Guzzi V7 Classic Owners

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by motoretro, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    Uh oh, sounds like your brain talking again..........:D
  2. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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  3. Bikebits

    Bikebits Scramblin' man

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    I had both a V7 Classic and a Scrambler. My intent was to keep the one I liked best. I did a comparison of the two for another motorcycle board some time ago:

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    V7 Classic

    - Stainless steel spokes
    - Full floating front disc brake with Brembo gold series caliper and stainless brake lines
    - Integral fork brace
    - Analogue electronic instruments with dimmable LED illumination. Speedo & tach with LCD odometer, trip meter, air temp. & clock. Warning lights LED lit.
    - Levers not adjustable
    - Fork lock integral to ignition &#8211; one key
    - Loud dual horns
    - Stainless steel fasteners
    - Engine has enough vibration for &#8220;character&#8221; &#8211; smooth at speed, 49hp claimed. Pushrod 4 valve construction
    - 401 lb wet weight claimed
    - Shaft drive
    - Fantastic exhaust note with stock system
    - Pearl coat paint
    - Seat removes with ignition key in side cover lock. Storage underneath for documents with fuses readily accessible.
    - Full tool kit provided, stores under seat



    Triumph Scrambler

    - Plated steel spokes
    - Solid brake disc with proprietary caliper. Aftermarket kit needed to equal Guzzi brake
    - No fork brace
    - Analogue speedometer with odometer & trip meter. No tach. Warning lights too dim to read in sunlight, had to add LED bulbs.
    - Four way adjustable levers
    - Separate fork lock with different key
    - Weak single horn
    - Plated steel fasteners &#8211; rust easily
    - Engine exceptionally smooth for a vertical twin throughout operating range; 56 hp claimed. DOHC 8 Valve layout
    - 451 lb wet weight
    - Chain drive
    - Weak exhaust note; need aftermarket to equal Guzzi
    - Two tone paint
    - Seat awkward to remove with two rear bolts. Document storage but side cover must be removed to access fuses.
    - No tool kit provided.


    After a year and a half, I sold the Guzzi. I liked it and the finish was better, but the Scrambler was a lot smoother and more comfortable.
  4. Mobiker

    Mobiker Long timer

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    Bikebits
    How big are you?
  5. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    i'm seeing published wet weights of 435# for the guzzi and well over 500# (508-513 depending on source) for the scrambler, not 401 and 451......(?)

    that's almost like packing a bag of ready mix on top of a v7!

    i can see the knee angle on the scrambler being a lot more comfortable for 6 footers though, that's for sure.
  6. DBrentMiller

    DBrentMiller Sojourn Chronicles

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    I think this is the second time I have read through this thread, because I want to purchase a second bike for the stable--something quite different than my V-Strom DL650. I think it has come down to two motorcycles: 1) the Moto Guzzi V7 Classic, or 2) a Triumph Bonneville T100 with a solo seat.

    Thanks to those of you who find these two motorcycles so comparable and worthy of consideration.

    Can anyone address the V7's capabilities on gravel or unpaved roads? Not adventurous roads but the type of county roads that are common in rural areas. The follow up question is about tires. The V7's 18" front wheel makes it difficult to find a tire like the Metzeler Tourance which has been great on gravel on my V-Strom. Recommendations for a 90/10 tire? The T100 can be fitted with Tourances.

    Brent
  7. jas67

    jas67 Been here awhile

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    I can't answer your tire question, but will point out that the V7 is shaft drive, while the T100 is chain. That chain, of course, will need to be cleaned & lubed more often when riding on gravel or unpaved roads, where the shaft drive will stay nice and clean (inside).
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    M.G. made a prototype scrambler version of the V7 and brought it to a motorcycle show, but, sadly, hasn't actually offered a production model for sale.

    I can't make out the size, but the tire on it is a Pirelli Scrambler. It is also possible that the put a different sized wheel on. I know Honda did that with the CL versions of the CB's back in the 70's.

    Keep us posted, as others may want to do the same.
  8. wyno

    wyno guzzi 750

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    Last year I bought a Guzzi Breva 750. I had the choice of a V7 or the Breva, but the way the Breva fitted me and the $100AUD price difference was what swayed me. That was April. Since then I've done 17500km and I am just about t replace the rear tyre. The bike has run perfectly from day one. It comes with alloy wheels and Pirelli Sport Demon radials, a fairly low seat (lower than the V7) that is very supportive and comfortable and slightly higher bars than the V7. In most of Australia the speed limit is 110kph and it is strictly enforced so having a bike that only puts out 48hp is not a problem, it also gets good mileage and is fairly smooth. The Guzzi attracts a lot of attention from all sorts of people, people who used to ride them and, in one instance, a tourist form Italy who used to ride one when he was very young.
    So, am I happy with my choice over the V7? Yes definitely, but now that the Breva is no longer being made, the V7 looks like the right way to go if you want a good handling mid size bike that you don't see every day. Get the Guzzi and be happy.
  9. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    You do realize this is not JM. Play nice.
  10. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    I like the V7 Racer and would like to know more about the 2012 version. I have heard the 2011 chrome tank is actually treated plastic. I would hope they would put a metal tank on a beautiful bike such as this.
  11. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    2012 world and 2013 USA bikes will have steel tanks.
  12. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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  13. 68deluxe

    68deluxe Long timer

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    Great news. Wonder why my dealer did not know this?
  14. DesmoTull

    DesmoTull Been here awhile

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    Great news. I don't understand why Ducati can't get it's act together with this...
  15. rocker59

    rocker59 diplomatico di moto

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    Could be a lot of reasons. The info is out there.

    If they're a multi-line dealership, I'm sure they just don't invest the time required in Guzzi to know the details.


    :dunno
  16. Cortez

    Cortez BAZINGA!

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    Most people are in it for the money, it's very rare that I find a sales person
    that knows more then me about the subject.
  17. Rvr

    Rvr n00b

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    I took one for a test ride last week and it was fantastic but I did not like the colour so opted for a black one instead.
    I am really impressed with the power delivery, handling and looks. We must be lucky here in Tasmania (an island state of Australia) as our local dealership is passionate and close. There have been a few sold here and we only have a small population (500K).
    I would be interested to know how many V7's are made as the factory is quite small and only about 10,000 MG's are made in total each year I think. I wonder how many come to Australia.
    Take delivery next week and am very excited. My last bike was a V50II and you only had to think about going around a corner and it went there. I have the same feeling on the CLaSSIC.
    Great forum and very interesting posts.
    Thanks
    Richard
  18. jas67

    jas67 Been here awhile

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    Congrats on your impending purchase. You'll live it. I love mine!:D
  19. kirkemon

    kirkemon n00b

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    Well, horsepower isn't everything. My W650 is as fun as my Ducati Superbike.
    On a V7 you can always rework the heads and get the big bore kit, but I don't think that's what this bike is about.

    FYI: the new V7 was designed by Miguel Galluzzi, creator of the original Ducati Monster and now Advanced Design Director, Piaggio Group.

    http://www.motoguzziv7.com/#lang/en/home
  20. RaY YreKa

    RaY YreKa Palanquins RTW

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    As a comparison, UK mag BIKE says MG make 5,600 bikes a year, and the V7 is their best selling model. Total MG sales in the UK are less than 400 a year.