Celebrating the fifty-year anniversary of the first V7 model, Moto Guzzi, Europe’s oldest motorcycle manufacturer has introduced a new line-up, of the ever-popular V7. If the stance/profile of the new V7 looks different that’s because the chassis has been revamped, with a shorter wheelbase and a marginally lower seat, now at 770mm.
Front to rear weight distribution remains the same despite a more robust front-end. Steering geometry has also been tweaked to give a more responsive ride and greater stability.
The small-block engine block has not been neglected and now outputs 38 kW (52 HP) at 6200 rpm (approximately 10% increase over the MKII). The new V7 will be released in four different iterations.
V7 Anniversario – The Bling Model
First up is the, V7 III ANNIVERSARIO, which is a limited edition with a production run of 750 units. With its chrome tank, pipes and mirrors, the ‘Anniversario’ edition will look pretty spectacular on most days in Italy, though if you live in a more temperate climate, such as the UK, you’re probably thinking “hmm rain, watermarks and lots of polishing”.
Lastly but by no means least, is the more aggressive-looking V7 III RACER hints at the marque’s racing heritage, with the distinctive red frame, stopping short of the full racing colours and instead comes with a polished aluminium tank. In addition, the fully adjustable Öhlins rear shocks further add to the racer’s more aggressive look.