Moto Guzzi celebrates 50 years of V7 models with a third act for the beloved original. Since 1967 the V7 model has stood as the brand ambassador for the Italian company and its transverse Twins. For 2017 Guzzi is bringing three V7 models stateside Stone, Special, and Racer, as well as a fourth, limited edition Anniversario model.

The V7 III’s steel frame maintains its double cradle layout with the same weight distribution of 46% front; 54% rear, but the headstock area was reinforced, and new steering geometry introduced. The bike’s rear end is now suspended by a pair of preload adjustable Kayaba shocks, passenger pegs have been relocated lower and farther forward, while the entire saddle sets a little closer to the ground (30.3 inches).

Moto Guzzi V7III Stone

The new V7 III engine enjoys a 10% performance increase to 52 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, as well as a bump in torque to 44.3 lb.-ft. At 4,900 rpm. The engine is constructed with a new, stiffer aluminum crankcase, a new oil sump, and a crankshaft. The crankcase lubrication system is said to better dissipate heat and reduce power absorption. There is also a new ventilation system, a new oil pump intake duct, new oil jets have been introduced, and the alternator cover now comes with built-in exhaust blow-by.

Bore and stroke remain the same (80mm x 74mm), however, the aluminum heads, pistons, and cylinders are all completely new. Timing is controlled by a traditional pushrod and rockers system with two valves per cylinder, now arranged in an inclined position. The fuel system is a single-body Marelli EFI system. The exhaust system is also new, fitted with double pipe manifolds that improve thermal insulation. All said, the new Guzzi Twin is a more efficient, better-performing engine that complies with Euro 4 emission standards.

 

The V7 III Stone returns in blacker-than-black guise. The Stone is the only V7 III to not roll on spoked wheels.

The V7 III Stone returns in blacker-than-black guise. The Stone is the only V7 III to not roll on wire-spoked wheels.

The six-speed gearbox introduced on the V7 II is unchanged but now benefits from a different first and sixth gear ratio, as well as the 170mm dry single disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability.

In 2012, Moto Guzzi introduced its ABS/TC system on the California 1400, safety systems that were then implemented on all the models in the range. The new V7 III has an ABS but also a new adjustable Moto Guzzi Traction Control (MGCT) system. The new MGCT system is adjustable to two sensitivity levels as well as being switched off. A rider can also recalibrate the system for a different rear tire circumference.

Styled after the 1975 V750 S3, the 2017 V7 III Special has the familiar stripe on the side panels that complement the matching horizontal bands on the tank. The spoked wheels have polished channels and black hubs, a seat with old-school stitching, and fork stanchion protectors instead of gaiters.

Styled after the 1975 V750 S3, the 2017 V7 III Special has the familiar stripe on the side panels that complement the matching horizontal bands on the tank. The spoked wheels have polished channels and black hubs, a seat with old-school stitching, and fork stanchion protectors instead of gaiters.

 

The V7 III Racer is not only the sportiest of the range, but also the one with the most prestigious parts. Premium components include a pair of fully adjustable Öhlins shocks, machined billet rearsets, a lightened steering stem and steering yoke guard.

The V7 III Racer is not only the sportiest of the range but also the one with the most prestigious parts. Premium components include a pair of fully adjustable Öhlins shocks, machined billet rearsets, a lightened steering stem, and steering yoke guard.

 

The Anniversario is Moto Guzzi's tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the V7, and only 750 units will be produced. Most noticeable about the Anniversario is its chrome fuel tank, gold-colored Moto Guzzi eagle, and genuine leather saddle. The locking fuel cap in made from billet aluminum, as are the steering yoke risers that bear the laser incised serial number.

The Anniversario is Moto Guzzi’s tribute to the fiftieth anniversary of the V7, and only 750 units will be produced. Most noticeable about the Anniversario is its chrome fuel tank, gold-colored Moto Guzzi eagle, and genuine leather saddle. The locking fuel cap is made from billet aluminum, as are the steering yoke risers that bear the laser incised serial number.

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  • JMDonald

    Guzzi makes some very very very nice machines. The new V7 is tits.

    • Born to Ride

      I reeeeally wish they’d make a V11 with the Griso/Norge motor that looked exactly like the Anniversary model except with the brushed tank off of the racer model. That is my Neo-Retro wet dream. I would buy one tomorrow, maybe even at full sticker…

      • JMDonald

        That would be a nice bike. They are shaft drive too. Alas the bike you want is made of unobtanium. That anniversary model is gorgeous. A lot of guys that had the bigger models when they were younger are going to the V7 now that they are older. The smaller bikes are easier for them to ride. I’d pay over sticker for a V11 with the Griso engine in Anniversary trim and a racer model gas tank. Guzzi rules.

  • blueson2wheels

    Going to be a big seller by Guzzi standards. Same engine and drivetrain as the V9, which is collecting accolades, but with a standard seating position and lacking the goofier V9 styling attributes. Having test-ridden a V9, I believe the V7-III is going to be big fun. Still not very fast, but fast enough to get out of its own way.

    • Old MOron

      I hope you’re right.

    • blueson2wheels

      I stand corrected. It’s the 750 with hemi-heads, not the 850 from the V9. Still likely that the 850 makes its way into other configurations.

  • Moto 949

    It is NOT the same engine as the 850cc V9, it’s a 750. Yes, the regular new V7 models here are better for these upgrades, and they do look great, but the V7 Racer model is a MAJOR let down; word was a 850 version of this was coming, and it sure needs more punch to not look pathetic next to the 1200cc Thruxtons and R Nine T racers. Come on, 52bhp and looks that are 4 years old makes Guzzi fans waiting for a revived ’76 850 LeMans wanna cry…

  • Starmag

    Flat black is so 2012. 15 more HP, dual discs, and a less lumpy gas tank could have done wonders.

    • JSoares

      I agree with you on the flat black. More hp is never a bad thing, of course, but even more important for this kind of bike is torque. I don’t think this needs neither a dual front disk nor a different gas tank. If you compare this gas tank with the Street Twin’s, for instance, you’ll see Guzzi managed to get the proportions just right.

  • George

    I own a 2016 Motto Guzi V7II Stone. I have gotten it up to 140mph on the freeway. Great bike,