MOTO-GUZZI V7 CLASSIC (2008 - 2012) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£230|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic isn’t perfect. It’s underpowered slightly, a tad vibey at speed and the levers aren’t span adjustable.
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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…
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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 vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||2v transverse twin, 5 gears|
|Frame type||Tubular steel cradle|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||55 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£230|
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How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||48 bhp|
|Max torque||40.3 ft-lb|
|Top speed||115 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||15.45 secs|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
2008: Moto Guzzi V7 Classic launched.
Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI V7 CLASSIC (2008 - 2012)
7 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V7 CLASSIC (2008 - 2012) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£230|
Annual servicing cost: £280
Thoroughly enjoyable to ride in a relaxed manner only downside is its physical size which can limit two up enjoyment. Yes would recommend to anyone.
Bike mainly used for short leisure trips around Derbyshire of between 30 to 60 miles duration for which I find it ideal .
Power delivery excellent, ideally could do with a little more power.
I am very pleased with the overall finish and after 8k miles it still looks as new . Shortly before the warranty ran out after two years a charging problem caused a roadside breakdown. The bike was returned to the dealership who after an initial reluctance investigated the problem and repaired the bike under warranty.
New rear tyre after 5500 miles Averages about 60 mpg
It’s looks chrome tank and brown leather seat and tank strap. Miss having a centre stand
Buying experience: Dealer part exchanged a 2014 Triumph Bonneville
Annual servicing cost: £250
Love the bike. Has a nice retro look and is a bit rare. Have only seen one other. I put a single seat and clip on bars on it so it looks more like a café racer. the gears are a litte clunky but enough power for me. I live in Belgium so i use the bike a lot in populated areas and love to agility of the bike. Also nice to go for a ride in the Ardennes (a lot of corners), just fun to drive
as i sead just the gears could me a little smoother.
enough power for me personally
small fixes needed after a couple of years.
good value for money
mine is full option, love the accessories
Buying experience: second hand from a motorcycle dealer
Annual servicing cost: £145
A modern classic with a lovely engine
Basic suspension, front brake just adequate. Seat comfy for about 45 mins to 1 hour, then becomes a hard plank.
Lovely friendly V twin, easy to use, light clutch. Needs a little time to warm up as tendency to stall when cold.
Well made, reliable
Economy of 45 to 55 mpg
Beautifully simple. Spoked wheels have inner tubes, make sure you carry a repair kit. Guzzi breakdown cover does not include recovery for punctures, which are described as an act of 'gross negligence' in the Warranty. Fit a fender extender.
Buying experience: Robinsons Foundry, Canterbury, Kent. Straightforward process and would recommend them. They did not know that punctures were not included in the free breakdown cover though.
Annual servicing cost: £250
5500 miles so far. I commute 40 miles a day on it. Reliable and feels smoother as time goes on. Power delivery is fine in the real world. I look forward to riding it and I've had quite a few bikes (many have been more powerful) over 35 years. Rear suspension too hard, front a little too soft. Fuel light comes on far too early, apart from that a bike i'm proud of and a pleasure to own.
At its best on country roads but I happily commute from country into London, so a mix of riding.
Turbine like sound at 3500 revs. Addictive to hear. Smooth. Powerful enough. I love the v twin sound and characteristics.
Very well put together.
Buying experience: Dealer. P&H Gatwick. Great buying experience, Ray is a top bloke. Would buy from there again.
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.
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.
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.