Moto Guzzi V7 Returns!

| 12/6/2007 3:35:36 PM

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The big news for classic bike fans at November’s 65th Annual Association of Motorcycle and Bicycle Manufacturers show in Milan, Italy, was the launch — or should we say re-launch? — of the new Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. Pegged for 2008 production, the new V7 is a direct descendent of the original 700cc Guzzi twin that went into production 40 years ago. That bike set Moto Guzzi’s fortunes in the U.S., and was the foundation for every Guzzi twin since, from the 750cc Ambassador to Guzzi’s latest eight-valve, fuel-injected 1,200cc Stelvio, also launched at the show.

In keeping with the V7’s classic roots, the new bike’s gas tank is a copy of the original, as is the seat. The new V7 Sport uses familiar two-valve technology paired with modern fuel injection, and like all Guzzi’s it retains shaft final drive. The old-tech engine also makes it clear that Guzzi is going for style over performance with this bike, with power from the twin expected at a modest 48hp, the same as the Breva 750. The single front and rear disc brakes should be more than adequate to control its estimated 400lb bulk.

The big question remaining is whether Guzzi will sell the V7 Sport in the States. Guzzi hasn’t said, and the bike doesn’t appear on the Guzzi website ( but given the attention Ducati and Triumph have received with their latest retro offerings in the U.S., we’re guessing Moto Guzzi designed the bike with U.S. sales in mind.

Special thanks to Paul Crowe at The Kneeslider ( for alerting us to the bike’s launch. — Richard Backus

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3/17/2008 7:40:55 PM

I think that this is one of the most beautiful bikes that I have seen in a while. I also have a wonderful I-4 Japanese bike for going fast and touring, but the most fun that I have is on a 36 year old Honda 450 twin. It is set up in the cafe racer style, and all I can think is how much fun this V7 Classic would be with some clubman bars up front! Voila, instant cafe racer!

3/17/2008 7:40:53 PM

I think that this is one of the most beautiful bikes that I have seen in a while. I also have a wonderful I-4 Japanese bike for going fast and touring, but the most fun that I have is on a 36 year old Honda 450 twin. It is set up in the cafe racer style, and all I can think is how much fun this V7 Classic would be with some clubman bars up front! Voila, instant cafe racer!

Karl Von
1/21/2008 8:47:00 AM

Since Guzzi was bought out by the Piaggio company, I do not forsee a serious guzzi sport bike anytime soon. The new 1200 sport is a dressed up Breva with clip-ons. Some of the newer cool models have yet to make it to the states, like the Bellagio. What would be great is to bring back the likes of the 1000s, which was the first retro bike back in the early 90's. The bike was based on the 750S. It would not be to hard as most of the parts are on the shelf. Take the Tonti frame from the Cali Vintage and drop in the 8V Grisso motor with some retro cafe body work with spoke wheels. If Ducati can do it with their retro sport line Guzzi could do it.

1/18/2008 8:08:35 PM

I really like the looks of this bike, but then again, I like the looks of many classics (Triumphs, BMWs, Guzzis, Laverdas, Nortons, Indians, and H-Ds). I've got a liquid cooled I-4 Japanese sport tourer for high speeds, and a cafe style BMW R65 airhead for those back country roads. This looks like a very sweet dream machine to me - depending on what they price these at, I'd be giving them a serious look to add to my stable. One doesn't need 100+ HP or dilithium crystal technology to have great fun on a well sorted out, nimble, smooth bike on a twisty backroad.

1/16/2008 12:27:12 AM

I really like the retro styling, I understand it looks underpowered, but its not horsepower that does the job its torque. What else can you get on the market that is air cooled, simple to work on, shaft driven, and almost as reliable as a BMW without the excessive price tag. If its available in Canada with a price close to a Bonneville I'll buy it.

1/15/2008 4:55:08 PM

I love retro bikes. My W650 KAW has about 50 Hp and it's more than enough. It's a blast to ride and because of its light weight, throw around in corners, and power out hard. It has a feel and look, and sound that invokes emotion. It gets more attention than I want at gatherings and I try to avoid all the questions. I've always admired Guzzi, and if the price is right I would seriously consider buying one. But Guzzi would have to improve their dealer network.

1/11/2008 11:19:48 PM

GREAT looking bike, as far as a beginner bike. Kawasaki makes a 250 ninja that is great on gas, cheap and will cruise on the freeway at 85 all day long. I dont know about the guzzi for a beginner. I think the power will be great. The weight may be intimidating. 48 hp is fine for everyday riding. I am a big fan of this style of seat also. This bike is a bike that will stir the emotions with its sound and style. If you want to be a track jockey on weekends, buy a crotch rocket. This is for a rider that does not care about the ego trip stuff or impressing the girls or the guys. Its more about impressing yourself and enjoying the ride. If you have ridden a guzzi you know the feeling. I hope to see this bike in the states.

1/11/2008 1:01:15 AM

It will be mine when it hits the state. That is if its priced right

RP Bell
1/4/2008 10:52:02 AM

Somebody asked about the Guzzi as a starter bike: Gut feeling, sure. Head feeling (for the real novice rider): Buy something with great service availability for those moments when you are wondering what went wrong. I'd say Honda, but I'm really bummed about Honda's direction, recently. I like Suzuki, but recently saw--and was surprised at--Kymco.

