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Old 01-14-2013, 06:44 AM   #136
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Hrm...are you selling your GS550? If I could only have one bike and was choosing between the V7 Stone and NC700X, I'd go for the Honda. And this comes from being a totally satisfied V7 Stone owner without much desire for the Honda. The NC700X is simply built from the ground up to be a utility and budget touring bike. New liquid cooled engine tuned for street-legal torque and economy, modern geometry, modern tires, long service intervals, better braking, etc. I believe it puts out a good bit more power at the wheel. Plus the base model is significantly cheaper. I wanna say the charging system will also support more accessories, but I haven't looked up the actual alternator output (the V7 Stone can't support much).

That said, to me the NC700X does lack a lovable character that the V7 oozes. There's something to be said for that irreplacable character and charm that tingles from the V twin as it tries to buck from beneath your legs and toss the bike during turnover. Though I already do own two late model year Japanese sportbikes that are there if said charm ever gets annoying at times. And if you're into working on your own bikes, the V7's smallblock is pretty dead simple. A shaft drive is a bit of a boon for touring, too.

The Stone will certainly serve all your intended purposes including off road -- though the NC700X will have more off road/dual sport oriented tire options stock, and more pure-sport oriented tires available. The V7's are largely limited to touring (or touring-oriented sport/touring) tires, though you can get a little creative and slap on practically anything. I've seen some V7 Classics converted into pure dual sports without too much effort.

I can't vouch for any hard luggage yet since I'm still trying to source options. Outside of the OEM bags and one set I saw on here (but dunno where to purchase), I don't have a line for any. The OEM hard bags are priced high enough to make your mind laugh with obsurdness. No windscreen yet, either, but it's on the to-get list.

Mileage wise, I'll quote myself:



All that is without a windscreen. I've heard of 2013 V7 Racer owners getting upper 50's during warmer weather with highway mileage. The NC700X gets better mileage, IIRC. Some reveiwers were getting upper 60's to 70's if they were playing nice with the throttle.

Anywho. Both bikes will fit your needs just fine, assuming the V7 Stone has a compatible seating position. The NC700X will probably do it better stock and for less (baseline model). But most people *DO* choose to ride motorcycles for more than utility -- to get that bit of enjoyment from being open and to experience that little *something* that a motorcycle can give -- and the V7's will do that in spades. Test ride both, and if you feel that ping of excitement with the Guzzi and understand it's features and quirks, go for it.

One of the reasons I purchased my Stone was due to my girlfriend's interest. She didn't want to ride my sportbikes, but was all for an old school styled classic. The V7 will also stand out a bit in a crowd -- any Guzzi will with the longitudal V twin -- so long as someone doesn't confuse it for a Harley (already happened to me).

Oh, and Honda is coming out with an CB500X -- styled after the NC700X -- using their new 500cc twin. From what I've read, the 500cc twin will still match (or even exceed) the Guzzi small block performance, but deliver much better mileage. And the CB500X MSRP should be right around $6000 and can use some of the NC700X's accessories.

I'm the only V7 Stone owner I know on this forum so far, but for the most part, the older V7 Classics are interchangable with the Stone. The 2013 engines are improved over prior models and te Stone has cast wheels with tubeless tires, but for general feedback there are owners here with older V7 models that have many more seat hours than I who would have better long-term feedback.

Check out the hepco-Becker luggage option. They make a nice rack, that any of their luggage can be fit to
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Old 01-14-2013, 09:30 AM   #137
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Sorry, I tried to post it, but I'm not that good at it. There is a photo here in Road Warriors, in the thread "Brussels Bike Show". About 1/4 of the way down the first page is a photo of a V7 wearing the classic green and black paint, with the black spoked rims. This might be the best looking version I have seen so far.
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Old 01-14-2013, 08:49 PM   #138
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Here's my V7 Stone with a few mods , hope u like it!
Wait, I think that very bike is pictured on the Corsa Italiana website, Maybe that's what you bought. Regardless, great looking V7. It's such a small, simple thing, but the black tank guards on the white tank transform it visually.
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Old 01-15-2013, 01:09 PM   #139
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V7 Scrambler

