The 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 is a completely new bike that Women Riders Now Editor Genevieve Schmitt believes women of smaller stature (among other types of riders) may be interested in because of its size, manageability and Italian heritage. Although the V7 has been in the Italian brands family for more than 40 years, the 2013 V7 line has been completely updated and now comprises three separate models: the V7 Stone, the V7 Racer and the V7 Special. At least one of these new models is designed to appeal to younger riders.
To get the public excited about the bikes, Moto Guzzi is inviting licensed motorcycle riders to test ride the new V7 Stone between now and November 1, before its available in stores. See the end of this article for details.
The 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 has a 90-degree V-twin engine thatsmore powerful, faster and smootherthan its predecessor. Nevertheless, the engine maintainstwo cornerstones of the V7 tradition, which dates back to 1969: Itsdriven by the cardan shaft drive, and its supported by the double cradle “Tonti” frame, named after V7 developer and engineer Lino Tonti.
The V7s seat height is a manageable 31.5 inches, with the option of using a thinner seat to lower the bike to 30.7 inches. The bike weighs in at 395 pounds, so even the shortest of riders should be able to tiptoe and maneuver the bike without a problem.
The V7 Stone is a completely new version designed to appeal to younger riders with its lower price point and trendy paint job of Matte Black or Pure White. The model is easy to customize with an array of accessories. The V7 Stone features the new and more powerful 750cc 90-degree V-twin motor and new lightweight six split-spoke alloy wheels. The color-coordinated tank and chrome accents make the V7 Stone a showstopper on the road and at any café, bike night or local hot spot.
The 2013 V7 Racer is an ode to café racer motorcycles from the 50s and 60s with the performance of a modern machine. The V7 Racer has the same new 750cc 90-degree V-twin motor with increased torque, horsepower and throttle response for an enjoyable ride. The new V7 Racer features a myriad of unique style attributes, including a chrome fuel metal tank studded with red Moto Guzzi badges and finished with a leather strap and a suede leather seat with an aerodynamic seat cowl and 70s-style racer number plates. The V7 Racer is perfect for the adventurous rider with an eye for design and a wild streak.
The V7 Special is the closest to the original 1969 V7 Special, not only because it shares its name with the first V7, but also because it faithfully carries the same riding philosophy—a touring bike with a sophisticated fit and finish and a uniquely “Guzzi” engine character. The new engine, significantly stronger in driving torque and maximum power, is increased by 12 percent, perfectly suited for medium range touring. A greater tank capacity of 5.8 gallons for an average range of 310 miles makes long miles in the saddle possible.
Just like its predecessor, the new V7 Special is wrapped in a two-tone paint scheme and equipped with aluminum-spoked wheels, reducing unsprung weight and improving handling. The V7 Special proves a worthy touring machine when outfitted with bags and a windshield from Moto Guzzi’s accessory collection.
The V7 Stone and Racer lines will be available in dealerships across the United States in early to mid-October. The V7 Special is expected to be in showrooms by the beginning of 2013. To sign up for a test ride, Moto Guzzi created an online request system that lets enthusiasts find a participating dealer and sign up online. To learn more, visit MotoGuzzi.com.