MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONE (2014 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£260|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
Adding traction control to the air-cooled Moto Guzzi V7 with less than 50bhp initially appeared 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.
In May 2019 the firm announced a new Night Pack for the Stone. Additions to the kit roster include full LED lights, a shorter rear mudguard, and a dedicated saddle with the Moto Guzzi logo embroidered.
At the same time, a pair of new colours were released - Onyx Black and Crystal Grey - as a nod to the firm's V750 S3 from 1975.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Immediately you notice the roomier riding position while the upright rider's stance 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 18-inch 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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Obviously cosmetically the bikes have been tweaked, making the V7 even more desirable while reliability and build are fairly well proven. Our owners' reviews reflect that, with the only comment being that the rear shock isn't really up to the task. A swap to an item from the V7 Racer is a useful modification, according to our readers.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
The V7 Stone is the entry-level Guzzi and priced keenly compared to its closest rival, the Triumph Bonneville T100. 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…
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.
|Engine type||Air-cooled, 4v V-twin|
|Frame type||Steel tube cradle|
|Fuel capacity||22 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||55 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£260|
|Used price||£5,500 - £6,800|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||2 years unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||47 bhp|
|Max torque||44 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||140 miles|
Model history & versions
2008: Original V7 launched
2014: Fully-updated V7 II launched
Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI V7 STONE (2014 - on)
4 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.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£260|
Version: V7iii Night Pack Bronze
Annual servicing cost: £165
If you are after a Sunday afternoon missile then this isn’t the bike for you!! But if you want a helmet full of huge grins, fun and plenty of charm this is the bike you need. She happily go for a short sunny countryside ride, do a daily commute wet or dry and lug you many miles on a tour, in comfort and with no requirement for a arse transplant upon reaching your destination.
I find the ride quality excellent, but then again it suits my riding style. I don’t hang around but then again I don’t aim for knee downs any corner I can. If you really push the bike I can easily see you scrapping pegs and over taxing the suspension, but that’s not how you ride a V7. The bike speaks to you and let’s you know how fast she wants to go. Brake wise the single Brembo up front does the job more than adequately with good feed back, trail braking is a doddle. The rear is also surprising good, in fact I’ve changed my riding style slightly as it’s that good.
If you want silky smooth avoid this bike .... but if you want character (the good kind) ie mechanical swing a leg over a V7. You know you are riding a motorcycle on this bike, it’s a joy to twist the throttle and feel the torque gently rocking to the right. There are vibrations but that’s what you get with a air cooled transverse V twin. I find the clutch super light and easy to navigate city traffic. I’ve not had a single false neutral and never had to fight the gearbox to find neutral at lights etc, I was told by the dealer to always keep the clutch play as per the manual and you won’t have any problems and I haven’t. All I have ever noticed is when cold and selecting first and pulling away the single dry plate clutch can occasionally stick slightly but once on the move no problem. The power delivery through the shaft is joyous it’s so enjoyable to feel a shimmy to the right in you backside as you change down gears, but if you make a hash of it I imagine you will know about it in no short order. The torque is lovely and low in the rev range and just builds smoothly, on a good twisty road stay in 3rd or 4th and you can happily hustle along at 50 mph no problem with more if you want it. Dual carriageway or motorway this is a naked bike so there’s wind, but not a problem keeping up with the traffic flow or a boost to overtake.
Not had any problems at all with reliability, starts every time (only 1000 miles on her though). Build quality is second to none, the paint work is lovely. The more I ook around the bike the more impressed I am with it, not a blemish anywhere I can find.
Just had my first service including valve clearance check and only charged £165 which included fitting a pair of Givi engine bars to protect those gorgeous cylinder heads protruding on the sides. Once the warranty expires most service tasks are so simple with this bike, even the valve clearance is a quick easy task. The 21ltr tank gives me 240 miles of spiriting riding before the fuel light comes on (indicating 4ltrs remaining) this will only improve as the bike runs in more.
You obviously get non switchable ABS and also 2 level traction control which can be turned off if required. I’ve only seen the dashboard light flicker once or twice due to some huge potholes on Dartmoor. The speedo is absolutely right for this bike a classic clock with a digital display for all the relevant info, apart from a fuel gauge but I just rest the trip and with a 21 litre tank who worries, not having a rev counter hasn’t caused me any problems as there is a switchable shift light. It can be a pain switching through the menus as the mode button is on your right handlebar, I’m yet to discover how to do this evolution without kangerooing down the road lol, traction control is via the start button, simple. The full LED lights are bright as the sun and more than adequately do there job. Now the bad... the Pirelli Sport Demon oem tyres are poor to say the least, they will go eventually but I can’t yet decide what to replace them with. But when you do change the tyres you can easily recalibrate the traction control.
Buying experience: I bought my bike from SP Motorcycles in Exeter for £7499, £1000 off the list price as Moto Guzzi are presently doing a promotion. I highly recommend SP great service and a top bunch of guys to do business with.
Annual servicing cost: £200
As a Sunday afternoon cruiser it’s perfect. Not very powerful or fast but puts a smile on my face each time I get my leg over.
Single disc on the front is adequate. Fairly soft ride but very comfortable. For the money this is a tremendous motorcycle.
Low power but I knew that before I bought it. For a 750 it is slow but look at the style.
No issues so far. Although haven’t done a massive milage yet.
It’s has been dealer serviced so far but once the warranty has finished I’ll be doing most things myself. Looks fairly straightforward. Very economical.
The standard tyre are awful, white lining is dreadful. I’ll be changing them soon.
Buying experience: Bought from a main dealer new. Via Moto in Sheffield. Didn’t go to the shop I purchased it over the phone and had it delivered. Great service and a great price. I hadn’t test ridden one and only seen one in the flesh once. Bit of an impulse buy but I do definitely not regret it. Great fun.
Version: V 2
Annual servicing cost: £400
One classic bike that goes all the way. 10000 miles and still in for a joyride. 48 HP isn't very much, though.
ABS now installed makes riding much safer. Traction control isn't really worth mentioning.
750 cc engine provides enough torque, yet 48 HP isn't anything one would call sporty.
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.
Cheap insurance, finding a good garage is far more difficult.
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.
Version: v7 II Stone
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.
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.