RP Bell
1/4/2008 10:48:19 AM

My first impression was that the horsepower figure is just too small for the American market, but I've been riding no less than 1500 for so long that I may have turned into a snob. On second view---yes! the view...I love that classic look!---I think my first impression was incorrect. Comments by Jim and Todd about their Breva 750 and BMW R75 rides, as well as Brian's comparison to his HD Sportster seem to be on target. Even I'm beginning to rethink this big-bike thing, especially since a close friend bought a new Bonneville. I may be going back to my early roots in the Italian bikes!

Richard Froiland
1/1/2008 12:53:53 PM

48 Horse power is plenty adequate. With a 190 pound rider like me it would have a power to weight ratio of about 13 lbs. In a car that ratio would make it a screamer. My first Guzzi was a 1966 125 (bought new for $329) and I have been a fan ever since.

12/31/2007 10:06:27 AM

Would this be a good starter bike?

12/28/2007 4:11:06 PM

To those people that said it needs more power...this bike was not built for you in mind!!! I have an '06 standard 883 Sportster. It is a fine bike to putt around on and get me where I need to go. I don't need to go like stink. Been there, done that. I just want to relax and enjoy the ride. That is the aim with this bike. If Guzzi brings this bike to the States, I will be a new Guzzi owner!

Corey David
12/25/2007 9:36:10 PM

I love this bike. I had one of the Triumph Bonneville's until the paint started to bubble up. We need more classy standards. It has plenty power, I love Guzzi's and will be one of the first to buy this bike if it comes to the U.S. I'm tired of big heavy bikes that have more horsepower than we really need.

12/14/2007 1:10:39 PM

I ride a Triumph scrambler, 54hp and at least 50 lbs. heavier than the V7 classic. I love my Scrambler, power is more than adequate and would love to see the V7 next to it in my garage! These bikes are about the feel, look and sound ( with some mods.)of nostalgia and to some of us what a real motorcycle should look like! Hernando.

Ed Maney
12/13/2007 11:08:25 AM

If you are in the horsepower hunt this is not for you, nor is any other retro bike. I have ridden a Breva 750 and I enjoyed it a bunch, as well as the Bonneville T100 when it was still 790cc's. These bikes are about how you feel when you ride them and looks not o-60 in 3 seconds or less. If I am in a position to buy, and this bike comes stateside I would be contacting my local dealer.

Randy Dawes
12/12/2007 11:34:32 PM

Like opointed out, the 750 Breva I have is no hot rod, but it's no dog either. We even ride it 2up on long trips. If I didn't already have the 750 Breva I'd be serious about getting 1 of these.

12/12/2007 3:10:06 PM

Great to see more manufactures going "back to the future"! Love the looks of this bike and always liked the Guzzi charm. I'm sure this would be a very fun and enjoyable ride. More retro the better IMO.

Matt H
12/12/2007 11:35:43 AM

I'm with Jim & Todd. This machine should have plenty of torque and geared toward low to mid range performance. For everyday riding and touring it looks like pure joy. I would definitely like to put one in my stable if they come stateside. The question for me is price. It would be nice to see it priced to compete with the Bonneville. Probably wishful thinking though!

12/11/2007 11:10:13 PM

I'm with Jim. My BMW R75/5 supposedly has 50hp and it's no slouch. Sure it won't win a drag race with a SV650 but riding is more about stop light to stop light launches. I've never been in a situation where I've ran out of power and a 50hp (or 48) motorcycle is quite a bit faster than nearly any car. If Guzzi brings it to the States and it proves to be reliable it just might replace my aging BMW. -todd

Jim Wayne
12/11/2007 9:14:34 PM

If it performs like the Breva 750, it is plenty powerful for most drivers. My Breva 750 accelerates smoothly and quickly from stop to 95 with no complaint, and will run at 95 all day--if there was a place I could run it. In addition, it has quick, predictable responses on corners that will allow it to leave many bigger bikes behind. It isn't a racer, but most retro bikes aren't. The 48 hp figure is deceptive. Ride the bike, preferably a good, long ride, before you decide it is not worthy of consideration.

Tom Sanor
12/11/2007 9:13:59 PM

All true comments. The little Heron-head engine, fraut with problems was always a loser, and everyone remembers. Put the old roundhead in it, even at 850cc, and they'll sell more than they can make!

12/11/2007 5:23:53 PM

At 48hp I won't touch it. I had an 850T3 Guzzi back in 1978 and that was no wrench either... This is a step back for Guzzi. Pitty, because at 70+hp, they could have signed me up.

12/11/2007 4:52:33 PM

Now if MotoGuzzi can increase the number of dealers in the USA and improve parts availability, they might become a factor in sales. But not untill they do both.

Charlie Mullendore
12/11/2007 4:32:37 PM

Some misinformation in the article - Moto Guzzi is calling it the V7 Classic, not the V7 Sport. It's based on the "Small-block" engine and chassis that was designed by Lino Tonti in the early 70's, not the "Big-Block" engine designed by Carcano in the mid '60s and Tonti chassis that debuted with the V7 Sport in '71. So, to say it's a "direct descendent" of the original V7 or V7 Sport is in error, really it's a descendent of the V50. More a Nevada with bodywork reminiscent of the V7 Sport than anything else.

Tom Carroll
12/11/2007 4:14:41 PM

More power! Old Honda 750's, I own two, have 67h.p. The V7 is a great looking bike but is going to be a hard sell in the U.S. because of the lack of power.

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