Moto Guzzi celebrates 50 years of V7 models with a third act for the beloved original. Since 1967 the V7 model has stood as the brand ambassador for the Italian company and its transverse Twins. For 2017 Guzzi is bringing three V7 models stateside Stone, Special, and Racer, as well as a fourth, limited edition Anniversario model.
The V7 III’s steel frame maintains its double cradle layout with the same weight distribution of 46% front; 54% rear, but the headstock area was reinforced, and new steering geometry introduced. The bike’s rear end is now suspended by a pair of preload adjustable Kayaba shocks, passenger pegs have been relocated lower and farther forward, while the entire saddle sets a little closer to the ground (30.3 inches).
The new V7 III engine enjoys a 10% performance increase to 52 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, as well as a bump in torque to 44.3 lb.-ft. At 4,900 rpm. The engine is constructed with a new, stiffer aluminum crankcase, a new oil sump, and a crankshaft. The crankcase lubrication system is said to better dissipate heat and reduce power absorption. There is also a new ventilation system, a new oil pump intake duct, new oil jets have been introduced, and the alternator cover now comes with built-in exhaust blow-by.
Bore and stroke remain the same (80mm x 74mm), however, the aluminum heads, pistons, and cylinders are all completely new. Timing is controlled by a traditional pushrod and rockers system with two valves per cylinder, now arranged in an inclined position. The fuel system is a single-body Marelli EFI system. The exhaust system is also new, fitted with double pipe manifolds that improve thermal insulation. All said, the new Guzzi Twin is a more efficient, better-performing engine that complies with Euro 4 emission standards.
The six-speed gearbox introduced on the V7 II is unchanged but now benefits from a different first and sixth gear ratio, as well as the 170mm dry single disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability.
In 2012, Moto Guzzi introduced its ABS/TC system on the California 1400, safety systems that were then implemented on all the models in the range. The new V7 III has an ABS but also a new adjustable Moto Guzzi Traction Control (MGCT) system. The new MGCT system is adjustable to two sensitivity levels as well as being switched off. A rider can also recalibrate the system for a different rear tire circumference.