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Moto Guzzi V7 Classic (2008-current)



Detail Value
New price £6,932
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 115 mph
Insurance group 10 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 3 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 4

MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic isn’t perfect. It’s underpowered slightly, a tad vibey at speed and the levers aren’t span adjustable. But otherwise we struggle to find fault. The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is stylish, useful, charismatic and simply a nice motorcycle to ride and own and, for the money, that’s accomplishment enough. We’d have one instead of a Bonnie like a shot. Welcome back Moto Guzzi, finally your ‘old fashioned bikes’ make sense…

Engine

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic’s remapped Nevada 744cc twin may be soft but it’s eager, willing and flexible. On paper, 48bhp seems fairly weedy (and it’s hard to believe that the original V7’s 50bhp was considered ‘superbike performance’ 40 years ago), but the reality is that it’s spread so evenly that it’s actually a fun and fruity, if a bit run of the mill, roadster.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic’s fairly basic chassis manages to be good enough for a retro roadster, too. With no particular sports or performance pretensions, the mix of old school tubular steel frame, relatively light, low weight and adequate suspension and brakes combine to give and honest and effective ride. The single Brembo front disc is more than adequate and the suspension, though slightly basic and harsh, is more than up to the job, too. 

 

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic exudes class. The filler-cap is a beautifully crafted aircraft-esque alloy affair, the clocks are all new (by Marelli) twin Veglia-style dials, the headlamp is fully-chromed, there’s quality switchgear and mirrors and a classically-styled seat (with ‘Moto Guzzi’ emblazoned on its rump). A stock Bonnie, by comparison, seems basic and cheesy.

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

Deliciously executed. The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic’s paint is deep and creamy plus there’s a myriad of details ranging from the chromed brakes and gear pedals and neat twin horns to the understated but classy mirror-finish pillion grab handles under the seat. It all reminds of Ducati’s £1000 pricier GT1000 Sport Classic.

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The V7 Classic chimes in £500 more than the base Bonnie although for our money, the closer, more apt rival is the Bonneville T100 with twin clocks and two-tone paint, which is £200 more. As for the Sports Classic Ducatis, OK, they’ve got 92bhp and better chassis, but the GT1000 isn’t really any classier or better specced, and that costs over a grand extra. Find a Moto Guzzi V7 Classic for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 10 of 17

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Model History

2008: Moto Guzzi V7 Classic launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 115 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.45 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 55 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 10 of 17
Engine size 744 cc
Engine specification 2v transverse twin, 5 gears
Frame Tubular steel cradle
Front suspension adjustment None
Rear suspension adjustment Preload
Front brakes 320mm disc with four-piston caliper
Rear brake 260mm disc with twin piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/90 x 18
Rear tyre size 130/80 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(3 reviews)

  • My V7 Classic

    chirple

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Nicely finished and put together, smooth power through the shaft drive,tried and tested engine with traditional styling.Good pillion seat provision and comfy enough for a six foot rider.Powerful enough for new rider as a first big bike.Good on the open road and filtering in traffic with nimble handling. Heading towards 60MPG after 1400 miles.Makes a nice change to see one on the road as it's a head turner and people will chat when you park up.The brochure pitched it well to both sexes although the guy looks like a miniature man.Lots of accessories available.Go and ride one.

    14 June 2010

  • Great bike but....

    vand3

    Average rating rating is 4

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    I am really pleased with the bike - it is light, easy handling and economical and it looks great. On reading the owner's manual I find that the tank capacity is 15 litres not 17 litres as described in the Moto Guzzi Brochure and in all the write-ups. This may seem trivial but in the case of an economical bike like this it actually makes quite a difference. It really annoys me the way MNC have said the capacity is 17 litres and that the bike does 55 mpg and then say the range is 140 mailes. Why don't they attach more inportance to such a significant feature of a motorcycle and at lest get their maths right. I ride as near aspossible to speed limits and I have benn getting about 60 mpg - the reserve light comes on around 160 - if it was actually 17 litres I could quite comforatbly get 200 mpg and this was an important factor in my buying the bike. The quality of the machine has to some extent made up for this.

    04 May 2009

  • V7 Classic

    myguzzi

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Have owned a V7 for 2 months now and really rapped. I have a 89 Cali 3 and 84 V65SP also. I live on the outskirts of Sydney so it gets plenty of city and rural running. Where the Cali is great for touring it is a handful around town. The V65 is fun to ride but is showing its age. The V7 is like the V65 with all the bad bits taken out. No false neutrals. Electrics that work. No points ignition or carbs to keep balanced. There is far better power delivery with the fuel injection. Idling and take off is smoother and regular. The Brembos work beautifully, although it would look better with twin discs. I do miss the linked brakes after using them for 20 yrs. I have to change my braking technique. Having been a motorcycle courier the V7 would be a great courier bike. Not overpowered, the engine is great because if you slam the throttle open you aren't going to be thrown off the back and also very confidence inspiring in the wet. Once on the open road it pulls all the way to the rev limiter and progress is rapid all the way to 180 km/hr. Maintenance is easy and inexpensive, I use the same tools as the V65. Also you don’t need to do a crash course in auto electrics as with older Guzzis. If you want to hit warp speed this is not the bike for you. If you want a bike that is fun to ride, gets around corners, leaves you feeling good and relaxed at the end of a ride, this is it.

    28 February 2009

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I saw one of these at Kirby Lonsdale last Sunday (17th August) was struck by how quiet and smooth it sounded.

23 August 2008 02:08

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