Few bikes can match the Moto Guzzi V7 in terms of charisma and charm | 2021 expert review

Highlights

  • Charismatic retro with largest and most powerful engine yet
  • Finely honed balance of tradition and modernity
  • Still enough trad’ Guzzi charm for brand aficionados

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
Power: 64 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.7 in / 780 mm)
Weight: High (514 lbs / 233 kg)

Prices

New £8,000
Used £7,200

Overall rating

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

The Moto Guzzi V7 is a back-to-basics machine that perfectly represents what a retro bike should be: a famous old model reimagined, with plenty of traditional character and old-school charm but served with modern quality, civility and rideability. Oh, and it’s always had plenty of what all manufacturers strive for with their throwback models. Authenticity.

When you think ‘Guzzi’ it’s an image of a V7 that pops into your bonce. The Italian factory has knocked out bikes with engines of assorted capacity and configuration since it started production in 1921, from dinky two-strokes (their Motoleggera 65 ‘Guzzino’ was Europe’s best-selling motorcycle for over a decade) through eight-valve overhead-cam Ducati challengers to 1400cc behemoths.

But it’s air-cooled 90˚ pushrod V-twins that have been their signature since 1967 when they launched the V7 powered by a V-twin displacing 700cc. Easy to see where the moniker came from...

There's a huge amount of charm on offer with the Moto Guzzi V7

Later V7s, including the iconic Sport of the early 1970s, grew to 750 and evolved into the legendary Le Mans. The firm’s success was built on the pushrod V-twin and V7, so when Guzzi created a new retro-style bike for 2008 it had to be a seven-fifty and had use the celebrated name.

The softly tuned, back-to-basics naked has been a success, with various updates and technical tweaks keeping it fresh. However, with rivals like Triumph’s Street Twin offering additional oomph and a luxurious feel, from 2021 the V7 is an 850. (Which means it should really be called the V85, but of course that name is taken by the Moto Guzzi V85 TT.)

Earlier 744cc V7s always got the balance of then and now just about spot-on. Some retros, like Royal Enfield’s Bullet and the Benelli Imperiale 400, are just like riding an old bike, while machines like the Triumph Speed Twin and Yamaha XSRs are modern tackle in period costume.

But with traditional feel and sensations mixed with modern quality, manners, ease of use and reliability, the Guzzi has always seemed reassuringly genuine. It’s still the case with the 853cc bike.

It’s still a doddle to ride yet with surprisingly capable handling, still nicely made and still provides rich sensations, only now with a little more meat on its bones. It’s both faster and more flexible, without damaging the character that’s made the V7 popular.

The Moto Guzzi logo is a sign that you're going to have a good day

Becoming an 850 doesn’t really change the Moto Guzzi’s positioning, though. The V7 is still classier, nicer made and gruntier than a Royal Enfield 650 Interceptor, but three-grand more expensive; and it’s still less punchy than a Triumph Street Twin and way slower than a Yamaha XSR900, yet more authentic and charismatic than both.

As before, the V7’s most direct rival is Kawasaki’s underrated parallel-twin W800, which outclasses the V7 on period detailing but like all other retros falls short in one vital area. It doesn’t say Moto Guzzi on the tank.

Ride quality & brakes

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

Moto Guzzi’s V7 is simple to ride whether bobbing around town or bend-swinging through open countryside.

Comparatively slim wheels and easy ergonomics give breezy low-speed control and agility, and with an 18in front wheel and weight carried quite low there’s plenty of roadholding on flowing routes.

Suspension is hardly sophisticated, but the Kayaba twin shocks (slightly stiffer and with increased travel for the 850) and 40mm right-way-up forks give decent ride quality and good feedback, and the chassis gives plenty of confidence.

With its Dunlop Arrowmax Streetsmart tyres the V7 giggles as you cheerfully wear away its footpeg blobs on familiar roads. Or unfamiliar ones, actually. Just watch abuse of the left ’peg – once the blob has worn away the stand drags and can lift the rear wheel off the floor.

Scraping the footpegs of the 2021 Moto Guzzi V7

Just a single disc brake out front (function following form), but the four-piston Brembo caliper is plenty strong enough for typical Guzzi antics. The rear brake gives particularly pleasing control.

Engine

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

Previous V7s were ushered along by a 744cc motor, but this has made way for Guzzi’s 853cc unit also used in the V9 and V85 TT. It’s essentially the same air-cooled V-twin as before with two valves per cylinder, pushrods and a single throttle body with Siamesed inlet, but with a larger bore and longer stroke (84 x 77mm, rather than 80 x 74mm).

