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MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONE (2014-on) Review

Published: 05 December 2014

The new V7 isn’t outstanding at any one thing, but it very versatile, useable and has character and looks

MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONE  (2014-on)

The new V7 isn’t outstanding at any one thing, but it very versatile, useable and has character and looks

  • At a glance
  • 744cc  -  47 bhp
  • 55 mpg  -  140 miles range
  • Medium seat height (790mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £7,134
    Used: £4,800 to £8,000 See all MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONEs for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Adding traction control to an air-cooled Moto Guzzi with less than 50bhp initially appears rather pointless; Then consider the natural environment for the V7: the sometimes cobbled city streets of Paris or Milan. Add some wet weather and you have to question why more learner friendly bikes don’t have it.

Guzzi have also added ABS and as such the V7 becomes the first A2 licence compatible bike to have both as standard. It doesn’t end there: the Italian firm has also moved the engine further forward, which not only changes central mass but increases leg room, as do lowered foot-pegs (by 25mm) and a lowered seat (from 805mm to 790mm).

Again there are three models to choose from the standard Stone, the slightly tickled Special and the Racer. Each bike shares the same platform, the same engine, brakes, rider aids; everything.

The new V7 isn’t outstanding at any one thing, but it very versatile, useable and has character and looks, all very unusual for an A2 bike. It’s practical, easy and there’s no reason you couldn’t go touring around Europe on it. You don’t just have to have an A2 licence to want a new V7. 

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

Immediately you notice the roomier riding position while the upright riding position on the Special and Stone is very natural. The wide bars, low centre of gravity, light clutch and small turning circle also make it a doddle around town. I can immediately see why inexperienced riders like it so much.

It may appear heavy but it only tops the scales at 189kg, lighter than a Suzuki SV650.

I was worried the lowered pegs would hinder ground clearance but it turns out it isn’t that bad. The 18inch front and 17 inch rear makes the handling stable and predictable, but certainly not sharp. You roll into corners more traditionally rather than dive towards the apex. My biggest gripe handling wise was the traditionally looking Pirelli Demon rubber, which felt hard and took too long to warm up.

The front end feel is improved on the Racer, you’re automatically thrown over the front wheel as the bars are lower. This gives you more confidence as you have more feel from the front. The Racer also has more adjustment on the twin rear shocks (only pre-load on the Stone and Special) and the ride feels firmer, sportier, again encouraging you to push a little more.

Engine 3 out of 5

Power and torque remain the same, just under 50bhp, but Guzzi have done some work internally. The most significant is the addition of an extra gear, making it a six speed gearbox unlike the old five. This means there’s less spacing between the ratios and the revs won’t drop as dramatically between changes.

If were to be really critical the fuelling isn’t perfect, especially when the engine is cold and the ECU gives it an automatic fast idle. It just feels a little snatchy at low rpm in the first few gears. the six speed gearbox gives the impression the V7 has more zip about it, even though power and torque remain the same as the previous model. 

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

Obviously cosmetically the bikes have been tweaked, making the V7 even more desirable while reliability and build are fairly well proven.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The V7 Stone is the entry-level Guzzi and priced keenly compared to its closest rival, Triumph’s Bonneville. The base Bonnie is slightly cheaper, but more basic, yet the Guzzi manages to have a touch more style and authenticity. You pays your money, you takes…

Equipment 3 out of 5

Although cosmetically improved, the base-level Stone is still a fairly basic, intentionally affordable bike. For example, there’s only a 320mm single disc up front and a four piston Brembo caliper but it does the job. But other versions are better equipped and there are over 60 accessories for you to personalise your bike further.

Guzzi have also created some custom kits to modify the standard bike into something special, I love the Scrambler edition but am not so keen on the Heritage model.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £7,134
Used price £4,800 to £8,000
Warranty term 2 years unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £400
Performance
Max power 47 bhp
Max torque 44 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 55 mpg
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 744cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 4v V-twin
Frame type Steel tube cradle
Fuel capacity 22 litres
Seat height 790mm
Bike weight 189kg
Front suspension Telescopic forks, no adjust
Rear suspension Twin shocks, preload adjust only
Front brake 320mm single disc, four piston caliper
Rear brake Single disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 18
Rear tyre size 140/60 x 17

History & Versions

Model history

2008: Original V7 launched

2014: Fully-updated V7 II launched

Other versions

V7 II Special: As the Stone but with more chrome and wire wheels

V7 II Racer: top spec version in café racer style with clip on bars, rear sets, a dummy seat cowl, chrome tank and more.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONE (2014-on) 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 STONE (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

The basic entry into Guzzi World

24 May 2018 by The Italian Scot

One classic bike that goes all the way. 10000 miles and still in for a joyride. 48 HP isn't very much, though.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
ABS now installed makes riding much safer. Traction control isn't really worth mentioning.
Engine
3 out of 5
750 cc engine provides enough torque, yet 48 HP isn't anything one would call sporty.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Forget iffy Italian engineering. There wasn't anything out of the ordinary. Original shock absorbers were horrible, swapping them made my rides far more comfortable.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Cheap insurance, finding a good garage is far more difficult.
Equipment
3 out of 5
No frills.
Buying experience

For someone looking for a Guzzi entry bike, go for it. Experienced riders looking for a thrill, may find the V7 dull. Try the Sport 1100 or Griso instead.

4 out of 5

19 July 2015 by Mot

This is a fun bike. Beautiful, compact, relatively light, plenty of torque. It is also practical, comfortable for 300-400 miles a day, matt paint finishes, little chrome, shaft drive, 55mpg+, 200 miles + range and ideal for commuting. You can get luggage for touring eg Hepco & Becker. You get a 70s riding experience but with good brakes, predictable handling, electronic ignition, fuel injection, ABS/Traction Control, reliability and without the hassle of keeping a 40 year old bike on the road. Less good and the reason for 4 not 5 stars are the poor rear shocks. No damping and just not good enough. I swapped them for V7 Racer ones at the first opportunity.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
The engine is really primitive with air-cooling, push rods and 2 valves per cylinder but it works really well and you do not notice the fuel injection. There is more vibration than on a truly modern bike but it is not a problem and smooths out as you get up to speed on the motorway, where the 6 speed box is useful.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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