Moto Guzzi V7 Special Ash On Bikes

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Moto Guzzi V7 Special

Guzzi`s thoroughly revised V7 is hardly lacking in authenticity. Not is it built in the same factory as the V7 machines of the 1970s, its engine is developed from the V50 of the same

Stronger still, that was a of one of the great motorcycle designers, Tonti, the man responsible for the famous V7 Telaio Rosso. The new bike retains the crankcase and crankshaft of the V7 model introduced in 2008, the but Guzzi says around 70 per of the Moto Guzzi V7 Special`s are new or modified. The aim was to improve the power considered feeble by many at 42bhp, although the engine was lively enough to be interesting, and the spread of torque.

The main have been made to the heads, intake system and which on this family of block Guzzis, unusually the combustion chambers. The design is a Heron head, also in the 1970s and 1980s by Moto on its V-twins, and is characterised by parallel and exhaust valves set into a cylinder head surface.

The is associated with high because Heron head are generally more economical average, but it`s not quite as as that. In fact, the gas flow in and out of engines is less efficient, them reluctant to rev high the heavy pistons preclude anyway) so they`re economical because they`re low powered and rev hard than through any advantages.

The real motive is low production although the cylinder heads to be more compact too, an advantage on a layout such as the Even so, Guzzi`s modern day have managed to boost to 50bhp, and the torque is stretched across the rev band, so much so although the company claims the (5.9kg.m, 58Nm) torque is at a subterranean 2,800rpm, it admits it be even higher below level, it`s just the factory dyno can`t torque accurately at any lower

The Moto Guzzi V7 Special`s efficiency has been improved by a claimed 10 per cent, leading to a of 64mpg (22.7km/l, 4.4l/100km, US) in mixed riding conditions, there`s no real way to compare with other bikes. But the old was very good on fuel so might well be reasonably which in turn means the 4.8 (22 litre, 5.8 gallon US) will be for an astonishing 300 miles (480km).

A factor in the torque and economy is the new intake layout, which a central, single throttle feeding both cylinders via intake tracts. It`s by the replacement of the previous single probe by a twin lambda set up, means the fuel mixture in cylinder can be monitored and modified It`s this which has the compression ratio increase 9.2:1 to 10.2:1, a key element of the efficiency hike.

While were at it, the design team the styling of the cooling fins to a rounded, slightly wider design, more reminiscent of of the 1970s, if a little ironically the modernisation of the V50 carried out by Tonti at the end of decade.

The rest of the Moto V7 Special has been subjected to change. The shaft drive is unaltered aside from to the gear selector mechanism, and from the wheels, the chassis has left alone. These are lighter than the previous (that includes the cast of the lower priced V7 Stone, distinguished by its matt black or paint) and the wire-spoked ones of the V7

The new V7 Racer also uses the wheels and features a host of changes. (Review coming

One final area worked on by is evident as soon as you start up the the sound. The previous version a slightly incongruous gargling on the overrun yet was bland the rest of the but the new one`s careful aural has resulted in a melodic idle and bubbly soundtrack when the engine under load.

of the old bike`s eagerness has been in the new engine, despite its better which can often dull a response. Instead it pulls and for much of the time has the feel of an with a significantly higher than 50bhp. It`s the torque behind this of and the bike`s ability to bowl in fourth or top gear without breathless, which is exactly how riders use their bikes of the time.

The light weight an important role in the bike`s — at 395lb (179kg) a hefty 99lb (45kg) than the Triumph Bonneville and (37kg) less than the W800, its two main rivals it makes more power the Kawasaki too. This up even more in the handling, is agile enough to be really yet thanks to the conservative steering is plenty stable enough to confidence in the many novice who`ll be attracted by the Moto V7 Special. It`s noticeably responsive to the bars than the model, which will be due to the new — 3.2lb (1.44kg) for the front and 1.9lb (0.86kg) for the — and these aid acceleration and too.

A disadvantage for tyro riders is the seat height. It`s not too bad at (805mm) but the British bike at (740mm) has more appeal for riders despite carrying so more weight. Guzzi has attempted to ameliorate this by a minimum of seat padding, but the of that is comfort suffers.

On my short stints on board it too bad but I`m pretty sure if you make use of that tank range be feeling it in your backside.

The ergonomics otherwise are good, a spacious seat-bars-pegs layout the high seat does that suits taller although as the bike itself is someone over 6 foot does look rather on it even if they feel The footrests might feel a too far forward for some riders

The steering is exceptionally good, at very low speeds remaining neutral — being and built in a mountainous region of hairpin bends is good for this. The suspension though is impressive as it`s underdamped, and as as you start to push a little it gets bouncy and flustered. At speeds it`s generally although if you hit a pothole or sharp it can jar right through the bike.

though it`s all good so unless you like to really rev an Spin the V-twin harder 6,000rpm and the previously pleasing and shudders which are an important of the bike`s character and communication the rider turn against vibrating nastily through all contact points with the Take it to the red line and the footrest is borderline painful.

Moto Guzzi California Special

Instead, the Guzzi V7 Special should be more like Honda`s which has a similar lowly rev and unwillingness to rev. Ride the the low and mid-range power and you`ll be by good economy and a pleasing experience.

It looks great arguably even better before with its choice of applied red and white or yellow and paint options, while the intake design has left a gap the cylinders which shows off to even greater effect.

The V7 Special is a light, wieldy and good looking bike trounces its rivals on weight, real authenticity to the class and that up with a fine and fun experience. It`s not perfect but it to be the key in reviving Guzzi`s sales the factory is hoping.

Model Moto Guzzi V7 Special


Available: now

Engine: V-twin, air cooled, sohc 4v,

Power: 50bhp (50PS, @ 6,200rpm

Torque: 43lb.ft 58Nm) @ 2,800rpm

Economy: (22.7km/l, 4.4l/100km, 53.3mpg US)

Moto Guzzi California Special
Moto Guzzi California Special


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