Fairings, colors, textures and the stunning new Moto Guzzi V7

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“We are going through a time of color blindness,” Miguel Galluzzi told us last year. “People want things in black or white and, if they do choose a color, they go for grey. Working for Aprilia and Guzzi, we don’t think like that. We try to push new colors.” These new V7s are a great example of that, and also the precise, emotive detailing that so defines the brand. There’s this absolutely gorgeous new fairing for the V7 racer and some stunning new colors and finishes too.

There’s actually three new models here, all taking advantage of the new, single throttle body, 744cc v-twin. Nicknamed the “Small Block” to the new California’s 1440cc “Big Block,” its looks are cleaned up and a higher compression ration brings power up to 52bhp. Much more than just a number, it should have a broader spread of power and run much, much smoother, with less mechanical and more exhaust noise too.

Those three models are the Stone, Special and Racer. You’ll be familiar with that sexy Racer already and we’ve published photos of the orange special and black stone, but 2012 marks serial production for all three; these are now the full and regular V7 range.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Guzzi says: “This represents the entry level model to the range, more for the versatility of its style than for essentiality in its equipment. Thanks to the new lightweight, minimalist alloy wheels, the new V7 Stone attracts a more varied audience than the other two versions, clearly inspired, even in the chromium plating choices, by the legendary Moto Guzzi bikes of the past. The plain colour combined with the simple design of the six split spoke wheels enhances the brightness of the chromium plating and the various metallic tones, providing the whole package with great appeal and modernism, representing the ideal base for developing new aesthetic personalisations.”

“The lightweight alloy wheels allowed a reduction of 1440 grams at the front and 860 on the rear, with a consequent drop in gyroscopic inertia of about 30%, an advantage in terms of dynamics which translates on the road into greater agility and speed entering turns.”

The big deal is those wheels and a choice of really, really nice matte black or matte white paint.

Moto Guzzi V7 Special

Guzzi says: “This is the closest to the original V7 concept, not only because it shares its name with the first V7 signed by Lino Tonti, but because if faithfully cites the same riding philosophy, that of a touring bike with sophisticated finishings and exclusive technical solutions. Just like its ancestor, it is wrapped in a two-tone colour concept and equipped with precious spoked wheels with aluminium rims which, as in the case of the V7 Stone, contribute to improving the riding dynamic thanks to the lower weight compared to the V7 Classic. The new engine, significantly more powerful, is perfectly suited for medium range touring and contributes to low fuel consumption and greater tank capacity. It provides a flagship riding range, a role which it can easily interpret once equipped with bags and windshield, accessories which go well with the overall design of the V7 Special.”

This is the one with color. Either an orange/white or black/yellow two-tone.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Guzzi says: “The Racer is now the only sport version of the V7 and the model in the range which benefits the most from the two most significant changes: The new single throttle body V twin, which provides more sporty performance, and the metallic tank, further enhanced by the specific chroming of this elite version.
Manufactured in a numbered limited edition as shown by the commemorative plaque on the steering yoke, the V7 Racer stands out for the executive refinement of the details as well as the elegant leather strap. This is a clear reference to legendary bikes of the past, as are the metal accents of the Moto Guzzi badge which is colour-coded with the frame. The red frame, itself inspired by the legendary early V7 Sport with CrMo frames, is the result of a special painting treatment extended to the hubs, wheels and swingarm as well, which accentuates the architectural purity of the frame.”

“Perched on top of the frame’s tubes is an ultra sporty single-seater saddle (a two-seater saddle and pillion footpegs are available as optional accessories), upholstered in suede and terminating in an aerodynamic tail fairing that also incorporates lateral race number panels in true Seventies style.”

“With its tiny Plexiglass screen above a race number panel, the top fairing – an exemplary expression of the Guzzi school – cites the front of the legendary Gambalunga. This unequivocally sporty element is in perfect harmony with the new design of the front mudguard. One of the most distinctive features of this unique special edition is the widespread use of brushed, drilled aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, has been applied to the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets.”

