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Guzzi’s V7 is a mod­ern take on a clas­sic

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Two Wheels - MARK HINCHLIFFE mark.hinchliffe@cars­guide.com.au

Gor­geous: The Guzzi V7 owes a lot in ba­sic de­sign to the 1960s V7 MAN­U­FAC­TUR­ERS have found that nos­tal­gia never ages and com­pa­nies with long his­to­ries are plun­der­ing their back-cat­a­logue for inspiration.

The mod­ern Guzzi V7 owes a lot in ba­sic de­sign and lay­out to the 1960s V7 with its trans­verse V-twin en­gine and shaft drive, but that’s it.

VALUE At $13,990, the V7 sits be­tween its main mod­ern clas­sic ri­vals, the Tri­umph Bon­neville ($12,490-$13,990) and Du­cati GT 1000 ($17,990-$18,990). Its value is in its main­te­nance-free shaft drive and at­ten­tion to build qual­ity, and de­tails such as a lock­able petrol cap.

TECH­NOL­OGY As in the 1960s V7, this model is a naked shaft-drive bike with a bench seat, wide bars and a 90-de­gree V-twin en­gine.

Un­like the orig­i­nal V7, it has Brembo disc brakes, We­berMarelli elec­tronic fuel in­jec­tion and Mar­zoc­chi forks. So while it may look like a well-re­stored clas­sic, it goes, turns and stops like a mod­ern bike.

DE­SIGN

Spoked wheels, big rear fen­der, sin­gle front disc, twin shocks, sin­gle head­light and twin clock-shaped in­stru­ments are the hall­mark of clas­sic un­clut­tered de­sign.

Add to that the shaped tank, the deep chrome and the ex­cel­lent build qual­ity and you have a beau­ti­ful bike.

Mod­ern touches in­clude the small LCD screens in each in­stru­ment ‘‘ clock’’, the Moto Guzzi logo that lights up on the in­stru­ments, the Brem­bos, braided lines and smooth EFI. Tri­umph kept the tra­di­tional car­bie shape for its EFI unit and Guzzi at least re­tains what looks like a tra­di­tional choke — a man­u­ally op­er­ated fasti­dle lever on the han­dle­bar.

RID­ING All Guzzis have that ‘‘ torque ef­fect’’ of slightly rock­ing side­ways with the throt­tle. It is less pro­nounced now, easy to get used to and a quirky char­ac­ter­is­tic that no true Guzzi fan would be with­out.

The EFI is very smooth from idle, mak­ing tight ma­noeu­vres, com­mut­ing and round­abouts a breeze.

De­spite the sin­gle front disc, there is plenty of stop­ping power and plenty of pro­gres­sive feel back to the lever.

Its sus­pen­sion seems bet­ter sorted than those of the Tri­umph and Du­cati. Its 18-inch front wheel re­tains the style of the Bon­neville’s 19-incher while al­most match­ing the nim­ble turn-in of the GT’s 17-inch wheel. The nar­row 130mm rear tyre also helps with turn-in.

Tour­ing is easy, with the com­fort­able rid­ing po­si­tion, stress-free en­gine, and fivespeed trans­mis­sion com­ple­mented by the wind­screen and rack. The 19.5-litre fuel tank gives al­most 400km of high­way range.

VER­DICT It looks gor­geous, has great build qual­ity, will com­mute, han­dle and tour. A per­fect pack­age for those who like sim­pler mo­tor­cy­cling.

at a glance

Moto Guzzi V7 PRICE $13,990

EN­GINE 744cc, 4-valve, fuel-in­jected V-twin; Power: 35.5kW@ 6800rpm; Torque: 54.7Nm@ 3600rpm

TRANS­MIS­SION 5-speed,

shaft drive

FUELTANK 19.5L (2.5L res)

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