The New Moto Guzzi V7 Classic With the V7 Classic, Moto Guzzi kills two birds
with one stone: First, it celebrates the 40th
birthday of the first Italian Maxi Motorcycle
created by Giulio Cesare Carcano and second, it
gives its response to the ever-increasing demand for
classic, sophisticated, retro-design machines.
Just one glance at the V7 Classic brings the late
70s to mind when motorbikes had an essential beauty
that was formed by simple straight lines embellished
by chrome decorations.
The V7 Classic is a sort of hybrid of the various
V7s. Some of it comes from the luxurious Special
like its chrome and decorations and some from the
Sport from which it takes its tank.
Other components that are symbols of a different
era, complete the picture like the spoked wheels,
the cigar shaped silencers and the flat quilted
saddle. These components commemorate a style that
exemplifies one of the best examples of Italian
design from the 60s and 70s using modern-day
technology and engineering techniques.
is embodied in an up-to-date twin cradle frame, in
the 750cc fuel injected engine governed by an ECU
and in the many items this machine has in common
with the latest models in the Moto Guzzi range. The
V7 Classic will be on sale from next Spring at entry
level in the range.
It will sit alongside models
like the Breva and Nevada 750. The Show in Milan
will, for many people, be their first chance they
have of seeing the naked Breva V1200 tourer and the
brand new Griso 8V that will also be available in
the classic red color scheme.
V7 Classic: A Tribute to a Legendary Moto
In 1967, the motorcycle market reeled in shock at
the appearance of the first Italian maxi motorcycle.
Created by the legendary Giulio Cesare Carcano, the
Moto Guzzi V7 marked the debut of the transverse V90
twin-cylinder 703 cc engine that set a record at
The V7 was enthusiastically acclaimed by
the press and public. This success helped the
worldwide promotion of Moto Guzzi’s image as
manufacturers of an exclusive, elegant, comfortable
and above all, highly reliable motorcycle.
For many people, owning a V7 was one of the most
important things in their lives. It left them with
unforgettable memories that reminded them of their
younger days, of friends and of journeys made
together and made that time perhaps one of the
highest points in Moto Guzzi’s history.
further forty years of success and, as part of Moto Guzzi’s worldwide relaunch project, the flame of
creativity shines brightly once more in the new V7
Classic. The V7 has character to spare and is a
superb interpretation of the fundamental beauty of
the original V7 but this time incorporating all the
latest technology that was unavailable to its
The new machine is fully up-to-date with its
equipment levels, frame engineering and 750cc Euro 3
engine. The V7 Classic brings to mind the late 60s
with the line of the tank that nestles comfortably
on the tubular frame and runs back to meet the
This, in turn, is perfectly flat and blends
in gracefully with the rear mudguard. The side
panels house the same stowage compartments that so
stylishly set off the side view of the original
Times gone by can also be seen in the gleaming
chrome finish on the exhaust system, the shock
absorbers, rear light cluster, front headlight and
comfortable handlebars. Just as on its predecessor,
the wheels too are spoked and shod with high profile
The instrument panel houses analogue
dials with suitably “dated” graphics.
Although the V7 Classic is somewhat smaller than
other Moto Guzzis, it is ideally suited for carrying
pillion passengers with a comfortable saddle,
convenient handholds and well positioned foot pegs.
The Classic is easy to ride, instinctive and creates
a feeling of confidence right from the first time
you climb aboard. The manageable size and excellent
riding position are perfect for both town use and
longer mixed journeys. Owners will no doubt have to
answer countless questions from curious onlookers
about the white machine they are riding when it
looks just an original 1969 V 7 Special …