Moto Guzzi V7 Racer — the 21st-century ‘Cafe Racer’

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Moto Guzzi V 7
Moto Guzzi V 7

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – the ‘Cafe Racer’

Believe it or but the bike I’m reviewing is not from the or ‘70s. It’s the spanking Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. It look old, but it has plenty of character and is definitely a feast to the

Moto Guzzi upgraded the Guzzi V7 Racer, which its inspiration from the café motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s. The new is equipped with a more 744 cc, 90° V-Twin motor which out 50 hp at 6,200 rpm and 58 Nm of torque at 5,000

The engine is combined with a five-speed gearbox and a new 22 litre tank which ensures a of up to 320 km. While maintaining the classic 90° V the engine – which features 70% new and a new external finish due to new cylinder – provides greater torque and even at low rpms, and is also efficient.

The minute I thumbed the of this bike, there was so of oomph. It fires up with so enthusiasm, much like the V-twins. The new single throttle-body/twin-injector from Marelli has put away fast idle with the new V7 idle, like any other machine.

Just a few minutes on, and I can feel the power building gradually – partly by the motor, which generously. The power flows and the power band is broad and making progress easy, if not fast.

One thing I must here is that the V7 Racer is no Make no mistake about it. why call it a racer? It’s all to do the styling. For some reason, the chrome fuel tank a studded leather strap to capture the whole retro very well compared to any parts on the bike.

In fact, the tank is definitely very to those who are planning on a long where one has the choice to use a magnetic bag.

The retro styling on the is further emphasised by a single-saddle seat with an aerodynamic cowl and ‘70s-style racer plates. The suede seat is and wide, and the ergonomics places the in a comfortable and undemanding ‘racer

Meanwhile, the V7’s low-handle which is a trademark for any café is well designed. These bars allows you to sit in a racing posture without causing to your neck or wrists. And not to the rear foot pegs are located, at least that’s six-foot-me, six-foot-two Noel (my riding buddy) and everybody who rode the bike thought.

the slim design of the bike it easy to weave and out of traffic.

The air-cooled 744 cc motor has always about character. The test did not come with its standard but instead wore an Arrow The standard exhaust is extremely but the Arrow unit definitely it character.

The Arrow’s sound is a balance between the engine and noise levels – you’re not to set off any car alarms, but your presence be felt.

Early in the morning, it couple of minutes before … looking machine warmed up, despite the fuel I needed to give the bike few of the throttle after the first few of after cold starts to the bike was all fired up before the of the journey to Karak. I was a bit worried but after few kilometres, couldn’t of the smirk from my face.

If you have not seen a Guzzi’s engine, believe you me, it’ll quite strange, because of the way it is across the frame, rather the traditional length of the frame how Ducati, Harley or Kawasaki it. Because of this, the momentum of the and crankshaft give rise to a rocking motion of the whole when revving the engine at It’s different, but did not curb my style at all.

The minute I the throttle on the highway and brought it to rpm, traveling at 100 km/h and to 5,000 rpm and 6,000 rpm, the of power could be felt. frisky and free spirited, I to push it to 160 km/h on fifth However at that speed, was a slight headshake.

I believe if the is placed a little higher, the will be resolved.

The V7 Racer’s spot is between 2,500-3,000 and it is smooth as it can be in this region. I brought the revs over rpm, there were felt on the handlebars, but acceleration was smooth enough to 6,000 The 58 Nm of torque, developed already at rpm, seems to be the force drives the V7 Racer rather the available horsepower.

Mid-corner dive-ins are something you to think twice even the bike looks small, you need quite a bit of muscle to get way when you come face-to-face sharp corners. It can be done, but expect any sort of quick from the chassis.

Another for this is could also due to the riding position on this which pushed my weight forward, thus giving the a heavier and less responsive The Racer is very stable in but not agile.

During my ride on the Highway, I didn’t take notice of the rear shocks’ But in the city centre, on uneven the V7 feels less comfortable, due to a Marzocchi fork that’s and plungier at speed; the twin Bitubos at the rear works

Below 120 km/h, roll-on is more than adequate. If is what you want this for, the V7 Racer will get you to in style without breaking a It will be a challenge for you to overtake on a highway (which I tried and miserably), but the … Racer can muscle-bound competitors in the corners – the the better, unless you are up against a like Ducati Hypermotard.

I enjoyed every minute of the but I wished there was a bit more when the throttle gets a

Moto Guzzi V 7

Brakes are decent, nothing to about. The rear 260 mm discs with two-piston calipers, and at the there’s a single 320mm disc. Yes, that’s a Brembo caliper, but you don’t get like radial mounting, or impeccable performance.

You can live it though.

Being a Guzzi, I it does have its idiosyncrasies – into first from requires gentle clutch and finding neutral can also be a bit of The solution is to move the bike a bit, and you will find the Hmm…

Oops, did I tell you you can’t carry a passenger on one of the alluring-looking bikes on the road. and girls will ask for rides, but sadly have to tell no.

On the way back home from while stopped at the traffic next to a guy in race leathers on a Diavel, the bike got an appreciative nod him. Moto Guzzi is for those who are looking for loads of instead of performance – when I excess cash, I’ll buy this and keep it in my living


Motto V7 Racer 750cc

Tested: 90 –degree V-Twin motor, gearbox

Price: RM 88,888.00

50hp @ 6200rpm/ 58 Nm @ 5,000 rpm

Top 190kmph (estimated)

Range: 22 @ 320km (estimated)

Distributor: SMS WORLD SDN BHD, 03-5567-9666


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