Anybody have a Moto Guzzi V7?

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by MotorCade, Oct 20, 2012.

  1. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    I'd check to see that the fast idle lever is adjusted so its cable is opening the throttle as much as adjustment will allow.

    Many of them are not.
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  2. MotorCade

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    That's worth a look. Mine seems like it operates more like a fast idle button than a traditional choke. On/off instead of modulated.
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  3. rbm

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    Go aftermarket with the ECU update by Todd at Guzzitech. There is good feedback from the Guzzi community on his ECU mods and to the support you will get if you do go that route. Also, to my knowledge after discussion with my dealer, there are no ECU flash upgrades available for the V7 so you probably have the latest map installed from the factory.

    Coldbloodedness in the form of surging, poor fast idle, stalling, etc. is a typical issue with the V7. The fueling from the factory is very lean, to get the emissions levels to the US specs. There are many aftermarket schemes to try and overcome these cold blooded symptoms -- canasterectomy, Fatduc, Power Commander V with O2 Optimizer, fooling the engine temp sensor -- but the best is a new fueling map.

    I did a canasterectomy and added a PC-V with O2 Optimizer to my V7R. I found the cold blooded behaviour abated but the change was not worth the investment in the PC-V alone. I'd be inclined to go first with the ECU remapping from Gussitech, then with a PC-V later.
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  4. rbm

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    It is a fast idle lever, not a choke. If you are experiencing a binary behaviour with the lever, check the gap between the fast idle cam and the TB actuator on the right side. It's probable that there is a large (~2mm) gap between them. If so, approach the dealer to see if they can close that gap by adjusting the TB. I had this problem. Before closing that gap, I found the fast idle was slow -- about 1400 RPM at full travel. After adjustment, I had normal fast idle, with lots of range. Check this thread:
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  5. MotorCade

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    No, I know it's not a choke, just trying to describe the action. It sounds like I need to adjust it and also start lookin to modify the fueling.
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  6. Pokeyjoe

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    Todd did mine.
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  7. sfrider300

    sfrider300 Been here awhile

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    To me, this seems like a lot of trouble just to not to have to wait 3-4 minutes before taking off on the bike. Granted, there are times when I'm in a hurry and wish I could zoom off. Most of the time, it's not an issue.

    There's even a vanity aspect to it, when you start up a beautiful-sounding bike (e.g., V7 /w Mistrals) in public and let it run awhile while you casually arrange your gear and finally, lastly, slip on the helmet. Of course, you could do that even if you don't need to . . .
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  8. MotorCade

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    Well, if I'm going to do that, I'll need the kickstand switch delete. Either way, gotta mod.
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  9. DAKEZ

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  10. JMo (& piglet)

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    Here, have another!

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  11. Pokeyjoe

    Pokeyjoe Aprilia Dorsoduro

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    Racers all the way...

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  12. MotorCade

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    Never mind, just discovered that doesn't apply. I live on a hill and don't usually park in neutral.
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  13. MotorCade

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    Just sent a request to helibars to see if they'd do an adjustable bar for cafe to commuting.
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  14. Penderic

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    Here is my V7 Classic
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    Set up the way I like best.
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  15. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    kind of an odd request, but perhaps somebody with a v7 and a bonnie could measure the tank width (at the knee dents) for me. i was sitting on a v7 and some bonnevilles tuesday and was wanting to confirm my 'impressions' with some real numbers...

    thanks!
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  17. oalvarez

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    Sold! Thank you, Pro Italia :D
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  18. kamikazekyle

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    I'm hoping to either buy one or place an order for a V7 Stone this week. Our local dealer has a V7 Racer, which pretty much stole all my attention while I was there. I would have walked out the door with it right then and there if it werent' for the fact I'd be too obsessed with keeping all that chrome clean to ride it. They have two other V7s in stock, but I'm not sure if they're Racers or other models.

    I was still enamored with the bike, and when I got home I discovered the Stone. Toss in the fact my girlfriend said she digs the classic looking bikes and she'd actually ride pillion with me on the bike (she doesn't ride 2-up on my sportbikes), and it kinda closed the deal.

    Oh, and I don't suppose anyone would know if V7Classic crash bars/engine guards would fit on the 2013 models or the Stone? I think they should since the core body and engine dimensions seem the same, but this is just going from pictures and a few dimensions I've found online.

    I had some questions about the generator output and service intervals, but I think I found a PDF copy of the manual online for the Stone.
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  19. sfrider300

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    The Stone deserves it's own thread. It's a great motorcycle, and MG should sell a ton of them, which is probably not something they've every done. Beginners will find it easy to ride, while experienced riders will appreciate that it's got that real genuine Moto Guzzi engine. I test rode one and all I can say to anyone who's considering it is, buy it!

    My V7 Classic was the first motorcycle my girlfriend really enjoyed pillioning, as opposed to being a reluctant passenger.
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  20. NJ-Brett

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    You guys are driving me nutz with this V7 talk and pictures.
    Lucky I do not have a local dealer, otherwise I could get in very serious trouble.
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