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2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer



2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer Review

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

LIMITED EDITION….

Manufactured in limited edition as the celebratory plate located on the upper steering yoke indicates, the V7 II Racer confirms the previous model’s equipment and features when the total-black look was introduced on the side panels, mirrors, silencer brackets and footpeg guards in contrast with the bright 22 litre chromium fuel tank. In keeping with the numbers theme, the number “7” remains on the top and tail fairings (which in the Moto Guzzi world was a favourite for the 250 class world champion Enrico Lorenzetti), in chromium.

The single seat saddle is also back (although a two-up saddle and passenger footpegs are available on request), covered in Alcantara and Skai to match the leather strap personalised with the Moto Guzzi logo that decorates the crest of the tank.

The red frame is still spectacular, itself inspired by the legendary first V7 Sport series with CrMo frame and the result of a special painting treatment extended to the hubs, wheels and swingarm as well, which accentuates the architectural purity of the frame. Moto Guzzi is also written in red where it appears on the wheels, exactly like the most recent California Custom.

Exemplary Guzzi styling is clear in the tail fairing and tiny Plexiglas top fairing above a race number panel which is reminiscent of the front of the legendary Gambalunga. This unequivocally sporty element is in perfect harmony with the front mudguard design. Staying in the driver’s seat, other new features are represented by the brake and clutch levers, redesigned in order to achieve better ergonomics, whereas at the rear you can see the black tail light assembly as on all the V7 II models.

One of the most distinctive features of this special-edition is the widespread use of anodized matt black and drilled aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterises the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets.

Other premium components include the aft-mounted footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened 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.

A particularly gratifying feature, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also because of their dynamic performance, is the presence of Bitubo WMY01 shock absorbers with spring preload adjustment in rebound and compression thanks to a twelve-setting adjustment knob.

This is a bike made to be ridden strictly one-up, in black leathers, with a skullcap helmet and leather studded palm gloves.

V7 SECOND GENERATION: COMPLETELY NEW, INFINITE VERSIONS

The second generation of the Moto Guzzi V7 keeps the stylistic personality of its predecessor intact: a design that dialogues between Moto Guzzi shapes from the past combined with the needs of a modern bike capable of satisfying the widest possible range of enthusiasts.
At the same time, Moto Guzzi V7 II is a completely new bike in terms of technology, powertrain, ergonomics, safety, construction quality and finish and riding pleasure.
Moto Guzzi V7 II also marks a decisive turning point in the quality and wide range of Moto Guzzi accessories.

But that’s not all: another extremely important aspect was the design and development of numerous parts in order to allow each customer to personalise his or her V7 to the extent that it becomes a true “special” in the most diverse interpretations, from the Dark Rider to the Scrambler, from the Legend to the Dapper. This multiplies the V7 II exponentially with respect to the three standard versions and allows each Guzzista to create a completely unique, original and “tailor made” vehicles which is still entirely compatible with the basic version. This is a new Moto Guzzi strategy that confirms the V7 as an extraordinary platform for the creation of special bikes, thanks in part to the enthusiasm with which the greatest customizers in the world take on transformations of Guzzi models into unique, magazine cover works of art.

THE NEW V7 II RANGE, RAISES THE BAR IN TERMS OF SAFETY AND STANDARD EQUIPMENT AND RIDING COMFORT.

V7 II RACER COMPLETES THE V7 II RANGE, BOASTING A COMPLETELY NEW STUNNING GRAPHIC. MOTO GUZZI CENTRO STILE HAS EXCLUSIVELY DEVELOPED THIS GRAPHIC FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN MARKET; AS A RESULT THIS GRAPHIC CARRIES THE EVOCATIVE “RACER AMERICA” NAME. THIS SPECIAL MODEL IS MANUFACTURED IN LIMITED EDITION (1/1000) AS INDICATED BY THE CELEBRATORY ALUMINUM PLATE LOCATED ON THE UPPER STEERING YOKE.

Easy to ride. Hard to stop riding.

V7 II is now safer thanks to the standard dual channel Continental ABS system and traction control (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione) and more enjoyable to ride thanks to a new 6 speed gearbox. The revised engine position and improved ergonomics have greatly enhanced riding comfort. Seat is now lower at 31.1 inches – 790 mm as opposed to the previous 31.6 in – 805mm, also the footpegs have been lowered to make room for taller riders. The new riding position lets the rider enjoy the full benefits of the changes that have been made to the chassis which have made the front end more precise and efficient. All these improvements contribute to fully meet expectations in terms of aesthetics and riding pleasure.

