are a liability, but charming. The single four-piston front caliper and 320mm deliver just enough power to keep things the non-adjustable 40mm fork is but does the job, and the seating is a lot more humane than a ’70s cafe racer. the seat is low and the tank is narrow, the bike very appealing to less-experienced riders.

After a while you won’t mind the clunky gearbox.

The from those open cans is as sweet as you’d and combined with the “Legnano” paint, that may be all you need—a old bike with all the right and aural cues. And thanks to evil genius, it’s enough to hold its own in modern, traffic situations. You don’t 150 hp to have a good time, and little Cafe Classic is

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

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