What we have here are a bunch of Moto Guzzi spy photos and not much else. But we’re not going to let that stop us. Putting our collective MO thinking caps together, we can say a few things with certainty. The rest is an educated guess. (Or wishful thinking if we end up being completely wrong.) Clearly, these two motorcycles are based on the V7 platform that has given us the current V7 II Stone, V7 II Special, and V7 II Racer.

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Review

Both bikes featured in the photos look like a V7 Stone with updated components. The new sculpted tank is smaller, narrower, and without the bulbous portion above the cylinders on the V7. The seat appears to be slightly shorter and much thinner.  The cast wheels are different from those on the V7 Stone. The stanchions wear neither the fork gaiters of the Stone and the Racer nor the chip guards of the Special. These bikes also have different handlebars and  risers from the V7.


The fuel tank has a sculpted curve that seems to arch around the protruding cylinder.

The wheels both have speed sensors which point to ABS and traction control, features present in the V7 II line. Though some of us thought that the cobby looking, bare aluminum swingarm could be a prototype. We decided that it looks enough like the existing swingarm on the V7 to be one of them.

Could this be the Moto Guzzi V7 Audace?

Could this be the Moto Guzzi V7 Audace?

The first bike, we’ll call it the V7 Audace because we can see some hints of the Guzzi 1400 California variation. The wheels look like they could have been pulled directly from the Big Twin though a quick look at the rear tire makes us think they are most likely different sizes from the 1400. The front fender is the same abbreviated style; however, the rear fender is much smaller than the Audace’s – again owing, most likely, to the smaller tire.

2016 Moto Guzzi Audace – First Ride Review

Above the minimalist front fender, the bare fork tubes are clamped by a blacked out triple clamp. Unlike the Audace, the drag style bar and risers are not blacked out. If this is truly a V7 Audace variant, we’d expect those to be converted to the blacked out theme. The exhaust system, with the strange exception of a chromed center heat shield, is blacked out and carries the Audace’s conical muffler shape versus the V7’s usual more cylindrical shape. The muffler tips, though, do look identical to the V7’s.

Two different model V7s or just two varieties of test mules being put through their paces? We’ll have to wait and see.

Two different model V7s or just two varieties of test mules being put through their paces? We’ll have to wait and see.

With the second bike, we were initially tempted to call it the V7 El Dorado, but there were too many details missing from the 1400 Eldo for us to buy into the theory. What we do know is that the narrower cast front wheel carries the same spoke design as the V7 Audace. The handlebar has a deeper curve, and the risers are different. The muffler appears larger, but we suspect that is purely because of the slimming effect of the black paint versus the chrome. (After all, 50 million overweight Americans can’t be wrong about wearing black.) Although the seat is the same as on the first bike, the fender is longer and ends in more of a point.

2016 Moto Guzzi Eldorado – First Ride Review

In the end, the theory we felt held the most water was that these were two variations of an Americanized small Guzzi, along the lines of the Harley-Davidson Sportster or Triumph America. Curmudgeon Editor Burns notes, “Footpegs moved forward lower seat pullback handlebar smaller gas tank dual exhausts that’ll probably drag around every corner! Don’t know why they didn’t do it years ago!” For the record, the canisters look to be the same height as on the V7s to the rest of us. Still, Burns had some kind words for these V7s, saying “My kid would love it and it’s a great bike for the hipster set, who doesn’t know one end of a wrench from another. Shaft drive, and even they could figure out how to adjust this bike’s valves.”

So, what we have here appears to be a pair of early development test mules; looks like Moto Guzzi is trying out a couple of different wheel and handlebar combinations to see which one looks/steers best on this V7-based cruiser. We’d expect pricing to be somewhere around the $10,990 MSRPs of the V7 II Scrambler and Racer, though we wouldn’t mind being surprised by a lower one.

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  • john phyyt

    It isn’t often the italians make a fashion “Faux pas” But; I think the side stand foot guide looks like someone has run the bike through a wire fence and taken some along for the ride. ..

    Guzzi : Liberatevi di questo . Adesso!

  • JMDonald

    I liked the old v7. This new version may not be bad but these photos don’t give up enough of what the bike and the variants will be.

  • Bmwclay

    Why can’t MG make a ‘Norton Commando like’ bike with 65 plus hp, under 500 lbs. and ABS? All for under 8 K. They could call it the V-750.

    • Kenneth

      “Why can’t MG make…” well, why can’t anyone else, either? ‘Seems we end up, once again, at the FZ-07 as the value benchmark. Forget “Commando-like” or V-twins, with ABS, for “under 8 K.”

      • Bmwclay

        Harley came close with the xr1200r
        , but a Harley?

        • Born to Ride

          Not really. The XR1200 weighed well over 500 lbs and had an msrp of 11 grand. Not that I wouldn’t want to own one though; that was a unique bike for Harley and earned them some cool points in my book. Especially after seeing them raced in person at Laguna Seca a few years back.

      • Ducati Kid


        Try a revised, GILERA branded motorcycle titled ‘Citta’ (City) Concept.


