Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone — Racer: Cheerful, but not too much!

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Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone — Racer: Cheerful, but not too much!

April 29, 2012 | Filed under: Top Stories | Posted by: Bilal

Proposal very consistent, mouth of love, ease of use, engine life, mythical brand, relative scarcity

No ABS, some vibrations (but is it really a fault?), Modest performance

Ah! Moto Guzzi! This is a brand unlike any other. Built for 90 years without a break between the walls of the plant Mandello del Lario, the Moto Guzzi did dream of generations of bikers. History was not always kind, yet certainly with remarkable moments of glory but also very sad periods (the time of Tomaso …), then a turbulent recent history, with absorption by Aprilia, then the recovery Aprilia by Piaggio.

There was even talk of abandoning the historic Mandello. Fortunately, it appears that Carlo Guzzi had specified in his will that Guzzi built outside the walls of Mandello could no longer be called Guzzi! The Piaggio group will consider in deciding to invest in the coming years more than 42 million euros to modernize the plant.

The V-twin revisited

So few aesthetic changes, but in-depth work, mainly on the engine, but also in various peripheral components. The original engine used since 2008 on the V7 in 1977, at the time of V50. Continuously improved and changed, he has seen since its displacement from 350 to 750cc, and abandon the carburetors to injection. The block created by Lio Tonti deserved after Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone Racer all these years, a serious upgrade.

It results in 70% new parts and reads at first sight, nothing but the form of cylinders, more rounded and cylinder head covers anthracite.

Technically, the V-twin body adopts a single throttle valve, a manifold with “Y” and two lambda probes. The internal components completely redesigned and improved filling performance, the compression ratio increases from 9.2 to 10.2. The power increases (peu!) of 48 hp (at 6800 rev / min) to 51 hp (at 6200 rev / min), the pair rose from 54.7 to 60 Nm and makes himself available at 2800 r / min.

As a happiness never comes alone, CO2 emissions and consumption are scaled down, and a quiet driving can lead us to expect a consumption of less than 5.5 l/100, which portends a range of 500km with the nearest new sheet metal tank of 22 liters which replaces the old plastic element.

Agility!

Other modification, the selection mechanism of reports, which unfortunately, translates little in practice: the shifter, just as long, does not make gear changes particularly accurate … The engineers also wanted to tweak the behavior of V7, with the stated objective of improving handling and drivability. Result, the Stone inherits rims sticks, gaining 1440 grams on the front, 860gr on the back, reducing the gyroscopic inertia of 30%, a real benefit for agility. The other two V7 keep their shelves but swap their wheels chromed steel against steel rims, lighter.

The work is complemented by a new suspension setting. Both confess immediately, we had enjoyed riding on the handlebars of the V7 Classic, a small motorcycle easy, light, very powerful indeed, but not devoid of character, and it is with great pleasure that we discover three new models within the plant. The grip is much rout with a bike that has kept the template “human” the bikes of the 70 or 80, which, combined with a weight of 179 kg, is becoming increasingly rare these days.

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The imperfection due!

Men starting of Moto Guzzi motorcycles while we take off Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone Racer our helmets and gloves. The V7 idling, a slowed down a bit jerky, irregular. The engineers then we confess that he asked Magneti Marelli to work it slowed to give more character to the bike!

The short walk traveled to the handlebars of the three models around Lake Como we were enjoying the work with an engine power though still modest, but particularly lively and voluntary, with free included in the midrange, a trait very nice town or walk along the narrow mountain roads overlooking the lake. The chassis allows a very healthy to have fun without much risk, and at most reproach him does one jumping around in the light curve at high speed on coated fittings, but really nothing to be afraid or returning.

The braking is sufficient to the task, although a motorcyclist may wish to confirm a sharper attack. We preferred the behavior of the “Stone”, slightly more playful than the Special.

The Racer seduces us little. Much less fun to carry it only applies to the Café Racer look, but its 50hp engine is not enough to assume the claims shown by her dress. Moto Guzzi V7 with its wants to attract new clients: men and women who discover the motorcycle or scooter riders looking for more style. V7 Special and armed with her suitcases will be particularly effective in the city and much more rewarding than a scooter.

In making its V7 even easier, Guzzi made ​​the right choice. These bikes to the timeless elegance, the engine power of a living but reassuring, easy and predictable behavior, braking easy to dose in the absence of ABS (it will come, but probably not for quite some time), seem to be a great way to discover the joys of motorcycling for beginners, while their timeless qualities will appeal those who practice the bike for many years, but who, tired of the arms race and sophistication motorcycles today, wish to return to the simple pleasures they knew in their youth.

Moto Guzzi V7Price / Rate

The price of happiness (re) found? € 8,120 for Stone, € 8,720 for the Special, € 9,330 for the Racer.

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