V7 is one of the most celebrated and well-known Moto Guzzi models. This world fame is due to its ability to remain faithful to the expectations and reputation of a legendary brand like Moto Guzzi. Since 1967, the year the first units were sold in Italy, the V7 became a pillar of the product range and the representative of the Italian motorcycle par excellence, standing out for its content and design, highly popular with a transversal and varied public.
More than fifty years from the launch of the first unit, Moto Guzzi V7 III is the third act of a unique story. The challenge of introducing the V7 III was one of the most difficult, considering the emblem and the success of the V7. From 2009 it has also been the brand's most sold model and it constitutes the entry level bike in the Moto Guzzi world.
As was the case with the V7 II compared with the first-born V7, for the V7 III the revamping was profound enough to merit a new progressive number in Roman numerals, that has always distinguished the most popular and long-lasting Moto Guzzi bikes. V7 III is the result of Moto Guzzi's passion, skilfully revamping its best seller, leaving its character and authenticity unaltered, values that are destined to last over time.
Seven versions and infinite interpretations
The V7 III family is made up of seven versions: the “patriarchs” Stone, Special and Racer were joined in quick succession by V7 III Rough, V7 III Milano and V7 III Carbon, obtained by introducing a series of special parts capable of giving each one a very different connotation and a unique character. The most recent news is the V7 III Stone in the “Night Pack” variation, characterised by full LED lights and new specific stylistic details.
The “seven-fifty” from Mandello has proven to be an excellent starting base for custom projects. The original Moto Guzzi accessories catalogue dedicated to the V7 III includes more than 80 parts and is constantly being expanded: V7 III therefore lends itself well to an infinite variety of interpretations to create your own made to measure special, just like a tailored suit.
More pleasure to own and ride a V7
The third generation of the “seven-fifty” from Mandello will continue to be the Moto Guzzi entry-level model, easy to ride, with the most contained size and weight in its category, but at the same time with a strong and authentic character, typical of all Moto Guzzi bikes, much of which is shown off by the transversal V-twin engine, a one-of-a-kind configuration. The primary goals that led this evolution had to do with style, standard equipment and performance on the road, in other words, aspects that influence the pleasure of owning and riding a V7.
V7 III keeps the stylistic personality of the model intact, characterized by a design that dialogues through shapes inspired by Moto Guzzi heritage and modern motorcycle requirements. The first impression is that you are in the presence of a mature and sturdy bike, a sensation due primarily to the presence of dual pipe exhaust manifolds and engine heads, both with generous dimensions, but V7 III confirms its status as one of the most accessible and sleekest motorcycles. On the other hand, the metal fuel tank has not changed, with its excellent 21-litre capacity and style inspired, as always, by the one on the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport. Further elements of popular style concern the injector covers and side fairings with their sleek shape. Each of the V7 III versions has a dedicated saddle with brand new graphics and coverings. V7 III Stone, Rough and Carbon adopt a single circular instrument display, in line with their image as essential motorcycles. The Special, Racer and Milano versions, on the other hand, have a second circular display for the rev counter. The speedometer has an analogue dial, while all other information is contained in the digital box: odometer, partial and daily trip (resets automatically eight hours after being switched off), trip time, instantaneous and average consumption, air temperature, average speed and the MGCT (traction control) level, as well as the engaged gear indicator, for which the minimum and maximum rpm value can be adjusted by the user. This way, you can keep a predetermined engine rpm range under control, for example to run in the bike as effectively as possible or to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum. The rider interacts with the instrumentation using the button on the right hand electrical block. The rich catalogue of dedicated accessories also includes MOTO GUZZI MIA, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects your smartphone to the vehicle, providing an exceptional quantity of information handy for your trip.
Chassis: guarantee of quality in Moto Guzzi tradition
Moto Guzzi know-how in designing ultra fine and legendary frame and suspension. The delightful ride of the V7 has its origins in the distant past: in 1970, after a highly demanding series of tests, the V7 Police won the selection to join the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) team, demonstrating the Larian brand's authority on the matter even overseas. The steel frame maintains the double cradle tubular layout and the same weight distribution (46% front; 54% rear) typical of recent V7 tradition; the third generation introduced an entirely revamped and reinforced front end with a different steering geometry to guarantee more dynamic performance on turns, better handling and stability. Particular attention was placed on the painstaking care and finishing of the details, including the welding and paintwork. The rear suspension system relies on a pair of Kayaba shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload: thanks to their superior quality and the inclination on the fixing point to the frame, they provide a progressive and controlled response in any situation, even when riding two-up. The passenger can count on a comfortable seating position, thanks to the low and forward positioning of the foot pegs. The saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation is ideally spaced for riders of any height thanks to the lower saddle (770 mm from the ground) and the correct positioning of the aluminium footpegs.
