Lustful carbon-fiber parts and red accents

Paying tribute to their past, Moto Guzzi headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform and the third iteration of their most celebrated roadster model, the V7 back in 2017.

The V7 is also the first model created by MG and celebrating the 50th year of the first, the brand launched the V7 III with four editions in 2017: Stone, Special, Racer and a celebratory entrant Anniversario. Expanding this footprint for 2018, MG launched the ‘Rough’, ‘Milano’, ‘Stornello’and finally the ‘Carbon Dark’ edition.

All of the ‘V7s have been prepped up for the consciousness of the new generation of motorcycling. The V7 models will be the same breed of bikes that differ slightly to imprint different characters carrying the same soul, and my favorite of them all is the limited-edition ‘Carbon Dark’, which as the name suggests, gets quite a bit of carbon-fiber on it.

  • 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark
  • Year:
    2018
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    52
  • Torque @ RPM:
    44
  • Displacement:
    744 cc
  • Price:
    9690
  • Overall:
    8.2/10

STYLING

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This third generation of the “seven-fifty” from Mandello could be Moto Guzzi’s entry-level model but is in no terms made with compromise. Showcasing the strong and authentic characters of a typical MG is the transversal V-twin one-of-a-kind configuration that sets the tone straight apart from the mundane. And coming out of that is the oversized dual pipes and cylinder heads that take the show from the roman numerals II to III marking the third iteration of the legendary model.

The ‘Carbon Dark’ takes the art of customization in full originality and style with the use of material that guys like us lust on, carbon-fiber. On a completely matte-black theme running on this, carbon-fiber sees its place on the shortened and sleek fenders and the side fairings enhancing the dark character on this V7.

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Complementing the dark arts is the red shade in parts like the Brembo front disk brake caliper, the logos on the side fairings and the Eagle on the fuel tank. And of course, they also come on the ’Made in Mandello’ mechanic’s satin-finished red cylinder head covers. The saddle is a unique piece specially made for the limited run Carbon Dark that gets all-weather proof Alcantara with dedicated “old school” stitching.

Carrying forward from the outgoing model will be the metal 5.5-gallon fuel tank that was inspired by the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport. The fuel cap on this Carbon Dark V7 III replaces the conventional flush unit with an anodized black billet aluminum that exuberates good taste. Also highlighting the aura are the new design injector covers, the sleeker side fairings, turn indicators and the black headlight frame, injector covers, and the rear brake master cylinder.

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MG has given it a single circular display instrumentation that is wide enough to display the analog speedo and a digital display unit that caters to all tell-tale signs and information for the rider. The Carbon Dark adorns alloy wheels with shorter front fenders that highlight the character that is unique only to the “Carbon Dark”.

The V7 III Carbon Dark’s minimalist design reminds us of the beauty of simple elementalism, and it manages to keep the brand’s heritage intact with the suave design bits that are both timeless and robust. Although designed by the futuristic thinkers of the Centro Stile Piaggio Group, with input from the Piaggio Advanced Design Centre (PADC), the ’70s-era styling makes into these bikes rather effortlessly.

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Overall Dimension

Make Model 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark Triumph Bonneville T100 Ducati Scrambler Classic
Length 86 in 86 in 85.2 in
Width 30.5 in 28.1 in 33.3 in
Height 43.3 in 43.3 in 45.3 in
Wheelbase 57.6 in 57.1 in 57.5 in
Seat height 30.5 in 30.5 31.1 in
Wet weight 460 lb 470 lb 424 lb
Fuel capacity 5.5 gal 3.8 gal 3.5 gal
The ‘Carbon Dark’ takes the art of customization in full originality and style with the use of material that guys like us lust on, carbon-fiber.

POWERTRAIN

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You cannot neglect to notice the longitudinally-mounted 90-degree twin in the first ever glimpse, it’s the signature layout of a brand. Guzzi’s in-the-wind, fire-breathing, knee guards are unmistakable, even in these blacked out versions with aluminum highlights and the new V7 family is no exception.

