2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Preview

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

Merry 50th Bday V7! 1967-2017

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).

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 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.
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 is made from billet aluminum, as are the steering yoke risers that bear the laser incised serial number.
Tom Roderick
Tom Roderick

A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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  • Starmag Starmag on Nov 08, 2016

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

    • JSoares JSoares on Mar 11, 2017

      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 George on Dec 10, 2017

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