2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer makes us weak in the knees

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We already liked Moto Guzzi’s Retro V7 standard series, but the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer unveiled at EICMA is just stunning. Aimed directly at all those purists who turned their snooty noses up at the V7 Classic, the V7 Clubman Racer hits all the right marks: exposed red frame, wrapped headers and upswept Arrow exhuasts, polished aluminum tank, rearsets and clip-ons. There’s also upgraded suspension, Pirelli Demon Sport tires and upgraded brakes. The best part? It’s not a concept, it’s a bonafide 2010 model, with all parts also available as accessories to existing V7 Classic owners. Full press release and specs after the jump.

Update: It seems Piaggio was just kidding about this being a 2010 model. Read what happened here.



All of the relish of challenges between gentlemen riders comes back to life in the classic sportiness of the V7.

Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is the end result of extensive tuning inspired by the motorcycles that in the 1970s challenged each other in the modified production category.
Races enlivened by heated rivalry between fans of the Japanese bikes, at the time extremely powerful but hard to handle, and fans of Italian motorcycles, perhaps on the minus side in terms of power but superior to their Oriental challengers when it came to their rigorous chassis and braking. Challenges on the tracks then shifted to tables at bars, where showing off a Moto Guzzi V7 Sport with single-seat saddle, racing exhaust system and the unfailing top fairing was the symbol of belonging to the elite of the sportiest motorcyclists.

The V7 Clubman Racer is the epitome of this snapshot taken more than 30 years ago, and reworks it by adopting the technology and quality standard of today’s manufacturing processes.

The latest member of the V7 family is fitted with a top fairing inspired by the legendary 850 LeMans, a single-seat saddle with number plate, and even flaunts a roaring pair of Arrow silencers.

Its footrests moved back and adjustable handlebars make it inviting to take onto the track.
All that a gentleman rider in the mood for track days has to do is put on a helmet and a simple leather suit, find the ideal set-up by adjusting the sophisticated pair of Bitubo shock absorbers and guide the 18 inch front wheel as close as possible to the kerb.

The strong personality of the Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman Racer is also underscored by details like the chrome tank complete with knee guard, rear-view mirrors anchored to the ends of the handlebar, the chrome Moto Guzzi logo ornaments and the new racing fuel tank cap.
The rest of the bike follows the features of the V7 Cafè with regard to both chassis geometry, with its double cradle design and lower elements bolted on and removable, and to the geometry with the headstock tilted at 26°50′. In addition to the multi-adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, the suspension banks on the absorption capacity of the Marzocchi fork with 40 mm stanchions and 130 mm travel.

The braking system consists of a 320 mm floating front disc and a 260 mm disc in the rear, while the spoke wheels have the same diameter as those of the V7 Cafè but instead of high profile tyres, they are equipped with the higher performance and aesthetically pleasing Pirelli Demon Sport, with a larger 140/70 tyre in rear.

All owners of V7 bikes can find all of the parts supplied standard on the V7 Clubman Racer in the new Moto Guzzi accessories catalogue, available separately.


Engine : Type 90° V-Twin, 4 strokes
Displacement : 744 cc
Maximum power output : 35,5 kW (48,8 CV) at 6,800 rpm (25kW available upon request)
Max Torque : 58,2 Nm at 3,200 rpm
Exhaust system : 3  ways catalyzed with sonda Lambda
Gearbox : 5 speeds
Secondary drive : shaft drive, ratio 8/33=1 : 4,825
Front suspension : Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 40 mm
Rear suspension : swinging arm in light cast alloy with two dampers, preload adjustable
Front brake : single stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm, with 4 piston calipers
Rear brake : single steel disc, Ø 260 mm
Wheels : spoke light alloy
Tyres : 100/90 – 18 56H TL (Front) – 140/70 17 65H TL (Rear)
Length : Max 2,185 mm
Width (handlebars) : Max 800 mm
Height (dashboard) : 1,115 mm
Seat height : 805 mm
Dry weight : 182 kg
Fuel tank capacity : 17 litres (Reserve 2,5 litres)

  • http://www.txsbr.com/ Ben

    Damn, that is somethin’ right there.

  • amsterdam

    Believe you me, this is going to be a hit!

  • DF

    What a beauty. I concur, this will be a huge hit.

  • http://bolty.net Stacy


  • Trotskyite

    Not to be nit-picky here, but the only red component on that bike should be the frame. The front hub and spark plug wires are distracting. Either way, I love it, but dumping a few extra grand on accessories gets you pretty close to a used Ducati Paul Smart.

  • caferacer

    Is that really only 48 bhp??

