Moto guzzi 2021, the centenary year: the best seller V7 receives substantial technical updates, so much so as to completely change the user experience – for the better of course. Behind a slight retouching of the look that refers as always to the past, remain the strengths acquired during his long career, such as ease of driving and affordable prices. The Stone version (about 9 thousand euros) with black finishes and three opaque colors (of which the Centenary livery at 9,040 euros), the Special, in two colors and rich in chrome, at 9,140 euros. The engine and electronics package derives from the Moto Guzzi V85 TT and takes the lion’s share, giving the V7 an unprecedented sporty note that is not out of context at all.
The 853 cc V2 Euro 5. it stops at 65 hp at 6,800 rpm, but the torque marks a high peak (73 Nm) with 80% already available from 3,000 rpm. Also new are the 6-speed gearbox and the oversized swingarm that houses a cardan with a more robust bevel gear. The result of this equipment gives the V7 fluidity and elasticity at low revs, seasoned with a touch of unexpected grit at the highs, making it pleasant and fun in every situation. The electronic management with ride by wire, disengageable 2-level traction control and two-channel ABS is unprecedented.
The chassis receives detailed updates to the frame and new long-travel, more inclined shock absorber settings to improve comfort.
New for the rims: they are now wider. Aesthetically, the differences between Special and Stone refer to a more vintage look than the first, with abundant chrome, spoked wheels, two-tone glossy paint, headlight with traditional lamp and two-element analogue instrumentation.
The Stone, on the other hand, focuses on the all matt of the three colors, matt black alloy wheels and the exhaust system also black. The full LED lighting system with an eagle-shaped DLR and a circular single-element instrumentation should be noted.