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2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Review
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer has been designed to express the many racing successes of the V7 Sport, a symbolic and historic model from Mandello del Lario.
AN EVOLUTION THAT RESPECTS TRADITION
The Racer is now the only sport version of the V7 and the model in the range which benefits the most from the two most significant changes: The new single throttle body V twin, which provides more sporty performance, and the metallic tank, further enhanced by the specific chroming of this elite version. Manufactured in a numbered limited edition as shown by the commemorative plaque on the steering yoke, the V7 Racer stands out for the executive refinement of the details as well as the elegant leather strap. This is a clear reference to legendary bikes of the past, as are the metal accents of the Moto Guzzi badge which is colour-coded with the frame. The red frame, itself inspired by the legendary early V7 Sport with CrMo frames, is the result of a special painting treatment extended to the hubs, wheels and swingarm as well, which accentuates the architectural purity of the frame.
Perched on top of the frame’s tubes is an ultra sporty single-seater saddle (a two-seater saddle and pillion footpegs are available as optional accessories), upholstered in suede and terminating in an aerodynamic tail fairing that also incorporates lateral race number panels in true Seventies style. With its tiny Plexiglass screen above a race number panel, the top fairing – an exemplary expression of the Guzzi school – cites the front of the legendary Gambalunga. This unequivocally sporty element is in perfect harmony with the new design of the front mudguard. One of the most distinctive features of this unique special edition is the widespread use of brushed, drilled aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, has been applied to the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets.
Other standout features are the adjustable set-back billet footrests, the lightweight steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring, which is so exquisitely crafted that it looks like an ornamental feature. There is also a pair of prestigious Bitubo WMY01 shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload in rebound and compression thanks to a 12 click adjusting knob. This is a bike which should be ridden strictly in black, with a skullcap helmet and leather studded gloves.
Celebrating 91 Years of Style
Elegant and Italian, the all new 2013 Moto Guzzi V7 family assures unmistakable presence derived from the original V7’s of old whilst still offering the very best in technical specification and performance available on motorcycles of today.
Moto Guzzi has captured the essence of that magical moment in time from over three decades ago, and reinterpreted it with the marque’s hallmark passion and skill to create a genuine production special: the new V7 Racer. Produced in a numbered edition, as demonstrated by the commemorative plaque on the steering yoke, the V7 Racer celebrates the classic styling cues of the Moto Guzzi brand in a perfectly balanced blend of craftsmanship and technology evident in every aspect of this stunning motorcycle.
The first thing to catch your eye is the red frame, inspired by the legendary first 150 examples of the V7 Sport with CrMo frames, has been given a special treatment – as have the hubs and swingarm – which accentuates the gloss finish and emphasises the aesthetic purity of the double cradle structure. Perched on top of the frame’s tubes is an ultra sporty single-seater saddle (a two-seater saddle and pillion footpegs are available as optional accessories), upholstered in suede and terminating in an aerodynamic tail fairing that also incorporates lateral race number panels in true Seventies style.
Moto Guzzi V7 Passion
AN EVOLUTION THAT RESPECTS TRADITION.
Created in 2008, the V7 Classic won over enthusiasts with its design inspired by the famous forerunners, V7 Special and Sport from the seventies, but combined with the technology and usability of a modern Moto Guzzi. Subsequently, in 2009, the V7 CafÃ© Classic contributed to the success of the V7 Classic, followed the next year by the exclusive V7 Racer, first appearing as a show bike at EICMA 2009 and then going into mass production due to unanimous demand from the markets, exceeding 1000 units sold by a wide margin.
These three models completed the range which was able to rekindle youthful memories for more expert bikers, memories of trips and friendships experienced in the sixties and seventies, when the motorcycle represented a symbol of freedom and non-conformism. These values, sustained by a brand that celebrated ninety years of history, made the V7 a bike which fully expressed the passion and skill of the rider.