Moto Guzzi V7 engine is a lovely V-twin and larger than ever before at 850cc

For the V7 the engine is in identical tune to the V9 Bobber, so has a claimed 53.8 lb.ft of torque at 5000rpm giving maximum power of 64bhp at 6800rpm – that’s a 25% hike over the old engine, though the peaks have snook up the rev range by 750rpm or so.

There’s definitely more wallop: the new 850 pulls harder at around 3000rpm, and when ridden with gusto there’s certainly additional pace. However, low-rev fuelling isn’t perfect (not helped by the feeling that the engine management is over-managing below 3000rpm in first gear), and in ‘normal’ riding you don’t overly notice the 850’s extra meatiness.

The six-speed gearbox is polite, and does the usual Guzzi trick of slipping into first gear to the lightest of touches without any sound or physical restriction. With the V-twin’s longitudinal crank and shaft final drive there’s a hint of torque reaction, but it adds character rather than being annoying.

Reliability & build quality

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

The paintwork on the Moto Guzzi V7 is deep and wonderfully finished

Quality is good. Very good. Paint is deep, running gear has a resilient finish, and Guzzi’s laid-back V-twin engine is proven and exceedingly dependable. Buy a V7 and it won’t let you down. Some of the components aren’t the flashiest, but everything about the V7 feels classier than its eight-grand-or-so price tag implies.

Owners of previous versions rave about the reliability and finish of their bikes, the only grumbles being about the rear shocks – which are improved on the 850.

Our 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 owners' reviews show two very happy buyers who haven't had any problems whatsoever.

Your V7 will need looking after for year-round use, though. There are several fasteners and smaller parts that will grow fur and try to corrode if they get anywhere near road salt without first being bathed in something protective, and the V7 Special has lots of chrome and alloy finishes that need an eye keeping on them.

Value vs rivals

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

There's no shortage of middleweight retro motorbikes on the market these days but few can boast the charisma and charm of the Guzzi. Triumph’s Speed Twin 900 uses a characterful parallel-twin engine and just about trumps the Guzzi in terms of finish and build quality but is slightly less fun than the Italian.

The now discontinued Kawasaki W800 was underpowered, heavy and overpriced, although it certainly looked the part.

Royal Enfield's Interceptor 650 is difficult to ignore in this market sector and sold by the shed load since it was launched. The Enfield is a true blast from the past that won hearts and minds with its simplistic take on biking. It can be worked on and fettled easily at home and there's little to go wrong in terms of electronics or gadgets.

The £8k starting price plonks the Moto Guzzi V7 nicely in the mix with its main rivals, the Kawasaki W800 and the Triumph Street Twin

The latest addition to the market is the BSA Gold Star, a reintroduction of the classic British marque by new owners TVS. Although it was met with approval by road testers, the BSA has struggled to leave a mark in the UK market and supply issues hampered early deliveries, too.

The Guzzi is there or there about if you’re addicted to monthly PCP payments, too. Monthly payments are higher than rivals and it’s guaranteed future value is a little lower, but this means a more affordable optional end payment if you want to keep the bike at the end of the finance – which you will, given how easier the V-twin is to bond with. Over 36 months, 3000 miles a year and a deposit of £860, the more desirable V7 Special is £128.65 a month (8.9% APR) with an end payment of payment of £3578. On the same terms a Street Twin in zingy Cobalt Blue is £101.52 a month (7.9% APR) with a £4398 end payment, while a W800 is £117.16 a month (5.9% APR) with an end payment of £4689.

Running a V7 is a little more expensive, though. Insurance is group 12, which is same as the Triumph rival, and the frugal V-twin does 63mpg in brisk use – with the handy 21-litre tank that’s a range of almost 300 miles. However, the V7 needs servicing every 6200 miles with new spark plugs and valve clearance check every time. At least there’s no drive chain to lubricate…

Equipment

3 out of 5 (3/5)

The £8600 Moto Guzzi V7 Special is the one to go for - you get this beautiful deep paintwork

The cheapest V7 model is the Stone, which has a matt paint finish and black exhausts, cast wheels, fork gaiters, and a daytime running light with the profile of the firm’s eagle logo. It costs £8000 in either black, light blue or orangey-yellow. There’s also a limited-edition grey and green Centenario model for 2021 only at £8200. The more appealing version is the V7 Special though, with deep glossy paint, chrome pipes, machined cooling fins, spoke wheels and a grab rail. Choose blue or grey while handing over £8600.

