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Golden Anniversary: 1967 Moto Guzzi V7

Guzzi enthusiast Paul Harrison restores a rough 1967 Moto Guzzi V7 just in time for the bike’s 50th birthday.

| November/December 2017

  • 1967 Moto Guzzi V7.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • Early V7s used remote float Dell’Orto SS1 carbs.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • Frame and engine numbers weren’t factory matched; the engine is number 1337.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • The valve covers are polished to an other-worldly shine.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • Motogadget LED bar end signals were added for visibility.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • Owner Paul Harrison and his lovingly restored 1967 Moto Guzzi V7.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • 1967 Moto Guzzi V7.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • The rear fender, purchased from an eBay seller parting out a V7, had enough original paint to color match the silver hue.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • The original off-center seat lettering.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • The original logo and paint on the tank.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • New-old-stock water-slide decals were applied to both fenders.
    Photo by Ken Richardson
  • 1967 Moto Guzzi V7.
    Photo by Ken Richardson

1967 Moto Guzzi V7
Engine: 703.7cc air-cooled OHV transverse 90 degree V-twin, 80mm x 70mm bore and stroke stock, 9:1 compression ratio, 50 hp @ 6,500rpm stock
Top Speed: 106mph @ 6,000rpm stock
Weight (dry): 536lb (243 kg)
Fuel capacity/MPG: 5.28 gal (20ltr)
Price then/now: $1,439/ $6,000-$9,000

When Paul Harrison first set out to restore his 1967 Moto Guzzi V7, he wasn’t in a rush to finish the job. In fact, his young son, Finn, told him he wasn’t sure the Italian motorcycle would ever run, and suggested it would take 10 years to complete.

But then Paul realized that 2017 marked a rather significant milestone. With 50 years gone by since the V7 left the Moto Guzzi factory in Mandello del Lario, 2017 is the machine’s Golden Anniversary, and Paul didn’t want to miss such an important date. “When I figured that out, I thought it would be cool to have the project ready for the date,” Paul says.

Paul started the process late in 2015 with a less-than-ideal candidate for restoration. Purchased from an eBay seller in Georgia, the 1967 V7 was really not much more than a frame, engine and gearbox, with other parts in crates. Someone had attempted to fix it before giving up and improperly storing the pieces. Overall, the Guzzi looked as though it had been run into the ground.

Paul collected the Guzzi when he and Keith Fellenstein (author of the Motorcycle Classics tech column, Keith’s Garage) went to the 2015 Barber Vintage Festival in Alabama, detouring to Georgia on their way home to get the bike before returning to Lawrence, Kansas, where Paul was living at the time.

12/21/2017 5:52:48 PM

I have one that I have been playing with for years and years and just never seem to get anywhere with it. Moved it to the big shop yesterday so maybe this time it will go somewhere.

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