The new Moto Guzzi V7 begins with an examination of its identity: elegant, Italian, two cylinder, affordable and with a unique history. In order to preserve the traits of this personality and project it into the future, the only path that could be taken was that of totally innovating it within a perimeter of tradition delimited by its technical specifications and its design style. This is why we can say that the V7 is a completely new bike, more powerful, faster, thriftier, more ecological, better refined and more comfortable than the previous version, and yet still with a cardan shaft driven 90° transversal V two cylinder engine and double frame. That is, the distinctive elements of a tradition which has its roots in an idea conceived in 1967: the Moto Guzzi V7 700cc.
THE NEW, SINGLE THROTTLE V7 ENGINE.
The original engine design dates back to 1977, the year of the Moto Guzzi V50’s fortunate dÃ©but. Since then the engine has been continuously updated, sustaining displacements of 350 up to 750 cc, going from carburettor to electronic injection, but staying faithful to the genial layout introduced in the original design by engineer Lino Tonti. Globally appreciated for its legendary reliability and operational regularity, after many years, the small block needed a bit more brilliance at high revs. And so, the search for greater performance opened the door to a new design, rich with innovative solutions that project this engine among the most advanced in its category with more than 70% new parts, equal to more than 200 new or redesigned mechanical organs.
This design freshness can already be seen in the layout of the thermal group which is a summary of the design philosophy for the entire bike: innovation which respects tradition. And so it is that the square fin, legacy of production from the 1980s, passed the baton to a rounded shape which is reminiscent of the first generation of two cylinders from Mandello. The valves cover is also a homage to the origins of the V7; made in aluminium, it faithfully covers the profile of the fins, showing off the Moto Guzzi signature in bas-relief. Another element that is immediately recognisable is the disappearance of the two intake manifolds and relative throttle bodies: in fact, the new small block is the first single throttle body V twin Moto Guzzi engine.
The manifolds were replaced by a single Y manifold made of rubber, completely ribbed and straight (diameter of 36 and 39 mm respectively from the injector groups and the throttle body) which links to a single Magneti Marelli MIU3G 38 mm diameter throttle body. This is a modern unit which allows two oxygen sensors to be managed, thereby obtaining a mixture to the cylinders in any operating conditions which is more uniform with consequent improvement in fuel economy and harmful emissions, besides contributing to the increase in performance, which was the goal of the entire design. For this purpose a new head was designed, working on the intake ducts, now larger in diameter and better linked to reduce losses and increase turbulence, as well as repositioning the spark plug hole more centrally, thanks to the use of a more modern plug with d=10mm threading and a prominent electrode.
The squish area and the compression ratio is also increased, thanks to the use of new, higher performance pistons which increased the ratio by one point, going from 9.2 to 10.2. In addition to the pouches obtained at the top of the piston, the bottom of these are completely redesigned to make the structure more sturdy without increasing the weight. The segments are also new, with more modern sizes, material and shapes, and they contribute to improving efficiency and oil consumption.
The new cylinder finning, larger and spread farther apart to lower the average operating temperature, contributes to the general efficiency of the power plant, as well as the new filter box, redesigned to satisfy the “breathing” needs of the twin cylinder from Mandello and moved under the saddle to leave the “V” of the engine visible and to ensure easier maintenance. With this new configuration the twin cylinder from mandello is now significantly stronger in driving torque and especially in maximum power, increased by 12%, with a greater tendency toward extension and an output curve that expresses it increased number of horses even at 2,800 RPM and simultaneously, thanks to the improved efficiency, a further reduction in fuel consumption and emissions of more than 10%, reaching a range of 23Km/l on mixed cycle.
The transmission has also been revamped, still five speeds, but with a new pre-selector which has made control more precise, smooth and quiet.The final drive is confirmed, entrusted to the famed cardan, unique in its category and a Moto Guzzi icon as well as the guarantee of reliability, safety, comfort, cleanliness and completely maintenance free.