Retro clocks on the Moto Guzzi V7

Buying a V7 isn’t about shimmering technology. This is a proper retro, so switchgear is simplistic and electronics are limited to ABS and basic two-level traction control. The Stone has a new round digital display, but the Special retains analogue dials with a basic LCD inlay rather than multi-colour TFT fireworks. You’re paying for high quality and a fine finish instead.

Specs

Engine size 853cc
Engine type air-cooled pushrod 4v V-twin
Frame type steel tube open cradle
Fuel capacity 21 litres
Seat height 780mm
Bike weight 233kg
Front suspension telescopic fork, no adjustment
Rear suspension twin shocks, adjustable preload
Front brake 320mm disc with four-piston calipers. ABS
Rear brake 260mm disc, two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 100/90 R18
Rear tyre size 150/70 R17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 63 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £200
New price £8,000
Used price £7,200
Insurance group 12 of 17
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 64 bhp
Max torque 53.8 ft-lb
Top speed 110 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 291 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2008: throwback V7 launched with classic spoke-wheel styling, powered by a 744cc air-cooled V-twin with alloy pushrod timing gear with two valves per cylinder and a claimed 48bhp. Five-speed gearbox, shaft final drive.
  • 2014: updated to become the V7 II, with a tweaked chassis, a smidge more power, a redesigned gearbox (now six speeds), ABS and traction control. Three versions: matt finish and cast wheel Stone; shiny spoke wheel Specia; and head-down Racer. Later there are versions called the Rough, Milano and Carbon with cosmetic fiddling. There’s also a scrambler-style V7 Stornello offered for 2016 only.
  • 2017: out pops the V7 III with the heron cylinder heads from the V9, 10% more power, a slicker gearbox with a lighter clutch, plus a reworked chassis with better rear shocks. Improved riding position and comfier seat, too.
  • 2021: Roman numerals dropped from the name, and the 744cc engine replaced by the 853cc unit from the V9, ramping power up to 64bhp. Rear shocks further improved, headstock altered, tweaked styling, LED indicators and cool taillight.

Other versions

Moto Guzzi and Gucci, brands synonymous with Italian style and flair, have been brought together by British design house Palace to create a limited-edition V7 retro roadster. Retailing for a staggering £42,500, the special bike features a woodland camo print on the tank courtesy of Palace and a dark brown leather monogrammed seat. The highlight though are the Gucci panniers. It’s certainly striking…

Moto Guzzi V7 Gucci

Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI V7 (2021 - on)

13 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V7 (2021 - 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 (2021 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Equipment: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Annual servicing cost: £200
5 out of 5 Mr
11 March 2024 by RSM

Version: Special

Year: 2022

Annual servicing cost: £250

Love the looks&performance.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

brakes are stopping well & ride quality remains me my old days on a bikes.

Engine 5 out of 5

Just one word, Fantastic!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

feel solid and I hope ot last for long.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

£250 its a bit to much.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Not much original equipment, but i am happy for what it is

Buying experience: I got my bike from a Moto Guzzi dealer in West Sussex, really nice people.

5 out of 5 Want an easy and reassuring ride, but a bit different? This one’s for you.
12 September 2023 by luigi853

Version: Stone

Year: 2021

Best feature? It’s a Guzzi. It has a way about it…

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Shaft drive adds smoothness but obviously saps power, but if you want power you’d choose something else anyway. Many complain of the harsh rear shock; I find it on the firm side but not enough to pay £££ for an upgrade. Brakes never an issue. Low-speed control with the rear is the most confidence inspiring I’ve ever used.

Engine 5 out of 5

This is the bike’s forte. Not the power, but the character. I never tire of the sideways vibes.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

As explained above, the cylinder head bolts have furred a little after a couple of winters of owning the bike since new. What’s more of a worry is that I’ve found the electrics to be somewhat temperamental; the electric start can take a few seconds to start cranking but once it does, it’ll fire no problem. That is, if you’ve switched the kill switch back on. As a precaution, I’ve found it to be far more likely if the battery is isolated between uses. I use it as a weekend toy, like most owners, rather than a daily hack. But the rest of the bike is as good as any other I’ve owned, including Japanese makes and H-D.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Only had one service so far, the next one is in a few days time. Significant thing is that, due to the relatively tiny dealer network, you will need to book your service a long way in advance (8 weeks last year, same this year).

