Wednesday, March 28, 2012

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, other variants, unveiled

2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
With the new 'Record Kit,' the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is cooler than ever before...
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Moto Guzzi have released pics and details of their new, 2013-spec V7 range, which includes the Racer, Special and Stone versions. ‘We can say that the V7 is a completely new bike, more powerful, faster, thriftier, more ecological, better refined and more comfortable than the previous version, and yet still with a shaft-driven 90° transverse V-twin engine and double cradle frame,’ says a press release from Guzzi.

Changes on the 2013 V7 range include a revised engine with two oxygen sensors (for better fuel economy and lower emissions), redesigned cylinder heads, bigger air intake ducts, increased compression ratio (up from 9.2 to 10.2), redesigned cylinder fins (for better cooling) and a more refined five-speed gearbox. With a fuel economy figure of 23km/l, the Guzzi V7, with its 22-litre fuel tank, now has a range of more than 500km on one tank of fuel.

The 2013 V7 range also gets new wheels that are lighter than before – alloy hoops with five split spokes for the V7, spoked with new polished aluminium rims for the Special and anodised black with red hubs for the Racer. The bikes’ 40mm front forks have been recalibrated and the Racer gets Bitubo WMT gas shock absorbers equipped with an external reservoir. Braking duties are handled by a single 320mm disc at the front and 260mm disc at the back.

In the new V7 range, the V7 Stone is the entry-level model, the V7 Special gets a twin-tone paintjob and the top-of-the-line, limited-edition V7 Racer gets a commemorative plaque on the steering yoke, a leather strap on the fuel tank, a red-painted frame, swingarm and wheel hubs, and single-seat saddle that’s upholstered in suede and which merges into a neat little tailpiece that incorporates lateral race number panels, 1970s-style. A two-seater saddle and pillion footpegs are available as optional accessories.

The V7 Racer also gets other cool touches like a tiny plexiglass screen above a race number panel, extensive use of brushed, drilled aluminium, which has been applied to the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets. ‘This is a bike which should be ridden strictly in black, with a skullcap helmet and leather studded gloves,’ say Moto Guzzi, and we quite agree with that. Clearly, the V7 Racer is the pick of the bunch and the bike to have!

A very extensive range of factory accessories is also available for the new V7 range, including a slip-on racing exhaust kit from Arrow, Bitubo shock absorbers, side fairings kit in brushed and anodized aluminium, touring windshield, side panniers and luggage rack kit and many, many other bits and pieces.

For the V7 Racer, a V7 Record Kit is also available, which comprises of a fiberglass top fairing that houses the V7’s single headlight, and an all-new sport saddle made from fire and waterproof foam. Damn cool, we say. With 50 horsepower and 60Nm of torque from its 744cc horizontally-opposed V-twin, the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer won’t be going up against Fireblades and GSX-Rs for sure, but in the ‘cool’ department, it certainly has what it takes to stay at the front.



Miguel Galluzzi, VP of design at the Piaggio Group and the man responsible for designing the V7, talks bikes and motorcycle design...
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