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Old 07-02-2011, 07:20 PM   #16
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Guzzi guys and dealers largely don't seem real up on this bike, knowledge and information is scarce, and must be hard searched for. I bought the highly recommended book "Guzziology", which is 2 1/2 inches thick, and you could put all the reference to the V7 Classic on 4 or 5 pages.
plenty of info available at:

www.wildguzzi.com/forum
http://forum.guzzitech.com/forum

Guzziology covers all guzzis, so it's not unexpected that info on any one given model is limited. Keep in mind that the current V7 line goes back to the V65, V50 and V35, so lots of info overlaps...

There are knowlegeable dealers. They're just not around the corner unless you live in KC, LA, Houston, Seattle...

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Old 07-03-2011, 02:12 AM   #17
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I saw a white V7 Classic at a dealer a couple of months ago and it was just beautiful. Sitting on it was less of a pleasure. The seat was very firm and wide at the front making it difficult to get both feet down flat. I know that's not a problem to many riders but it is to me.

My issues with the bike are the lack of dealers in this area and the spoked wheels that would make getting a puncture in a remote area a big problem.

But I loved the look and the modest performance wouldn't be an issue for me. Now if I could have more than one bike and only use the Classic on local rides....
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Old 07-03-2011, 12:09 PM   #18
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Old 07-03-2011, 01:55 PM   #19
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Minimike,

You're killing me!
Thanks for the great pictures though. What is your take on the bike overall? Any suspension mods or recommendations?
Enough power up in the mountains?

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Old 07-03-2011, 04:19 PM   #20
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Minimike,
Back from Alaska? Ride report available?
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Old 07-03-2011, 06:52 PM   #21
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Love the looks of the V7 classic.
I sat on a cafe at the dealers (50 miles away) and think the V7 classic would be very comfortable for me.
48 hp is more then enough for me, my TU250 has under 20 and provides plenty of fun and has no problems on a 300 mile trip, so 48 would be very nice.
Love the dash, the instruments, the entire bike.
The TU is about 320 pounds wet, the V7 is 400 dry? 400 is not bad.

The TU250 was $3000.00 new though, while the V7 would be close to 10,000.00!
If I hit the lottery, I would run right out and get one.
The way things are these days, I am glad I have the money from selling the Harley in the bank!
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:02 AM   #22
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Back from Alaska? Ride report available?
Here's the ride report:

It sucked so bad, going back thru boot camp at age 50 would have been better.

Rain, snow, snow, group discord, rain, rain, rain, flat tire, rain, mud, group discord, rain, snow, group discord, mud, 2nd flat tire, freezing fog, mud, snow storm, food poisoning, group split up, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain................25 days of rain or snow during the entire trip.

Exhaustion and $$$$ expense.

Someone bitch slap me please.

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Old 07-04-2011, 08:21 AM   #23
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That is one sexy bike! Now how to pull the $$$ together to get one, hmmm
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Old 07-04-2011, 09:16 AM   #24
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Minimike,

You're killing me!
Thanks for the great pictures though. What is your take on the bike overall? Any suspension mods or recommendations?
Enough power up in the mountains?

Thanks,
Motoretro

It's got enough power for the mountains; but, not enough for 2 big people & luggage for the plains.

The suspension is a little stiff for my light ass. Going to do something about that later this year. My Wilbers suspension on the G650X is amazing! Need something like that for the V7C.

It's a riot riding fast. Think you're burning up the road and you're only doing 90. Kinda keeps me in rein. I don't have much self control.

Plus there's always the bonus of showing up the bigger, faster bikes.
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Old 07-04-2011, 06:05 PM   #25
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Thanks for the feedback.

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It's got enough power for the mountains; but, not enough for 2 big people & luggage for the plains.

The suspension is a little stiff for my light ass. Going to do something about that later this year. My Wilbers suspension on the G650X is amazing! Need something like that for the V7C.

It's a riot riding fast. Think you're burning up the road and you're only doing 90. Kinda keeps me in rein. I don't have much self control.

Plus there's always the bonus of showing up the bigger, faster bikes.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:54 PM   #26
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Here's the ride report:

It sucked so bad, going back thru boot camp at age 50 would have been better.

Rain, snow, snow, group discord, rain, rain, rain, flat tire, rain, mud, group discord, rain, snow, group discord, mud, 2nd flat tire, freezing fog, mud, snow storm, food poisoning, group split up, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain, rain................25 days of rain or snow during the entire trip.

Exhaustion and $$$$ expense.

Someone bitch slap me please.

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So the ride wasn't fun?
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Old 07-06-2011, 07:11 AM   #27
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So the ride wasn't fun?
details man, details!
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:29 PM   #28
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30 Liter Hepco & Beckers:









I had the chrome racks & handle bars powder coated black. I hate chrome.

Put this on too:



With the daughter & brother-in-law


Hey I've seen that bike (I think)! We stopped in at your shop last summer. The Guzzi was covered but I knew what it was. I was actually more interested in that pretty little Benelli.
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Old 07-06-2011, 12:42 PM   #29
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Here's one at a local biker meetup:


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Old 07-06-2011, 12:44 PM   #30
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So the ride wasn't fun?

Yeah, there were a couple moments of fun:

-AlaCan Hwy between Destruction Bay and the U.S. Border going & coming. The pavement was so buckled it was like a paved motocross course. Stood up on the pegs and acted like an ass. Both times. It was great! Thanks Wilbers for a fantastic suspension! It was worth every penny. Bet all the Blue hairs in the tour buses were wagging their tongues.

-The Haul Road Saturday morning on the way to Coldfoot. Warm weather in the morning. Once again, I stood up and acted like an ass. Mefo's tires were perfect. The loose gravel in the construction zones was nothing. Then the packed earth was heaven! At 90, it felt a little light in the front. 89 was just right.



Four weeks of rain is just too much for a vacation. It's good to me home now.
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