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THE FACTS O 51bhp O 209kg O Seat height 770mm

The V7 gets a de­cent glut of changes for 2017, which both drag it into Euro4 com­pli­ance, and make it a more at­trac­tive bike to own. Avail­able in four ver­sions, the range com­prises up­dated ver­sions of the Stone, Spe­cial, and Racer, as well as a spe­cial An­niver­sario lim­ited edi­tion for 2017, cel­e­brat­ing 50 years of the V7 model.

Now called the V7 III, the range gets a 10% hike in power, to 51bhp, while torque peaks at 44.25ftlb. The 21-litre fuel tank is un­changed, while it gets a new cap, in­jec­tor cov­ers, side­pan­els and a new seat unit – which of­fers a new, lower, 770mm perch. The clocks – a sin­gle unit on the Stone, twin on the rest – are also up­dated.

The frame hasn’t es­caped un­changed. A new front sec­tion is

claimed to be stiffer, giv­ing bet­ter con­trol and feed­back, and slightly new ge­om­e­try to im­prove steer­ing re­sponse. ABS and trac­tion con­trol are still in ev­i­dence, while the lat­ter now boasts two modes – one for the dry and one for the wet.

While the three up­dated mod­els fol­low their ex­ist­ing style briefs, the new ad­di­tion – the An­niver­sario – is be­ing built in a lim­ited run of just 750. It comes with a chrome-fin­ished tank, leather sad­dle and brushed alu­minium mud­guards – and looks su­perb.

Seat is lower, power is up by 10%. What’s not to like?

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