MCN Fleet: A lesson on how to corner on track with the Moto Guzzi V7

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In my last update, I mentioned riding around Silverstone as part of the Day of Champions on the  Moto Guzzi V7. It was my first time ever on a track, even though it was part of a procession, and it was all very respectful and measured.

Now I can say unequivocally say that I have had the Guzzi, and myself, on the track properly, completing a day with Rapid Training focused on improving cornering on the road.

As much as I was being taught how to handle the bike, it was also interesting to feel how the bike handled differently when I was being shown these tips and tricks.

Moto Guzzi V7 undergoing on track tutoring

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Only once did I feel something like a loose sensation in the Guzzi’s rear tyre after a clunky gear change on a long corner, but in all, I was impressed, and I think those who were a little more seasoned on the track were too.

Clive, my instructor, told me the bike could handle the corners well, and even though I pushed it as far as I could, he insisted I didn’t need to worry, and it would lean even further – and I didn’t have any reservations about that whatsoever.

Motorcycle tutoring at Blyton Park Circuit

The balance was just right around the corners and each time I tried to push myself a little more with the countersteering or just leaving the throttle open for a little longer before I braked for a corner, the bike didn’t push back or fret and instead skirted around the bends with surprising ease.

Coming out of the corners, the 850cc engine picks up quickly in the low gears and by the afternoon, I was keeping up with the other groups on the track which sported the likes of Triumph Speed Triples, Ducati Monsters, and the odd BMW GS, too.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone cornering on track

Plus, a few of the other trainees on the day complimented the rumbling soundtrack if they were following me.

The other thing worthy of note was that although I’d been on the bike pretty much all day (on the track from 7.30am until 5pm), the two-hour ride home wasn’t as much of a drag as I thought it might be.

I was still comfortable on the bike and although the motorway was monotonous, the good old Guzzi ate up the miles without hesitation.

Update two: Getting to grips with the Moto Guzzi V7

Published on 05/11/2021

Moto Guzzi V7 riding on UK roads

As I’m still the newbie on Team MCN, I’ve only just I’ve picked up my Moto Guzzi V7 Stone longtermer while the rest of the gang are well into racking up the miles.

So I’m keener than ever to pile on the distance and see new parts of the UK on the matt-orange Guzzi. After the V7’s 2008 reimagining of the 1967 retro classic, the 2021 model has followed firmly in its evolutionary footsteps.

This bike has a revitalised engine which packs 853cc rather than the legacy 750 and the power has jumped up to 64bhp. Oh, and it’s dropped the roman numerals too.

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I didn’t waste time taking it for a ride to the Welsh borders and even on a parade lap around Silverstone, despite the Guzzi being described as having a 'metropolitan personality'.

Bells and whistles on the Moto Guzzi V7

As the Stone is the base model, you don’t expect all the little luxuries you’d get if you put a bit more money down, so I can understand the lack of luggage rack and cruise control. But one thing I didn’t account for was the lack of fuel gauge.

Yes, it’s Euro5 compliant and has a massive 24-litre tank, but you still have to go through the process of hitting the trip to zero with a full tank, riding until the fuel light comes on, and have a gentle panic attack as you try to locate the nearest petrol station despite being in the sparsely served countryside.

My bikes have always had gauges, so I’m not used to the range blindness. But once you get that first nervy ride out the way, you can concentrate on the bike, which I’ve found good fun so far.

I got around 200 miles to the tank while riding normally on a great selection of A-roads, B-roads and motorways to the Welsh borders and back.

What’s better, knowing how far I could go between top-ups put me in good stead to join the rideout for the Day of Champions with Two Wheels for Life.

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone parked up

Day of Champions

It was a first for me to do a lap of a racetrack. It was nothing special in terms of speed or aggression, I grant you, as it was a parade lap of Silverstone with a 60mph limit.

Regardless, I had a great time knowing I could go around a corner without hearing the usual scrape of my footboards on tarmac (I own a Harley-Davidson Hertiage Softail as my personal bike) although I had to keep an eye on the sidestand, and there was enough grunt behind the V-twin to accelerate at a decent rate out of the corners.

It also got a lot of positive feedback in the car park afterwards too… I guess there really is nothing like retro styling to gather a crowd of admirers.

Comfort on V7 Stone

Moto Guzzi V7 Stone rider and pillion seat

One thing did get my attention after the two longer trips I’ve achieved on the Guzzi, and that’s the ability to get off the bike without wincing.

The last naked bike I had is lodged in my memory for giving a numb posterior and wind-battered shoulders, and although the Guzzi can’t do much about the wind, the riding position keeps the weight off your wrists a little better and the seat is surprisingly comfortable even after several hours in the saddle.

I’m keen to take the Guzzi for a longer stint and really test my fuel-gauge number crunching and the so-far-so-welcoming riding position. But after a few 100-mile jaunts, I think I can safely say that the V7 is definitely not just for the urban jungle.

Update one: Fresh challenges await on the Moto Guzzi V7

Published: 11.08.21

Side on image of Moto Guzzi V7

My usual V-Twin is a Harley Davidson, and I’ll be turning that on its head, or by 90 degrees in the case of the Moto Guzzi V7. I'm looking forward to heading to new corners of the UK, and hopefully beyond if I can!

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The rider Saffron Wilson, Reporter, 27, 5ft 8in riding on the road for 11 years.

Bike specs 853cc | 64bhp | 198kg (dry) | 780mm seat height

See the 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 in action in the group test video below:

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Saffron Wilson

By Saffron Wilson

MCN Reporter - loves to tour and explore new places on her Harley-Davidson Heritage Softail