The Moto Guzzi V7 is an icon of the traditional motorcycle market and still offers true authenticity by being made in Mandello over 50 years since the first models wheeled out of the factory.
Fresh for 2021, the V7 is getting an update with revised styling and a larger more powerful motor. In this blog, we’re taking a quick look at 7 of the most important and specific things you need to know about the new 2021 Moto Guzzi V7.
The ever-popular V7 will no longer be housing the 744cc air-cooled V-twin that fans are used to, instead, Moto Guzzi has beefed it up further by going with a variant of the 850cc motor from the V7’s adventurous sibling the V85 TT.
Still air-cooled, the new 850cc engine will see much-improved performance kicking out 65 hp at 6,800rpm which is 13 hp more than its predecessor, and 73 nm or torque at 5000rpm which, again is an increase of 13 nm.
At the moment, Moto Guzzi has revealed two main production versions of the 2021 V7 in the Stone and the Special.
The Stone is the entry-level, yet more modern of the two, boasts a satin finish tank like previous models. Offset against a black engine, exhaust seat, and, well, everything bar the suspension and the brakes. There are three colourway options available including blue, black, and orange (which do all have more formal Italian names). As well as this, the stone includes revamped side panels and a new logo.
The Special will offer far more traditional styling throughout with two colourways options available – blue and grey – both of which give this motorcycle a real distinct character.
To celebrate their 100th anniversary, Moto Guzzi are also releasing an exclusive edition of the V7 Centenario which pays homage to the brand's 8-cylinder race bikes of the 50’s.
3. Frame and suspension
The V7’s chassis now features steel elements in the headstock to increase stiffness and, as well as this, there is longer travel Kayaba twin shock absorbers to improve bump soaking at the rear of the bike.
4. Dash displays
The two versions of this bike will use different displays to be in line with their overall styling.
The stone, which is the more modern of the two, will boast a new full digital dash (or instrument cluster as Guzzi likes to say).
As the Special is more classically designed, it stays true to its vintage roots with a pair of beautiful dual analogue clocks.
Guzzi’s Stone version features a new full LED lighting system with a new headlight designed based on that famous eagle logo.
Again, as the Special is following more traditional styling, the headlight design will be a classic round style.
Moto Guzzi will no longer be using Roman numerals for the V7 model. Yes, you heard that right, the V73 marks the end of the variants using roman numerals. The new V7 850 will simply be…the V7!
Moto Guzzi are keen to stress, however, that the all-new V7 will still give you the same feeling of character and authenticity you expect.
7. Release date
The models are rumored to hit dealers in Spring with prices varying from £8,000 for the Stone coming and £8,600 for the Special.
|Engine||850cc, 65 hp, air-cooled|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
|Weight||218kg (the Stone) & 230kg (the Special)|
|Price||£8,000 (the Stone) & £8,600 (the Special)|
So, there you go, there are the 7 things you need to know about the all-new Moto Guzzi V7 850. What are your thoughts? Be sure to let us know in the comments section below now!
And if you are thinking of treating yourself to one of these beauties, when they are released of course, or any new model, in fact, make sure you’ve got the right insurance to go with it. Lucky for you, Lexham’s specialist insurance scheme offers great rates on new motorcycles and scooters – and don’t forget to go direct to get the best deal!