After an engine overhaul in 2012 and a few small technical optimizations last year, the Moto Guzzi V7 crosses a new cap. By becoming V7 II, the small roadster adopts a box 6 reports, a snub clutch and revisited ergonomics. With the ABS and traction control of series, the V7 has never been as modern but retro character remains intact.
If you try today is stamped Roman numeral V7 II, is because it represents the culmination of our modernization work carried out from the 2012 year. He greeted in Tuscany in these expressions by Moto Guzzi supervise currently we are warned. Certainly, antagonistic to what their actual aesthetic model 2008 indicates, the new V7 II presents more than new colors of vintage – the best sensitivity indeed!
Already, the 2015 version comes standard with traction control ABS booth, a system derived from the first Stelvio. More important still, Mandello del Lario technicians have focused their work in one of their main weaknesses: its archaic box 5, stubborn and very precise. Today the legendary double facing is equipped with a new six-speed box and to top it off some clutch control and have been optimized to increase the sweetness.
Grazzie thousand! Check what’s driving this in the Tuscan countryside, a good starting point 150 km loop to take the fortified town of Montaione. Our plate of penne all’arrabbiata be digested, we virolos.
Found themselves in command of a V7 is a highlight. Close to the original model, born in the mid-1960s, his thin line breathes authenticity and this neo-retro more than any other, the nostalgic atmosphere prevails. At the end of long metal tank, both the old meter view is impressive.
The onset of atypical double switch is also in sepia mode, both the melodious plop plop escape from their exhaust pipes double chrome, for the movement of the small basin of left to right its torque reversal requires that each request handle.
Frustrated not really able to take a position of comfortable driving in the ancient version of the modern V7, not very well, with more than 1.80 m, I feel more comfortable in this vintage 2015 II. Finally, my knees no longer is based on yokes twin open onto the street, with the footrest 25 mm lower, but it also reduced 10 mm and tilted 4 ° forward engine.
Seat placed back to 790 mm above the ground (805 mm) before not obligated me to bend the legs also. For the great templates, therefore improves the situation, even though perfect. Wait until the next harvest and stylists Mandello flatten a little Chair to provide more opportunities to decline. And above all, don’t forget to shave growth slightly tank.
In the seat allowing all ask – at least one – dismantled, caught bass, easily handles a handle curved enough to maintain controls fall naturally to hand, new levers are less distant than before, fineness of the crotch to improve control.
In short, the management of this new V7 is the formality. Flexible, precise, passing the first report he confirms this impression of wealth. Even if its gimbal shines a sudden, transmission does not generate more problems. Bene!
At low speed, the direction always falls a little because, with its fork highly inclined and 18-inch front wheel, the unique geometry of this House of vintage motorcycle. However, light and easy to handle, the Moto Guzzi V7 reveals a healthy character in the city and more exciting. Availability and flexibility of smaller Mandello twin operates in fact instant charm.
On the other hand, by grafting a new gearbox, Italian technicians have soared with success. Its first staging has two short reports instead of strong, which is pulled by effective from 2000 rev / min, not without feeling some vibrations in the hands and feet. But never feel uncomfortable, but quite the opposite! Indeed, they are part of this tribute to the past.
Legal steps in the secondary network, taking advantage of the flexibility of the twins, who walks smoothly between 4500 and 3500 rev / min. However, to double the number of tourists – surprised by the beauty of the Tuscan countryside – and sportier driving to restart at the end of a curve, be on the beach but not really dig less demonstrative, invited changing rapidly.
Fortunately, the new box is a delight smoothness and precision, which allows easily restore past 4500 rpm twice and appreciate their power of conviction, a reasonable maintenance and regulate that you push up the entrance of its red zone, a little less than 7000 r / min. Here, the vibrations become more present, but even more fascinating mechanical melody.
Fork and shock absorbers provide the retention of some questionable path. In the liquidation, like its predecessors, the new V7 is not the fastest to jump in the angle, but once anchored in his career, his title is good.
Here are some test drive picture of Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone/Special and Racer in gallery bellow.