2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition Guide

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition

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2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition:

Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. Almost a century of tradition, passion, and significant commercial and sporting success; almost a century of magnificent motorcycles all built in Mandello del Lario, combining the best technologies with first-rate Italian manufacturing techniques: Moto Guzzi values since 1921. With no fewer than 3,300 racing wins, including 14 World GP titles, 22 world records, and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the course of its long history, Moto Guzzi has an established tradition of technical solutions that when paired with its signature bold styling, make the Moto Guzzi heritage nothing short of legendary.

New for 2019, Piaggio Group Americas is glad to announce the arrival of the new V7 III Racer Limited Edition dedicated to USA and Canada only. The new Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition is not only the sportiest of the range , but also the one with the most prestigious parts. This backs Moto Guzzi’s ability to continuously create true customs directly from the factory.

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, the V7 III Racer Limited Edition introduces a glossy white and red new graphic. This feature is reminiscent of the “Rosso Corsa” color 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 Limited Edition’s sporty nature is emphasized by its semi-handlebars and its splendid, humped seat . In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seater sport bike look, but in reality, this new version is approved for two-up riding. In fact, it has passenger foot pegs and, as before, the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary. The spoked wheels have black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers like the other sport models from the brand. Other premium components that stand out are theset-back foot pegs, which aremachined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard.

The most important technical innovation is the V7 III Racer Limited Edition’s Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in rebound and compression . The top name in suspension, the Öhlins suspension ensures top performance while throttling some backroads.

The final indication of this model’s exclusivity is the “Limited Edition” logo and the unit number laser inscribed on the steering plate . V7III Racer Limited Edition will be available June in the United States at an MSRP of $9,990 and July in Canada at an MSRP of $11,590.

 

 

 

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

New style elements on the V7 III Racer are:

  • – Newly design injector covers
  • – Sleeker side fairings
  • – New saddle
  • – New Turn Signals
  • – 1.5” Wider Mirrors for increased visibility
  • – New Instrumentation: (analog speedometer along with digital display odometer, partial and daily trip (resets automatically eight hours after being switched off), trip time, instantaneous and average consumption, air temperature, average speed, MGCT level, and gear indicator)

 

 

 

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

V7 III RACER, THE MOST SPORTY

Produced in a numbered edition, as indicated by the plate located on the upper steering yoke, the Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer is not only the most sporty of the range, but also the one with the most prestigious parts. This backs Moto Guzzi’s ability to continuously create true customs directly from the factory.

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, the V7 III Racer introduces a new graphic for the 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 seat. In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seater sport bike look, but in reality, this new version is approved for two-up riding. In fact, it has passenger foot pegs and, as before, the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary.

One of the most distinctive features of this “factory special” worth mentioning is the widespread use of anodized black aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterizes the new side panels and the throttle body guards, whereas the new front number plate is made of brushed aluminium.

The spoked wheels 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 foot pegs, which are machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard.

The most important technical innovation is the V7 III Racer’s Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in rebound and compression. The top name in suspension, the Öhlins suspension ensures top performance while throttling some backroads.

THIRD GENERATION CELEBRATES V7 50th ANNIVERSARY

To celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the V7, which arrived in Italy in 1967, Moto Guzzi introduces the V7 III. This third-generation model is completely revamped to maximize owner satisfaction and riding pleasure, while leaving the motorcycle’s originality and authenticity unaltered.

Since its introduction in Italy, the V7 became a pillar of the Moto Guzzi product range. An entry-level bike that is dedicated to both men and women, the V7 became the company’s best seller in 2009.

Enter the V7 III, which is available in three versions: Stone, Special and Racer. A limited-edition Anniversario model is also available for 750 lucky Moto Guzzistis.

The V7 III Racer was designed for those who seek the sportier side of riding, and love the Cafe Racer look. The V7 III Racer also lends itself exceptionally well to customization, allowing you to create a truly unique motorcycle with factory Moto Guzzi parts.

MORE PLEASURE TO OWN AND RIDE A V7

Though power was increased by 10% due to a new 90-degree transverse V-twin engine–a one-of-a-kind configuration–the V7 remains Moto Guzzi’s entry-level model.

The V7 III Racer retains the stylistic personality of the original V7 model, but with a much more mature and robust attitude–primarily to the presence of the dual pipe exhaust manifold and cylinder heads, both oversized.

But some things should not change, such as the metal fuel tank with its 5.5-gallon capacity and style inspired, as always, by the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport. The aluminium fuel cap is no longer flush with the tank line, but it is a screw cap and, as previously, it has a lock.

 

The rich catalog of dedicated accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects your smartphone to your vehicle, providing an exceptional quantity of useful travel information.

NEW CHASSIS ARCHITECTURE: GUARANTEE OF QUALITY

The 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer features a redesigned chassis. The steel frame maintains the dismountable double cradle layout of its predecessor and the same weight distribution (46% front; 54% rear), but the front part has been completely revamped and reinforced.

The V7 III Racer chassis introduces a new steering geometry that guarantees more dynamic cornering, and sharper handling and stability–a setup that meets all the riding needs of the modern biker. Furthermore, the entire structure has benefited from a painstaking finishing operation on the details, including the welds and the painting.

New for 2017 are Kayaba shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload. This new suspension setup provides a more progressive and controlled response in any situation, even while riding two-up. Passenger comfort was also improved due to a revised seating position, and repositioned footpegs, which are now lower and farther forward.

The rider’s position changes, although not by much, due to the lower seat, now 30.3” high, and the new aluminium foot pegs. The seat/handlebar/pegs rider triangle now caters to any size of rider. The chassis structure revamping is completed by the rear brake master cylinder with built-in reservoir that optimizes braking duties.

