Review: 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

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Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

Review: 2011 Moto V7 Racer

“Moto” = motor, = to grin like an … your helmet (click for a version)

Most countries their associated stereotypes. Australia is full of lunatic animal hunters, the U.S. is solely by gun-toting Christians and the UK is of pasty people who constantly about the weather and finish sentence with the word Of course, for the most part is all baloney. Turns out that and Wonder were right are the same wherever you go.

But there’s one cliché I have found to be Italians do dress well – well indeed .

Enter left the Moto Guzzi V7 a very dapper version of the pretty damn suave V7 Caf If the standard model is meant to long-forgotten images of the “good days” with it’s pipes and obvious design from the original 70’s V7, the looks about as subtle as the hitting your eye like a big pie. But is it “amore”, or is it just a stand?

Initial Impressions

As I up to the bike at Guzzi’s Australian I take mental notes of parts of the bike strike me and in order. First and foremost the numbers jump out at you; to their positioning there’s an angle, save maybe directly behind the thing, you don’t see them screaming GO FAST!” into your

Then you cop the chrome tank and followed immediately by the two-tone strap holding the thing in Also notice the well-stitched leather seat for your arse cakes. Check and

Finally you peep the polished red and all that lovely detailing Guzzi are known for. isn’t a bike you’d to someone on the witness protection – it’s just about as at me” as you can get without flashing junk at the Pope. The pipes you see are a set of “track only” option extras an A$1200 cost and above the bike’s RRP of A$16,490, a A$2000 premium on the standard V7

I sign the paperwork, get shown the first V4 Tuono in the country, the keys and off I go. The first surprise is the riding position is nigh on Despite it’s looks and this is an all-day rider. absolutely no weight on the wrists, a very comfy upright position and low peg height bringing big cushions and rugs to the already like I’m sitting on my sofa” affair.

A nice is that my knees seem to naturally on the top of the rocker covers, as a cool reminder of just a unique bike it was I was riding. And the go lump does sit rather the bike is on the slim side only adds to its chuckability. wet weight is listed at 200 kgs (440 but I would have guessed a bit less than that if

It all adds up to an friendly, immediate that had me riding the thing I’ve owned it for years.

The are as clear and readable as they are very simple white-on-black that seem nicely Good to see that Guzzi a little restraint in the mix. do feel rather highly though, and I personally have really seen the point of an outside temperature on a vehicle you are already freaking outside. But again Sydney isn’t known for it’s wild extremes.

The rest of the controls are, the dials, similarly mild nothing that really or irks on or about the ‘bars the exception of the limited edition pasted there on the top triple. a constant but welcome reminder this bike is just little bit more special it’s other V7 stable

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Going, turning and

Then we come to the jewel in the crown; the V twin engine and combination. Lorks-a-lordy, what a team. Ever met a stranger who feels like an old friend? I myself distracted at traffic from the sheer pleasure of to the engine idle while the carbon burbles come out the “Chugga chugga chugga,” it as it’s galloping down the with an added “popple pop on an over-run throttle.

It struck me this configuration was to bikes as a great V8 is to a hotrod. It’s all on idle and an intimidating lurch when you dump the planet into the carbs injectors from a standstill. I was so impressed I to compulsively rev the thing at any given just to hear that roar again and scare

Guzzi stipulates that the pipes are for “track only”, but I them to be more than OK for use. After a few trips I myself smiling lots and up just having a whole full of fun. Fun.

a word that came up on a basis when describing the This thing is like a grin machine.

As with all the V7s the is a fairly modest 49 HP at 6,800 rpm torque spinning out at about 55 Nm you hit 3,600 rpm. Now I know you are going to say. No, it’s not a breathing bastard hell on ripping up the road and throwing it the horizon.

What it is, though, is a 120 mph bike more than enough to keep the average punter Riding in and around Sydney I once thought anything than how perfectly suited the fueling, and delivery was to the overall Sure, it’s not going to win the TT and if looking for a bike to kick mate’s … may I respectfully you look at something other a handmade Italian collector’s

Handling is managed by two tasty and Biturbo shocks (Italy’s to Öhlins) out back and a Marzocchi at the windy end. They a really decent mix of firm and comfort without ever too crashy over crap or driveway entrances.