Close to 90 percent of this V-twin mill is new, and the displacement of 744cc makes it the smallest MG on the streets. The mill churns out a healthy 52 hp at 6200 rpm, whereas maximum torque measures in at 44.25 lb-ft at 4,900 rpm. All this power is taken via a precise and smooth six-speed gearbox introduced on the V7 II with changed gear ratios for a smoother acceleration curve. Surprisingly, MG is making use of a dry single plate clutch that is said to improve sturdiness and reliability over time and also help in lighter clutch action.

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Bowing to the Euro IV norms, there are many improvements that head to minimize power losses and emissions. Traditional air cooling and 2 valves per head stay in this motor, though now with added oil cooling complies with the regulations. The Marelli electronic-fuel injection has a single shared throttle body that is still operated by the traditional push rod and rocker arms. At idle, like all Moto Guzzi engines, the V7 has a pleasant side-to-side beat. Once the rpms are at riding speed, the beat smooths right out, and there is no distracting vibration.

Dissipation of heat within the engine aluminum case has been enhanced with the enhanced fluid thermodynamics. Piston cooling oil jets have been introduced to have better heat management, and a new ventilation system reduces power loss due to the internal pumping of the crankcase chambers.

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The double pipe manifolds start with an exhilarating bark, the exhaust settles for a muted unintimidating tone that turns into a beautiful whine during those quick dashes on the highway.

You cannot neglect to notice the longitudinally-mounted 90-degree twin in the first ever glimpse, it’s the signature layout of a brand. Guzzi’s in-the-wind, fire-breathing, knee guards are unmistakable

Engine Specification

Make Model 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark Triumph Bonneville T100 Ducati Scrambler Classic
Capacity cc 744 900 803
Bore/ Stroke mm 80/74 84.6/80 88/66
Output 52 hp @ 6200 rpm 55 hp @ 5900 rpm 75 hp @ 8250 rpm
Torque 44 lb.ft @ 4900 rpm 59 lb.ft @ 3230 rpm 50 lb.ft @ 5750 rpm
Type Liquid cooled V-Twin (90 degrees) Liquid cooled, 8 valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel twin L-Twin, Desmodromic distribution, 2 valves per cylinder, air cooled
Clutch type Dry single clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch APTC wet multiplate with mechanical control
Transmission 6-speed 5-speed 6-speed

RIDE AND HANDLING

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The V7 Carbon Dark has a pullback, sweep up and back for a relaxed position handlebar with wide saddle and repositioned footpegs offering a neutral riding position that is comfortable enough for long rides. And the steel frame maintains the dismountable double cradle layout with the front end being completely revamped and reinforced for a more confident handling and stability.

The bike weighs somewhere between 416 lbs and 470 lbs which make it nimble and easy to toss it back and forth or side to side. Saying that does not mean that one could lean considerably. Doing that will scrape the foot pegs or even give them to your hand since they are positioned lower.

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Though the V7s are tuned for a soft ride, suspension setup on the bikes was basic and standard non-adjustable forks with 5.1-inch travel and pre-loaded adjustable Kayaba rear shocks with 3.8 inches of travel. They are comfortable for modest speeds, but at higher rates, the shocks do not take hard hits well. A pair of Brembo 4-pot 320mm disc and 2-pot 260mm disc provide predictable stopping power at a peg-scraping pace. The rear brake master cylinder with built-in reservoir guarantees a quicker response and braking modulability.

Electronic rider aids include dual-channel ABS by Continental and standard Moto Guzzi traction control (MGTC) having two modes, “1 – dry” and “2 – wet,” which can be turned off if you think you are a pro.

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The bikes weigh somewhere between 416 lbs and 470 lbs which makes it nimble and easy to toss it back and forth or side to side. Saying that does not mean that one could lean considerably. Doing that will scrape the footpegs or even give them to your hand since they are positioned lower.