For the first time the Racer will be produced with a satin finished tank, the black/metallic grey paints are matched at an angle emphasized by a red line that is virtually a continuation of the distinctive V7 Racer red frame. In search for a more understated look the “7” has been eliminated from the number plates which now have a satin finish like the mudguards. The total-black look on the side panels, mirrors, silencer brackets and footpeg guards, first introduced on MY15. The tank belt and saddle are black, padding has been added to the seat to improve comfort, red stitching with and embroidered Moto Guzzi eagle completes the retro style.

This new V7 II Racer is all about the details, and new brake and clutch levers, have been redesigned in order to achieve better ergonomics. One of the most distinctive features of this special-edition is the widespread use of anodized matt black and drilled aluminum. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterizes the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets. Other premium components include the aft-mounted footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened 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.

A particularly gratifying feature, not only in terms of aesthetics, but also because of their dynamic performance, is the presence of Bitubo WMY01 shock absorbers with spring preload adjustment in rebound and compression thanks to a twelve-setting adjustment knob.

The endless details of this special bike will be appreciated by each one of its owners who will likely ride it one-up, in black leathers.

V7 – History of Evolution

This new model in the historic V7 range is trendy, agile, easy to customize with an array of accessories and features including the new 750cc, 90° V-twin engine that 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 completely re-engineered engine still relies on the engineering that made the Moto Guzzi V750 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. While maintaining the classic transversal 90° V-twin configuration, the engine is now comprised of more than 70% new components. Cutting-edge technological solutions improve functionality, provide greater torque and power even at low rpms, and make the V7 more efficient, with higher fuel economy and reduced emissions.

The fuel tank brings with it a superior metal construction is light and allows a record fuel capacity for a bike of this size with 5.8 gallons which, together with reduced consumption, ensures a range of up to 310 miles. This is further proof of the design philosophy that has guided the entire V7 family: engineering innovation is always intended to restore pleasure to the rider of gripping a real, resounding metal tank in true Moto Guzzi tradition.

The rest of the V7 design confirms the alchemy of tradition and modernism that was introduced in 2008 with the V7 Classic. New lightweight, alloy wheels allow for a reduction in weight at the front and rear, translating to greater agility on the road and cruising through turns.

The Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer ABS, prestigiously manufactured in the iconic Mandello Del Lario (Italy) factory, is now available in U.S. dealerships.

As with all of Moto Guzzi’s on-road motorcycles, the V7 II Racer ABS comes with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance for one year.


 



2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Produced in a limited edition.

The V7 II Racer confirms the standard equipment with black anodized aluminum components, in contrast with the 22 liters super glossy chrome-plated fuel tank.

Special red paintwork for the frame, wheel hubs and swing arm, multi-adjustable dual-tube gas shock absorbers.


 

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

V7 II: AN EXTRA GEAR-

The Moto Guzzi V7 II was born out of the radical and energetic work done on the engine and the chassis where every possible path was explored to increase the level of safety, ergonomics and comfort – in short, the pleasure of riding.
It’s not just an expression, the V7 truly has an extra gear. All it takes is one look at the completely redesigned gearbox that completes the engine revamping launched in 2012 with the thermal part, electronic management and the fuel system, continued this year with a new alternator and the introduction of forced lubrication with an oil pump.
The six gear spacing allowed the first and last two ratios to be reduced, decreasing the drop in rpm between one gear and the next. For everyday riding this means a better response, even in the use of torque, and even lower fuel consumption.
The primary drive ratio has also been changed, going from 16:21 to 18:23. Along with the gearbox the clutch was also improved, with modifications to the lever, the linkage and the cable in order to achieve a softer action and a more even release.

TOTAL SAFETY-

Moto Guzzi has always been at the top of its game when it comes to safety aspects as well.
The 1973 V750 S was one of the first bikes in the world to have dual front disc brakes, followed by the S3 with a disc on the rear as well. In 1975 the Moto Guzzi 850 T3 introduced combined braking, called “integral” used through 2011 on the California ’90 Anniversario. The purpose of this device was to reduce stopping distances and dynamic stability in braking – basically an pioneer ABS system. Today Moto Guzzi continues developing solutions to increase active safety for the rider and on the V7 II the ABS and MGCT (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione) systems are introduced.
The former is a Continental two-channel unit, whereas the latter is a system passed down from the California 1400, simplified in operation, which adapts to the vehicle speed, springing into action based on the difference in speed between the front and rear wheel.
Among other things, the system allows the tyre contact surface with the ground to be recalibrated, thereby compensating for any wear or the use of units that have a profile different than the original standard equipment.

