Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition
The cafe racer is a unique take at the 2015 V7 Racer, called the Verde Legnano Special Edition. If you’re wondering what “Verde Legnano” means, that’s the distinctive paint finish Moto Guzzi used on the V7 Racer’s fuel tank. It does add that splashy green finish to break up the monotonous look of the bike.
The other special feature of the V7 Racer Verde Legnano is the red frame that Moto Guzzi added as a hat tip of sorts to the 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.
The motorcycle company is only releasing 50 units of the V7 Racer Verde Legnano so if you’re thinking of scoring one, you better start making plans on how you’re getting one.
Click past the jump to read more about the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition after the jump.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer brings an attention-grabbing design that most cafe racers can only dream of getting. It has a compact design that gives it a stocky look. The fuel tank, which is normally finished in chrome, has been treated with a special Verde Legnano green finish.
That’s the most distinctive feature of this special edition bike. There’s still some chrome details and the single-saddle suede seat and the aerodynamic seat cowl are still there. The red frame is another colorful splash on the special edition bike, something Moto Guzzi added as an homage to one of the most iconic Moto Guzzi bikes in history, the 1971 Telaio Rosso Moto Guzzi V7 Sport.
|Length||86 inches - 2184mm|
|Max width||31.5 inches - 800mm|
|Height||43.8 inches - 1112mm|
|Saddle height||31.6 in. (30.7 in. opt.) - 805 mm (780 mm opt.)|
|Curb weight||395 pounds - 179 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||5.8 gallons - 22 liters|
|Reserve||1 gallon - 4 liters|
To understand the V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition, you need to understand the history behind the bike. Part of that history is the bike’s frame. Designer Lino Tonti was tasked to create a special double cradle frame design on the 1971 V7 Sport and it’s that design that Moto Guzzi highlighted with the red frame, or as our Italians friends call it, “Telaio Rosso.”
The frame is a key element of the V7 Racer and comes with bolt-on, removable lower elements. This particular component, together the frame’s headstock angle of 27°50’, creates enough directional stability and precision that helps the V7 Racer ride the way its supposed to.
As far as the suspension goes, the V7 Racer was kitted with a telescopic fork with 40 mm stanchions has 130 mm of travel and added dust gaiters. Rear shock absorbers are made up of a refined pair of Bitubo WMT gas shock absorbers with an external tank.
|Frame||Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe|
|Front suspension||Telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions|
|Rear suspension||Light alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers|
|Front brake||320 mm Ø stainless steel disc, Brembo caliper with 4 differentiated pistons|
|Rear brake||260 mm stainless steel disc, brembo double piston floating caliper|
|Wheels||Aluminium spoked black anodised rims|
|Front wheel||18", 100/90|
|Rear wheel||17", 130/80|
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition didn’t get any new engines. What it does have is a 744cc V-twin four-stroke engine that pumps out a respectable 50 horsepower and 43 pound-feet of torque. The number itself doesn’t scream speed demon, but it’s still good enough to hit a top speed of 115 mph.
Power is sent to the rear wheel courtesy of a five-speed transmission with the final drive entrusted to the renowned cardan, ensuring that the bike runs comfortably.
|Engine Type||90° V-twin 4-stroke|
|Maximum power||37 kW (50HP) at 6,200 rpm|
|Maximum torque||42.7 ft lbs. / 58Nm at 5,000 rpm|
|Fuel system||Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.|
|Exhaust system||Three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe|
|Gearbox||5 speeds with cardan final drive|
|Lubrication||forced circulation with lobe pump - circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg|
|Final drive||CA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive|
|Clutch||Dry single plate with flexible couplings|
Moto Guzzi will only sell 50 units of the V7 Racer Verde Legnano Special Edition, all of which are headed to the North American market.
Each model comes with a price of $10,999. The units are set to arrive in the US on March 2015.
“The V7 Racer is not a fast bike,e even if the style screams 150 mph at the uninformed. But when you make less effort the bike offers more, which is as it should be for a predominantly leisure machine. It’s economical, too, 10 percent more than the 2011 V7. Guzzi claims 6mpg in mixed riding, and judging by the previous bike’s economy, most riders should be able to get about 200 miles from one tankful.” - The Telegraph.