Anybody have a Moto Guzzi V7?

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  1. Roadscum

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    I believe Tood has said it requires moving frame tabs to accommodate the V7 seat and tank. Probably not a job for the average shade tree mechanic.

    Paul
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    Some magnetic tank bags have an attachment point at the front to attached a strap to secures the bag to the steering head to prevent them from going AWOL. The Small Cortech 2.0 expandable I just purchases for the V7 has that attachment point and a strap. Take a look at the video here:
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    On a couple of bikes( Buell Uly, BMW F800) with plastic airbox covers, where the gas tank usually sits, I
    'Be used magnetic tank bags by attaching magnets under this faux gas tank. With that setup an anti-AWOL strap is mandatory because the magnetic ttachment can be not so strong.
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    Paul
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    Me likey...
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  5. SocalRob

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    There are various products and methods for sealing spoke wheels. I may consider trying one out.

    I've had a V7iii Anniversario now for about 1500 miles. I'm 5:11 210 with a 32inch inseam. While another inch high on the seat would be nice, I am getting on ok with the bike as far as knee bend. The seat seems to be breaking in. The Anniversario comes with a beautiful rich brown seat, and I really enjoy how easy it is to slide around on it to hang off a bit on curves. I am hoping the seat breaks in for comfort. It looks so nice I will give it some time.

    Otherwise, really like this bike. Brakes have bedded in nicely and feel better than new. Can't decide about a wind screen. Without one the clean air at 70-75 mph is really nice. That seems to be the sweet spot for speed. It will do long drones at 85-90 but without a screen it tires me out a bit. I think I have very briefly seen 100.

    I have taken some preload out of the shocks, but do have Matris shocks on order from Todd/Guzzitech. Will have him do the forks too.

    The new mirrors work perfect, and are a great height for lane splitting. I just did 130 miles of lane splitting up and down the 5 freeway from LA to Newport Beach and back. A really easy bike for traffic.

    I'm thinking, at age 59, I will keep this bike until I am no longer riding, and then give it to my son. It is a perfect gem.

    I am preparing to spend money on it. I'm looking at putting some old fashion looking Craven cases on Hebcobecker bag racks. Agostini pipes, maybe some brake caliper improvements from Todd, engine bars, and LED driving lights. To me, this is not a cheap bike but one that I can build to suit just myself.
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  6. pilot

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    I'm really happy with the brakes on my V7 Stone. I had an incident in Green Bay where a car turned left in front of me last week. I got hauled down to a stop with two or three feet to spare, I doubt I could have stopped any faster, the front tire was semi-skidding as it was. Unfortunately, I dropped the bike on the right side after the stop and the bastard laughed and drove off. No damage to me or the bike, so other than being pissed, all was good.
  7. SocalRob

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    The ABS on the V7III seems to have a pretty high threshold before kicking in. Still practicing. The rear will cycle the ABS if you put hard pressure on it, but it takes a really firm hand to get the front to cycle. I kind of miss the two finger brakes of a dual rotor bike like my BMW. Todd at GuzziTech has a 4 pot Brembo caliper that he pairs with a more aggressive Brembo master cylinder, and steel braided lines, which Todd says is both ABS compatible and will give the bike two finger braking. I may go for it as with having ABS I kind of miss not having the immediate bite.

    I just got my Matris shocks today from Todd, about 2 weeks earlier than I expected for custom sprung units order from Italy in just before August. Hope to get them on this weekend.
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  9. ReCycled

    ReCycled Been here awhile

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    I know I'm not asking about a V7 but I'm sure you guys can clue me in a bit.

    I'm considering purchase of a Roamer. It's not a choice based on style but ergonomics, my hips are telling me it's time to move the feet a bit forward. Am I correct in thinking the Roamer is the proper choice for this? My second question is about new Guzzis in general as I've never owned one... I prefer to do my own maintenance work, especially with the Guzzi dealer being 3 1/2 hour roundtrip away. What is normal maintenance like? How frequently do the valves need attention, adjusters or shims? Shadetree mechanic friendly?

    Thanks for any insight you can offer.
  10. pyoungbl

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    ReCycled, I do not have a Roamer and have never ridden one. My V7 is so similar that I believe I can comment on the maintenance issue. In a nutshell: The Guzzi is undoubtably the easiest internal combustion motorcycle to maintain. It takes me about 20 minutes to check/adjust the valves. The valves are pushrod activated with screw and locknut adjusters. You simply unscrew the sparkplugs, remove the valve covers, put the bike in gear and turn the engine over by rotating the rear wheel. Oil change for engine, transmission or rear bevel drive...very easy. I think the valve check interval is 7K. There are no belts or chains to check. You do not have to balance throttle bodies since there is only one. If you ever want to take the tank off it's secured by one bolt. The air cleaner can be changed after only removing the seat. I do 100% of my maintenance and it's all easy.
  11. ReCycled

    ReCycled Been here awhile

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    Just want I wanted to hear !

    I've been taking care of my R1200 and you know how the German engineers like to over complicate things :) And I've been caring for my Ural which though simpler, is much more frequent. Sounds like I'll be just fine...
  12. jon_l

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    I have a test-ride scheduled for Saturday morning on a '16 V7 II Stone. Price is compelling, just depends on 1) whether the pending sale goes through for my Triumph, and 2) whether I like the test-ride enough to own one.

    I enjoyed the V9 Roamer I rode (twice), but I prefer the larger fuel capacity and aftermarket for the V7.

    Unfortunately, the dealer doesn't have a demo bike to ride, so I would be riding the one that I may buy. I suspect some things, such as shifting and brakes, perhaps even a little power, will improve with break-in, so this may not be the best bike to ride, but no choice in the matter.

    What say you Guzzistas - will a 0 mile bike be a much different experience than one that has been broken-in?

    Anything else I should keep in mind?
  13. pyoungbl

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    The zero mile transmission and brakes will get better with time. Actually, the 6 speed tranny is supposed to be on par with the best from Japan or Germany. You will also notice a smoother engine but that might take as much as 10K miles to really fully happen.
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    The bike I am considering is this grey (Grigio intenso) - I like it a lot better than the matte black, and they don't have one in orange. I will have to play with vinyl or wraps if I buy it, as the matte grey is pretty dull. A contrasting stripe or 2 would liven it up a lot, I think.

    Lordy, I sure hope gloss paint comes back into fashion soon. Matte paint just plain sucks, IMO. I prefer the Stone to the Special for the price and the tubeless alloy wheels. But for the spoked wheels, I would buy a blue Special.
  15. Jim K.

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    You & me both! There is such a minimal amount of painted surface on a motorcycle, especially a naked retro like this, that bright glossy color is almost mandatory. Not to worry....remember 16" wheels, square headlights, etc.? This too shall pass.
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    Well that's not good :muutt
  17. Scooterdoodler

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    The new Sturgis Guzzi dealer (Sturgis Motorsports) bought some of the factory demo bikes that were at the Sturgis rally last week. I don't know the prices on them all, but they said the red California was selling for $14,800, which is a bunch off of retail. They also have a black/green V7 III Special, and a Anniversario. Here's some pics I took of them....
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  19. oldlegs

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    Hi, my V711 Stone matte yellow tank started to shine after 2 years and 14,000 miles where my knees rub so I gave the whole tank a careful polish with Tcut and then Auto Glym and it looks ok not a high gloss more satin it even feels better and marks left by my magnetic tank bag which would not wash off have gone. Steve.
  20. jon_l

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    Interesting oldlegs. After polishing, is the finish on your tank even? I would think it would be hard to make it look uniform.

    Has the area where your knees touch the tank continued to "polish"?