SKILFUL ALCHEMY BETWEEN TRADITION AND MODERNISM.
The design of the new V7 tells of the historic lineage of the model through a mix of forms and volumes which cite the famous ancestors, from the V7 750 Special remembered in the accents and the side panels, to the V7 Sport, which influenced the tank, the main new feature introduced in the new V7.
A change in look, now more imposing in form and capacity, the new tank brings with it a superior material perception of metal with respect to polyethylene, the material which was used to make the previous unit. This is thanks to the most advanced moulding technologies which allow construction of a metallic tank which is the same size, but lighter and with greater capacity compared to the previous polyethylene unit, reaching a record value of 22 litres which, together with the reduced consumption, ensures a range of up to 500 km. This is further proof of the design philosophy that guided the entire V7 project where innovation of the processes restored the pleasure to the rider of gripping a real, resounding metal tank in true Moto Guzzi tradition.
The rest of the new V7 design confirms that alchemy of tradition and modernism introduced in 2008 with the first V7 Classic, where, through the generous chrome trim, enthusiasts will be able to appreciate the cigar shape of the silencers, the dials on the instrument panel, clearly inspired by the Veglia-Borletti from the 1970s, the flat and long saddle, with the proud “Moto Guzzi” inscription emblazoned on the rear part as well as the new valves covers.
The Moto Guzzi V7, iconic and prestigiously manufactured, is now available in three versions, two touring and one sport, respectively the V7 Stone, V7 Special and the V7 Racer. Just like in 1971 when the sport version completed a range made up of the dominating V7 and V7 Special.
THE CERTAINTY OF THE DOUBLE CRADLE, THE NEW, LIGHTENED WHEELS.
The double cradle frame, with bolted and removable lower elements, is a key element of the V7 project and it has not undergone any changes compared with the previous version. This is a unit of legendary solidity and sturdiness thanks in part to the headstock angle of 27°50′, an angle which ensures stability and directional precision.
The fork, using 40 mm stanchions, adopts new calibration to reduce friction and is equipped with dust boots in the Racer version, with 130 mm travel. Rear shock absorbers with new calibration to the advantage of comfort for the V7 Stone and the V7 Special with adjustable spring preload and offering 118 mm of travel, while the Racer, as usual, stands out with a pair of refined Bitubo WMT gas shock absorbers equipped with an external tank. The brake system consists of a 320 mm floating front disc and a 260 mm rear disc.
The entire range is now equipped with one of two different types of new wheels: in lightweight alloy with five split spokes for the V7, spoked with new polished aluminium rim for Special and anodised black with red hubs to match the frame for the V7 Racer. A reduction in weight for all three compared to the previous version which means an advantage in terms of gyroscopic inertia which translates on the road into greater agility and superlative feel.
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 three-wheelers to agricultural machinery and special vehicles – even cars. For the latter, the genius designer Giulio Cesare Carcano designed a two cylinder 90° V air cooled engine destined for a sport version of the Fiat 500, capable of touching 140 km/h. People at Lingotto liked the new engine, 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.
Engineer Carcano, however, did not lose heart and he increased the size of the two cylinder engine to 754cc to use it on the “3X3”, a popular, variable track three wheel drive vehicle destined for the 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 right occasion to place engineer Carcano’s two cylinder 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 arose the curiosity even of foreign police forces, Los Angeles being among the first. The commissioning of the new V7 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, while the next year the V7 was distributed in Italy at the competitive price of 725,000 lire, much more convenient than the German and English competition.
EVOLUTION ACCORDING TO LINO TONTI.