Chassis Specifications

Make Model 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark Triumph Bonneville T100 Ducati Scrambler Classic
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements Tubular steel twin cradle Tubular steel Trellis frame
Suspension / Front 40 mm hydraulic telescopic fork KYB 41 mm forks, 120 mm travel Upside down Kayaba 41 mm fork
Suspension / Rear Die cast light alloy swing arm with 2 shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload (Öhlins fully adjustable for Racer) KYB twin shocks with adjustable preload, 120 mm rear wheel travel Kayaba rear shock, pre-load adjustable
Brakes / Front 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo calipers with 4 differently sized opposed pistons Single 310 mm floating disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS 330 mm disc, radial 4-piston caliper with ABS as standard equipment
Brakes / Rear 260 mm, stainless steel disc, floating caliper with 2 pistons Single 255 mm disc, Nissin 2-piston floating caliper, ABS 245 mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper with ABS as standard equipment
Tyres / Front 100/90 R18 100/90-18 Pirelli MT 60 RS 110/80 ZR18
Tyres / Rear 130/80 R17 150/70-R17 Pirelli MT 60 RS 180/55 ZR17

PRICE

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The V7 Carbon Dark is priced at $ 9,690 and is available in Matt Black only.

You can also as an optional package option for MG-MP (Moto Guzzi multimedia platform). It can connect via Bluetooth to any handheld devices, and you also get a USB connector to hook on to any of your portable devices to connect the bike to your smartphone. MG-MP is the Moto Guzzi system that allows you to connect to your smartphone for simultaneously viewing five parameters of your choice.

Through the app, you can record your trip information to be able to view it on your phone or computer. The system also lets you locate your motorcycle on a map. All of these adds an important value to one’s ride and get the most possible enjoyment from the riding experience in full safety and control.

Then, of course, there is a plethora of available accessories and options to customize your ride on your taste and needs. One can elevate the feel of this motorcycle and make it his own with their range of quality accessories that bring out the exclusivity within. They include a vast selection of items like the Red shock absorber springs, satin finish aluminum side fairings, fuel tank cover, windshield, injector covers, luggage rack, saddle options, aluminum levers and more.

Make Model 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Carbon Dark Triumph Bonneville T100 Ducati Scrambler Classic
MSRP $ 9,690 $10,400 - $ 10,900 $9,995

COMPETITION

Triumph Bonneville T100

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We all love the very beautiful Triumph Bonneville, don’t we! Over the last many decades, the Triumph Bonneville has been able to make the motorcyclists feel the unadulterated essence of motorcycling with its simplistic design and smooth power delivery, making the rider fall in love with the Bonneville each and every time he sits on the saddle of it.

It’s hard to find any fault in the design of the Bonneville T100, for the motorcycle retains the beautiful Bonneville in every possible way. The no-nonsense and fuss-free design is unmistakably Triumph, with the overall profile staying classy in every possible way. On the front, the Bonneville T100 comes with the same round headlamp of the Bonneville T120 and so is the fuel tank, exhaust units, and side body panels. The instrument console is an all-new multi-functional part-digital unit, which has been lifted off from the Bonneville T120.

Though Triumph hasn’t carried out much change to the design of the motorcycle, but under the skin, it is definitely a very different motorcycle. As opposed to the 865cc engine of the erstwhile Bonneville, Triumph has developed an all-new 900cc engine for the Bonneville T100, which we have already seen on the Street Twin. The motorcycle comes with an all-new liquid-cooled, parallel twin, 8-valve, 900cc engine, and the peak power output of which is rated at 53 bhp, while the maximum torque of the motorcycle stands at 59 lb.ft.

Apart from the engine and gearbox, the Bonneville T100 shares a lot of the mechanical underpinnings with the new Street Twin. The suspension combination of 41mm telescopic hydraulic forks at the front and fully adjustable twin hydraulic coil springs at the rear have been sourced from Kayaba and are the same units as that of the Street Twin.

The ergonomics have been tweaked out a bit to make the new Bonneville T100 a more enjoyable to ride machine than the previous version. The Bonneville T100 comes with a single 310mm disc at the front and a single 255mm disc at the rear. The braking setup, though, is further assisted with ABS and traction control as standard, something which the previous Bonneville missed out on.

