The 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 line-up. We think the V7 Racer is still the coolest of the bunch, though it could do with more power - about 70-80bhp would be perfect!
Moto Guzzi have unveiled the latest iterations of the V7 – the 2014 V7 Racer, V7 Special and V7 Stone – at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy. With its very cool 1970s styling, simple 750cc V-twin engine (which produces a modest 48 horsepower and 60Nm of torque, and returns 25km/l of mileage…), shaft final drive, service intervals of 10,000km and rather refreshing lack of intimidatingly complicated electronics, the Guzzi V7 range marches to its own beat and we rather like that. In fact, we’d love to actually buy a V7 Racer.
For 2014, the Moto Guzzi V7 range gets a new, wet flywheel (which replaces the previous dry alternator), slightly modifying the front of the 90° V-twin, thanks to a sleeker, more compact new cover. Everything else – the chassis, suspension etc. – are the same as before and only new colours and trim materials have been changed. Our favourite, the V7 Racer, is probably the coolest of the bunch, with blacked-out side panels, mirrors, silencer support brackets and footrest guards. The Racer’s steel tube chassis is painted red, its 22-litre fuel tank is chrome-plated and the bike carries the number ‘7’ racing plates at the front and on the tail section. (Number ‘7’ being used by Guzzi rider and 250cc grand prix racing world champ, Enrico Lorenzetti.) The V7 Racer also gets a brown alcantara leather seat, and customized leather belt with the Moto Guzzi logo on the top of the fuel tank. “This is a bike to be ridden strictly alone, in black riding suit, with a skullcap helmet and studded-palm leather gloves,” says a press note from Moto Guzzi, and we rather agree…
A range of factory accessories are available for the 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 range, including a slip-on racing exhaust kit from Arrow, single seat exhaust brackets kit (which allows you to remove the passenger footrests and convert the V7 Stone and V7 Special into single-seat machines), high-performance Bitubo shock absorbers kit, brushed aluminium side fairings kit, touring windshield kit, side panniers kit, luggage rack kit, gel comfort seat and so on. Prices, TBA.