Small block engine: unique character and sound
There are many excellent twin cylinder engines in the world, but there is only one transversal V and it is the Moto Guzzi twin, born in 1967 out of an ingenious intuition by Mr. Giulio Cesare Carcano and characterized by a configuration of the cylinders so particular that it made it an integral part of the bike's design, like a true modern art metallic sculpture. In the small block version, it has arrived at its third evolution and has been completely revamped with respect to the unit that equipped the V7 II, with the goal of raising riding pleasure to the maximum, as well as guaranteeing higher performance and reliability.
The base in aluminium, stiffened in the focal points, adopts a crankshaft with inertia calculated to return vitality and an adequate engine brake. The lubrication system in the crankcase has been designed to dissipate the heat in the best possible way and to reduce power absorption in favour of both performance and a reduction in fuel consumption. There is also a ventilation system that reduces power loss due to the internal pumping of the crankcase chambers and a reduced capacity oil pump capable of absorbing less power. The oil pump intake duct is new, as is the related by-pass valve and piston cooling oil jets have been introduced that have a flow control and management valve. The alternator cover includes the blow-by gas output.
The changes introduced a year ago also concerned the high part of the engine, with entirely new cylinder heads, pistons and cylinders in aluminium with respect to the V7 II, although the bore and stroke, and therefore the engine displacement, are the same, a choice that confirms V7 III as an entry-level range of motorcycles into the Moto Guzzi world. As per tradition, the timing is controlled by a pushrod and rockers system with 2 valves per cylinder, but arranged in an inclined position (more efficient) in the head. The fuel system is entrusted to a single-body Marelli electronic injection system managed by an electronic control unit. The exhaust system is complete with dual pipe manifolds that help to improve thermal insulation. With the auxiliary air system intake in the heads, combined with the trivalent catalytic converter, the double lambda probe and the engine design, the Moto Guzzi twin 750 complies with the Euro 4 standard.
Maximum power reaches 52hp at 6,200rpm, whereas maximum torque measures in at 60Nm at 4,900rpm, with a truly flat torque curve that promise ease of use combined, as always, with that typical character and quick response of a Moto Guzzi engine. The reduced-power version is also available, in line with the limitations set by the A2 class driver's license and ideal for new Guzzi riders, who can also count on the reduced total weight and size and the overall easy ride of all the V7 III versions. Another innovative aspect of the Moto Guzzi engine is the 170mm dry single disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability over time, also decreasing the load on the lever at the handlebar, all to the advantage of modulability and riding comfort. The six speed gearbox, precise and smooth in shifting, remains unchanged compared to the V7 II, but it benefits from a different ratio for first and sixth gear, both slightly lengthened, handy for taking better advantage of the engine's torque and power features.
Safety: a Moto Guzzi asset
Moto Guzzi has always been at the top of its game with it comes to safety aspects as well. V7 III has an ABS braking system and an adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control) system that can also be disabled. The former is a two-channel Continental system that prevents the wheels from locking up, whereas the latter is a system that prevents rear wheel spin in acceleration. The MGCT system is adjustable to two sensitivity levels, one more conservative and ideal, for example, in poor grip situations due to wet or slippery asphalt and the other is designed to cater to the thrill of riding in safety on dry roads. Another peculiarity of the MGCT system is the possibility of recalibrating the rear tyre circumference, compensating for any wear or the use of a tyre with a different profile than the original so that the traction control system will always be accurate.
V7 III Stone
The Model Year 2019 of this eclectic and essential version forsakes any chromium detail to embrace the darkness of matt black paint, paired with a saddle that has a passenger grab strap. The headlight frame is not chromium, but black, the front mudguard is painted to match the fuel tank, the logo on the side panels has been completely renewed, as has the eagle that decorates the tank, now done in a particular burnished finish.
The total “dark matt” look characterizes the V7 III and distinguishes it from the other versions, but that is not the only difference. V7 III Stone also boasts alloy wheels and single circular display instrumentation. The front mudguard is shortened to enhance the essential nature of this model.
In addition to Nero Ruvido, V7 III Stone is available in two new and attractive satin finish colour schemes , Grigio Granitico and Rosso Rovente.
V7 III Stone is also available in the Night Pack variation, characterised by significant stylistic and functional changes, the first of which is the implementation of new LED lights which ensure high lighting power for the headlight, turn indicators and taillight.
This version, aesthetically defined by the low positioning of the headlight and the instrument cluster, boasts a new rear mudguard, short and sleek, on which the brake light bracket is integrated, as well as the license plate holder, also revamped.