Equipment 5 out of 5

Not so much for what the bike has, because it looks its best as intended from the factory. Some worry about the lack of fuel gauge: when you’re running low an additional trip meter automatically displays, counting up from 0.0 from the point when the warning light comes on, so a bit like a ‘reserve’ without having to turn on a fiddly tap like the old days. Rather than use MG’s expensive luggage range I tour solo with Givi’s much more cost-effective Remove-X system and fit their soft Corium bags, which are excellent products in their own right but really suit the look and nature of the bike. It’s a very capable mini-tourer.

Buying experience: Dealership is the best I’ve ever used, not that I’ve ever really had a bad experience from any other thus far. I got their demo in August 2021 after a test ride and fell in love with it straight away (after a Z900RS!). With around 600 miles on the clock I paid £7200 (10% off). Then after a miscalculation along the line I put down £400 instead of £500 as a gesture of goodwill. So £7100 in all.

4 out of 5
19 June 2023 by Carl

Version: Stone 850

Year: 2022

Overall I've been very impressed with this bike. It's technically not a sophisticated bike but I can't help but smile whenever I ride it.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 4 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5 Very Lovely
19 June 2023 by Swimupbar

Version: Stone

Year: 2023

The V7 has been perfect as my first bike after 15 years off. It’s comfy, easy to ride, and full of character. Every time I see it in the garage I want to go out on it. After 1500 miles in 6 weeks I’m loving it.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

It handles perfectly for what it is and it’s price point. Not 5/5 as the rear is a little crashy on some bumps (but I’m a bit/lot overweight). Rear brake is great- decent power and feel. Front brake could be a little stronger for more spirited riding but is absolutely fine.

Engine 5 out of 5

Full of character. Perfect power level for relaxed and more spirited riding at legal speeds. As others have said, lumpy low down, eager in the mid range, and with a little fun to be had at the top end. Twisties are dealt with in 3rd and 4th. 6th is overdrive for cruising.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Build quality is high and materials are lovely. Too young to speak to reliability.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service was a very reasonable £160 - oil change and valve clearances. 10k/1yr intervals after that. Suspect next service will be slightly more, but not much.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Clocks have all you need. I’m a bit bemused by those bemoaning lack of a fuel gauge. Light comes on about 160 miles and I’ve done 200 miles with fuel still in the tank- it’s a bike, not a car. Some luggage tie down points and a little underseat storage would be good. But I’ve got an Oxford Aqua tail bag and tank bag and they work great. Also Peak Design phone holder is very discrete. Dart fly screen is a nice addition too. I’m not entirely convinced by the standard (Dunlop Streetsmart) tyres. They are French made and have full tread thickness- but lack a bit of feel and turn-in. I might change them before they’re worn out.

Buying experience: New from dealer - was a nice experience. I told them I’d be back for my next bike- but they said they very rarely have Guzzi’s traded back in. Apparently people just keep them…I’m starting to think they might be right…

5 out of 5 Love the V7 Special
03 May 2023 by Corndog

Version: Special

Year: 2022

I give it 5 of 5 because it delivers just what I wanted from a bike like this. It's just a motorcycle. A versatile, easy to use, easy to ride, easy to service, low maintenance, general purpose bike with style and character.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I knocked a point off here for the harsh rear shocks which will jar you on rough pavement. Otherwise, the front end is good and if the pavement is decent so is the rear. The brakes work very good but do requires some force at the lever for hard braking. Feel of the brakes are very good for a single disc.

Engine 4 out of 5

A little torn about giving a 4/5 here. The fuel delivery is not the smoothest below 3000 rpm and neither is the engine. But nearing 4000 rpm the motor just sings and pulls very well on its way up. Overall, not unexpected and not really much of an issue, for me. Transmission is a bit balky when cold but smooths out fine once warm. Clutch action is excellent.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I can't speak to reliability as it's too new yet. The build quality is very good however.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

I do my own service as it's easy, and I know the mechanic. Because of the shaft drive and easy peasy valve adjustments, the operating costs come down to tires and motor oil mostly. Every blue moon some gear oil and fork service.

Equipment 5 out of 5

The ergonomics of the Special are excellent with a very comfortable seat and controls layout ideal for me at 5'9". The large fuel tank is welcome and the fit and finish are beautiful. I've read people complaining about the stock tires (Dunlops) but I don't have a problem with them. The tires hold well cornering moderately fast and the don't track grooves in pavement. One minor complaint is the front fender is too short to give good coverage and road debris pastes the front of the engine.