“Other standout features are the adjustable set-back billet footrests, the lightweight steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring, which is so exquisitely crafted that it looks like an ornamental feature. There is also a pair of prestigious Bitubo WMY01 shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload in rebound and compression thanks to a 12 click adjusting knob. This is a bike which should be ridden strictly in black, with a skullcap helmet and leather studded gloves.”


Numbered limited edition plaque.
Frame, swingarm and hubs in red finish.
Chromium metal fuel tank.
Leather fastener strap along centreline of tank.
Single-seater saddle in suede.
Singe seat tail fairing with integrated race number panels.
Top fairing with integrated race number panel.
Sports mudguard.
Side panels in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Throttle body guards in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Silencer mounting bracket in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Chromed upper steering yoke guard.
Chromed heat shield.
Front fork stanchion dust gaiters.

That top photo of the faired V7 Racer? That’s the new “V7 Record Kit.” Guzzi says: “The name Record evokes the Moto Guzzi V7 prototype which broke 19 speed records in the 70′s. The shape of the components in the kit brings to mind the aerodynamic solutions which were so typical of the 70′s racer. The kit is comprised of a rounded top fairing that houses the V7 single headlight, characterised by the side profiles that join the fuel tank area and a saddle that encompasses the single seat tail, shaped to form a spoiler at the end. The sport saddle is made from special two-component, fire and waterproof foam material with shape memory, the maximum in technology derived directly from the sport world. The components are made of fibreglass, in compliance with approval standards and they are easy to install, thanks to the mounting brackets (for the top fairing) in laser cut and sandblasted steel.”

  • Devin

    Man these are gorgeous. Really gorgeous.

  • oldblue

    Nice looking bikes.

    If you’re not into going fast, love the cafe racer look and need your knees kept warm, you could do a lot worse. Go Guzzi.

  • Joel

    It looks like a Sportster with the engine turned side-ways, except that the Sporty looks better.

    • Scott-jay

      Cracked me up, Joel.
      Even tho’ I disagree.
      Stone is a goofy name for a motorcycle model.

    • smoke4ndmears

      It looks like a Sportster with the engine turned side-ways, except that the Sporty rides like crap.


    • BigRooster

      “And it’s my opinion, and that’s only my opinion, you are a lunatic. Just because there are a few hundred other people sharing your lunacy with you does not make you any saner.”
      - Oleg Kiselev

      • Ax

        “If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.”
        ― Anatole France

  • Jericho7

    Thanks for giving me a boner.

  • resonance

    wow beautiful!

    they remind of the triumph bonnevilles, would love to see there take on the scrambler or a scramblerised version.

  • Your_Mom

    So – Galluzzi laments the fact that manufacturers have forgotten that there are colors available with which to finish bikes – specifically singling out black and white. And Guzzi comes out with a matte black and matte white paint job. Yeah. That’ll show ‘em.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      So he played into current color trends with the Stone while innovating with the Special? Sounds clever to me.

    • http://worldof2.com/ jpenney

      Maybe the Stone is sarcasm? That seriously looks like a black and white photograph.

  • contender

    …and then I never again lusted after (the looks of) a bonneville.

  • 10/10ths

    Nice. I have spent a stoooooopid amount of time and money building my old ’97 Monster 750 into basically the “Racer” version.

    Now I can just walk into a Guzzi store and buy one. Well played, Guzzi, well played.

  • Coreyvwc

    God damn you Moto Guzzi, god damn you…

    • neil mentz

      …love this comment!! hehe ..oh so true

  • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

    down 15 hp from the Triumph Bonneville, but also 100lb less. Wonder which one’s faster?

    • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

      The bonnie. More performance mods and customization options available for the triumph too.

      • HammSammich

        Better handling on the Bonnie too…but the fit and finish on the Guzzi does “seem” superior…

    • Campisi

      Depends on who’s riding each.

      • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

        No it doesn’t. I spent 6 weeks on the v7 racer and a year on the Bonnie. Bonnie was faster and better at turning.

        • http://www.facebook.com/beastincarnate Ben W

          That’s the part that’s disappointing. I want to like the V7 more than the Bonnie, but it seems like the Triumph is just a better machine. Like you said, more parts availability, more dealers, and likely better performance.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

          Sean, the 2012 V7 Racer is very different than what you rode, with a completely new engine.