REVISED ENGINE: UNIQUE CHARACTER AND SOUND

There are many excellent twin cylinder engines in the world, but there is only one transversal V-twin, and it is the Moto Guzzi twin. This transverse powerplant was born in 1967 out of an ingenious intuition by 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 mid-weight V7, the engine has arrived at its third evolution and it has therefore been entirely revamped with respect to the previous unit mounted on the V7 II. This third evolution was developed with the goal of raising riding pleasure and fun on the road to a maximum, as well as guaranteeing higher performance and reliability.

The V7 III Racer’s aluminium crankcase, stiffened in the key points, uses a new oil sump and a crankshaft with inertial calculated for easier revving and stronger engine braking. The crankcase lubrication system was designed to optimally dissipate and reduce power absorption in favor of both performance and a reduction in fuel consumption.

The V7 III’s 744cc engine’s new ventilation system 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 is also new, now with built-in exhaust blow-by.

The Racer’s engine also features new aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders, although the bore and stroke values are the same as the previous unit (80 x 74mm), confirming the V7 III’s intention as the Moto Guzzi entry-level motorcycle. As per tradition, the timing is controlled by a pushrod and rockers system with 2 valves per cylinder, now arranged in an inclined position (more efficient) in the head.

The V7 III Racer’s fuel system is entrusted to a single-body Marelli electronic injection system managed by an electronic control unit. The exhaust system is also new, fitted with double pipe manifolds that improve thermal insulation. With the auxiliary air system intake in the heads, combined with the trivalent catalytic converter, the double oxygen sensor and the new engine design, the Moto Guzzi twin 750 complies with the Euro 4 pollution standard.

Maximum power has increased to 52 horsepower at 6200 rpm, 44.2 ft/lbs of torque at 4900 rpm, 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.

Another innovative aspect of the Moto Guzzi engine is the dry single-disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability over time. The clutch was designed for a light pull at the lever, again building on the V7’s entry-level rider intentions.

The six-speed transmission introduced on the V7 II, precise and smooth, is unchanged but now benefits from a different first and sixth gear ratio, handy for taking full advantage of the engine’s torque and power characteristics.

SAFETY: A MOTO GUZZI ASSET

The V7 III Racer has an ABS system and a new adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control) system that can also be disabled. The ABS is a two-channel Continental system that prevents the wheels from locking up during intense braking, and the two-level traction (wet or dry conditions) control prevents rear-wheel spin in acceleration.

MOTO GUZZI MEDIA PLATFORM: CONNECTS V7 III STONE TO THE WORLD

The Moto Guzzi multimedia platform is available as an option for the new V7 III Racer. MG-MP allows you 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 that includes: speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, 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, analyzing 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. MG-MP 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 V7 III Racer’s electronics, the smartphone becomes a sophisticated instrument to measure the lean angle in turns.

ORIGINAL MOTO GUZZI ACCESSORIES AVAILABLE

Looking to customize your V7III Racer? Check out our Original Moto Guzzi Accessories for the entire V7 III lineup.

(*) Prices listed are the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Prices. MSRP excludes PDI (Pre Delivery Inspection), Taxes, Shipping

 

 

 

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 45 HP 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 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 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.

 

 

 

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9,990 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $11,590 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See Dealer for Pricing in AU

Engine 90° V-twin, 4-stroke

Engine capacity 744 cc

Bore / stroke 80 x 74 mm

Max power 52 hp (38 kW) @ 6,200 rpm

Max torque 44.2 ft-lbs (60 Nm) @ 4,900 rpm

Transmission 6 speed

Front

suspension Hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 40 mm

Rear

suspension

Light alloy swingarm,

with 2 completely adjustable Ohlins

shock absorbers

Front

brake

Stainless steel floating discs

Ø 320 mm, Brembo caliper with 4

differentiated and opposed pistons.

ABS system as standard

Rear

brake

Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc,

2-piston floating caliper.

ABS system as standard

Front

wheel

18” spoked, 100/90 – 18

(110/80 R18 as alternative)

Rear

wheel 17” spoked, 130/80 – 17

Saddle height 30.3 inches (770 mm)

Dry weight 470 lbs (213 kg)

Wet weight* 470 lbs (213 kg)

Fuel tank

capacity 5.5 gal (including 1.05 gal reserve)

V7 III RACER

Emission compliance EPA, CARB

 

 

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details

Engine 90° V-twin, 4-stroke

Engine capacity 744 cc

Bore / stroke 80 x 74 mm

Max power 52 hp (38 kW) @ 6,200 rpm

Max torque 44.2 ft-lbs (60 Nm) @ 4,900 rpm

Transmission 6 speed

Front

suspension Hydraulic telescopic fork, Ø 40 mm

Rear

suspension

Light alloy swingarm,

with 2 completely adjustable Ohlins

shock absorbers

Front

brake

Stainless steel floating discs

Ø 320 mm, Brembo caliper with 4

differentiated and opposed pistons.

ABS system as standard

Rear

brake

Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc,

2-piston floating caliper.

ABS system as standard

Front

wheel

18” spoked, 100/90 – 18

(110/80 R18 as alternative)

Rear

wheel 17” spoked, 130/80 – 17

Saddle height 30.3 inches (770 mm)

Dry weight 470 lbs (213 kg)

Wet weight* 470 lbs (213 kg)

Fuel tank

capacity 5.5 gal (including 1.05 gal reserve)

V7 III RACER

Emission compliance Transport Canada

 

 

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details

 

 

 

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