Classic case of style: Moto Guzzi V7 Classic

Jun 28, 2008 Full story: Telegraph.co.uk 41

Moto Guzzi V7 Classic [tech/spec] Kevin Ash reports on Moto Guzzi's latest entry-level bike, the V7 Classic Moto Guzzi has been having a hard time of it recently, with sales falling from a low 10,000 or so to ...

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ED y

Santa Rosa, CA

#21 May 10, 2009
Stu: thanks for the updates on your V7! Sounds like you've done some long miles on it. What is the maintenance schedule and how much was the 1000 km check up? I thought guzzis have a reputation for mechanical issues?
Thanks
Maurice Condie

UK

#23 May 20, 2009
Stu Garfath wrote:
I have just completed a two day 700km trip Sydney/Canberra/Sydney on MY V7 Classic. Conclusions - very enjoyable indeed!. Observation - The seat needs altering, it is FIRM and not suited for long rides at all.
I used a piece of foam over sheepskin, it helped but I'm looking at an 'Airhawk' seat to solve this problem.
Apart from this, the machine was faultless, no vices, handled all that was thrown at it, and ran on the smell of an oily rag, Ausd$22.00 for the trip.The Sound is throaty, not loud but attention getting, the dual electric horns are the Loudest I have ever heard on a motorcycle, and they have a purely 'Italian' note, just brilliant.The Brembo brakes do what they do very nicely, no noise at all. One suggestion for the lucky V7 owners, Get a Centre-Stand!, I did, it's money well spent, this is the easiest bike to put on a centre stand I have EVER experienced!!. More later.
Stu.
Where did you get the centre stand?
They are not listed in the accessories on the Guzzi website.
Jim

San Jose, CA

#24 May 20, 2009
You might want to have a look at this:

http://www.stucchiluigi.it/eng/scheda.asp...

Also, take a look at the rest of the site. There's some interesting V7 Classic stuff there.

(BTW, I own a V7 Classic in CA, USA.)

Best regards,

Jim
Maurice Condie

UK

#25 Jun 10, 2009
Thanks for that Jim.
What a great site.
I have ordered a luggage rack and front crash bars as well.
Steve Swan - Colorado USA

Fort Collins, CO

#26 Jul 11, 2009
Thursday, I just took home my first Moto Guzzi ever, the V7 Classic ! I bought it from Steve & Roxanne Eddins of Beemer's and more M/c Works in Ft. Collins. http://www.beemersandmore.com/ The moment I lifted it off the side stand it had my attention, I knew it was the bike for me. I rode it a week later and not out of first gear, I knew it would be a bike I would keep the rest of my life. WHAT A FANTASTIC MOTORCYCLE !!
Who out there has installed a Stucchi luggage rack on their V7 ? It looks like holes need to be drilled in the fender to mount....? Otherwise, the rack is very sleek and trim looking.
Looking forward to your replies !
Steve
Maurice Condie

UK

#27 Aug 13, 2009
I have put the Stucchi luggage rack on my V7. It took 10minutes.
No holes to drill.
The rack replaces the standard grab rails in one integral part.
It looks very smart too.
Chad Minneapolis V7C

Minneapolis, MN

#28 Oct 25, 2009
Stuart,
Hello from the states. I recently bought the 2010 V7 Classic in black and couldn't be happier with it. Only have 100 miles on it but it's been great so far. I was wondering if you could let me know where you got the center stand for your bike? Also, what are the best options for bar end mirrors? Have you had any luck on that? Happy riding on the other side of the world!
Cheers!
Chad Minneapolis V7C

Minneapolis, MN

#29 Oct 25, 2009
Thanks Jim!
I went to the link. Did you have the center stand installed? If so did you take to mg dealer?
Just curious what this all entails.

http://www.stucchiluigi.it/eng/scheda.asp ...

cheers,
Chad
Maurice Condie

UK

#30 Oct 26, 2009
I put my centre stand on in half an hour.
There are video instructions on the Stucchi site and also on YouTube.
It is well made and fits perfectly, as does the luggage rack.
I'm thinking about the crash bars next.

Since: Oct 09

San Francisco, CA

#31 Oct 30, 2009
Maurice,

Would you mind sending me photos of your bike with the center stand down and up? My email is callahan.chad@gmail.com. Thanks!

Also, Any thoughts on bar end mirrors?

