Moto Guzzi V7 Racer: for reals

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First the Moto Guzzi V7 Clubman was on, then it was off. Now, it’s on again, and how. Now known as the Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, it’s a limited production model and it’s coming to the US next year. Bellissimo.

A strikingly faithful adaptation of last year’s concept bike, the Racer appears to only change its name and lose its heat-wrapped exhaust pipes in translation to reality. With its leather strapped chrome tank and contrasting red frame and hubs this is obviously a bike that’s about looks, but that’s not to say it doesn’t bring with it some serious performance upgrades over the regular Moto Guzzi V7 Classic.

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40mm Marzocchi forks and twin Bitubo remote-reservoir shocks hold 18” wheels and a 320mm front brake disc gripped by a 4-piston Brembo caliper. Adjustable rearsets are billet and there’s no provision for a passenger, although a two-person seat and rear footpegs will be available as options. An Arrow exhaust system will also be available.

Neat visual details abound, including the drilled, brushed aluminum side panels, red plug leads, a tiny plexiglass lip screen on top of the bikini fairing, Guzzi badges and eagle in the same red as the frame and hubs, a numbered plaque on the top yoke, billet fuel tank filler and polished cylinder heads. Just wow.

The 744cc 90° v-twin is not said to differ from that of the Moto Guzzi V7 and Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe, which means a slightly disappointing 49bhp and 40lb/ft of torque, but all the character you could ever need.

There’s 53 images in the photo gallery below. Enjoy them.

  • Liquidogged

    Just wow is just right. That has to be the best looking “old school” bike I’ve seen, maybe ever. It makes the Triumph Thruxton look like a toy. That’s a big ol’ honkin lump of a motor to put out less power than a 1969 Honda CB750 though. But you know what? I don’t even give a damn. The brakes and suspension are top kit and motors can be massaged. I’d buy that bike in a heartbeat.

  • Mark D

    They really did everything right with this one, huh! I hope the Arrow exhaust is a 2-1 system. That polished tank is beautiful.

  • the_doctor

    Character > Power

    At least with this. Radical!

  • robotribe

    Wow. Who knew Piaggio had even the slightest amount of balls? Bravo.

  • seanslides

    The looks of that thing make me feel funny in my pants. Those are polished valve covers btw ;)

    • Wes Siler

      Valve covers shamalve covers.

  • Patrick from Astoria

    I’m in love. It’s exactly what I need. How much?

  • pushrod

    lets hope they release it here in Australia … can`t wait!

  • richard gozinya

    I’ll be in my bunk.


    This makes me very happy in my pants! HOW MUCH is all I want to know.

  • SockMonkey

    This is complete and total XXX motorcycle porn. All righty then; lotion, check. Tissues, check. And off to the picture gallery we go..! :p

  • Bald Shaun

    Stunning machine. I’ll take a V1100 version, please.

  • ianw

    I seem to be the only one not feeling the love for this. Twee numberboards and red frame a ‘racer’ does not make.

    It looks like a lardy and overweight aftermarket accessories lash up to me. I’ve always been strongly for the ‘power isn’t everything’ argument but 49hp pushing what must be about 200kilos? Makes an XR1200 racer look like a GP bike.

    And bar risers? Come on!

    • Mark D

      Methinks the engine is tuned pretty conservatively. Makes the “package” cheaper for people just looking for a cool bike, and gives the tinkerers something to play with.

      The bike also looks about 3/4 the size of the XR1200!

  • Miticale

    - the number plates, + the power, keep it below 10k.

  • motoray

    Absolutely the best-looking retro bike out there now. I thought I liked the new Bonnies. This just blows them away. Wow. I can see one in the garage in the not too distant future.

  • slowtire

    People praising a retro look chasis with an outdated, air cooled v-twin equipped motorcycle…….Interesting. Must be the Brembos and the fork.

    • slowtire

      Forgive my english, should read:
      People praising a retro look chasis with an outdated, air cooled v-twin…….Interesting. Must be the Brembos and the fork.

      that’s better.

  • vic

    fap fap fap

    those number plates are removable me thinks