The dedicated saddle is characterised by heat welding and enhanced by the embroidered Moto Guzzi logo. V7 III Stone Night Pack is available in the classic Nero Ruvido livery and in the Bronzo Levigato and Blu Pungente variations.
V7 III Special
Of the V7 models it is the one that comes closest to the spirit of the original model. Classic and elegant, it has numerous chromium parts and decidedly bright graphics. Like the famous 1975 V750 S3, it has the typical coloured stripe on the side fairings under the saddle that complement the matching coloured horizontal bands on the tank. The spoked wheels have polished channels and black hubs; the instrumentation is made up of dual circular displays and the chromium plated steel passenger grab handle comes standard. V7 III Special also has a saddle with “old school” stitching, elements that highlight its classic and elegant roots. The available colour schemes are Nero Onice and Grigio Cristallo.
V7 III Carbon
This is currently the only member of the V7 III family built in a limited and numbered edition, following the happy tradition of models made valuable by the “limited edition” label. V7 III Carbon celebrates customization, interpreted originally and in good taste, combining the authentic V7 style with the prestigious and modern quality of numerous carbon fibre components, such as the shortened and sleek fenders and the side fairings that enhance the character of the Moto Guzzi best seller to the utmost. V7 III Carbon is clad entirely in matt black, a colour that offers a stark contrast to the red details: the Brembo front brake calliper, the logos on the side panels and the Eagle on the fuel tank. The 'Made in Mandello' mechanics also stand out thanks to the satin finished red cylinder head covers. The saddle (as with the other models, dedicated only to it) boasts a brand new waterproof Alcantara® upholstery, ideal for outdoor use and weather resistant. The saddle is finished with red stitching that represents rather popular stylistic inspiration that anyone who loves refined details will love. In fact, this model is fully loaded with them: the locking tank cap is made of anodized black billet aluminium and the headlight frame is also black, as are the injector covers and the rear brake master cylinder. The model serial number is identified on a plate positioned on the handlebar risers. There are 1921 units available: this number was chosen because it recalls the year Moto Guzzi was founded.
V7 III Rough
This version stands out for its knobby tyres shod on spoked wheel rims and for the many details that give the V7 III Rough a country style look. The equipment is completed by the dedicated saddle with stitching and a passenger grab strap and the pair of aluminium side fairings. The mudguards are made of the same high-quality material. The headlight frame is painted black and the fork stanchions are protected by classic rubber dust covers. This is another element of Moto Guzzi style that transforms the V7 III into a true factory special with just a few skilful touches. Alongside the Grigio Grafite colour scheme, the MY19 introduces a brand new Verde Mimetico.
V7 III Milano
Which V7 would you want to ride through the city centre streets? Moto Guzzi has the answer with the new V7 III Milano version. This model takes its origins from the V7 III Special and maintains the same typical, classic characteristics such as the dual circular display instrumentation, the chromium exhaust and passenger grab handle, as well as the glossy tank colours, but it distinguishes itself with its alloy wheels that contribute to giving it a more modern appearance. The standard equipment comprises high-end details like aluminium mudguards and side panels.
V7 III Racer
Produced in a numbered edition, as indicated by the plate located on the upper steering yoke, V7 III Racer is not only the most sporty of the range, but also the one with the most prestigious parts, that once again demonstrate Moto Guzzi's ability to create true custom models. There are numerous technical and aesthetic differences that distinguish it from the previous version and from the other V7 III models. As for the stylistic aspects, V7 III Racer flaunts a stupendous satin finish chromium fuel tank where the red Eagle is prominently displayed. This feature is reminiscent of the “Rosso Corsa” colour chosen to paint the frame and the swingarm: an explicit reminder of the first 1971 V7 Sport series, nicknamed “red frame”. The V7 III Racer's sporty nature is emphasized by its semi-handlebars and its splendid, humped saddle. In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seater sport bike look, but in reality, this version is approved for two-up riding: in fact, it has pillion foot pegs, whereas the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary. One of the most distinctive features worth a mention is the widespread use of anodized black aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterises the side fairings and the throttle body guards, whereas the front number plate is made of brushed aluminium. The spoked wheel rims have black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers like the other sport models from the brand, including the Audace muscle bike. Other premium components that stand out are the set-back footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard. The most important technical element is constituted by the pair of Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in hydraulic rebound and compression, that ensure better capacity to absorb small bumps and at the same time provide better control in sport riding.
