November, 2008 – Four decades after sparking Italian enthusiasm for big displacement V-Twin engines, Moto Guzzi adds a new chapter of history with the U.S. market debut of the 2009 V7 Classic. Acknowledged as one of the most beautifully styled motorcycles of its era, the original V7 became an instant classic when it was unveiled. Not only was it Italy’s first large displacement motorcycle, but the 1967 V7 was also elegantly styled by the legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano. Just as importantly, the V7 became an instant technology trendsetter thanks to its innovative transverse, air-cooled V-twin engine with shaft drive. It is this unique engine configuration that ultimately became the single-most recognized Moto Guzzi brand attribute.
The new 2009 V7 Classic continues to showcase the many benefits of Moto Guzzi’s shaft drive technology, including reliable, consistent performance and smooth acceleration. Originally commissioned by the Italian police force, the V7 quickly found legions of loyal fans and moved to mass production, where it inspired numerous variants, such as the V7 Sport, V7 Special and the U.S. market versions V7 Ambassador, Eldorado and California. Today, motorcycle enthusiasts who appreciate authenticity and classic good looks but don’t want to sacrifice riding comfort and advanced technology will find the V7 Classic an excellent choice for everyday, anytime adventures – and a style statement that sets you apart in any crowd.
Moto Guzzi Motor Music
The sound of the Moto Guzzi engine is as distinctive today as it ever was. Add proven reliability and low fuel consumption, and the V7 Classic’s four-stroke 744cc 90-degree V-Twin is the ideal powerplant for today’s multi-faceted riding requirements. Solid torque off the line and plenty more of it across a generous powerband range ensures consistent, predictable performance on the highway or around town. A five-speed gearbox is precise and ratios have been optimized for enjoyable cruising at low revs. The quite shaft drive system provides long life with minimum maintenance. Other technical advancements include special graphite low-wear pistons. An electronic Weber Marelli fuel injection system with 36 mm throttle bodies delivers the necessary ingredients for ignition.
Both the engine and transmission are finished in black and chrome rocker covers put the spotlight on the V7 Classic’s aluminum alloy cylinders.
Engineered for Stability, Smoothness and Agility
The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is instantly responsive to rider input and its light weight (just 401.2 lbs.), upright riding position and low center of gravity make it equally effortless to maneuver, whether on a straight stretch of asphalt or a mountain pass. With a seat height of 31.7 inches, the bike is also well suited to smaller-stature riders. And, the small-block twin cradle frame with removable bolt-on lower section adds superb stability and precision cornering capability, with steering rake set at 27.5 degrees.
The V7 Classic’s suspension has been designed for a balance of rider comfort and nimble response. The front suspension features 40 mm hydraulic, telescoping Marzocchi forks with 130 mm travel. In the rear, twin pre-load adjustable Sachs shocks provide 118 mm of travel.
Braking is just as predictable as acceleration. Superior Brembo brakes provide superb stopping power, including a 320 mm floating disc at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear. The V7 Classic is fitted with an 18-inch wheel up front and 17-inch at the rear, sporting high profile tires that further add to the V7 Classic’s superb handling and riding comfort.
Styled to Honor a Legend
While the V7 Classic’s engine has the same displacement as the last Moto Guzzi model to bear the V7 badge, the 1972-74 750cc V7 Sport, designers styled the new V7 Classic to honor several variants from the illustrious V7 model line. For example, liberal use of chrome, from the exhaust to instrumentation, recalls the V7 Special, while the fuel tank design recaptures the voluptuous lines of the V7 Sport. As a whole, the bike evokes the most memorable Moto Guzzis of the 60s and 70s, making this modern-day motorcycle an eye-catching classic alternative in any crowd of me-too Twins.
Other classic Moto Guzzi styling touches include chrome spoked wheels, cigar-shaped chrome Lafranconi exhausts and instruments that clearly resemble the famous Veglia-Borlettis from the 70s. While the cockpit look is traditional, important operational and diagnostic data is presented via a modern digital display unit, presenting time, external temperature and mileage readouts. The classic chrome speedometer and rev counter complete the instrumentation panel. Chrome is also applied to the front headlight and rear light cluster.
The long two-passenger seat also pays homage to its predecessors. Elegantly top stitched and elongated, the seat incorporates chrome passenger grab handles and has the Moto Guzzi name stamped on the rear in white lettering. The seat blends gracefully with the rear mudguard. The side panels house the same stowage compartments that so stylishly set off the side view of the original machine.
The 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is available at U.S. Moto Guzzi retailers for a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,490. The exclusive body color is Moon White, a lustrous pearl white accented with classic Moto Guzzi tank decals.
• Tanks and side panels with 70s style Moto Guzzi graphics.
• Twin saddle with 70s style Moto Guzzi name
• Chromed passenger grab handles.
• Chromed rocker boxes
• Spoked wheels
• Chromed heat shields
• Chromed instrumentation
• 70s style instrument graphics
• Colour coded rear mudguard.
• Chromed rear light cluster
• Chromed locking tank filler
• 744 cc 90° V two valve twin
• Weber Marelli electronic fuel injection.
• Single plate clutch
• New high performance exhaust system
• 5-speed gearbox.
• ALS steel tubular twin cradle with removable lower components
• 40 mm front forks
• Pre-load and rebound adjustable twin rear shock absorbers
• Front brakes - 320 mm disc and 4 (opposed) piston calipers.
• Rear brakes - 260 mm disc with floating caliper fitted with 2 parallel pistons
• Spoked wheels
• Metzeler Lasertec 100/90- 18 56H TL front tire.
• Metzeler Lasertec 130/80 -17 65H TL rear tire.
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