          • BMW11GS

            Yeah suck it Sean!

            • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

              Hahahahahaha. Fair. I hope I’m wrong. I’d love to see a wider variety of options out there. I was stoked to get a chance to experience the precious version and was bummed when it wasn’t what I’d hoped. Would love to have my opinion changed.

              • BMW11GS

                haha I am glad we are all usually pretty easy going on HFL.

  • 10/10ths

    Faster? These machines aren’t about faster. You want faster? Buy a Gixxer.

    • robotribe

      If slow looks this good, count me in.

  • Charlie

    I must be missing something. This is the most over rated bike since the Paul Smart Ducati. It’s huge improvement over the Breva, but the detailing is overwrought and it sounds like a sewing machine. If you want a cafe racer put a leaking Norton 750 lump in a featherbed frame. The Griso SE is Gucci to own

    • 80-watt Hamster

      Did anyone rate the Breva at all, much less overrate it? I have to disagree, though, at least aesthetically. I was killing time browsing at a multi-line dealer last year, and a leftover Breva 750 stopped me in my tracks. Wasn’t able to dig up much about how it rides, but damned if it wasn’t one of the better-looking bikes of the last decade or so. Although the 1100 doesn’t work quite as well; the proportions are off or something.

      • Charlie

        I think these are cool commuters, and, as long as it’s going to be modestly powered and inexpensive, I like the “classic” look relative to the Breva. My issue is people seem to think the Racer is some kind of special rig. I also think those number plates are cheesy and it’s overdone in general. All that being said, I agree, the Breva 1100 was wrong, but a 750 would be a great used econo-bike @$5-6k. Breva 750 officially under-rated

  • jonoabq

    The v7 stone in all black or black w/ white tank ok. The others all look like they are trying too hard and as a result are somewhat cartoonish.

  • wwalkersd

    Love the Racer, except for the stupid number plates. The rear ones look, in these shots, like they’re molded into the rear seat assembly. True? If so, that sucks, since it means you can’t easily take off.

    • http://www.twitter.com/wessilerfanclub Sean (the other one)

      True and very cheap looking. Lots of the stylish additions are done well but I kept coming back to staring at that back number plate and wondering how much they were saving with that glaring mistake.

      • http://www.firstgenerationmotors.blogspot.com Emmet

        does it still have that cheap plastic tank?

        • Campisi

          As someone who has had to de-rust the inside of more gas tanks than he’d like to admit, twenty or thirty years from now those plastic tanks will be a godsend.

        • BigRooster

          No, it is metal now

  • motomoto

    Damn, I want that Racer. That Record kit is pretty great too. I do find the num plates a bit cheesy but whatever, the rest is so good. I’m so happy they finally updated their small engine. I hated the way they looked before. The valve cover screamed “I’m a tiny Guzzi”. These look more like their big brothers now with more power to boot!

    The only other thing I wish they would’ve done is give it dual disc and some blacked out USD forks. “Racers” don’t have single front discs! Even the old ones. The USD’s would of given a hint of modern tech while making it look badass (more badass). Either way, I want it!

    Also, does anyone know when we (the states) are getting these new models with the new engines? Searches show 2012 for sale with the old engine.

  • Rick

    If Guzzi are serious about evoking the past why can’t they build a 750cc twin that more closely approaches the original V7 Sport’s output? This cute little “toy” is a good ten to fifteen cavalli short of a 40 year old motor of like displacement!

    No, this isn’t your father’s V7…it’s much SLOWER.

    • BigRooster

      Is it?

      1970 V7 Sport
      Max HP: 60 hp @ 6300 rpm (and that is a flatering number, the original owner’s manual suggests less)
      Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse 90° V-twin cylinder, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder.
      Front Brakes: 2x drum
      Rear Brakes: drum
      Dry-Weight: 227 kg

      power to weight ratio (horsepower:kg) = .264:1

      2011 V7 Classic
      Max HP: 47.6 @ 6800
      Engine: Air cooled, four stroke, transverse 90 V-twin cylinder, OHV, 2 valve per cyclinder
      Front Brakes: 320mm Hydraulic Disc
      Rear Brake: 260mm Hydraulic Disc
      Dry Weight: 181 kg

      power to weight ratio (horsepower:kg) = .26:1

      (not sure if I calculated the power to weight correctly)

      …and that’s using the old small block. The new bikes are a tad lighter and put out a few more HP across the range. If you want a faster naked, standard, Goose, you can pick up the Griso 8v.