MOTO GUZZI MIA connects V7 III to the world
For the V7 III range, the innovative MOTO GUZZI MIA multimedia system is available as an optional accessory. This system is able to connect the bike to your smartphone. Thanks to a dedicated application, downloadable free from App Store and Google Play, your smartphone (iPhone or Android) becomes an actual sophisticated on board multifunctional computer and the link between the vehicle and the Internet.
The Bluetooth connection allows you to simultaneously view five parameters of your choice at a time, selected from a vast menu and including the speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed and battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” feature helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain eco-compatible riding conduct, providing a brief assessment of the results obtained during the trip. You can record trip information and review it on your computer or directly on your smartphone, analysing the route taken, viewing the vehicle operating parameters point by point. The system also allows you to easily locate your vehicle when you park in a strange place, automatically saving the position where it was switched off. MOTO GUZZI MIA includes the “Grip Warning” function which replicates the indications on traction control operation and alerts you in the event of excessive use of available traction. Thanks to the synergistic use of gyroscopes and the information coming from the direct connection with the vehicle electronics, the smartphone becomes a sophisticated instrument to measure the lean angle in turns.
Original Moto Guzzi accessories: a wider and wider range
After the success achieved on V7 and V7 II, the Moto Guzzi Garage customization philosophy continues on the V7 III as well. This means that there are countless accessories available so that you can personalize your motorcycle in a fun and safe way, creating a true made to measure special. All of the parts have been conceived, designed and made by Moto Guzzi and they are subjected to strict control test cycles just like any other original part on the bike in order to guarantee a quality and long-lasting product. Since they have been conceived and fine tuned by Moto Guzzi they are perfectly interchangeable with the factory parts, allowing you to easily revert your bike to its original configuration. They are also fully approved and therefore absolutely “street legal”.
The following are a few of the main accessories in the catalogue dedicated to the V7 III range which includes a total of more than 80 items.
• Arrow 2 in 1 high exhaust: the 2 in 1 exhaust developed in collaboration with Arrow lightens up the design of V7 III, giving it an even sportier look.
• Öhlins shock absorbers: adjustable in spring preload and in hydraulic rebound and compression, Öhlins shock absorbers ensure better capacity to absorb small bumps and at the same time provide better control in fast riding.
• Red shock absorber springs: designed specifically to be fitted on the V7 III standard shock absorbers.
• Red front brake calliper: the Brembo front brake calliper painted red gives the vehicle a more aggressive look.
• Red cylinder head covers: the red painted cylinder head covers with special machining customise the unmistakeable Moto Guzzi twin 750.
• Aluminium side panels: the aluminium side panels contribute to making the profiles of the V7 III sleeker and more precious, thanks to the materials and the machining. Available in satin finish or black aluminium.
• Carbon side panels: the side panels in carbon fibre enhance and lighten the central part of the V7 III with premium materials and finishes.
• Aluminium mudguards: made in lightweight aluminium, the front and rear mudguards are available in total black look or polished aluminium.
• Carbon mudguards: the front and rear mudguards in carbon fibre enhance the youthful and dynamic character of the V7 III.
• Tubular engine guard: characterised by a design that follows the lines of the vehicle, combining style and functionality, the engine guard provides specific protection for the engine and the rider's legs. Available in chromium or black.
• Fuel tank cover: these are two soft rubbery guards that are applied to the sides of the fuel tank where the rider's knees rest in order to increase riding comfort.
• Aluminium top fairing: the front number plate in satin finish or black painted aluminium gives the V7 III a strong and decisive style.
• Windshield: this is designed to provide greater aerodynamic protection without compromising the attractive aesthetics of the V7 III. Type-approved for the strictest standards (DOT and TUV), it has been road tested in all weather conditions by Moto Guzzi test riders.
• Injector covers: made of anodised aluminium, these protect the injector area from accidental contact with the rider's knees. Also available painted black.
• Aluminium brake and clutch levers: made of billet aluminium and with a unique and popular design, they enhance the controls of the V7 III with prestigious materials and exclusive style.
• Side panniers in leather, canvas and touring: thanks to the frames featuring fast click quick release, you can use various types of side panniers on the V7 III. The Moto Guzzi range of accessories includes a pair of panniers in precious, hand crafted leather with closing and buckles in steel and hot-branded with the Moto Guzzi logo, a pair of Touring panniers in sturdy technical fabric to withstand any travel conditions and a pair of very spacious and elegant waterproof Canvas panniers. A special anti-theft locking system prevents any undesired fast click quick release.
• Luggage carrier: this valuable item serves two important purposes: on one hand it is a luggage rack and on the other it provides a solid hold thanks to the two built-in handles. Painted black, it mounts in place of the original passenger grab handles.