Triumph offers a range of colors and prices for this pair. Both the base-model T-100 and the Black come with sheet metal shot in a glossy Jet Black finish for $10,400. The Black can also be had in a matte black finish for $10,650. A pair of two-tone paint jobs is available on the base model with a fetching New England White / Intense Orange, and my personal favorite, Fusion White / Aegean Blue, both at the top of the pricing chart at $10,900.

Ducati Scrambler Classic

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There are very few motorcycles which have witnessed the procedure of evolution for decades. And then, there is Ducati Scrambler. Till now, Ducati has been selling six major different versions of the 803cc Scrambler and one version of the 400cc Scrambler. Out of all these versions, the Scrambler Classic happens to be the most retro looking version, which evokes the old school charm the most, with its appeal hailing from the motorcycles of the bygone eras.

The motorcycle gets a chopped front fender, which gets a premium looking aluminum finish. When viewed from the sideways, the body panels of the Scrambler Classic looks the same as the other versions. It is a simple looking unit which does get aluminum covers on both the sides, thus adding some character to its design. At the rear, the Scrambler Classic gets a full-fledged aluminum finished rear fender, which looks curvaceous and houses the number plate holder at the end of it.

The design of the Scrambler Classic is evocative of the original Scramblers of the ’60s, but under the skin, it is a twenty-first century Ducati by every bit. It is powered by an L-twin Desmodromic fuel-injected 803cc engine, which pumps out 75 bhp of power and 50 lb-ft of torque. This is the same engine which used to thrust the Ducati Monster 796 as well, though, for the Scrambler Classic, the cams are slightly redesigned in order to achieve a more usable top-end power. The engine channels the power produced to the rear wheel through a six-speed gearbox.

Like all other Ducatis, the Scrambler Classic too sits atop a tubular Trellis frame. Ducati has provided the Scrambler Classic with 41mm upside down forks at the front, and pre-load adjustable side mounted monoshock - both sourced from Kayaba. A 330mm single disc brake at front and a 245mm disc brake at rear, coupled with ABS, are employed to bring the motorcycle to rest from motion. Except for the ABS, there is no other electrical wizardry, which makes the Scrambler Classic an unadulterated motorcycle to ride.

Currently, the Scrambler Classic is being retailed by Ducati at a starting price of $ 9,995, making it more expensive than the Scrambler Icon, equally expensive as the Scrambler Full Throttle and less expensive than the Scrambler Urban Enduro. Like in other countries, the motorcycle will be available in the single paint shade of yellow with aluminum inserts and a dark brown colored seat as standard.

VERDICT

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Moto Guzzi is a brand filled with products considered to be carrying a rebel spirit, a unique personality that often goes against the flow. The history books are proof that this Larian eagle is riddled us all with some unusual but unique choices like the transversal V 90, a skill for innovation, records in the sports field, the renowned eight-cylinder engine and more. Moto Guzzi was never shy about showing them off 95 years ago, neither are they today.

Moto Guzzi always makes it a point to keep both retro and the modern fumbled into the same machine. This V7 Carbon Dark is no different. The charming machines are carefully handcrafted in the historic Mandello factory which is both fun to look and ride. For guys like me, Carbon-fiber is always the deal breaker, and this “Dark” has is in so many places.

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There hasn’t been a better time for classics to come onto the streets and with Triumph already deep into the territory, Moto Guzzi has the package to startle them. And with the pricing bang on, the V7 is going to be the brand’s most successful stint for the 50th anniversary.

The series number of the limited-edition Carbon-Dark is identified by the plate positioned on the handlebar risers: there are 1921 units available, a number that recalls the year that Moto Guzzi was established.

Moto Guzzi always makes it a point to keep both retro and the modern fumbled into the same machine. These V7s are no different.
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    • * Lack of electronic rider aids
    • * No major design changes
    • * Low footpeg position
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