Holding a speed through corners that the bike tracks and a healthy dollop of revs doesn’t seem to upset any balancing act despite what probably heard about and horizontal vees being recalcitrants. The brakes were up to the job ever standing out as special or talented.

A rack for drying clothes is provided at no extra

Find yourself a nice road and the bike really you just what its raison is. At 100 km/h (60 mph) it sits in 5 th at 4000 rpm and just basks in own torquish sunshine, as do you. A of the throttle and you’re gone a clean set of Pirelli Sport heels.

It’s moments these that the bike perfectly right, perhaps away more than a bit of it’s cruiser gene Not in a bad way, though. Stop off for a fizzinated beverage on your shenanigans and you are quickly reminded the Guzzi doesn’t look most other bikes on the

Of course, most of us would be to the inquisitive eyes of onlooker to degrees, but the Racer screams at me” from all of it’s red rooftops – especially to those non-city eyes.

The Red Chrome I love that band

The bits

So far so good, but then I my attentions to the gearbox. On paper a standard 5-speed unit, you’d hope would be up to the job of the cogs in their oily without too much trouble, but in use proved to be a little less than that. “Agricultural” was the that stuck in my head a few days of left footwork on the

As always, there’s much to be for getting used to a particular set-up, but it doesn’t take false neutrals and “what gear am I in“ confusions to a ‘box to fall out of favor. could have come to a simple case of “thrashed bike” syndrome but I’d to be sure that if I were one, the Racer’s gearbox be liveable-with on a long-term basis.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic

A reminder is always present you forget the bike’s name

The news is that the gearbox out as one of the few things about the bike we didn’t like. A few slightly morning starts was the only real complaint I could at the bike, and that seemed something that you’d be to rectify fairly easily. have to also call out the key, which seemed a low rent for such a special

As with the recently reviewed electric bike. it seemed “cheap filing cabinet” “expensive Italian motorbike”.

it all together

But there are a few bigger that must be asked. is it worth the extra two grand clams on top of the asking price for the V7? I’d have to say that the ride from the fancy chrome tank, and that leather tank strap the issues firmly towards the side of things.

The rear alone are worth a cool and if the chrome tank rocks world I can’t see how you’d get out of it yourself for less than $500. So even if the racing get relegated to a shelf in your you’d still have a and better handling bike the standard one.

Flying but faster café

But the bigger here is a specific Pipeburn-related which goes just this. Would you customise a edition Moto Guzzi? God it’s no Ducati Desmo, but is any real reason to customise that’s not stock to start Some of us may be satisfied with looks to just enjoy it as stocker knowing full that it’s been by some of the best eyes in the

Others will holler “café racers are meant to be by their owners, not by large corporations.” And they’d be right to a a true custom isn’t in a batch of 500 units and should be by be bespoke.

But consider things for a This isn’t a custom it’s a limited edition run in a café style and I reckon it’s important to keep in mind when thinking where you stand. You’re going to naturally drift the “I love it and I’d buy camp, or you’d rather yourself up a clean base and go to town via your own unique, route.

Speaking from a position of I’d also like to you all that some of us aren’t singletons with a whole of spare time on our hands to elbow-deep in oily crank It’s these riders who a trick look without the divorce and/or estranged that I think the bike really appeal to.

Scott the upcomming Def Leppard tour some old school metal of his own


So, did we love it? Hell yes! you been paying attention?

The tried a little to spoil for us but when it came time to it back to the Aussie Guzzies we more than a little to see her off. If this Italian is to go by, they not only dress but they make us feel happy to be alive. Seems Mr Guzzi had a thing or two in life out.

Who needs amore, and rock ‘n’ roll there are bikes like to ride. Well OK, maybe keep the amore. Pipeburn

Many thanks to Bruce for the additional photography.

Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic
Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic


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