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Moto Guzzi V7

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Moto Guzzi V7

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It’s not very powerful, but it’s neat and tidy with obvious nods to Guzzi’s illustrious history. Plain, simple and gently understated, each component blends to make the whole an unexpected pleasure

Based in Mandello del Lario on the shores of Lake Como in Italy the Moto Guzzi factory is steeped in history, not to mention its fair share of financial difficulties. Like any good Italian bike manufacturer Guzzi has had more cash flow problems than Northern Rock but the company has refused to roll over, mainly due to an intensely passionate work force and solid fan base.

Now, with a fresh injection of cash from parent company Piaggio, a whole new air of expectation is surrounding the factory and there is a real buzz about this historic brand. With new money comes new models and last year Guzzi unveiled the V7, a bike inspired by the 1968 V7. Drawing its name from the capacity of the engine the new bike may be a shade over 700cc (it’s actually a 744cc) but that doesn’t detract from its character. This is a classic Guzzi in every way, from the iconic eagle logo to the cylinder heads of the transverse V-twin engine protruding from either side of the bike. But this is a classic aimed at a different audience, it isn’t aimed at older riders looking to relive their youth, the V7 hopes to bring new, fashion conscious, riders to the brand. It’s an unintimidationg, stylish and fun bike that you don’t necessarily need to know all the history of the company to enjoy. And you will enjoy the V7.

Push the starter and the V7 gently rocks from side to side with the motion of the crank as the exhausts burble away behind you. It feels like a bike should, mechanical and full of large lumps of metal flying around inside the engine, alive and full of the spirit of Guzzi.

The transverse engine makes a fairly meagre 48bhp but riding the V7, like the Bonneville, isn’t about going fast, it’s about the ride. Every component does its job without fuss, leaving you to relax and enjoy the feeling and emotion of the journey as well as the gentle pulses from the transverse motor. Like the Triumph the Guzzi aims to emulate its predecessor without any of the associated foibles, the brakes, suspension and engine all do their job, but their biggest strength is the fact you don’t notice them, such is the balance of the overall package

Off the bike and Guzzi fans will spot the nods towards the classic V7. The ‘heel and toe’ rear brake and gear levers, the classically styled dials (stolen from the Ducati Monster), the bold Moto Guzzi logo on the rear of the large seat and the odd-sized wheels, it all gels into a charming machine.

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Moto Guzzi V7 Essential Info

Prices

From £4,300 (2008, 6000 miles) to £6,700 (2010, 0 miles)

Guzzi has had something of a bad reputation recently with their money troubles and notorious parts service, but if the V7 is anything to go by, they still make some damn funky motorcycles. The V7 is an absolutely stunning creation, and would look perfectly at home cruising the sun drenched streets of any Italian town. It oozes quality all over, and again will have very few miles on the clock so buyers can be sure they’re getting a well looked after bike. There seems to be quite a range of prices on the V7, so take some time to look around.

Instant upgrades

  • Exhaust: CTo bring back the thumping sound from the Guzzi’s of old, stick on an aftermarket exhaust. Few people would complain about the volume of a bike when it sounds this good, bringing back the memories of 60’s Guzzi’s thumping down the street. Termignoni can supply one for £715.99 (www.maxmoto.co.uk).
  • Panniers: The most stylish way to tour around would be on a Guzzi V7, so add some sports style panniers to help carry all the luggage you need. The Famsa Sports Small Panniers perfectly suit the style of the V7 and aren’t unobtrusively large. £162.50 (www.windingroads.co.uk).
  • Tyres: While super sticky track biased tyres would be wasted on a machine like this, it’s still worth getting some grippy and long lasting tyres that’ll work well in all conditions. Dunlop’s Arrowmax GT501 is specifically designed for bikes like the V7, and offer all the grip the rider needs in the wet or the dry. Around £150 (www.dunlopmotorcycle.eu).

Parts costs

Front indicator: £24.97
Headlight assembly: £146.89
Front brake lever: £22.30

Service costs

Around £330. Valve clearances checked at every 4,750 mile service.

Common faults

Moto Guzzi appears to be having a resurgence when it comes to build quality. Owners of its modern machines are very happy with their reliability, and the V7 is no exception. The only problem regularly raising its head is a rogue fuel injection light apparently randomly coming on. When this does happen, Guzzi says there is nothing wrong with the bike; it is caused by electrical interference so there’s no need for owners to panic. Being such an under stressed machine, the V7 suffers from very few faults.

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