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Old 06-30-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Guzzi V7 Classic Owners

Would like some input on the V7 Classic. While out on a ride a couple days ago though Michigan's back roads by Owosso, a white V7 Classic passed me. It sure looked nice. Just wondered how stiff the V7's ride is and how comfortable they are? Are they reliable? Any issues I should know about?

Would like to get back on a Goose although I'm a bit older now and have some back issues, hence riding a Motarded DR 650. I actually have less problems if I'm leaning over in semi crouch than typically Dual Sport position, sends less jolts up the spine or just absorbs the bumps better. I find myself at speed on the DR, tucked in and pretty much in a similar position as when I rode European bikes, I guess old habits die hard.



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Old 06-30-2011, 05:42 PM   #2
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they've pretty much covered the reliability issues 'round here. The classic is very upright, the v7 racer looks more like what you are talking about for riding posture. I think the 2011 racer is so beautiful- $10k
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:40 PM   #3
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I don't have a spare 9K lying around to spend on a V7 Cafe...and I'm not sure it would work well for me, as I'm not small.

That said, the V7 Cafe pushes my buttons. It is simply a beautiful motorcycle, well built and good performance.

If I had the dough, I'd buy one...
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Old 06-30-2011, 08:52 PM   #4
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Gorgeous. I just wish the mileage weren't so piss-poor. Oh well... it's not the kind of bike I would want to put a ton of miles on anyway. Chances are very good I will own one of these eventually.
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Old 06-30-2011, 09:32 PM   #5
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The species Motous guzzicanus V7ateous in its natural habitat:
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Old 07-01-2011, 01:03 AM   #6
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I love the looks of the Classic and think it is the most desirable Guzzi.
But faced with few delaers, poor support and riding as I do a Bonneville which is ultra reliable and ultra comfortable and properly supported...it's just no contest.
I also like the "proper "riding position and a flat seat to slide back on.
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Old 07-01-2011, 06:17 AM   #7
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How's the Classic's track record for reliability? I've got a Royal Enfield that's sort of in the same general size / aesthetic class, and while the engine is definitely up to scratch, pretty much everything else is not. After two months of commuting, it blew the headpipe gasket a tooth tore off the rear sprocket. Frequently tightened or not, shit will probably fall off. Why they don't use threadlocker from the factory baffles me.

Now it's sitting on my porch with a cover on it, probably for months. Needs major quality improvements before it can be considered qualified for a practical commuter, unless you live right next to your very friendly and knowledgeable dealer.
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Old 07-01-2011, 07:52 PM   #8
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Comparing a V7 Classic to a Royal Enfield is going to make life rough for the RE. I had a Bullet a couple years ago. It was kind of like a boat, where the two best days of owning it are the day you buy it and the day you sell it. Enough said about that.
I spent a few months on the net reading everything I could find on the V7C, and it sounded like everything I wanted in a bike.
I finally went up to Denver and test rode one and took it home.
I left the shop Saturday evening at closing and rode about 70 miles of backroads to a motel. The next morning I got up before sunrise, checked everything out and headed for the mountains for a break in ride. That evening I got another motel, having ridden 470 miles, doing 6 mountain passes (about 40 of it unpaved,) all over 10k elevation. I got home Monday for lunch with another 200 miles on the clock.

What a flippin joy to ride! There are a lot of bikes I've not ridden, so maybe I've missed it somewhere, but I think if a motorcycle could be "ZEN", this is it.

It is readily apparent that this bike loves tight mountain roads, and whoever designed it has my utmost respect.

Dealer support is something to consider, it is pretty thin, currently no dealers in New Mexico, in this case the internet is my support.
After owning the Enfield and currently keeping up a Ural Patrol, I think I can handle just about anything that will come up with the Guzzi.
There is little reported in the way of "typical problems" with this particular model, apparently not much goes wrong with them (granted it is only a couple model years old, but still...)
I am a really pleased with this bike, and have a feeling it is a keeper.
PS- I live at 6400 feet, regular gas is averaging 58 mpg, and getting better as she breaks in.
Guzzitech.com and Wildguzzi.com provide a wealth of info.
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Old 07-01-2011, 08:11 PM   #9
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Sorry, I forgot the obligatory picture. As you can see I am not tall, but at least my legs are long enough to reach the ground...
. Riding position is upright, with a slightly forward lean (a bit less than the cafe) feet not quite under my butt, but not forward like a midcontrol HD.
The ride is fairly stiff but not harsh. My back has seen better days, but no problem with the position, and several hundred miles a day is no big deal. The seat is plenty tolerable.
Tar strips give a bit of a wiggle, but not much, and it is REALLY easy to dodge potholes.
Power is adequate, but racing is not its strong point. If you like the sound of a four barrel carb opening secondaries on a
smallblock V8, you might like this.
After roasting on a 96 twincam HD and a Buell, I am really pleased with how little heat this puts off.
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Old 07-01-2011, 11:29 PM   #10
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Treebone,
Thanks for the pictures and reliability/ride report. I guess I need to sit on one. I have a 33" inseam & arm length so I'm mildly concerned I won't fit. As a 4 time Guzzi owner I'm pretty familiar w/ the dealership experience. I'm very surprised I have not come across any used V7 Classics. This might a be a good indication owners are happy w/ them.

Time to do some tire kicking

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Old 07-02-2011, 07:05 AM   #11
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I am very curious looking at these pictures... what happens to the engine when these things fall over? Looking at the pictures I'm guessing that off the bat you'll have the spark plug boot / cable / terminal grind off, and then the valve cover.

Looking on google, I see a handful of references to an engine bar available, but is the above a fair assessment?
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Old 11-09-2011, 03:48 PM   #12
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I am very curious looking at these pictures... what happens to the engine when these things fall over? Looking at the pictures I'm guessing that off the bat you'll have the spark plug boot / cable / terminal grind off, and then the valve cover.

Looking on google, I see a handful of references to an engine bar available, but is the above a fair assessment?
There are lots of things that owners do.

There are several vendors that sell crashbars/highway bars, and the bars intended for the Breva 750 and Nevada 750 will work.

There are also head guards that mount to the valve cover bolts and provide the same function as sliders do on sportsbikes.

It's really a non-issue, if the owner spends a few bucks...
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Old 11-09-2011, 04:29 PM   #13
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An image of the V7Rx "show bike" taken at EICMA:



Note the vintage 4LS front brake and shouldered allow rims... Old Skool...

Killer fairing and tail section, though.

I'll have mine with 320mm Brembos and cast allow wheels... Please...

Another image:

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Old 11-09-2011, 07:58 PM   #14
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an image of the v7rx "show bike" taken at eicma:

nice!!!
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:24 PM   #15
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An image of the V7Rx "show bike" taken at EICMA:



Note the vintage 4LS front brake and shouldered allow rims... Old Skool...

Killer fairing and tail section, though.

I'll have mine with 320mm Brembos and cast allow wheels... Please...
I like the spoked wheels on the current (modern) lineup of the V7's--- but
wish that they had spec'd in some really beautiful shouldered alloy rims
instead of chrome plated steel rims.

That and a pair of disc brakes up front would be nice--- but the single is not
a dealbreaker for me in any case.

I applaud Piaggio for their commitment to Moto Guzzi--- for a while I thought that
perhaps ominous dark clouds had fallen on the lovely eagle.

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