2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

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The new Moto Guzi V7 racer continues the success story of the company’s iconic V7 Sport. The new motorcycle offers a perfect merge between the classic and modern design languages and is backed up by a range of contemporary technologies which help it deliver a unique riding experience.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a modern interpretation of the iconic Moto Guzzi engine introduced by Lino Tonti in the 70s. The modern 744 cc, 90° V-twin, 4-stroke unit generates a maximum power of 37 KW (50HP) at 6,200 rpm and 42.7 Ft Lbs. (58Nm) at 5,000 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a 5 speeds gearbox with cardan final drive.

The engine is housed by a double cradle tubular frame with detachable rear subframe. The frame sits on a front telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions and two fully adjustable shock absorbers.

Hit the jump for more information on the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer.

Overview

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Tradition can be so thrilling sometimes.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer pays homage to the extraordinary racing career of the V7 Sport. The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer offers the classic style of the Moto Guzzi marquee in a perfectly balanced mix of craftsmanship and technology. With a feisty motor, number plate, and solo saddle, the eye-catching V7 Racer harkens back to the glories of yesteryear—only topped off with modern engineering to make every turn a visceral experience.

The completely reengineered 750cc engine still relies on the engineering that made the Moto Guzzi V50 a success among riders in 1977. Since then the engine has been continuously updated yet stays faithful to the original genial layout introduced by Italian engineer Lino Tonti in the 70s and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable.

While maintaining the classic 90° V configuration, the engine is now comprised of more than 70% new components. Cutting-edge technological solutions have been used to improve functionality, provide greater torque and power even at low rpms, and be more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions. The new engine is more powerful and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable.

The new tank brings with it a superior metallic construction that allows for a lighter tank along with a greater fuel capacity – the V7 Racer can hold a record 5.8 gallons which, together with reduced consumption, ensures a range of up to 310 miles.

The distinctiveness of the V7 Racer design is sporty and attention-getting in all the right ways. A new chrome fuel tank finished with a studded leather strap, a single-saddle suede seat with an aerodynamic seat cowl and ‘70s-style racer number plates mean the added engine performance is showcased right along with classic style. One look, and a rider will know that the V7 Racer speaks for itself.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, iconic and prestigiously manufactured in Italy, will be available in 2013 in U.S. dealerships.

As with all of Moto Guzzi’s on-road motorcycles, the V7 Racer comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance for one year.

2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Key Features:

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

V7 changes everything to remain faithful to its legend.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

New engine, revamped design, brand new equipment: the legend of the V7 reaches its highest expression yet.

Proudly made in italy

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Since 1921, the Moto Guzzi eagle flies high. The legend has reached the highest peak with the California. From the V7 Police to the EV special, it has radically changed the concepts of design and performance.

Hand built in the factory in Mandello del Lario (Como, Italy), where the Moto Guzzi are born continuously since 1921, everyone is distinguished by the craftsmanship with which each component is assembled. Attention that makes every Moto Guzzi California a unique piece, able to marry and to emphasize the strong personality of a passionate and exclusive clientele.

2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Features and Benefits:

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Chassis

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The double cradle frame, with bolt-on, removable lower elements, is a key element of the V7 project This is a unit of legendary solidity and sturdiness, also thanks to the headstock angle of 27°50’, an angle which ensures directional stability and precision.

The telescopic fork with 40 mm stanchions has 130 mm of travel and has dust gaiters in the Racer and Stone versions and a guard in the Special version.
The rear shock absorbers, for the V7 Stone and the V7 Special, have adjustable spring preload and 118 mm of travel, while the Racer, as usual, stands out with a pair of refined Bitubo WMT gas shock absorbers with an external tank. The brake system consists of a 320 mm floating front disc and a 260 mm rear disc.

The three versions also differ in terms of wheels: in alloy with six split spoke design for the V7 Stone, spoked with anodised black channel for the Special, as too for the Racer which differs for its red hubs matching the frame and red Moto Guzzi wording on the rim channel.

The engine

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The original engine design dates back to 1977, the year of the Moto Guzzi V50’s fortunate début.

Since then the engine has been continuously updated, sustaining displacements of 350 up to 750 cc, going from carburettor to electronic injection, but staying faithful to the genial layout introduced in the original design by Lino Tonti. The latest evolution has finally abandoned the squared fins, a legacy of the 80’s production, now with a rounded thermal element, reminiscent of the first generation Mandello twin.

The valve cover is also a homage to the origins of the V7; made in aluminium, it faithfully covers the profile of the fins, showing off the Moto Guzzi signature in bas-relief.

Moving from aesthetics to the technical part, the 749 cc small block is the forerunner of a series of technological innovations that characterise the new wave of the Mandello engines. This is the case of the single throttle body and of the straight Y-shaped fuel system manifold, introduced with the V7 and later extended to the flagship California 1400. On the V7 the component is a 38 mm

Magneti Marelli MIU3G with rubber manifold, completely ribbed and straight (36 and 39 mm diameter respectively from the injector groups and the throttle body). Another feature is the presence of a central spark plug with 10 mm diameter thread and prominent electrode.

The overall efficiency of the engine is supported by the high compression ratio of 10.2, the extensive cylinder finning which keeps operating temperatures low and the generous filter box designed to optimise the "breathing" requirements of the Mandello twin.

Rather than maximum power, the Mandello small block stands out for its robust engine torque, which reaches the peak of 60 Nm at just 2800 RPM, thus limiting use of the gearbox and consumption, achieving over 23 km/l on a mixed cycle. The gearbox is the usual 5 speed, as too, according to tradition, the final drive is entrusted to the renowned cardan, ensuring reliability, safety, comfort, cleanliness and total absence of maintenance.

Specifications

Engine Type90° V-twin 4-stroke
Capacity744 cc
Maximum power37 kW (50HP) at 6,200 rpm
Maximum torque42.7 ft lbs. / 58Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel systemWeber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust systemThree-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Gearbox5 speeds with cardan final drive
Lubricationforced circulation with lobe pump - circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final driveCA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive
ClutchDry single plate with flexible couplings
FrameDouble cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Front suspensionTelescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions
Rear suspensionLight alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers
Brake systemBrembo
Front brake320 mm Ø stainless steel disc, Brembo caliper with 4 differentiated pistons
Rear brake260 mm stainless steel disc, brembo double piston floating caliper
WheelsAluminium spoked black anodised rims
Front wheel18", 100/90
Rear wheel17", 130/80
Length86 inches - 2184mm
Max width31.5 inches - 800mm
Height43.8 inches - 1112mm
Saddle height31.6 in. (30.7 in. opt.) - 805 mm (780 mm opt.)
Curb weight395 pounds - 179 kg
Fuel tank capacity5.8 gallons - 22 liters
Reserve1 gallon - 4 liters
Price$10,490

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