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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The new Moto Guzzi Café Classic is a café racer version of the V7 Classic retro roadster warmly received last year. Powered by Guzzi’s small block 750 Nevada V-twin powertrain in an old school twin shock chassis, it’s a dinky, cute runaround and almost embarassingly toy-like for anyone over 5’10”. But what makes it great is how beautifully and classily it’s put together which elevates the Café Classic above it’s fairly pedestrian abilities.


MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

As with the V7 Classic, the engine is the weakest link on the Guzzi Café Classic, although it’s only lacking when compared directly to more modern units. The 744cc transverse V-twin dates back to the 70s, and it shows in terms of outright performance. But its authenticity is also part of the Guzzi’s appeal and, day to day, is effective and flexible enough, pulls happily from as low as 3000rpm, and, as a bonus, sounds great when wound out to the top (7500rpm) of its usable power. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 5

On the move the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic is mostly sweetness and class. The steering’s sharp, the balance neutral, the single disc and fairly basic suspension up to the job and the overall ride both comfortable and easy-going, yet also sufficiently inspiring and engaging to take for a good old fashioned thrape.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

With its lower, faithfully-replicated, caff racer-style clip-ons, upswept exhausts, racy single seat and hugely evocative lime green paint (‘Legnano’, they call it, apparently), the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic not only immediately hits the mark visually, it’s also mouth-wateringly beautiful in its own right and gives the V7 an aggressive and purposeful demeanor lacking a little on the preceding Classic.

Moto Guzzi Café Classic (2009-2012)

Detail Value
New price £6,169
Used price range View Moto Guzzi V7 CLASSIC bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 744 cc
Power 48 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
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Overall rating is 4 rating is 5
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

What sets the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic light years apart from more workmanlike novice machines is its sheer style and class. On board you’re presented with a birds-eye view of that long and slim, retro, V7-style tank swathed immaculately in curiously matt-finished golden green. Up front, equally tactile chrome clip-ons and mirrors, bang up-to-date switchgear and evocative, Veglia style twin dials. In fact, everywhere you look there are pleasing touches, from the chromed brake pedal and pillion grab handles, to the retro-style horn covers to the wire-meshed side panels. This is a bike you can gaze at endlessly over a garage cuppa, far more than you can at virtually anything else at the price.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

The V7 Café Classic is not exactly cheap, but then, priced around the same as the slightly more basic (although better performing) Triumph Thruxton, it’s not what you’d call expensive, either, especially when you remember a Ducati Sport Classic is around a grand more. Considering the detailing, finish, style and quality of buil,d and components, we reckon the Moto Guzzi is good value. Find a Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic for sale.


Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

2009: Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic introduced

Other Versions

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic: Predecessor of the Cafe Classic is a more basic roadster, lacking quite the same style of the Café.


Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.56 secs
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 40.3 ft-lb
Weight 182 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 14 of 17
Engine size 744 cc
Engine specification 2v aircooled transverse V-twin, five gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload and rebound
Front brakes 320mm disc, four-piston caliper
Rear brake 260mm disc, single piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Guzz' Like a Dream


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Now considering MCN's overwelming sway to the Triumph Thruxton when comparing it to a sportsbike rider who wants something different, I question why make such a comparison? Having owned and built anything from a 1950's classic bike to ridden some of the latest toys I have a good experience of what is on the market and try not to be swayed by own personnel opinions. However, after my own experiences of the bike and those who have also ridden the Bonnies I have to say that the general concensus is that MCN have got it wrong. The Guzzi is a cute little thing, remnicent of British bikes from the 60's and 70's, which unfortunately modern Bonnies do not achieve as they look like they have suffered a bad case of Botox and old-age gut-extension in the engine compartment (compare a 60's bonnie engine to the latets engine, it drawfs it!). Then, the simple equation of cafe racers, "stripped to bare essentials".You like at the V7CC and there is no extrenious bodywork, headlamp cowls et cetera, it's even single seat and a passenger would be extra weight and against the café personifer!. With this all in mind and how well it accelerates, handles, brakes et cetera, I am glad that my BMW is now gone and I have a beautiful bike in my garage that complements both my classic and modern bikes as well.

    14 July 2009


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vs V7 Classic

So what besides the exhaust and the lower handlebars differnetiates this from the V7 Classic? Is the chassis differnent ?


01 July 2010 04:12

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