Customize Your Own Modern Legend
Back in its heyday during the seventies. Moto Guzzi’s V7 Racer became the first mass-production bike in the world to exceed 200 km/h. Just as importantly, many Italian motorcycle aficionados consider it the most beautiful Moto Guzzi ever built.
Although paying homage to its venerable ancestor, the all new retro-style Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer was built with modern riders in mind. Its frame now holds the classic 750 cm3 90 degree V twin engine 10 mm lower and rotates it 4 degrees forward. The result: apart from improving the bike’s side view, it provides a lower center of gravity, along with more legroom for taller riders. The completely new gearbox features six gears to help maximize riding comfort, thanks in part to the softer clutch that engages more easily and precisely. Plus, it comes with ABS and traction control.
Even better, the guys at Guzzi distributors The Cayenne Group have no intention of letting any two Moto Guzzi V7II models leave their showroom floor looking alike. So they’ve come up with a scheme that allows purchasers to customize bikes then own way.
Craig Langton, sales director Moto Guzzi SA and co-owner of Cayenne, explains: ‘We’ve made various free options available. The list includes paint jobs, graphics, side panels, back and front mudguards, tank, exhaust and conversions to a cafe racer or scrambler. You can even have your own number on the traditional Moto Guzzi side plate.’
Engine: 4-stroke V twin. OHV, 2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
Max Power: 35 kW at 6200r/min
Max Torque: 58 N.m at 5000r/min
Final Drive: Shaft
Wet Weight: 189kg