Moto Guzzi V7 Racer First Ride — Motorcyclist Magazine

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Is it ironic that the East had an earthquake the same day as the Moto Cafe Racer Rumble? And did I, as my attendees suggested, somehow it with me? Unlikely, consider-ing I was to Billy Joel at the time and of us noticed it.

What was I doing The Piano Man? Good The short answer is, Piaggio USA me to attend an event at his shop, Century Cycles, to promote the new Guzzi V7 Racer. While I was they promised I could a bike and go for a ride with

No native Long Islander turn down an invitation that!

The V7 Racer may be a new model, but far from a new motorcycle. Let’s with the engine: an air-cooled, 90-degree transverse (longitudinal-crank) which traces its roots to the Tonti-designed V35 and V50 of the mid-’70s. This cost-saving Heron heads, the intake and exhaust valves are and the combustion chambers are machined the tops of the pistons.

The valves are via pushrods and rocker arms-old-school and but it gets the job done.

This engine got a makeover in 2003 Moto Guzzi released the Nevada 750 cruiser. And the following a new chassis appeared on the Breva Since then, they’ve Classic, Cafe and, Racer variants.

Offered as a limited edition a numbered plaque on the top triple the V7 Racer pays homage to ’70s Guzzi, the celebrated V7 Fittingly, it’s a gorgeous to behold, with black red frame, swingarm and wheel and drilled, brushed-aluminum accents.

accommodations are Spartan, in best racer tradition, with a suede-covered solo seat and billet-aluminum footpegs (a tandem and passenger pegs are available as accessories). The handlebars aren’t clip-ons, but they are fairly and set behind a tiny flyscreen. and the tailpiece are both adorned racing-style numberplates bearing the #7, for reasons.

Thumb the starter and you discover how cold-blooded the air-cooled is, requiring use of the cold-start enrichener and a amount of warm-up before it can be away without stalling. warm, the engine is fantastically and flexible, with crisp response and plenty of torque. The mixture is a tad lean (blame the but that helped contribute to a 50-mpg average during my test.

The five-speed transmission packs the four cogs close while fifth feels an overdrive. Peak power just north of 6000 so there’s no need to rev it until the cuts in just south of rpm.

With a claimed 51 on tap, the V7 Racer is relatively but it’s got plenty of power for in urban or suburban environs. If Island were a state, it rank 13th in population Virginia) and first in population so it’s no place to be zipping at triple-digit speeds. Better to the North Shore’s scenic as tree-lined Route 25A rolls and forth, up and down over near the water.

And listen to the V-twin’s glorious note-which sounds even with the accessory Arrow Billy had on his V7 Cafe!

At a claimed 437 full of gas, the V7 Racer ungainly heavy-a fact having had double hip-replacement at age 62, Billy said he appreciates. It handles quite well-stable and neutral, though the decision to fit 18-inch front and 17-inch wheels shod with Pirelli Demon Sport is odd. Given that the are wire-spoked, chalk it up to appearances.

is good given the price-point fork, Bitubo gas shocks and drive, but it’s obviously for a skinny jeans-wearing hipster. the Brembo brakes work the single four-piston front and 320mm rotor doing a job of slowing forward motion. It stop even better stiffer fork springs,

By now you’ve likely surmised, as did we, the V7 Racer is no racer. That’s not supposed to be. It’s an homage to the Moto Guzzis of yore, and a nod to the popularity of cafe racers.

drawn in by its looks would do to consider purchasing one-especially if lack the mechanical skills to their own.

My visit to Island ended as Hurricane arrived, bringing 100-mph As I returned the V7 Racer to 20th Cycles, foreman Alex was getting ready to tape up the while Billy Joel was to pull his boats out of the water. earthquakes aren’t so bad after

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