MOTO-GUZZI V7 CLASSIC (2008 - 2012) Review


  • Classic Italian styling
  • Longitudinal V-twin engine
  • One of the earlier examples of a modern retro

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Annual servicing cost: £230
Power: 48 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.7 in / 805 mm)
Weight: Medium (401 lbs / 182 kg)


New N/A
Used £4,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic isn’t the perfect retro motorbike. 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 Triumph Bonneville like a shot. Welcome back Moto Guzzi, finally your ‘old fashioned bikes’ make sense…

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic bike review action

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (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.

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Next up: Reliability
3 out of 5 (3/5)

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.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic bike review detail

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

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Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Moto Guzzi were early to the party on the modern retro scene but these days there are competitors in almost every manufacturer's range. Everything from the Royal Enfield Interceptor 650, BSA Gold Star, Triumph Speed Twin 900, Kawasaki Z650RS or Yamaha XSR700 should be considered.

Watch Neevesy compare two of the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic's main rivals in this video:


4 out of 5 (4/5)

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.

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic bike review detail


Engine size 744cc
Engine type 2v transverse twin, 5 gears
Frame type Tubular steel cradle
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension None
Rear suspension Preload
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 £117
Annual service cost £230
New price -
Used price £4,000
Insurance group 10 of 17
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

Model history

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.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI V7 CLASSIC (2008 - 2012)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 (3.9/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.3 out of 5 (4.3/5)
Equipment: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £230
4 out of 5 Happy Silverbiker
10 April 2020 by Alan Walters

Version: Anniversario

Year: 2017

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Bike mainly used for short leisure trips around Derbyshire of between 30 to 60 miles duration for which I find it ideal .

Engine 4 out of 5

Power delivery excellent, ideally could do with a little more power.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

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.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

New rear tyre after 5500 miles Averages about 60 mpg

Equipment 4 out of 5

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

4 out of 5 Love my Guzzi
08 August 2016 by Jorre9

Year: 2008

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

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

as i sead just the gears could me a little smoother.

Engine 4 out of 5

enough power for me personally

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

small fixes needed after a couple of years.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

good value for money

Equipment 5 out of 5

mine is full option, love the accessories

Buying experience: second hand from a motorcycle dealer

3 out of 5 V7 Special
23 May 2016 by Paul

Version: Special

Year: 2015

Annual servicing cost: £145

A modern classic with a lovely engine

Ride quality & brakes 3 out of 5

Basic suspension, front brake just adequate. Seat comfy for about 45 mins to 1 hour, then becomes a hard plank.

Engine 4 out of 5

Lovely friendly V twin, easy to use, light clutch. Needs a little time to warm up as tendency to stall when cold.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Well made, reliable

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Economy of 45 to 55 mpg

Equipment 3 out of 5

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.

4 out of 5 Guzzi V7 Special
04 December 2015 by Steve

Version: Special

Year: 2013

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

At its best on country roads but I happily commute from country into London, so a mix of riding.

Engine 4 out of 5

Turbine like sound at 3500 revs. Addictive to hear. Smooth. Powerful enough. I love the v twin sound and characteristics.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Very well put together.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5
Equipment 3 out of 5

Buying experience: Dealer. P&H Gatwick. Great buying experience, Ray is a top bloke. Would buy from there again.

4 out of 5 My V7 Classic
14 June 2010 by chirple

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.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Great bike but....
04 May 2009 by vand3

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 V7 Classic
28 February 2009 by myguzzi

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.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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