The V7 Classic is a light compact motorbike and offers an immediate sense of control thanks to the natural riding position that is an integral part of its unmistakeable style.
Due to this natural riding position, the rider will hardly have to move an inch along the slight flare on both sides of the V7 tank and will find it easy both getting on and off the bike in true classic 70s style.
This factor also provides great comfort to pillion passengers that no longer have to be contortionists to climb aboard the new generous V7 Classic saddle.
The perfect, slightly forward positioning of the foot pegs and the wide handlebars complete the layout of a machine that is as comfortable to ride as it is a pleasure.
The rear suspension with its twin shock absorbers provides 118 mm of travel as well as pre-load adjustment to suit differing riding conditions. The cockpit houses 70’s style Veglia-Borletti instruments but, as a reminder that we are riding a modern-day bike, we have a twin display showing time and external temperature along with a total and partial mileage readout that integrates perfectly with the elegant speedometer and rev counter.
To make the V7 highly versatile meant creating a frame that was just as good at dealing with the daily business of city roundabouts as at negotiating mountain passes without losing any of Moto Guzzi’s traditional touring characteristics.
The frame has been manufactured with the highest quality materials to provide superb road holding and stability that make it easy and a pleasure to ride not just for inexperienced riders but for experts too.
The key to the bike lies in its twin cradle frame with removable bolt-on lower components. Great attention was paid to the steering geometry where the rake is set at 27°50’ to ensure stability and precision when cornering. Of no less importance are the 40 mm Marzocchi forks. Travel on the front suspension is 130 mm and works in combination with two adjustable rear shock absorbers with 118 mm travel. Braking is looked after by a 320 mm floating disc at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear. The V7 Classic is fitted with 18” wheels up front and 17” at the rear with high profile tyres so as to offer superb handling and feed-back characteristics.
Famed for its reliability and low consumption, the 744 cc 90° V twin 744 cc (bore and stroke - 80 mm by 74 mm) houses special graphite low wear pistons and aluminium alloy cylinders.
The small block from Mandello is fed by an electronic Weber Marelli fuel injection system with 36 mm throttle bodies and a Lambda probe that puts the engine firmly into the Euro 3 homologation category. The five-speed gearbox is precise with neutral easy to find and the ratios have been chosen for touring purposes to provide an exciting, immediate response.
In terms of maximum performance, maximum torque of 54.7 Nm comes in at only 3600 rpm. That doesn’t mean poor acceleration however as the maximum power output of nearly 50 CV is synchronised to perfection with the characteristics of the V7 Classic. This bike has no need to race against the clock, it just has to enjoy itself. Like every Moto Guzzi, the booming sound from the V twin says it all.
It has to be said that the music from the V7 Classic’s twin exhausts is probably the best ever from any Moto Guzzi.