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MCN overall verdict rating is 5

Moto Guzzi’s new V7 Racer is a class act. It’s a special, but full-production, version of the Italian firm’s V7 Classis and comes with an unbelievable raft of goodies, including a chrome-effect fuel tank, a hand-finished frame and uprated cycle parts. This modern-day retro isn’t on a par with a Triumph Thruxton or Ducati Sport Classic performance-wise, but it’s easy to ride, looks fantastic and makes you feel even better.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

The V7 Racers’s 49bhp air-cooled, 744cc, 2v, four-stroke 90° V-twin engine, five-speed gearbox gearbox and shaft drive are all old-generation Moto Guzzi. The drivetrain might not have the power and refinement of their current evolution motorcycles, but its relaxed, throaty character suits this bike perfectly. The fuel-injected motor is smooth and friendly and offers enough oomph for swift progress cross-country. 

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

If you try and grab the V7 Racer by the lapels and ride it hard, it doesn’t like it. You’ll run out of brakes pretty quickly and the gyrating motion of the shaft drive will get the chassis wobbling through the corners. The idea is to cruise along and take in the scenery, admiring yourself in shop windows and getting lost in the romance of riding such a typically Italian machine. It’s very comfy, smooth and low enough for shorter riders to be confident.  

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Imagine all the mods you’d want to make to the standard V7 Classic and the V7 Racer already has them. The highlight is the shiny 17-litre fuel tank, which is actually plastic with a special chrome effect process, which looks like the real thing. It has a hand-finished metallic blood-red frame, swingarm, tank badge and wheel hubs, which carry silver spoked and satin black rims. You also get a suede-topped seat, a leather tank strap, big chrome mirrors, chrome top yoke guard, bikini fairing, clocks featuring 70s-style logos and graphics, a numbered plaque on the top yoke, number seven racing numbers, milled ali rearsets, stubby sports mudguard, brushed ali throttle body covers, fork gators and a rear light, fuel cap, rocker cover and engine heat shield all finished in chrome. Compare and buy parts for the V7 Racer in the MCN Shop.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer (2011-current)

Detail Value
New price £8,132
Used price range View Moto Guzzi V7 RACER bikes for sale to see current asking prices
Engine size 744 cc
Power 49 bhp
Top speed 120 mph
Insurance group 14 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 5 rating is 4.5
Quality & Reliability rating is 5 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 4.5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

Although the V7 Racer is old school, it benefits from the all the modern manufacturing methods that the Piaggio Group (which includes Moto Guzzi and Aprilia) have developed over the years. It’s fuel-injected and conforms to Euro 3 and built to a very high standard.

Value

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

You’ve only got to look at the list of standard equipment to know the V7 Racer is astounding value at £7599. If it knocked on the door of ten grand you wouldn’t bat an eye lid. Find a Moto Guzzi V7 for sale.

Insurance

Insurance group: 14 of 17

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Model History

Model introduced in 2011

Specifications

Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 49 bhp
Max torque 19 ft-lb
Weight 198 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, V-twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment 40mm Marzocchi forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Twin Biturbo shocks, fully-adjustable
Front brakes 320mm disc with Brembo 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(4 reviews)

  • V7 Racer 2013 - typo

    gtgriso

    Average rating rating is 4

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    sorry for the typo - tank range 200 miles (maybe more)

    19 June 2013

  • V7 Racer 2013

    gtgriso

    Average rating rating is 4

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    Just got my hands on my v7 racer. Guys at Corsa Italia are great - recommended. The bike - does everything I wanted - handling, equipment, engine, gearbox, brakes, are all good. Tank range is 300 miles! Moved down from 100bhp+ to this at 50bhp and its just fine up to 90 mph. Got heated grips & double seat. It looks great and the best thing is that its just so much fun who needs more? Great bike. A keeper for sure.

    19 June 2013

  • Fantastic

    don hardy

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Got mine 2011 just love riding it,puts a smile on my face every time. it's so light and easy to ride. just getting ready to go to oulton BSB and will be at the northwich sprint.

    01 May 2011

  • Ordered Mine

    londonbill

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    and collecting it this week. Just love it. I've become sick of all the stupid macho willy waving that seems to go with bikes now, mostly from people who would be hard pushed to find the limits of a Puch Maxi. This bike for me, is ther perfect antidote.

    13 March 2011

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kerry73

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guzzi v7 racer review

hi, just picked up my bran spanker on sunday. took me i little while to get used to the gear change as its a bit spongy in first gear, but when you get used to it its not a problem . just part exd my bing bang yam R1 for this bruiser so cant get a more different bike!!! been riding it all this weel in the sunshine and its its thumpy v twin feels great , power is ample for this bike and goes round corners no bothet . very forgiving in any gear. puts a massive smile on your face and feel very special riding this handsome motorcycle, gets lots of attention where ever you go and what can i say its Special . def recommend to anyone . filled up tank and did 190 miles before i hit my reserve light !! Brill Have fun

27 July 2012 13:30

NewAeon

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Ride and Handling

So they basically say the handling sucks, but you shouldn't be riding fast enough that handling makes a difference, because it's pretty. Therefore handing get 4 out of 5.

 

Awesome rating system, MCN!

 

 

06 June 2012 20:11

londonbill

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londonbillsays

50BHP

Is that a problem ?
Hmmm.
Let me think now.
Some other class acts in this category.
Honda GB500 Clubman, Honda 650 Bros, Yamaha SRX600.
All great bikes and all 50bhp and under.
Funny, I never heard anyone complain about these bike power, or lack of it.
:wacko:

18 March 2011 11:04

Andy949494

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Plastic Fuel Tank?

I thought these were a very bad idea now that all petrol is likely to have 5% or so ethanol content?

04 January 2011 15:58

vand3

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Tank capacity incorrect

When will the reviews get the tank capacity right?The V7 tank holds 15 litres NOT 17 litres. Even the Moto Guzzi brochure has it wrong. The owners manual is correct - the 15 litres INCLUDES 2 litres there is NOT 2 additional litres. I wrote to MG and to Motorcycle News to tell them this - both ignored me - they don't realize that tank capacity is important criterion. In the case of this bike it will add about 30 miles to the tank range.

09 November 2010 18:29

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