EICMA 2013: Moto Guzzi V7 Series Updates

Evans Brasfield
by Evans Brasfield

Not to be left out of the 2013 EICMA show announcements, Moto Guzzi has announced its changes for the three models that make up the V7 line. Known for their 1970s-inspired style, the V7s are built, according to Moto Guzzi press materials, “to three fundamental pillars: the 90° transverse V-twin, the timeless double cradle frame and the renowned cardan shaft final drive.”

Well, one of these pillars gets a functional update for 2014. The engine now utilizes a wet flywheel instead of the previous dry alternator. The visual cue for this changes comes in the form of a smaller, more streamlined cover. Otherwise, the 749cc small block engine is the same lovable lump powering last year’s V7 bikes.

V7 Stone

The real changes occur in the appearance of the three V7 models. The V7 Stone is graced with a black look that helps visually distill the bike down to its essential components. Except for the engine “which retains the chromatic tones of the metal alloys and shine of the exhaust system,” the bulk of the remaining chrome components become a “triumph of black.” And the results, right down to the five spoke, cast aluminum wheels, are striking.

Adding to the Italian flair of the V7 Stone, the tank receives three new “colours” — each deserving of the included u. “Rosso Corposo” is the lusty Italian red. For those who like sophisticated satin green, “Verde Agata” will fit the bill. To complete the black look, you can always select the satin “Nero Ruvido” option.

V7 Special

To enjoy the full-retro Moto Guzzi 1970s look, the Special is your V7. Available in metallic silver with black stripes or black with orange strips, the Special features a graphic design that harkens to the “Essetre” 1974 V750 that carried the first disc brakes featured on a Guzzi. The tank also features a historic embossed Moto Guzzi eagle. The rims of the spoke wheels wear classic black.

Aside from the graphic on the V7 Special’s tank, knowledgable viewers will be able to identify the bike via the fork guards mounted to the slider rather than the dust gaiters fit to the other two V7s.

V7 Racer

The limited edition V7 Racer is the only bike we’ve come across in our EICMA 2013 coverage that includes a dress code in its press materials. The third edition of the V7 Racer sports a stunning combination of black, red, and chrome. Like last year, the frame, swingarm and spoked wheel hubs wear a sultry red that highlights the black of the engine and other components. In an even more striking use of red, the updated black rims display the name, Moto Guzzi in the same visual style as on the current California Custom, winner of Best Cruiser of 2013. The blacked out updates for 2014 include mundane but stylistically essential pieces as the side panels, mirrors, exhaust support brackets and foot-rest guards.

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The seat is no longer wears two tones. Instead, the solo saddle is dressed in “alcantara and imitation leather of the same colour.” The leather tank strap is also color matched. However, it is the lack of color on the chromed 5.8 gal. tank that steals the show — just as it did on last year’s Racer. Just make sure you follow the reccomended code of conduct and dress because, according to the press release “[t]his is a bike to be ridden strictly alone, in black riding suit, with a skullcap helmet and studded-palm leather gloves.”

[Source: Moto Guzzi]

Evans Brasfield
Evans Brasfield

Like most of the best happenings in his life, Evans stumbled into his motojournalism career. While on his way to a planned life in academia, he applied for a job at a motorcycle magazine, thinking he’d get the opportunity to write some freelance articles. Instead, he was offered a full-time job in which he discovered he could actually get paid to ride other people’s motorcycles – and he’s never looked back. Over the 25 years he’s been in the motorcycle industry, Evans has written two books, 101 Sportbike Performance Projects and How to Modify Your Metric Cruiser, and has ridden just about every production motorcycle manufactured. Evans has a deep love of motorcycles and believes they are a force for good in the world.

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