Buying experience: I bought the bike in March of 2023 and it was a 2022 model. Guzzi offered a rebate on last year's V7's and along with a very accommodating dealer, I paid $10,240. out the door. By my accounting, that's a great deal.

4 out of 5 Moto Guzzi for the masses.
03 May 2023 by mp.lear@gmail.com

Version: Special

Year: 2021

Brilliant to ride, reset your expectations, It's a pure a motorcycling experience.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Superb handling. Coming from Ducati's/KTM's that is a strong statement.

Engine 4 out of 5

Addictive motor, as simple as a hammer, as effective as one too! Gearbox can miss a change when wanting to hurry up a bit so drops a star for that.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Drops a star because of initial fuelling hiccups and the occasional gearbox stutter. Running gear and paintwork etc is first class.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

65+ MPG simple enough to service yourself (Unless you're allergic to oil under your fingernails) you can't get simpler than an air cooled pushrod two valve motor. Could get tricky with the drive train tho.. time will tell.

Equipment 3 out of 5

Glaring omission of a fuel gauge loses a star, awkward right-thumb scroll through the menu button loses another.

Buying experience: Bought from South Wales dealers M&P, buying from Swansea was easy, servicing in Cardiff is not.

5 out of 5 Italian Job
19 December 2022 by Kev...

Version: Stone

Year: 2022

Been on bikes since 1976 and have had a good selection over that time.. The Guzzi is very easy to ride,very comfy seat,has plenty of character and ticks all of the boxes for me.. Only downside are the standard tyres = not very good!

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Steady as a rock

Engine 5 out of 5

Great

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

I just give most of the bike a wipe over with a clean oily rag and it comes up fine.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Good on fuel,dealer servicing £255 for 1st service and £360 for the next one,so budget for that..

Equipment 5 out of 5

Buying experience: Not much,but what there is works fine

4 out of 5 Authentic as can be V-twin
03 October 2022 by Baz

Version: Special

Year: 2022

My first Guzzi, stunning Italian styling (it's the blu formale), fabulous V-twin rumble, old school authenticity, great for either town work (head-turner) or better, B road cruising. Why 4 stars ? There's a problem with the engine warning light ( ? apparently an ECU fault /recall due ) which nobody seems to want to sort out. ~ 600miles in and its running fine but worrying light either on or flashing ~

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

OK, brakes aren't the tops but this isn't a sportsbike and so perfectly adequate.

Engine 5 out of 5

Just a super, smooth, V-twin thumper.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5
Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

First service due now but waiting for recall to synchronise. Assume MCN are near the servicing costs mark.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Great dual clocks & comfy, low saddle ( bit of a short-****). The 'heavy' weight doesn't feel intimidating.

4 out of 5 Great bike for the hands on rider.
26 May 2022 by Andy Metcalfe

Version: Stone

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £80

Lovely to ride but not for the feint hearted on maintenance. If you are not hands-on buy a Triumph.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Loves A or B roads, can do anything. 500 mile days are easy. Pillion comfort limited to 100 miles per leg.

Engine 5 out of 5

Once run in (3000 miles +) is fantastic.

Reliability & build quality 2 out of 5

Simple but put together by idiots. Every bolt is threadlocked cheese. No grease is used anywhere. The dealers filled the gearbox with the wrong oil because their Honda tech doesn't know the differences between a 750 and 850. Take it home, take it apart, tidy it up. Just like a 1975 Ural.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Do your own servicing, its very very simple and you will give attention to the detail. Less maintenance than an Enfield, simpler than a Triumph. If you can't you need a dealer that really cares about Guzzi's.

Equipment 5 out of 5

OE Dunaplop tyres are awful Brazilian rubbish, but everyone knows that. Fit Michelins. It's not the sort of bike where you even think about Bluetooth connection to the ashtray or whatever, just ride it.

Buying experience: Dealers can be clueless. Bought new, wish I'd bought from Teasdales but the supply situation means bad dealers are probably the ones with bikes available.

5 out of 5 V7 motoguzzi special
28 December 2021 by Robert Henry Michael Lambshead

Version: special

Year: 2021

i have had 3 motoguzzis and love them to bits. I am 66 and have ridden continually for 40 years.i love the style and handling. I have short legs so the ride height is so important

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

after my Susuki V strom the front brake feels a little under powered. You have to use more pressure but seems to stop the bike.