Giulio Cesare Carcano’s creation was perfected by an expert designer who joined Moto Guzzi in 1967: Lino Toni. Hailing from ForlÃ¬, 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 45 HP to launch the V7 Special in 1969, faster, more refined and elegant compared to the V7. Then he created, initially for the American market, the V7 Ambassador and the California, the latter destined to be one of the great Moto Guzzi success stories. The next chapter coincides with Lino Tonti’s masterpiece: the V7 Sport. The designer from ForlÃ¬ had clear ideas and he set the three parameters of the sport bike from Mandello: 200 km/h, 200 kg, 5 gears. To reach the objective he made some changes to the engine, taking the displacement to 748.3 cc and the power to more than 52 HP, 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, painted red for the first 200 units made in CrMo and assembled directly in the experience department on via E.V. Parodi, No. 57. The bike made its dÃ©but in 1971 and in June of the same year it participated in the “500 kilometres of Monza” race taking third place with Raimondo Riva. And this was the beginning of a series of flattering results obtained in endurance races such as the 24 Hour Le Mans and LiÃ¨ge 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.
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – Features and Benefits
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer pays homage to the extraordinary racing career of the V7 Sport. The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer offers the classic style of the Moto Guzzi marquee in a perfectly balanced mix of craftsmanship and technology. With a feisty motor, number plate, and solo saddle, the eye-catching V7 Racer harkens back to the glories of yesteryear–only topped off with modern engineering to make every turn a visceral experience.
Tradition can be so thrilling sometimes.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racers remains an homage in design to the cafÃ© racer motorcycles of the 1950s and 1960s, combined with the modern features of an Italian-engineered motorcycle. Featuring a new and more powerful, 750cc, 90-degree V-Twin motor and new lightweight, six split spoke aluminum wheels, the V7 Racer brings together classic style and craftsmanship.
The completely reengineered 750cc engine still relies on the engineering that made the Moto Guzzi V50 a success among riders in 1977. Since then the engine has been continuously updated yet stays faithful to the original genial layout introduced by Italian engineer Lino Tonti in the 70s and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable.
While maintaining the classic 90° V configuration, the engine is now comprised of more than 70% new components. Cutting-edge technological solutions have been used to improve functionality, provide greater torque and power even at low rpms, and be more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions. The new engine is more powerful and stays true to the characteristics of the Moto Guzzi tradition, that touring on a motorcycle at its most pure should be nothing but enjoyable.
The new tank brings with it a superior metallic construction that allows for a lighter tank along with a greater fuel capacity – the V7 Racer can hold a record 5.8 gallons which, together with reduced consumption, ensures a range of up to 310 miles.
The distinctiveness of the V7 Racer design is sporty and attention-getting in all the right ways. A new chrome fuel tank finished with a studded leather strap, a single-saddle suede seat with an aerodynamic seat cowl and ‘70s-style racer number plates mean the added engine performance is showcased right along with classic style. One look, and a rider will know that the V7 Racer speaks for itself.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Racer, iconic and prestigiously manufactured in Italy, will be available in 2013 in U.S. dealerships.
As with all of Moto Guzzi’s on-road motorcycles, the V7 Racer comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance for one year.
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9,990 USA
Type 90° V-twin 4-stroke
Capacity 744 cc
Maximum power 37 kW (50HP) at 6,200 rpm
Maximum torque 42.7 ft lbs. / 58Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Gearbox 5 speeds with cardan final drive
Lubrication forced circulation with lobe pump – circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final drive CA.R.C. Compact Reactive Shaft Drive
Clutch Dry single plate with flexible couplings
CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Front suspension Telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions
Rear suspension Light alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers
Brake system Brembo
Front brake 320 mm Ã˜ stainless steel disc, Brembo caliper with 4 differentiated pistons
Rear brake 260 mm stainless steel disc, brembo double piston floating caliper
Wheels Aluminium spoked black anodised rims
Front wheel 18″, 100/90
Rear wheel 17″, 130/80
Length 86 inches – 2184mm
Max width 31.5 inches – 800mm
Height 43.8 inches – 1112mm
Saddle height 31.6 in. (30.7 in. opt.) – 805 mm (780 mm opt.)
