‘IT WAS IN A SORRY STATE’

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This is the Moto Guzzi V7 I re­stored with my friend Ste­fano over a pe­riod of two years – we meet up a cou­ple of times a week and have worked on a num­ber of bikes over the last few years here in the States. This V7 must have been one of the very early ones, given that the frame num­ber is 1319. When we got the V7 it was in bits and in a very sorry state. We did ev­ery­thing our­selves, in­clud­ing the paint and all the me­chan­i­cal work. We took some lib­er­ties, such as a newer-type starter mo­tor. The cylin­ders were badly ox­i­dised and could not be sal­vaged, so in the end we opted to adapt the cylin­ders, pis­tons, etc from a later 750cc en­gine. The tanks should also be chromed on the knee in­dents, but in an ef­fort to keep costs to a man­age­able level we did not chrome this area. In the end, we have a very en­joy­able bike to ride – even if it is not a per­fect restoration to orig­i­nal con­di­tion.

It took two years to get the bike back on the road

As bought: a bit like a big, rusty Air­fix kit

Not per­fectly orig­i­nal, but lovely all the same

Frame num­ber shows this is an early V7

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