• Top box bag: attaches to special luggage rack and made in waterproof genuine leather. It can be easily transported thanks to the rear handle.
• Tank cover band: fuel tank cover band in waterproof genuine leather. This adds a strong “garage” characterisation to the V7 III fuel tank and allows a possible leather tool pouch to be connected.
• Saddles range: the range of Moto Guzzi saddles for the V7 III includes more than 10 versions and variations to meet any and all comfort and design needs. All the saddles are fully waterproof, made in premium materials that provide maximum comfort and a unique aesthetic impact that perfectly matches the bike's look.
• Motorcycle cover: this cover is made from black scratch proof material and is made precious by the Moto Guzzi logo on both sides, and also in the "Eagle" and "Shape" versions.
The origins of the legendary V7
The year was 1961 and the success of the mass produced car was radically reorganizing the motorcycle market. Moto Guzzi, empowered with enviable design capacity reacted to the unfavourable circumstances by exploring new markets, from delivery tricars to agricultural machinery and special vehicles - even cars. For the latter, the genius designer Giulio Cesare Carcano designed a 90° V-twin air cooled engine destined for a sport version of the Fiat 500, capable of touching 140 km/h. They liked the new engine in Lingotto, but the annual quantity that Vittorio Valletta requested exceeded the production capacity of the Mandello del Lario plant, so the agreement never came to fruition.
Mr. Carcano, however, did not lose heart and he increased the size of the two cylinder engine to 754 cc to use it on the "3X3", a popular, variable track three wheel drive vehicle destined for use by Alpine troops. At the same time a ministerial tender was launched to provide motorcycles for the Highway Police the winner would be whoever could travel 100,000 km with the lowest maintenance cost. It was the perfect chance to place Mr. Carcano's two-cylinder, entirely revamped, on a bike, the Moto Guzzi V7. It was an innovative project that combined the reliability of automotive standards with a level of comfort and mechanical affordability unknown to the competition that aroused the curiosity even of foreign police forces, Los Angeles being among the first. The commissioning of the new V7 700 began in 1964. The bike had a 703.3 cc engine which developed 40 HP and it weighed 230 kg. In 1966 mass production began, destined for the police department and foreign markets, whereas the following year the V7 700 was distributed in Italy at the competitive price of 725,000 lira, much more affordable than the German and English competitors.
Evolution according to Lino Tonti
Giulio Cesare Carcano's creation was perfected by an expert designer who joined Moto Guzzi in 1967: Lino Tonti. Hailing from Forlì, with a great deal of experience in competitions with Mondial, Bianchi and Gilera, the engineer was called on by the general manager Romolo Stefani to expand the range of the maxi-bike from Mandello del Lario. The V7 appeared at the right time, bikes were coming domineeringly back into fashion almost as a reaction to the conformism of the car and the market is particularly open to innovations.
The first thing Tonti did was to increase the engine size to 757 and the power to 45hp to launch the V7 special in 1969, faster, more refined and more elegant than the V7 700. Then he created, initially for the American market, the V7 Ambassador and the California, the latter destined to be one of the greatest Moto Guzzi success stories. The next milestone coincided with Lino Tonti's masterpiece: the V7 Sport. The designer from Forlì had clear ideas and he set the three parameters of the sport bike from Mandello: 200 km/h, 200 kg, 5 gears. To achieve the objective he made some changes to the engine, taking the displacement to 748.3 cc and the power to more than 52hp, redesigning the crankshaft and camshafts, in addition to placing the alternator in the front in order to keep the vertical bulk down.
The engine was lodged in a tight, double cradle frame in chrome molybdenum steel, painted red for the first 200 units and assembled directly in the experience department on via Parodi, No. 57. The bike made its début in 1971 and in June of the same year it participated in the "500 kilometres of Monza" race taking third place with Raimondo Riva. This was the beginning of a series of flattering results obtained in endurance races such as the 24 Hour Le Mans and Liegi races which would contribute, together with very popular riders such as Vittorio Brambilla, to making it the most famous Italian sport bike of the 1970s.
From the V7 to the 850 generation
Over a couple of seasons the technological evolution which was achieved with the V7 Sport Moto Guzzi was also transferred to the rest of the range. The new frame, the four pad front brake and the five speed transmission introduced on the V7 Sport represented, together with the increased engine size, the primary innovations of the V850 GT, a model which would mark the retirement of the lucky V7 Special in 1973. The Sport would also lose the famous alphanumeric name, replaced in 1974 by the Moto Guzzi 750S. The last model to give up the glorious alphanumeric name was the V7 850 California, which would not pass the baton to the new 850 T California until 1976.