2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic: Initial Report

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V7classic.jpgThe 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic combines styling drawn from the company’s past with contemporary running gear and a proven engine. Is that enough to elevate it beyond the unremarkable spec sheet and give it an edge over established rivals like the Triumph Bonneville?

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Initial Report: 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

  • Ken

    Like you guys, I prefer whizzing around on motorbikes to parking them outside cafes, but like you guys I’m a sucker for a bit of style. This thing is easily the loveliest piece of retarded design on the road. Triumph and HD should take lessons. But if you wanted the performance of a 500 single, you’d buy one wouldn’t you?

    Is Motosaurus here a realistic option for actual motorcyclists? Spit it out now. “Proven” is brochure speak for “old”.

    • http://cohobot.blogspot.com coho

      Mature technology may not be as sexy as newfangled, but technologies don’t become “mature” unless they actually continue to work over a long enough time for them to evolve. Like telescopic forks and water cooling.

      PS. All New High Tech is brochure speak for “unproven” and “there’s no guarrantee we’re still gonna be building this two years from now”.

  • Chris

    Sweet bike and a stylish corner, indeed. However, that blue helmet has got to go.

  • Chris

    While I’m at it, crappy photos as well. The DoF is so shallow that the word “Moto” on the tank is about all that’s in focus. You usually do much better.

  • IK

    Actual motorcyclists are those who actually ride their motorcycles. In this respect – yes, this is an option.

  • http://www.bikeexif.com Chris Hunter

    I’ve got one of these in my garage, and I’d say your road test is a pretty accurate assessment. Only thing I’d add is that the motor really comes alive above 5000 rpm – that twin loves to rev, and sounds amazing as it heads towards the red line.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Really? I thought the best note was on deceleration in 2nd at around 3500 rpm. It just seemed to resonate nicely from the bike with a low boom and fill the streets without being ostentatious or an annoyance to others.

  • http://www.americadelivered.com Nick

    Dude, the picture might not be a studio shot but I don’t think it is because of the depth of field. I think Bigfoot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographer’s fault. Bigfoot is blurry. And that’s extra scary to me, because there’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside. Run. He’s fuzzy. Get outta here.
    -Mitch Hedburg

    • Dwight-675

      RIP Mitch.

  • Paul

    Nice write up most reviewers agree it’s a nice bike and great for those that want usable power (in an old school way), It’s a lot more fun to work a bike like this a little harder than staying in second around town on an overblown race rep. The finish on them is nice too. They do a cafe version too in that original V7 lime green single seat and a few less pounds.

  • CMC

    Well, from a standing position at 5th and 56th in sufficient light with a bike that can’t be moving more than 25 mph at the very most, I can’t think of any other reason why the shot should be so far out of focus, except for the focal plane near the tank and bars. I don’t think the bike’s blurry, although Susan Carpenter’s review of it a few weeks ago in the LAT suggests that it vibrates so much that the gauges are nearly useless at speed, so maybe you are right after all, Nick. :)

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      The shot’s not out of focus. It’s just not your standard DSLR lens/sensor combo with pushed contrast and internal sharpening. The lens is a 1958 Leitz 21/4 Super Angulon shot at 1/60th, an ISO of 640 and scaled at near 100%. The lens is known for rapidly going soft on the edges. Especially while capturing motion where it tends to latch on to zones. That’s why the front half of the bike and rider as well as the bus are all crisp. Definitely not sharp by modern standards, fairly low on contrast and a very nuanced fingerprint. I understand if it’s not everyone’s bag.

      • CMC

        Grant, thanks for the explanation. I’m still not feeling it in this context but I can tell you used the same setup on the Ural ST report and I really dig it there.

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    It doesn’t look like a bad photo, maybe just a weird resize or something.

  • El_Diablo

    Those are the gay’est pants ever!

  • http://www.moonlakevintage.com james

    I often bag on many new bike designs, but even though this is a modern-retro design, (something I not fond of in car design) I love it. I wish BMW would do the same with the mid seventies bikes.

  • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

    Guzzi could sell a lot of these with the big block motor, too. The deceleration sound from those motors is very gratifying.

    Bring back more bench seat bikes (e.g. Yamaha’s Sakura)

  • Gary Inman

    ‘The controls fall easily to hand’? I was looking for the ironic wink, but no, you really published that. Does it handle like its on rails too?
    Wes, have a word. G

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  • James Garcia

    Taken at the corner of 59th St. and 5th ave. N.Y.C.- usually an extremely jammed up corner clogged w/ traffic that leads to the 59th St. Bridge-(Queensboro Bridge). Nice Bike!!! I’m glad Moto-Guzzi has brought back a classic. Hopefully, they’ll bring back the Eldorado or even the Ambassador. These bikes are examples of true Class and Simplicity at it’s finest level. Moto-Guzzi should take advantage of their own heritage of great bikes from the past! The time has come where all the cookie-cutter speedbikes are quite boring- no originality in design.- The age for Transformers and Batman/ Robin cartoon style bikes has become so DULL.