Moto Guzzi V7 Racer: A Test Ride — Driver’s Seat — WSJ

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Moto Guzzi V7 Racer: A Ride

Jonathan Welsh Guzzi V7 Racer

If you like from the 1960s and 1970s who doesn’t?), the new Moto Guzzi V7 will grab your and probably make you smile.

Its compact shape, racy handlebars and spoke wheels give it the of a vintage grand prix while jewel-like details the engine to the foot pegs a hand-built custom machine. But it is a dressed up version of the Italian earlier mass-market V7 Classic.

Driver’s Seat reported about the Racer in February Moto Guzzi announced it sell the bike, which it showed in 2009 as a concept at the motorcycle show.

Special brackets, body covers and hardware one would typically in an aftermarket-parts catalog help set the apart from lesser It even has competition-style number emblazoned with the number 7 of my hero, the late Barry

Whether you favor Sheene, Hailwood or Giacomo Agostini, the styling will bring out any retro racing fantasies you may be As I crouched over the bike, its low bars and trying to hide the wind behind its tiny my backroad riding route into something resembling the of Man TT circuit of, say, 50 years

Like the bikes of that the V7 Racer doesn’t have a lot of muscle. Its two cylinders generate about 48 so getting down the road and smoothly requires finesse. The doesn’t rev high like Japanese models of similar and doesn’t have the low-end power of larger V-twins you find on a Harley-Davidson.

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So you have to use the gears to keep the speed close to its sweet where there is plenty of and the engine’s distinctive sound through nicely but isn’t loud to bother the neighbors.

The new bike uses the same V-twin engine and five-speed as the V7 Classic, which has handlebars and more sedate and the racier V7 Cafe, which has low and a single seat. Last I tried out the V7 Cafe  and it is my favorite version of the V7. It manages to be cool and attractive without as hard as the Racer does.

I like most of the Racer’s parts, like the thick brackets support its twin exhaust anodized red wheel hubs contrast so nidely with silver spokes. But there are a few like a decorative leather on the gas tank, that take the theme a bit too far for me. And despite fondness for I could also skip the plates.

The V7 Racer is on sale now, at $9,790.

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