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MOTO-GUZZI V7 CAFE CLASSIC (2009-2013) Review

Published: 01 April 2009

Updated: 08 November 2019

What makes it great is how beautifully and classily it's put together

Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - gorgeous styling

What makes it great is how beautifully and classily it's put together

  • At a glance
  • 744cc  -  48 bhp
  • 46 mpg  -  175 miles range
  • Insurance group: 14 of 17
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  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

The Moto Guzzi Café Classic is a café racer version of the warmly received V7 Classic. 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 3 out of 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.

Engine 3 out of 5

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. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

What sets the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic 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, 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.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The V7 Café Classic is not exactly cheap, but then, it’s not what you’d call expensive, either, especially when you remember a Ducati Sport Classic were initially sold for around a grand more when new. Considering the detailing, finish, style and quality of build and components, we reckon the Moto Guzzi is good value.

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Equipment 4 out of 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.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2009
Year discontinued 2013
Original price £6,169
Used price -
Warranty term (when new) Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group 14 of 17
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost -
Max power 48 bhp
Max torque 40.3 ft-lb
Top speed 120 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 15.56 secs
Average fuel consumption 46 mpg
Tank range 175 miles
Engine size 744cc
Engine type 2v aircooled transverse V-twin, five gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload and rebound
Front brake 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

History & Versions

Model history

2009: Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic introduced

Other versions

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V7 CAFE CLASSIC (2009-2013) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI V7 CAFE CLASSIC (2009-2013)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
5 out of 5

Guzz' Like a Dream

14 July 2009 by minivin

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
5 out of 5

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  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - gorgeous styling
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - sweetness and class on the move
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - pleasing touches everywhere you look
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - comfortable and easy-going
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - engaging enough for a good old thrape
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - sharp steering
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - gorgeous detailing
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - skinny 130 section rear tyre
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - open lid and shades compulsory
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - shaft drive
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - matt-finish golden green paint
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - retro touches complete the experience
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - hits the mark visually
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - side view
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - side view
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - looks at home on European city streets
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - brembo brakes
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - racey up-swept exhausts
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - single seat unit
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - action
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - pride of ownership is all in the details
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - purposeful styling
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - cafe racing
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - action
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - old school twin shocks
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  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - powered by 744cc v-twin
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - authentic
  • Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic - flexible engine
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