If you want a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, act now

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The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is retro perfection, but if you want one in the States you’re going to have to hurry. In an email sent to dealers earlier today and obtained exclusively by Hell For Leather, it was revealed that the Racer will be manufactured to order only and that those orders will only be open through February 28. The good news is that this bike only demands a $791 premium over the avocado green V7 Cafe; the Racer is going for $9,790.

Note: the image is fuzzy because it’s upsized from a tiny one. This is a leak.

That premium is justified not just by the sexy looks — leather-strapped black tank, red frame and hubs, numberplates, headlight fairing, clip-ons — but by real mechanical upgrades too. Those include 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 valve covers.

The only disappointment comes from the 744cc v-twin which is in the same state of tune as the lesser V7s. That means 49bhp and 40lb/ft of torque. Not terribly impressive on paper, but in practice the engine’s character provides so much fundamental motorcycle experience that needing to work it hard is a good thing.

If you want one, you need to speak to your dealer before the end of this month. Yes, Monday. Bikes will then be manufactured to order and delivered beginning in June. Seriously, THIS MONDAY, just six days from now.

There’s 54 images in the gallery below, but note that the version being made available for order here has the black tank seen in the top photo.

  • Coreyvwc

    Looks like a supermodel, sounds like a lawn mower, slower than the speed of smell… A study in the art of contradictions I believe.

    Stop making me want things Italy!

    • Scott-jay

      Number plates, especially built-into rear cowling, don’t fit.

  • dux

    Strange, eh? But a great way to preserve your license, I’d imagine. And, do Guzzi’s get you laid?

  • http://www.lgdm.fr stempere

    Saw the euro-shiny-tank version again just yesterday at the dealer (who hasn’t sold a single one yet btw), damn that thing is beautifull in person…

  • jonoabq

    I don’t think I’m cool enough to ride it.

    • noone1569

      I’m with you. I like it, but I don’t own tight enough pants to ride it.

      • Mr.Paynter

        This is the kind of thing I’d park in my garage and take out under cover of darkness for a decade or so until it’s not a fad and their’s no hipster dress-code and theeeeen you just ride it because.

        • Barry

          If you’re worried about the hipster dress code, that makes you a hipster I’m afraid.

          • JRl

            The first rule for being a hipster is that you don’t acknowledge you’re a hipster…

  • brian

    Does anybody know if that tank is steel or plastic?

    • Miticale

      Brian, on the previous generation models they’re plastic.

  • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

    “How much did you pay for your Bad Moto Guzzi?”

    “About $9,790; thanks for asking, Cake!”

  • andy727

    That is a really cool bike, just a bit too small for very tall people.

    • HENRY

      I sat on the stock v7 at the dealer the other day and at 6’2″ it was way too small. It felt extremely light and entirely unintimidating though, also no hipster will get one. why? $9,790.

  • Miticale

    http://www.apriliaforum.com/forums/showthread.php?p=2749907#post2749907

    This thread lists the break down of particular model differences. Perfect sized bike for people getting back into riding, or making the jump from scooter to full sized bike.

  • moby grape

    Number plates on a street bike? Lame. Otherwise I like it.

    • Barry

      If they were blank, they’d just invite people(like me) to deface them like we’ve been doing for months with my friends’ Triumph Scrambler.