Moto Guzzi V7 Special: A 750cc starter bike? — Los Angeles Times

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Moto Guzzi California Special

Moto Guzzi V7 Special: A starter bike?

A big buzzword at the concluded Progressive International Show was entry-level. Everyone Suzuki (with its GW250) to (with its CB500 line) to KTM the return of its 690 Duke) was talking bringing new customers to motorcycling especially younger riders and riders — by offering stylish, affordable, easy-to-ride

After several hours on the Moto Guzzi V7 Special, it to me that the Italian manufacturer have built a 750cc bike.

My first serious bike was a 1970 Motoguzzi V7 bought through the Recycler a guy who had Frankensteined it out with a Windjammer and saddlebags designed for a BMW, together by a shocking number of clamps.

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It was armed with a engine and a clunky four-speed weighed way over 400 pounds and was to put out 45 hp. Riding it was like wrestling a It shook and heaved at stoplights and from block to block in the

On the highway, it smoothed out when it hit 55 mph, and it was beautiful to look at but for braking and cornering it was still a

So I was excited to see what 40 years of science has done to a classic.

The is beautiful to look at and scores high points for pure It sits low (31.6 inches an option to go a whole inch on a long, lean seat, wide, rubbered foot The clutch pull is soft and the is smooth.

The engine feels strong (50 hp, a shaft-drive and five-speed gearbox) and the feels lighter than its 395

The styling is classic, and the muffler is divine — a low, sound that makes at the stoplight a sonic pleasure. The are old school and timeless.

Moto Guzzi California Special

Moto own website asks, Who says you a big motorcycle to reach far-away

And that’s the curious thing. The feels little. I always like I was too tall for the old Ambassador, I was never a hair over 6

On the Special, I found myself my knees into the tank and there was a little more between me and the foot pegs. I changing the handlebar position and my position, but never felt comfortable with the bike’s

That’s actually good for smaller riders with arms and legs — riders, for example.

Moto Michael Fiduk says, the line of V7s, the focus was not on a competitor to a (Triumph) Thruxton to It was to re-imagine the classic Guzzi on a bike that’s enjoyable to on a long lazy Sunday ride.

The Special is just one of three new V7s for the market. Using the same engine and components, Guzzi has built the racy-looking V7 Racer and the version, the V7 Stone.

The Special has an of $8,990. The Racer costs a more, the Stone a little All three are very attractive, and they may not appeal to sport or bike fanciers, they be very attractive to first-time

Moto Guzzi California Special
Moto Guzzi California Special
Moto Guzzi California Special


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