    • s0crates82

      about the same as a GS500. enough to do 100, not enough to keep up with most sportbikes on the straights.

    • amsterdam

      Shite,that is really not much for a caferacer.
      This afternoon I was in love with this one and now you guys have pointed out that this baby is not one of the fastest in the classroom.
      My speed triple has 132 hp.
      I should not have looked at other girls.

  • BobG

    Nice, nice and nice again.

  • bzr

    Be still, my beating heart.

    Just in time for the demise of the Ducati SportClassic?

  • AceCafeClipOns

    Well see her walking down that street.
    Yes I ask you very confidentially:
    Ain’t she sweet?

  • ducluvr

    Oooh Baby, that’s a what I like!! It’s absolutely note perfect to my eyes. Well, other than the 48hp bit. 75hp would be about perfect, but true beauty easily inspires willing sacrifices.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      You should be able to safely get 75hp out of that engine in the hands of the right tuner.

  • Lobo

    Very easy on the eye, but, would it be asking too much for it to at least keep up with a Thruxton.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

      Lobo, the Thruxton is 100cc larger and 50 lbs. fatter for that extra 20 hp. I’ll take smaller, lighter, more nimble, more engaging Guzzi, thanks.

  • http://www.www.co.uk RD

    really nice – i wonder if Carpy had anything to do with design. any idea how much anyone?

  • Tom

    V7 classic $8699

    V7 Sport (release date in 2010) $8999

    V7 Clubman – (release ??) I would estimate$ $10,699

    Spoke to the dealer Saturday, was going to make a deal on a Classic and decided to wait for the Sport, I may be waiting a bit longer for this one!!

  • James

    forty eight ponies? Sure nuf. Like they say; it’s the about the journey. Boy, that’s a nice looking bike. Too bad that chrome tank will cook your goodies in the summer. Don’t forget your chaps lads.

  • El jedi

    Like I said before, love the idea,
    but why not use a REAL Guzzi engine
    (Cali, EVO, v11s) and swing arm.

    You didn’t see Ducati pop in there old stock-pile of 500/650/750 Pantah engines in thier new Retro “Sports” series did ya??? And yes, there selling like Beer at happy hour.

    Guzzi — Make one of these for us Big Boys,
    and in turn, we’ll slow down on converting our 90/2000′s Cali into our dream retro’s, and inturn help perserve your history.

    El jedi

  • vic

    damn moto guzzi really stole the show at eicma with some interesting and innovative models.good on them i always wanted to see moto guzzi the way they we’re in the 70′s and this is a step in the right direction..now if only they could pull more hp on that engine..ducati could..so why not moto guzzi?

  • Spider

    It’s still a girls bike or a little skinny guys bike. A real man would only use it as a beginners bike to learn on then go bigger. For a full size guy it starts running out of steam at about 80, gosh a Smart Car can beat it! Now if Guzzi just gave it a larger lightweight frame like the Star raider/stratoliner and put the big Guzzi engine in it, then you’d have something to get excited about, but for now, please forgive me guys if I see a full grown man ride by me on one;) Come on Guzzi give us a real mans bike in this style.

  • Spider1

    There is a reason their promo photos show little guys and girls, a real mans bike it is not. I laugh when I saw a full size guy trying to profile in public on one of these, reminds me of a gangly teenager wannabe on a moped. The only use I can envision for this bike is maybe a beach bike or as a sub for a scooter, but I do believe there are even scooters out there that would out run this thing. Guzzi can do a real bike and comeon Guzzi your dealer network sucks. It was like pulling teeth when I tried to get questions answered from their website and the Guzzi dealers in my area have none in stock, they dred being stuck with old bikes they have trouble unloading. Hopefully they will take a lesson from Triumph on building a dealer network and giving customer and dealer support. I love the look and dont want to see Guzzi die at its own hand.

  • illuminatiducatisti

    Sweet sweet shiney eye candy! Nice piece of work from Guzzi, hopefully a taste of good things to come. And I care not what over-compensating “real men” like spider have to spew.

  • Corner

    Just like so many Mercian biker dudes bigger has to be better.
    Bigger makes it a MANS bike. Come on guys 100 hp use to be race tuned superbike territory just a few years ago. This engine ain’t bad if anything the bike should be lighter and maybe a bit smaller.
    Then it could out handle most of your big boy/man’s bikes out there. You know in those pesky turns.
    I wouldn’t have a problem having it offered with the bigger newer engine too, but a back to basic bike is refreshing.
    It would be nice if they did the tank in aluminum and not heavy chrome, to be truly authentic.

  • Fly

    Hey Spider, The bike is great! Lose some weight big guy!