If you’ve been wanting to get your hands on one of the just-updated 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 series, you’re in luck, at least if you’re in North America. Some of the bikes are supposed to show up in the US and Canada soon, despite the ongoing complications of the coronavirus pandemic.
According to the Piaggio Group, the V7 Stone should be in North America at “End of Q1 2021.” Pricing is $8,990 in the US, $10,990 in Canada. The V7 Stone 100th Anniversary model is supposed to be available at end of March, priced at $9,190 in the US, and $11,390 in Canada. The V7 Special will also come in at the end of March, priced at $9,490 in the US and $11,590 in Canuckistan.
V7 pricing is very much in line with the retro bike competition, then, and that’s for a much-improved version of the bike.
In our first coverage of the updated V7, we told you Moto Guzzi’s latest revisions to the V7 series include an 850cc engine. The new transverse V-twin* is pretty much the same as what’s in the V85 TT retro/ADV bike. That means there’s more power on tap. Max output is now 65 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 54 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm. Most of the torque is available as low as 3,000 rpm. Moto Guzzi did some work on the chassis, strengthening the swingarm to handle more horsepower, and updating the shaft drive. Now, the bike can fit wider tires in back for better rubber choices.
When you see the headlight fire up in the video above, you can see there’s some bold new styling touches as well, although Moto Guzzi mostly kept with the classic V7 theme.
The main difference between the Special and the Stone models is finish and wheels. The Stone is the plain-Jane model, with cast wheels and less bling. The Special gets more chrome, and fancy-pants spoked wheels with aluminum hubs. The Special weighs 447 pounds/203 kilos dry, and 491 pounds/203 kilos wet. The Stone is a bit more svelte, at 436 pounds/198 kilos dry, and 480 pounds/218 kilos wet. Fuel capacity for both models is 5.5 US gallons, including 1.05 gallon reserve, or 21 litres, including 4-litre reserve.
Moto Guzzi includes ABS as standard on the new V7, along with two-level traction control that can also be disabled. As an option, riders can also add the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia system, which allows them to connect the V7, a mobile device and a helmet comm system for streaming music and other infotainment purposes. That LED gauge is new, too.
Of course, Moto Guzzi will also offer a wide range of accessories: rear rack, heated grips, engine guard, centre stand, leather or canvas saddlebags, windshield, handlebars, bike cover, aluminum levers, you know the drill.
*That’s what Moto Guzzi themselves call it in the video above, so all you pedantics who like to whine about the term, please get over it.