The Guzzi V7 is one of those machines full of freshness as well as discreet; so little we see. However, the charm is there, with its petite, vintage, crisp silhouette, its cylinders with the essential positioning of the brand, its little face of a young lady from the village … You could almost believe that it only comes out for the holidays, and that technology has not focused much on it.
Big mistake. After serious developments in 2012, the little Italian put a layer back in 2015. To the point of becoming V7 II, as if to clearly mark a break with the older generation. It’s subtle to see, almost impossible even, and for good reason: it is especially in the mechanics that it happens.
In its bowels, the twin remains. But its positioning has been revised. It advances 10 mm in the frame then tilts 4 °. A technical choice to improve cornering behavior and, as a small bonus, free up some room between the cylinder heads and the knees.
A little more dynamism in the chassis, much more in the transmission. And this is a turning point in the history of this engine block. It is seen associated with a 6-speed gearbox. Guzzi took the opportunity to review the first and fifth to smooth the speeds between each report. And add a little sweetness. In addition to a redesign of the primary transmission and an improved clutch, the internal work announces more flexibility and efficiency in the operation of the gearbox. Perfect ; it was about time that the left boot was entitled to a modern and pleasant selection.
Choosing a Guzzi is also choosing a story, an engine, a character. Choosing the V7 means accepting a heart that is not very powerful but endearing and pulsates like no other. Its twin-cylinder comes out without show-off and without dishonor, 47 horsepower and a maximum torque which tops out at just over 6 mkg. What to walk quietly; without trying to type arson or exhilarating sensations. And yet, Guzzi still gave his V7 II traction control. Yes, yes, for real. Called MGCT, the bugger will not have a lot of work to do given the watts of this roadster. But …. you never know. An escape can always be invited to the party when the weather is bad. The ABS is there to complete the safety.
Anything else on board? Yes, let’s not forget the new alternator and the 50mm lower swingarm attachment. This is to improve the work of the suspensions.
The V7 II combines the little touches on the engine and technical side. This momentum continues until the comfort of the passenger. You haven’t seen it, but you will notice the improvement in the driving position. Since the previous V7, the seat is lowered to 790 mm (-15 mm), and the footrests by 25 mm. You will feel more comfortable, especially since this bike can be easy to handle. Its contained weight will also attract ease of use. However, with 189 kilos at the weigh-in, the V7 II took almost 10 kilos in the belly..
Let’s not leave this chapter without recalling that this little bike brakes with a large 320 mm disc clamped by a Brembo 4-piston caliper. Very classic, the chassis consists of a double steel cradle frame, a 40 mm fork, a pair of shock absorbers and a final drive shaft..
Let’s look at it with hindsight. For some time now, the V7 has decided to speed up its development. And today, it is a roadster not really given in view of its performance, but it is also a retro machine equipped with a gimbal, ABS and traction control. While being the cheapest in the segment. Style and character easily offsets the measured fieryness of the engine. The Guzzi V7 II Stone is the back roads of Italy in the cylinders; but we will offer it above all on a heart stroke. Moreover, a host of accessories and a copious lifestyle department accompany this new generation of V7..
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750 V7 II Stone 2015
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about 170 km / h
The technical aspect
Moto-Guzzi 750 V7 II Stone 2016
- Tank: 21 liters
- Width: 800 mm
- Height: 1115 mm
- Wheelbase: 1,449 mm
- Operating weight: 189 kg
- Train before
- Secondary cardan drive
- Rear axle
(80 x 74 mm)
at 6,250 rpm
at 3000 rpm