Take care!
Maurice Condie

UK

#32 Oct 30, 2009
I'll get on to that over the weekend and send direct to you.
My direct e-mail is condie74@btinternet.com
Maurice
Gary Bevan

Australia

#33 Nov 24, 2009
Now have over 19000 K's since end of Dec 2008. Did a return trip from Sydney to Adelaide 2 up and had a great time. Had a rack made by CBA Engineering (Anderson Bike Stands)Love the bike. I also have a Californian and V65SP. The V7 is like the V65 with all the bad bits taken out.The only problem was a faulty multi-pin plug which was fixed under warranty. Having had 3 punctures in 3 months I need to get a centre stand.

I love the V7 and when in the twisties it gives the sports bikes a run for their money as when you twist the throttle you are not worried about the back wheel spinning out from under. It's a great bike to ride.
Mike Wrenn

United States

#34 Nov 24, 2009
Well, I went to Tulsa, OK. last Friday and bought a black V7c. Man , I love this bike! Precise, nimble, and fun. I'm going to do the first oil change and 600 mile maintenance this weekend. I have noticed that I would much rather ride this bike and not my Vstar 1100. I think it's because it's so light and easy to handle. It's just a much more enjoyable ride.
I have the crash bars and the HepcoBecker 30 liter luggage ordered for it. It will take more than a month to get it all though. I have also ordered a small fairing from MG cycles for it. The fairing kind of looks like the one Moto Guzzi used on the LeMans Mark I. Once it's all together I'll be glad to forward pics.
Ride On!!
Dan Malik Cleveland Ohio

Mentor, OH

#35 Apr 17, 2010
Just bought first Guzze V7 classic cafe after being a 20 year BMW Owner...Im loving it!!
Looking for a cafe fairing option othe than the Lemans 1-2 series
will paint satin green any suggestions on other
brands/styles would be greatly appreciated
Maurice Condie

Glasgow, UK

#36 Apr 17, 2010
Got all my parts fom
http://www.stucchiluigi.it/eng/chisiamo.asp
They are really good.
Mike Wrenn

Cedar Hill, TX

#37 Apr 17, 2010
Dan, Omar's DTR has nice cafe fairings that will fit the V7C. I bought one from him that had a 8 inch headlight cutout. I then changed my headlight to an 8 inch one from a Ducati monster.
He has fairings with a 7 inch cutout as well.
Otto

Albany Creek, Australia

#38 Jun 8, 2011
I have several questions which I hope owners will answer. I am interested in this bike and will be buying the V7 if satisfied that:
a/ Servicing is not typically
Italian Expensive (like Ducati)
b/ gearbox is improved from being clunky(70's)
c/electrics and bits and pieces do not fail
thus requiring parts which take forever
arrive.

What is the typical 6000/12000km service cost for example? I take it that this bike is well put together from all the reviews but what about 18 months to 2 years down the track? The size and overall package seems very elegant and capable if a bit short on grunt, but I could accept this because it is not meant to go like a Hayabusa, but more like an elegant show pony with a bit of a gentle gallop. I am yet to test ride this baby but feel already that the overall concept is very sound and attractive as well. My intended use is for the urban/weekend jaunts for pleasure, not for sport. I understand that this does not have the new CARC rear diff, so how does it shift?
No doubt I will find out, but it will be interesting to hear these topics in discussion instead of just "how wonderful" , "how quaint and historic". Are things sorted? That is the question.
O.
Otto

Albany Creek, Australia

#39 Jun 8, 2011
To those responsible, thank you for removing my post and genuine enquiries regarding ownership of the V7 Classic. It shows the kind of people you really are!
I guess I'll never find out what I need to know from the owner's point of view regarding my areas of concern about the V7. My asking these questions came from a positive and curious interest about owning this bike. Less so now I think thanks to you!
My only logical conclusion might be that the Classic V7 might possibly be a whole lot nicer than their owners, or those who talk about them on forums.
Being "unworthy" of owning such a bike is one thing, but being "unworthy" of even asking questions about it is another.
Enjoy your little coccoon of self righteousness.
Otto

Albany Creek, Australia

#40 Jun 8, 2011
If reinstated, all is forgiven.

ottouberswengen@hotmail.com
chopz

Gold Coast, Australia

#42 Jun 17, 2011
what was the trouble with the triumph

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