Engine 4 out of 5

at low revs feels lumpy and when cold, 10 miles , the gearbox is also lumpy. then becomes smooth

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

to new. But both my other ones had issues, The V50 had electrical issues and the V7 (1) had a porous gearbox and a leaking rear gear seal. Both repaired under warranty. The V7(1)s chrome on the wheels was a rust box.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

seems to be very frugal on fuel

Equipment 4 out of 5

needs a fuel gauge

Buying experience: from a dealer, M and P , Cardiff . Was most impressed with them. paid 7000 for a motoguzzi v7 special wih 1000 miles on clock. Paid fullprice

5 out of 5 Puts a big smile on my face
30 October 2021 by Gary C

Version: Stone

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £250

A cafe cruiser that out a big smile in my face

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Love the ride. Great for trips out but over two hours and you need a short break. It’s a country lane boy, avoid motorways, much more fun.Breaks are ok just not dynamic

Engine 4 out of 5

Engine picks up over 4000 revs but plodding along slowly in sixth gives a nice low rumble

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

2000 miles and not one problem

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Finding a good local MG dealer is a challenge

Equipment 4 out of 5

Equipment level is basic which suits its retro look. Love the matt black tank, exhaust and wheels. Had to fit a USB Charger (easy) but the manual is awful. Still no idea what most of the wires are in and around the battery. Bought a small disc break lock that just fits under the seat. Still trying to get small discreet side panniers.

Buying experience: Bought from a super friendly dealer in Exeter. Subsequently found another dealer offering a life time warranty and free first service.

5 out of 5 Stylish, practical and a joy to ride in the real world
03 July 2021 by NYBJ

Version: Special

Year: 2021

Great fun, a joy to ride, unique eye-catching style, practical and comfortable.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Single front Brembo does the job. Back break good. Suspension basic but very effective (much better the the v7 iii). Low seat height and centre of gravity, and Dunlop tyres inspire confidence.

Engine 5 out of 5

Good low down torque, great v-twin character and enough power for real-world riding for those keen to hang on to their licences.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Have ridden the bike 2000 miles in the 3 months I’ve had it. All I have had to do it put petrol in it, and that not very often with a 250 mile tank range: it hasn’t missed a beat.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service cost £110 (my dealer gives good discounts to anyone buying their bike from him), it has averaged 62 mpg over 2000 miles and insurance is very reasonable. Easy access to air cooled engine, shaft drive and minimal electronics (ABS and three levels of traction control) should keep costs down.

Equipment 4 out of 5

Basic electronics are more than adequate for riders not wanting umpteen riding modes they never use. Basic suspension soaks up the bumps and holds the roads without offering adjustments beyond most people’s appreciation. Lacks a fuel gauge but does have an accurate low fuel warning light. Dunlop tyres are good. “Comfort seat” fitted as standard, rather than a rip-off optional extra. I have fitted Halcyon bar end mirrors (look and work better than OEM), Ultimate Add-on heated grips (switch for setting heat levels built into grip rather than needing a separate, ugly unit bolted to the bars), Motone fly-screen (works remarkably well for its size and looks great) and Hepco and Becker c-bow legacy panniers (stylish, well made and useful).

Buying experience: My local dealer - Teasedale’s of Thirsk - gave me a very good trade-in on my old bike. They also discount servicing and, if done in the winter, will collect and return the bike for free. Their service is consistently excellent. This is my third bike from them and I don’t plan on going anywhere else.

5 out of 5 Cracking bike the the discerning lady of gentleman. Lol
24 April 2021 by David B.

Version: Special

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £200

I am nearly at the first service since picking up my bike on 1st March. So far, I have been mightily impressed. The drive from the south cost to Colchester On a very cold morning my trade in 2010 RT1200 was it usual warm and wind free self. The ride back on the V7 was in stark contrast. Cold and windy! So, lack of creature comforts aside what about the bike? It’s a cracker. Superb engine with plenty of character. The fueling is absolutely something that dosent feel quite right. Open the throttle in slightly the wrong gear and it feels a little bogged down. However the general A and B road speed limit riding I do the bike rewards me in spades. Exhaust tone is just about right but I am still thinking after market cans might be on the list. Up to work on the motorway last week was not as bad as I expected. Arms still in sockets and at 80ish @4300rpm. Looks are outstanding and the community sociable and friendly. Take a test if you fancy something different and really quite special.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

It’s new to me so I am getting used to it but feels sure footed and brakes fell well matched to performance

Engine 5 out of 5

Superb so far. (Under 1/- miles)

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

It’s a new bike. Looks well put together and thought out.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

It looks awesome

Buying experience: I bought from a dealer over the phone. Good salesman but less than perfect handover. Covid obviously had an impact but it could have been a much better experience.

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