        As PIAGGIO owns APRILIA, GILERA and MOTO-GUZZI they could offer a new $7,500 S.L.P. market leader.

  • El Apestoso

    Would be nice if they’d do something with their 8v range, the Griso, Stelvio and Norge. Nowadays they seem to be all about the cruisers and the V7s.

    • Ducati Kid


      Vendor desires and sales determine product offered.

      Unfortunately the existing M-G Audace is odd appearing for intended ‘Bold’ clientele.

      Recommend Mike Corbin for a custom passenger pillion.

      Perhaps this revision is better …

    • Ducati Kid


      Vendor marketing desires and resultant sales determine product offered.

      Unfortunately the existing M-G Audace is odd appearing for desired ‘Bold’

      Recommend M-G for her Passenger Pillion or Corbin for replacement seat.

      Perhaps a ‘parts bin’ revision, as depicted, will intrigue M-G devotees?

  • mike

    Well, I grew up on Guzzi’s, Norton and Ducsti’s. I would love to get new Guzzi, but the ones I have tried really just don’t get it for me. About like the Urals. Good looking bike, with old school panache. But that’s it. Underpowered and way overpriced. The Guzzis 7 series should be about $2500 less, to allow you to upgrade them to a decent performance level. If I just wanted a bike to look classic, I would just go get an old classic. And with the driveshaft, gearing changes are pretty much out of the picture. At least with my 2011 Ducati 796 M, which I bought barely used for $7500 I could chanel the sprockets to make it more rideable on US roads. And with some money and a little work, it’ll clock 140 mph. It just seems Guzzi is living on their name more than a good bike to ride at a sensible price. Im not knocking a classic ride, but I just don’t think the value of the bikes is, appropriate or the price. But that’s just me. It might be because I have been riding so long I remember these bikes in their heyday. Oh well. Ride what you like an enjoy it. Rubber side down! Mike

    • Martin Buck

      Everything is much cheaper in the USA than it is anywhere else in the world. That is probably due to the size of the market, and the intense competition. The rest of us have to pay double what you guys pay for everything. And you still complain about prices? Grow up. Guzzis are designed in Europe, the factory has winding mountain roads all around, so their designs emphasise handling above raw horsepower. Most of the world doesn’t have ruler straight roads like the USA, so bikes need to really get to grips with a tight hill road. And Guzzis are really all day rides, so they have to provide a satisfaction that high horsepower multis do not offer. It’s all about the feeling. It’s how fast you are over a distance that counts, anybody can be quick for ten minutes. Imagine how your women feel. Treat your bikes the same.

      • mike

        I appreciate your rely Martin. My everyday ride is a 1972 HD FLH model. I have upgraded it some to make it more reliable and safe. It feels like getting on a tractor after riding the Monster. I also have a 1994 Sportster I like very much. Believe me, I understand riding a bike and enjoying the feeling. I have sold newer. BIKes just to keep the older ones. You are allowed your own feelings about bikes like I am. If MG wants to just make bikes thar are a little quirky, that’s fine. But compared to what everyone else has done, Aprilia, KTM, Ducati, Triumph etc. MG definitely is not keeping up. And here the other bikes are around the same price as the MGs. And the Triumphs are a heck of a lot cheaper. I had V7, and a 850T, and liked them both. But that was then.

      • DickRuble

        yeah.. The MGs are built at altitude.. that’s why they breathe better too, they don’t need air filters. Because there are goats and sheep around, they go maaaahh, mahhh.., and they don’t suffer from altitude sickness either.. They corner so well they don’t even need brakes. And like the sheep herders in the Italian mountains, MG owners are a bit on the slow side.. That’s how their women like them, presumably..

  • Martin Buck

    When I speculated that it might be the Bellagio 950 motor because of the rounded cylinder fins, Francesco replied that it is an 850cc, non Heron head design. It looks like a V7 due to the swing arm, but is likely to be all new. The 850cc T5 was my hero bike in my teens, when I saw one close up and in action. This looks to be even better, but the tank and seat look too small and thin respectively. A return of the T5 is well overdue. If it has 50 to 55 rear wheel hp, then it would be ideal. It also looks looks they are trialling two different front tyre sizes.

  • Born to Ride

    Always loved the V7 from an aesthetic point of view. I also think they would make perfect beginner bikes for someone who just wanted a cool bike to bomb around on without any need for high performance or freeway commuting. I think I’d take one of these V7 cruisers over the sportster/bolt/speedmaster/shadow class of cruisers; it weighs much less(over 100lbs against the bolt/sportster!) and looks far more unique.

  • TalonMech

    I was hoping to see a V7 based Stelvio. Not these awful looking cruisers. C’mon Guzzi, you can do better than this shit.

  • TalonMech

    I was hoping to see a V7 based Stelvio. Not these awful looking cruisers. C’mon Guzzi, you can do better than this shit.

  • http://www.themotorcycleobsession.com/ Chris Cope

    I really like these. If only the bike made just a bit more power.