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Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

A bike that pays homage to the legendary V7 Sport of the 1970s, but with a suite of modern niceities

I’m no motorcycle historian by any stretch of the imagination, but I am certainly well aware of the mythical Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, which created a huge buzz in the early 1970s.

The 757cc transverse 90-degree V-twin certainly had some bragging rights, which included laying claim to being the first mass produced bike in the world to exceed a maximum speed of 200km/h. Stirring — and seminal — stuff indeed.

According to Moto Guzzi, the specialist motorcycle commentators declared the V7 Sport the archetype of Italian sport bikes where the essence of style conveys the effectiveness of the function for which the bike was designed. In other words, it had class and performance to match the chic.

We had to take that step back in time, because the legend of the V7 Sport has now been revived by the Piaggio Group-owned Moto Guzzi in a modern interpretation called the V7 Café Classic.

Moto Guzzi has now joined the likes of Ducati (GT1000) and Triumph (the Bonneville and all its derivatives) in the retro classic club, and let there be more of it we say.

On the basis that the new machine is very similar in style to the original, it goes without saying that the Café Classic, priced at $14,690, just oozes elegance out of every orifice, from the reverse-cone silencers to the gorgeous spoked steel wheels, fastback-style seat, short and sleek front guard, analogue instruments (what else?), clip-on handlebars and green livery. The proportions are just right.

Moto Guzzi also has a V7 Classic in its line-up at $13,990, but it lacks a few of the touches of the Café Classic, including the seat and clip-ons. The build quality of both bikes is good, but I wouldn’t say great.

I recently had the opportunity to sample the Café Classic in the streets of Sydney, followed by a blast through the Royal National Park en route to Wollongong.

Quite simply, life treats you well on the Café Classic, and it’s not all about exacting standards and engineering to the nth degree.

And the less intense nature all starts with the small-black V-twin air-cooled two-valve engine, which delivers a nice torque curve and hits its maximum (54.7Nm) at just 3600rpm. That makes the Café Classic feel right at home in the urban chaos, and it doesn’t take long to get up to speed with minimal mechanical noise and a smooth shaft-driven power train. Peak power is quoted at nearly 48hp at 6800rpm.

The only small gripe in the city was that the gearbox is a little ‘doughy’, which usually meant some slight resistance dropping back through the wide-ratio five-speed box.

The Café Classic sounds very ‘big’ bike with the lovely soundtrack emanating from the twin upswept silencers, even though at a wet weight of 198kg it really isn’t a fatty by any stretch of the imagination.

The Café Classic has a single-plate dry clutch which, in keeping with other members of the ‘dry’ party, is a little heavy but certainly not enough to leave your hand quivering.

Meantime, the low seat height (805mm) and clip-on handlebars, which don’t put too much weight on the wrists, are all about comfort.

And that applies if you want to up the pace a little after waving goodbye to the city. That’s what happened to me, but it didn’t take long to realise the Café Classic is – as I intimated earlier – not one to come out swinging, which it certainly doesn’t set out to be with skinny 18 (front) and 17-inch rubber, basic suspension, and an engine which does start to lose some breath at high revs. However, I must say the four-piston Brembo front brake wouldn’t be out of place in a bike with more performance venom.

With the ‘stretch’ out of the road, I settled back into a nice rhythm, and you know what – it morphed into one of the most enjoyable road rides I have had in ages. A slow roast if you will, and an ideal time to relax and take in the scenery.

At middling speeds, the handling was more than adequate, as it’s quite light and doesn’t have the wheelbase of a bus. And there’s plenty of ground clearance too at 182mm. The Lasertec tyres are decent, and I’d only be jettisoning those for something better if you’re a lean angle freak.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Speaking of discarding, I’d suggest the fastback seat would have to go for those who want to add a pillion to the mix. The flatter one from the Classic would be the go.

Well done Guzzi. The Café Classic is a beauty, and one that requires minimal effort for maximum enjoyment.



Type: Air-cooled, four-valve 90-degree V-twin

Capacity: 744cc

Bore x stroke: 80mm x 74mm

Compression ratio: 9.6:1

Fuel system: Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection

Clutch: Dry


Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

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