The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer — Classic Italian Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Claimed 48.8hp @ 6,800rpm

Top speed: (est.)

Engine: 744cc OHV 90-degree V-twin, 80mm x bore and …, 9.6:1 ratio

Weight (wet): (436lb)

MPG/Fuel capacity: (observed)/4.5gal (17ltr)

Price $9,990

Let’s get one thing out of the way now: Regardless of how cool it regardless of how much attention it with its go-fast boy racer looks, the Moto Guzzi V7 is emphatically not a racer. But that mean it isn’t one of the coolest bikes on the market.

The latest in Guzzi’s V7 line of retro the Racer draws a straight to Moto Guzzi’s illustrious and, more specifically, the that put it on the American performance the original 1971 V7 Sport. The V7 posted notice that Guzzi, known best at the stateside for its large V-twin the Ambassador, was equally capable at the game. Importantly, the V7 Sport the foundation for a generation of sport from Moto Guzzi, the immortal Le Mans in 1976.

Moto Guzzi’s star burned bright in the U.S. but the last several decades the market hasn’t been so brilliant for the Italian maker. In a that rewards flash cash, Moto Guzzi has had a time measuring up against the Japanese proliferation of models and the brilliance of rival Ducati. The V7 doesn’t change all of that, but it give Moto Guzzi an weapon in its arsenal.

Building up

been following Guzzi’s line of retro classics the introduction of the V7 Classic in 2007. We the 2008 Moto Guzzi V7 model ( Motorcycle Classics . 2008) for its mixture of good character and simplicity. “New wanting a traditionally styled would do well to consider the V7 alongside other retro as a first bike,” we wrote. Our impressions continued after a trial aboard the sportier Moto Guzzi V7 Café ( Motorcycle Classics . September/October which we called “one of the looking bikes on the market, a honest machine with equipment and modern reliability with classic sensibility.” Our impressions continue with the V7 which broadens the line in and style, both of which it has in

Where the Classic is all about an approachable, unassuming machine classic styling cues, the Guzzi V7 Racer is all about and exuberance. From any angle, is a bike that shouts to be The loud and proud café theme starts at the front a tiny front windscreen/number wearing a huge “7” and continues to the with a plastic seat also festooned with a “7” on its flanks.

In between are clip-on neck” handlebars eliciting of Guzzis of yore, perforated side covers with “V7 decals, rebound-adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, and punched and aluminum muffler hangers.

All of is bolted to a standard V7 Classic painted red (some sources say hand-painted, although Guzzi no such claims) in homage to the red-framed Telaio Rosso V7 Interestingly, unlike the Classic’s V7 metal gas tank, the Racer’s is with minor deviations in A nice touch here is the leather faux hold-down running the length of the tank, by a real suede solo

Unlike the now-discontinued V7 Café’s V7 footgear, the Racer wears billet aluminum rearsets.

the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer break any new ground. Power from the same 90-degree, “small block” V-twin the Classic, with the same 48.8 horses at 6,800rpm. are the same single-disc Brembos — and rear — as used on the Classic, and the previously noted Bitubo and a lightened steering stem same as used on the earlier V7 the suspension is also identical to the

Excluding the Racer’s reworked it’s basically a Classic better shocks and stickier shod as it is with Pirelli Demons versus the Classic’s touring-oriented Metzeler Lasertecs.

Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer


If all this makes you the Racer is just a stylistically Classic, well, you’d be What’s surprising, however, is how it is from the Classic when get moving.

Starting is a no-fuss Insert key, thumb the lever on the left bar, the ignition on, hit the starter button and the pushrod twin rumbles to Cold running is a little (our V7 Café was likewise a bit but keeping the choke on (it actually little more than the idle; the Guzzi’s injection isn’t equipped with control motors) helps it a steady idle as it warms up.

The clutch is nicely weighted, a light pull and easy but first gear, at least a cold engine, can be a little often requiring two stabs of the to engage. That minor disappeared as the engine warmed up, and decreased as we added more to our test bike, which was to us with a shade more 1,900 miles on the clock. On the shifting is effortless if a little but again, like cold into first, it sharpens up as the warms up.

Throttle response is the little twin pulling from just off idle to our redline of 7,500rpm (the has no redline). Maximum torque of comes at 3,600rpm with a maximum of 48.8 horsepower at The engine spins happily to but there’s little reward for it any farther.

And while 48.8 is tame by modern standards, more than ample to the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. A light weight of 436 pounds the Racer pull up to highway easily, with 80mph up on the speedometer in short order. It actually want to go much than that, but what’s is how capably it gets to speed more importantly, holds it.

Our riding was a mix of city, two-lane and slab, and while the Racer hold its own on major freeways, at its best on twisty back Handling is quick and easy, by a relatively short wheelbase and seating position, which rider weight up front it should be. The low bars help too, and although they a bit narrow at first blush, quite comfortable.

And it’s in the of comfort where the Racer surprises. Although small by standards, it fits my 6-foot perfectly. The reach to the bars is and the rearsets — especially after adjustment — are nicely placed. A saddle height of 31.6 keeps your legs bunching up on you, and the …-stop provides a reassuring positioning during more aggressive

I found it a nicer riding than the stock Classic.

it all together

So it’s no racer, but riding the Racer, you’ll that just doesn’t This is a solidly built that should deliver and years of fun, reliable And while the styling won’t be to taste, the enthusiastic responses we got — at a local motorcycle gathering — there are plenty of people out who would love to own this The average reaction was something to the of, “Damn, that’s excellent.

Did you build it?” — most thinking it must be a one-off

At a suggested list price of it’s not exactly cheap and is a $1,000-plus pricier than café-themed Thruxton. But its brash trump the Thruxton’s more appearance and the Racer really out in the new café racer crowd, those people more in style than performance. the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer has MC

See how the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer with the Classic in Moto V7 Classic: The New Old School Standard .

Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer
Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer
Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer
Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer


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