Moto Guzzi’s V7 family now has a new member, which is willing to teach motorcyclists a thing or two about the ways they can enjoy riding the world’s greatest machine with wheels as long as they open their eyes and prick up their ears. Unveiled last week in Milan, the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is reminiscent of 1970s Italian café racers. Then, as now, these were machines that handled beautifully and stopped fast, managing to compete with Japanese bikes with seriously more horsepower available at the rear wheel.
With a 744cc V-twin developing only 48.8 hp and 58.2 Nm, but featuring a beautifully crafted frame, upgraded suspension and brakes, the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer remains faithful to the original recipe and addresses to nostalgics of the period. Also featuring wrapped headers and upswept Arrow exhuasts, polished aluminum tank, rearsets and clip-ons as well as Pirelli Demon Sport tires, I guess you can look at it as to a V7 Classic with a soft spot for races. Hit the jump to read the press release.
NEW MODEL 2010
MOTO GUZZI V7 CLUBMAN RACER
All of the relish of challenges between gentlemen riders comes back to life in the classic sportiness of the V7.
Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is the end result of extensive tuning inspired by the motorcycles that in the 1970s challenged each other in the modified production category.
Races enlivened by heated rivalry between fans of the Japanese bikes, at the time extremely powerful but hard to handle, and fans of Italian motorcycles, perhaps on the minus side in terms of power but superior to their Oriental challengers when it came to their rigorous chassis and braking. Challenges on the tracks then shifted to tables at bars, where showing off a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport with single-seat saddle, racing exhaust system and the unfailing top fairing was the symbol of belonging to the elite of the sportiest motorcyclists.
The V7 Clubman Racer is the epitome of this snapshot taken more than 30 years ago, and reworks it by adopting the technology and quality standard of today’s manufacturing processes.
The latest member of the V7 family is fitted with a top fairing inspired by the legendary 850 LeMans, a single-seat saddle with number plate, and even flaunts a roaring pair of Arrow silencers.
Its footrests moved back and adjustable handlebars make it inviting to take onto the track.
All that a gentleman rider in the mood for track days has to do is put on a helmet and a simple leather suit, find the ideal set-up by adjusting the sophisticated pair of Bitubo shock absorbers and guide the 18 inch front wheel as close as possible to the kerb.
The strong personality of the Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is also underscored by details like the chrome tank complete with knee guard, rear-view mirrors anchored to the ends of the handlebar, the chrome Moto Guzzi logo ornaments and the new racing fuel tank cap.
The rest of the bike follows the features of the V7 Cafè with regard to both chassis geometry, with its double cradle design and lower elements bolted on and removable, and to the geometry with the headstock tilted at 26°50’. In addition to the multi-adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, the suspension banks on the absorption capacity of the Marzocchi fork with 40 mm stanchions and 130 mm travel.
The braking system consists of a 320 mm floating front disc and a 260 mm disc in the rear, while the spoke wheels have the same diameter as those of the V7 Cafè but instead of high profile tyres, they are equipped with the higher performance and aesthetically pleasing Pirelli Demon Sport, with a larger 140/70 tyre in rear.
All owners of V7 bikes can find all of the parts supplied standard on the V7 Clubman Racer in the new Moto Guzzi accessories catalogue, available separately.
V7 CLUBMAN RACER TECH DATA
Engine Type : 90° V-Twin, 4 strokes
Displacement : 744 cc
Maximum power output : 35,5 kW (48,8 CV) at 6,800 rpm (25kW available upon request)
Max Torque : 58,2 Nm at 3,200 rpm
Exhaust system : 3 ways catalyzed with sonda Lambda
Gearbox : 5 speeds
Secondary drive : shaft drive, ratio 8/33=1 : 4,825
Front suspension : Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 40 mm
Rear suspension : swinging arm in light cast alloy with two dampers, preload adjustable
Front brake : single stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, with 4 piston calipers
Rear brake : single steel disc, Ø 260 mm
Wheels : spoke light alloy
Tyres : 100/90 - 18 56H TL (Front) - 140/70 17 65H TL (Rear)
Length : Max 2,185 mm
Width (handlebars) : Max 800 mm
Height (dashboard) : 1,115 mm
Seat height : 805 mm
Dry weight : 182 kg
Fuel tank capacity : 17 litres (Reserve 2,5 litres)