      • Rick

        According to Mick Phillips’ very fine piece on the original V7 Sport (Classic Bike, 3/97), Moto Guzzi quoted rear wheel horsepower numbers back then: they listed the V7 Sport at 52. In “modern” crankshaft terms this would surely be over 60, probably closer to 65.

        Original V7s had a genuine top speed in the 125mph range, a velocity today’s pretender might reach only in free fall.

  • contender

    I think I would like the fairing on the stone. I can mod the tail myself…

  • http://www.twowheelsplus.com/ Anders

    Why doesn’t the ‘Racer’ have the lighter wheels? I like the Stone, the others are to much of a pastiche of Moto Guzzi’s history.

  • Shaun Lewis

    I’ll take the V7 Racer with the Record Kit and the Stone’s Alloy Wheels, please.

  • Campisi

    I’d definitely take the Stone over the others due to its slightly more elemental nature. Will tubeless tires fit on those alloys?

  • http://www.pedalgents.com holdingfast

    wow the stone looks awesome!

  • TuffGong

    You walk up and order the burger ,you eat the burger….and then go do something else….fuck this “no mustard,pickles but no onions bullshit…same for these good looking bikes….buy one and ride the damn thing…who gives a shit whether the number plates are perfect or the wheels are different ….customise the odometer with bigger numbers…

  • The Other Will

    Some nice paint jobs I guess. Will that really make anyone buy one of these over a Bonneville?

  • jim

    Have toured, tracked and hauled kit on a 2010 cafe – these things make huge sense at realistic speeds & carry more than a GS with a flat seat and rack..think the new ones look like a very nice upgrade & the great thing is all the upgrades you gather will bolt straight on the new model from the knackered old one..

  • http://twitter.com/metabomber Jesse

    Beautiful bikes – but still not talking me out of giving up the one I’ve got.

  • dan

    When the V7 racer was first announced I was tempted. However, these bikes just have no balls. I’ll stick with my 84 LeMans III. The fairing and cafe seat kit MG is offering for $2,200 is a rip off.

    MG – hear the masses. Put some more fire in the V7 engine and add another front disc.

  • paul redican

    I ride a 79 SP1000 as a daily ride commute on it on workdays and do as much riding as I can in the weekends. Sometimes I wonder what a new Guzzi would be like but the Little V7 is just a bit underpowered for what I want and as nice as the Griso is with that beautiful motor I still want something a little simpler in design. If MG made a bike that looked like the V7 but with a bigger motor then I think they would sell a LOT of them.

  • Roman

    I’m pretty much with the majority, love the V7 stone (white please), just want a little more juice from the engine. With the Ducati Classic range already appreciating in value, I’m surprised more companies aren’t pumping out classic looking bikes with decent engine performance. They can’t be too difficult to engineer, you don’t need fancy frame materials and you can use 2-generations old suspenders on them. And still charge a decent chunk. What am I missing?

  • http://www.racetrackstyle.com Racetrack Style

    I bet many riders would love to have the Stone with the big block motor or a re-worked 8-valve (with the centered oil cooler).

    This bench seat bike would be versatile for 1 or 2 up. Accessorize with suspension, bags, clip-ons, etc.

    Not everyone needs to tour on a luxo rig, tiresome-looking sport tourer, or cruiser

  • dux [87 CBR600, 95 XR600R]

    Nostalgia is the only thing powering this bike. I’d rather have a real motor.

  • http://www.xenophya.com Xenophya

    The half fairing is a pretty obvious thing to do, but I bet Luca Bar is still thinking I did that first!


  • David Dawson

    Having ridden all three, its a better motorcycle, stock for stock, than the new Bonneville or Sportster. And I only rode a 2011, not a revised model. So long as the alloys on the stone are running tubeless wheel, I found my next motorcycle.