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Review: Moto Guzzi V7 is an Italian beauty you can live

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Click above for high-res gallery

Every once in a you can tell exactly how a motorcycle ride based solely on the walkaround. When the seminal VMax hit the scene way back in one look at its muscular stance, V-four and spindly suspenders you everything you needed to know its intentions. At the other end of the spectrum, it just a quick glance at any Vespa to know if its rider is to be a mod or a rocker.

This odd ability to assess a bike’s virtues again when the Moto V7 Classic arrived on our doorstep. As expect, we dove right the nitty-gritty details as quickly as we type its name into We dissected the manual and gazed at the

Then we went outside the key clutched firmly in hand, the machine and promptly forgot we’d just spent the few hours reading. With a like this, the spec seems largely irrelevant and things like horsepower and figures really don’t to matter. How can that be?

Click past the break to out.

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When we first approached the V7 the first thought that into our head was that had produced a traditional UJM that is, the Japanese Motorcycle. Oddly the big four Japanese manufacturers to have largely ignored the that built their reputations, and that’s a shame.

days, the motorcycle marketplace can be into dozens of individual and while that means are more choices than when trying to find the bike for a specific mission, it means that it’s tough to choose just one with which to commute to run errands and enjoy on the weekends. was the domain of the UJM, perhaps exemplified by the first Honda from 1969.

Fortunately, particular Goose is anything but and has plenty of character to constantly you its from the motorcycle-obsessed country like a boot.

Take a look at the Guzzi’s long, pleated bench seat. Cop a it’s comfy. The reach to the handlebar combined with the position directly below the posterior provide a perfectly riding position.

Look ahead at the twin pods housing the white-on-black and tachometer and pay special attention to the of dummy lights nestled in This is a very pretty and we think it’s particularly in pearl white the only available for 2009.

While new V7 borrows its name from a successful and memorable series of from the Italian brand in the ’60s and ’70s, today’s isn’t designed as a true mount. Yes, the V7 inherits the across-the-frame 90-degree V-twin configuration and shaft drive of the of yore, and it keeps the dual shocks and conventional front of past models, but the bike’s is completely redefined. With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi has a relaxed motorcycle that’s and sedate, and the bike’s relatively low of gravity makes it an attractive for beginning or returning riders or about anyone that’s not in scraping pegs at every

Steering geometry is set up for stability, not handling, and that suits the demeanor just fine. from the suspension bits at ends is adequate, and the twin pogo-sticks out back sport spring preload. Up front, the Marzocchi forks do their Jacques Cousteau impression heavy braking, but offer a and composed ride everywhere

We found that handling was adequate for the bike’s intended but nobody will mistake the for a canyon carver. Dial the speed a bit and the mildly flexible doesn’t feel so noticeable. a corner with a bit too much though, and be ready for a somewhat wallow that erodes with quickness.

Similarly, the single 320 millimeter front and 260 rear disk brakes plenty of stopping power the bike is ridden within its mild limits. We noticed the rear wheel proved easy to lock up when into turns, but that easy enough to deal once we slowed the pace a

Under normal riding through the city or on the highway, any of the brakes or suspension become and the V7’s character begins to Every piece feels right and we found it extremely to run through an entire tank of gas nary a concern in the world. the sights and the sounds, stop and the roses. then refill the and do it all over again.

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Power from the air-cooled and 744 cc V-twin tops at a reported 48 at 6,800 RPM, which a whole heck of a lot. but figure doesn’t tell the story. In reality, there’s wild horses running inside the Guzzi’s longitudinal to scoot away from at a respectable clip beating off the line won’t be a problem you’re lined up against awfully exotic or another Keep the throttle pinned and the will eventually do the ton, but expect much more that.

We’re not sure Moto Guzzi officially the V7’s redline (it’s not on the tach), but it doesn’t really There’s no good reason to rev the past 7,000 RPM as power off precipitously and the vibrations begin to There’s plenty of torque off idle and the engine pulls from about 2,000

A deliberate press is required to the gearbox from one cog to another, but the act of gears takes place a highly reassuring click. action is commendably light and the starts moving just as as you release pressure from left grip.

Listen as the tach passes 3,000 RPM and in for a treat. We think this is best enjoyed with an helmet so the rider can pay attention to the beat of the small-bore twin at speed. Direct your at the spinning lump between the rails and you’ll hear of agricultural sounds ticking away, but the exhaust note is

If we were to put a V7 Classic in our own garage, the inside the twin chrome might just meet demise via the blunt business end of our ball peen. Sure, prefer it if all that beautiful music translated into forward progress, but that’s not this bike is all about. Oh, and in you’re wondering, there’s enough ponies to bring the wheel up. not that we really it.

Compared to the reborn Triumph the Classic’s most natural the Guzzi is down on power and a few hundred bucks extra. On the hand, the V7 is also lighter its British foe, has loads of and you’re not likely to see another one time you go for a ride. We also got of thumbs-up while thumping our way the busy urban streets in Arizona.

And that’s got to be worth something,

With the V7 Classic, Moto may have created the most UJM ever. A contradiction in terms? but that’s how we see it. Power? Enough. Competent. Comfortable? Without Attractive? Well, beauty is in the eye of the and all that, but yes, the V7 Classic is a Added to all that is the Guzzi’s fuel economy, returning 50 MPG during our tests. All in all, Italian Goose is a modern on a proven concept and made for

No surprise. we knew that the time we laid eyes on it.

Moto Guzzi 650 GT
Moto Guzzi 650 GT
Moto Guzzi 650 GT
Moto Guzzi 650 GT
Moto Guzzi 650 GT
Moto Guzzi 650 GT


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