Curb weight 395 pounds – 179 kg
Fuel tank capacity 5.8 gallons – 22 liters
Reserve 1 gallon – 4 liters
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – UK/Europe Specifications/Technical Details
UK/European MSRP Price: £7,799
Engine 90° V-twin engine, 4-stroke
Engine capacity 744cc
Max power at crankshaft 37 kW (50 HP) at 6,200 rpm
Maximum torque at crankshaft 60 Nm at 2,800 rpm
Exhaust system three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe
Cooling system air
Front suspension telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions
Rear suspension die cast light alloy swing arm with 2 spring preload adjustable shock absorbers
Front brake 320 mm Ã˜ stainless steel disc and Brembo calliper with 4 dierentiated and horizontally opposed pistons
Rear brake 260 mm oating stainless steel disc, oating 2 piston calliper
Front wheel 18″ polished aluminium, spoked, 100/90
Rear wheel 17″ polished aluminium, spoked, 130/80
Saddle height 805 mm (785mm opt.)
Fuel tank capacity 22 litres (including 4 litre reserve)
Kerb weight* 179 kg
Colours: Bianco/Rosso Astore; Giallo/Nero metallizzato
* Wet weight with operating uids, without fuel.
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – Australian Specifications/Technical Details
AU MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AUD
ENGINE 90° V TWIN, OHV, 2 VALVES PER CYLINDER, AIR COOLED, 4 STROKE.
POWER 37KW (50HP) AT 6,200 RPM
TORQUE 60NM AT 2,800 RPM
GEAR BOX 5 SPEED TRANSMISSION.
FRONT BRAKES SINGLE Ã˜ 320MM ROTOR, SINGLE 4 SPOT OPPOSED PISTON CALIPER.
REAR BRAKES SINGLE Ã˜ 260MM ROTOR, SINGLE 2 SPOT OPPOSED PISTON CALIPER.
FRONT SUSPENSION 40MM TELESCOPIC FORKS.
LIGHTWEIGHT ALLOY SWINGARM, TWIN SHOCKS WITH ADJUSTABLE
SPRING PRELOAD, COMPRESSION AND REBOUND DAMPING.
WHEELS FRONT: 2.5 X 18” REAR: 3.5 X 17”
FRONT TYRE 100/90/18
REAR TYRE 130/80/17
DRY WEIGHT 179KG
SEAT HEIGHT 805MM
TANK CAPACITY (include reserve)
22L (4L RESERVE)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer – Italy Specifications/Technical Details
Italian MSRP Price: â‚¬9,690 EUR
Motore Bicilindrico a V di 90°, 4 tempi
Potenza max all’albero 37 kW (50CV) a 6200 giri/minuto
Coppia max all’albero 60Nm a 2800 giri/minuto
Impianto di scarico Catalizzatore a 3 vie con doppia sonda Lambda
Sospensione anteriore Forcella telescopica idraulica Marzocchi, Ã˜ 40 mm
Sospensione posteriore Forcellone oscillante in lega leggera, con 2 amm. Bitubo pluri-regolabili
Freno anteriore Disco ottante in acciaio inox Ã˜ 320 mm, pinza Brembo a 4 pistoncini dierenziati e contrapposti
Freno posteriore Disco in acciaio inox Ã˜ 260 mm, pinza ottante a 2 pistoncini
Ruota anteriore 18″ in alluminio anodizzato nero, a raggi, 100/90
Ruota posteriore 17″ in alluminio anodizzato nero, a raggi, 130/80
Altezza sella 805 mm (785mm opt.)
CapacitÃ serbatoio carburante 22 litri (riserva 4 litri)
Peso in ordine di marcia* 179 kg
Gamma colori: Racer
* Peso con moto pronta all’uso, con tutti i liquidi di esercizio, senza carburante.
Specifications, features and prices to change by manufacturer without notice. All information correct as of posted date.