Road test: Moto Guzzi V7 Cafè Classic
We had a test ride of the new Moto Guzzi V7 Cafè Classic and to be honest, it’s difficult to go unnoticed on this motorcycle, faithful to Guzzi style and historic class. Above all, the dominating factor is a retro look, with plenty of fascination and charm that true Guzzi fans will appreciate.
The new V7 is born from the ashes of the V7 Legnano, a prototype that was based on the V7 Special that emerged at the beginning of the 1970’s. The original V7 version had a 700cc engine and about 50hp, that was built on the request of the police for an all-purpose model that could substitute the all-rounder Falcone.
The first model, destined for the military, was built in 1963 with a 90° V engine at 700cc, will the V7 civilian road version was presented in 1965 in Milan. From the project, and using the same chassis and engine, further models were developed including the V7 Special, V7 Sport (known in Italy as the “bassotto” or dachsund) and the V7 GT 850.
Like its parent, the new V7 uses spoke wheels with sports tyres, and a classically austere instrument panel with vintage style. Chrome features further reinforce this Guzzi vintage style, while modern technology matches the 60’s and 70’s Italian design in a form that is recognisable for its charm and personality.
The current Cafè Classic marks another step in a story from 1969, using technology that saw an increase in power from the original engine of 703cc, up to 757cc. Keeping the trustworthy durability that Moto Guzzi was, and is, famous for, the V7 Special was equipped with this new engine, that in 1969, made history in Monza in races of 100 and 1000 km, at average speeds of 218 and 205 km/hr.
On the road, the V7 Classic is a perfect companion for riders who want a relaxed and easy experience, without the frenetic ride of modern technology. It’s an easygoing touring bike that allows you to take in the landscape with a Moto Guzzi that is steady and classic in style.
The V7 Classic is easy and instinctive to ride, eliciting confidence from the rider. The size is companct, with an upright riding position and great handling that also make this an option for city traffic, mixed urban routes and a female clientele. While the style is vintage classic, it’s also versatile enough to meet the demands of both younger, curious riders and the more experienced rider looking for a nostalgic experience.
The seat is comfortable, well padded and measured such that it is ergonomic and can accommodate a passenger, too. The engine is not designed to stupify with its brilliant performance or acceleration, but maximum torque of 54.7 Nm is reached at only 3600 rpm with power of 50 hp. The transmission, however, has been very well designed, with a spacious shift, that is sweet on the clutch.
The price of 8,000 euros is not one of the lowest, but it is definitely competitive, especially with a similar Triumph, for example, in a sector that has recently gained unexpected sales success. We liked the easy handling and riding style, and we have to add that the retro charm and history plays its part. Power and comfort could be improved.
For full technical specs and gallery, see our original Moto Guzzi V7 Cafè Classic post.
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