Today at Intermot, Moto Guzzi unveiled a revised V7 lineup with a host of new features. Despite its vintage heritage, the V7 II lineup will receive ABS and “Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione,” better known as traction control. While the addition of ABS is no surprise considering all motorcycles sold in Europe are required to have the feature starting in 2015, traction control was slightly unsuspected. It makes sense, however, since much of the ABS hardware can perform double duty.

Other changes include the addition of a sixth gear, meaning the engine won’t be taxed as heavily during cruising speeds. Clutch improvements mean lever effort is reduced. Speaking of the longitudinally-mounted 90-degree V-Twin, it’s now tilted 4-degrees forward and lowered 10mm compared to last year. By doing so, 30mm (1.18 in.) of leg room is now freed to better accommodate taller riders. Footpegs located 25mm lower than before also provide the taller rider with a more accommodating knee bend.

A reshaped seat is now a half-inch shorter, at 31.1 inches, which M-G says gives the rider the feeling as if they are sitting in the bike rather than on top of it. The V7 II will again come in Stone, Special and Racer variants. The V7 II Stone will come in four new colors: black, red, grey and yellow. All are satin finishes inspired by ‘70s color schemes. The V7 II Special now has three glossy color bases: classic black with orange stripes to faithfully revisit the colors of its famous ancestor, the famous 1975 V750 S3, and two brand new schemes: metallic red and light blue with a silver stripe. Lastly, the V7 II Racer keeps its distinct look, with its “total black look” and chrome fuel tank.

See the massive gallery below for photos of all three V7 II models.

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  • Steve Waller

    Moving the engine in the frame to achieve “3mm” additional leg room! Really?

    • RandleMcMurphy

      But it’s a BIG 3mm.

      I know. Right?

      • Steve Waller

        More likely the engine has been moved in the frame to accommodate the new six speed gearbox.

    • motoloco

      From the info I’ve read there’s 3cm more knee room (a bit more than an inch), which would make more sense.

      • TroySiahaan

        Apologies, typo on my part, now fixed. Yes, 3 centimeters, not millimeters. Tall people can take a sigh of relief.

        • DickRuble

          The seat moved down too.. by 1.27 cm.. This leaves a grand 1.73 cm of extra leg room ..

  • Steve Waller

    Moving the engine in the frame to achieve “3mm” additional leg room! Really?

  • RandleMcMurphy

    “But officer, I wasn’t doing 85MPH! This bike CAN’T go that fast!”


    • Reid

      Precisely. A bike this decent-looking needs more power for sure. 60hp-70hp would be good for everybody.

    • Greg

      I’ve got a ’13 V7 Stone, and the lack of power really doesn’t seem to be much of an issue. Even at highway cruising speeds, it never struggles with passing or hills (although I usually don’t try to mix the two). I can hit 100mph on flat roads, and I don’t see much need to go any faster than that.

      The sex appeal of the bike more than makes up for the engine, in my view. Just about every new motorcycle on the market either looks like grandpa’s Harley or a plasticky insectoid mess. Triumph has some nice models, but they’re pudgier in real life than they look in pics. The V7 is slim, pure and simple in the best way. My neighbor has a $25000 Ducati, and my $8000 Guzzi gets more stares and compliments.

      • RandleMcMurphy

        I totally agree with you here believe it or not. I’m inching towards 60 now and have no desire to recapture my idiot youth years of trying to cheat death. I’m looking at getting a bike by spring and really don’t want anything that will get me in trouble. Trust me, these MG’s are on my list despite my above comment. I only wish they had a wee bit more to them. I’m no mechanical genius or engineer but, it would seem this engine could be quite capable of at least the same power as a new Bonneville. The Racer model NEEDS to at least be able to keep up with a Thruxton on those back roads. It looks so damn good and I’d feel 35 again on it but, I’d feel 25 if it had 60HP.

        It’s just a shame that MG is sooooo close to hitting the mark 100% only to deflate you a bit when you look at the specs.

        But could I live with these models as is? Yup. Despite our denials, a lot of it IS about the looks of your bike. The MG’s have always been some of my favs. Royal Enfield’s? Well, they look great but, they approach Briggs and Stratton territory!

        • Irvine Meyer

          I’m turning 62 this year and have been wavering on the get-a-bike issue, not having had one for the past ten years. Previous Moto Guzzis I’ve owned have been the 850T (in my youth) and a V50 in my 50’s. Recently I took a V7Racer for a test drive, fitted with noisier pipes. One word: WOW! Such a gutsy responsive ride with sweet effortless handling. As soon as my agents in Cape Town get stock of the V7ii I’m going over with my cheque book. I was tempted by the Griso but think it’s too heavy and powerful for my needs. Perhaps I’ll miss panniers on the Racer but I can probably fit a tank bag. As well as pillion pegs, and a spare double seat. I suppose an open-face leather covered helmet and goggles are also compulsory.

      • PapaD57

        Could you give dimensions height, weight ,inseam for reference? I’ve read tall folks don’t fit on these gorgeous bikes.

  • JMDonald

    All this and shaft drive too. Black with orange stripes.

  • SRMark

    Please make a Griso that looks like the V7

    • Robotribe

      This pretty much sums up what I think many would want.

  • NL675R

    I wish the cream yellow paint scheme was still offered.