Yes it is from Corsa, I specced the changes I wanted more or less based on a V7 Special they had built. Its basically a V7 Stone with racer wheels, fork gaiters, tank pad, Pirelli Scorpion MT90 tyres, span adjustable clutch lever, one off slip on silencers and side panels from a racer with special V7 Scrambler decals. I've since added a small dart screen with a white MX number plate and headlight stone guard, changed the bars for higher US style, thankfully longer oem cables were a direct replacement and a one off ally bash plate.

Pedz screwed with this post 01-15-2013 at 01:30 PM
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Old 01-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #140
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Yes it is from Corsa, I specced the changes I wanted more or less based on a V7 Special they had built. Its basically a V7 Stone with racer wheels, fork gaiters, tank pad, Pirelli Scorpion MT90 tyres, span adjustable clutch lever, one off slip on silencers and side panels from a racer with special V7 Scrambler decals. I've since added a small dart screen with a white MX number plate and headlight stone guard, changed the bars for higher US style, thankfully longer oem cables were a direct replacement and a one off ally bash plate.
Well, as good as your discription is, a pic or 5 would be better
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Old 01-16-2013, 09:23 AM   #141
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Well, as good as your discription is, a pic or 5 would be better
Wow, talk about living up to your forum name!
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Old 01-19-2013, 06:00 PM   #142
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Digging this tiny bike and big sunny skies.
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Old 01-20-2013, 04:14 AM   #143
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Digging this tiny bike and big sunny skies.
That picture makes me want one,

Nice shot of a nice bike,
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Old 01-20-2013, 09:27 AM   #144
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Digging this tiny bike and big sunny skies.
nice shot. what are the bags?
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Old 01-20-2013, 11:44 AM   #145
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nice shot. what are the bags?
Bags are Moose Racing "Expedition." Semi-rigid, semi-waterproof. We'll see if they semi-work.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:37 PM   #146
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Wow, talk about living up to your forum name!
touche'

haha, i didnt realize that was his bike above. from the description, i thought it'd be a bit different looking than that one posted above.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:25 PM   #147
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Congrats Bigtex. What # is it? Number 347 with Wolfman soft bags. Great bikes!

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Old 01-24-2013, 04:08 AM   #148
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That picture makes me want one,
Man, you can say that again. If Toby Keith records one of my songs, I'm in........

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Old 01-28-2013, 04:24 PM   #149
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I removed that rear fender extension that houses the liscense plate light and reflector and purchased a pair of LED lights from Cycle Gear that replace the top two bolts .



I drilled a hole in the plastic plate holder and routed the original wires up into the brake light housing keeping them out of sight.





Soooooo, that about ends the free or cheap mods. Eventually I will end up with a Stucci fairing and some pipes, but I'm happy with the way it has cleaned up.

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Old 01-29-2013, 07:29 PM   #150
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Did a 9000 mile rounder June 2012, from BC Canada to Grand Canyon USA and back on my v7 Scrambler. It was a round about journey connecting a few hot spots like Canyon lands trail, Moki Dugway, valley of the gods, Cotton wood trial and Stephens pass. Plus a whole lot of unknown dirt tween them all. Got lost lots (GPS is your friend most days). Got stuck in snow, crashed in snow. Got stuck in mud, crashed in mud and lets not forget sand heat sweat fear and fun. We found the whole range of adventure.
Most of the journey we planned for off road adventuring connecting the fun with as few blacktop roads as we could. My brother on his triumph scrambler and me on my v7 scrambler. We traveled an average of 450 to 500 miles a day through snow mud and sand it was one of the best rides I've done in years. Less when we were lost or stuck or just plain beat down from the struggle of that day. The v7 is a natural off road.

This season will see new rear suspension and progressive springs up front. Maybe a journey north to Yukon, NWT or Alaska. Yet to be decided.






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