The new Moto Guzzi V7 is what is often referred to as a ‘modern classic’ - a retro-styled machine that evokes the style of the 1970s but does so with a decidedly modern panache. In so doing, it pays homage to the many previous bikes using the Guzzi transverse V-twin engine that has served the Italian company so well for fifty years.
It is not surprising, therefore, that a new version of this 850cc engine is the focal point of the V7 and is the most modern power unit to come out of the factory from Mandello del Lario, by the side of Lake Como. As such, it has 25% more maximum power, going from the previous 52hp at 6200rpm to the current 65hp at 6800rpm. In addition, maximum torque has also been increased significantly with more than 80% of that pulling power coming in smoothly at 3000rpm. Even at that increased power output, however, this is no super sports machine – but nor was it ever intended to be. What it is must be obvious to anyone who sees it. The V7 is a smooth and stylish cruiser, whether in an urban environment or on the open road.
There is a definite aesthetic impact from the larger cylinder finning on the engine, which also stands out for its generously sized exhaust pipes that exit on each side of the bike and culminate in upswept mufflers These make for a dramatic view from the rear, a view which also highlights both the larger final drive shaft and the wider rear wheel, as well as the more robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers that are angled well forward and provide more suspension travel. All these components are in the same positions as they would have been on 1970s machines but their increase in size is what helps give the new bike a totally modern look. From the large but lightweight front disc brake backwards to the tip of the shortened rear mudguard the Moto Guzzi’s visual appeal is the epitome of modern ‘retro’ style.