NEW SIZES-

Looking at the V7 II for the first time, the trained eye of an enthusiast may sense an initial significant difference: the bike appears to be longer and more front-loaded.
It may seem like an optical illusion, but it is something more: the engine has been tilted 4° toward the front axle and lowered 10 mm compared to the previous model. The proof is in the pudding: three centimetres of knee room were added which, thanks to the new footpegs, lowered 25 mm provide a comfortable seating position even for riders who are a few centimetres taller than average.
Besides comfort, the Moto Guzzi V7 II is a whole other bike in terms of riding pleasure.
All you have to do is squeeze the clutch and engage the gear to appreciate a soft and quiet action which was unheard of on the previous five speed gearbox.
Once you are in the saddle, lowered to 790 mm from the previous height of 805, you’ll discover how the new saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation transmits the pleasant sensation of being in the bike and not on top of it like with the previous version.
The new riding position also allows you to fully enjoy the changes made to the chassis which, thanks to the new lower and farther forward position of the engine, have made it more communicative and efficient in demanding riding.
The rear axle has also been re-stabilised, increasing suspension negative travel by lowering the cardan final drive output 50 mm. This now allows greater tyre grip during load transfer, both in braking and direction changes.
Sure, the V7 II is not a bike designed to break track records, but even in that situation it is faster now than the previous version and then its direct competitors.



 

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $11990 USD

ENGINE
Type 90° V-twin 4-stroke
Capacity 744 cc
Maximum power 47 HP (35 kW) @ 6,250 rpm
Maximum torque 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speed
Lubrication Forced circulation with lobe pump – circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final drive Shaft Drive
Clutch Dry single plate with flexible couplings

CHASSIS / SUSPENSION / BRAKES
Frame Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable rear subframe
Wheelbase 1.449 mm
Front suspension Telescopic hydraulic fork with 40 mm stanchions, 130mm weel travel
Rear suspension Die-cast light alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, 96mm wheel travel
Brake system Brembo
Front brake 320 mm stainless steel disc, Brembo 4 piston caliper (ABS can be disengaged)
Rear brake 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating 2 piston caliper
Wheels Black anodized aluminum, spoked wheels
Front wheel 18″, 100/90
Rear wheel 17″, 130/80
ABS Standard

DIMENSIONS
Length 86.7 in (2,203 mm)
Height 43.8 in (1,115 mm)
Saddle height 31.1 in (790 mm)
Curb weight 419 lbs (190 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.8 Gallons (22 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)




 


 

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $11790 CDN

ENGINE
Type 90° V-twin 4-stroke
Capacity 744cc
Maximum power 47 HP (35 kW) @ 6,250 rpm
Maximum torque 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speed
Lubrication Forced circulation with lobe pump – circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final drive 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 Die-cast light alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, 96mm wheel travel
Brake system Brembo
Front brake 320 mm stainless steel disc, Brembo 4 piston caliper (ABS can be disengaged)
Rear brake 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating 2 piston caliper
Wheels Black anodized aluminum, spoked wheels
Front wheel 18″, 100/90
Rear wheel 17″, 130/80
ABS Standard

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 1,449 mm
Length 86.7 in (2,203 mm)
Height 43.8 in (1,115 mm)
Saddle height 31.1 in (790 mm)
Dry weight 419 lbs (190 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.8 Gallons (22 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)




 

2017 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

ENGINE
Type 90° V-twin 4-stroke
Capacity 744cc
Maximum power 47 HP (35 kW) @ 6,250 rpm
Maximum torque 44 ft-lbs (60 Nm) @ 3,000 rpm
Fuel system Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Exhaust system Three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe

TRANSMISSION
Gearbox 6-speed
Lubrication Forced circulation with lobe pump – circuit capacity: 1.78 Kg
Final drive 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 Die-cast light alloy swing arm with 2 fully adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, 96mm wheel travel
Brake system Brembo
Front brake 320 mm stainless steel disc, Brembo 4 piston caliper (ABS can be disengaged)
Rear brake 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating 2 piston caliper
Wheels Black anodized aluminum, spoked wheels
Front wheel 18″, 100/90
Rear wheel 17″, 130/80
ABS Standard

DIMENSIONS
Wheelbase 1,449 mm
Length 86.7 in (2,203 mm)
Height 43.8 in (1,115 mm)
Saddle height 31.1 in (790 mm)
Dry weight 419 lbs (190 kg)
Fuel tank capacity 5.8 Gallons (22 liters)
Reserve .66 Gallons (2.5 liters)



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