For 2017, the Moto Guzzi V7 III range gets a bit more power, some mechanical updates and new colours. We still love the V7 Racer - it's just super cool. Brilliant, despite being a bit down on bhp!
The first Moto Guzzi V7 was launched back in 1967 and this year, MG are celebrating the V7's 50th anniversary with the updated-for-2017 V7 III. The V7 III range still includes the Stone, Special and Racer versions, though all have undergone some cosmetic and mechanical revisions, and a new version - the Anniversario - a limited edition variant (only 750 units will be produced) has been added to the range.
The Moto Guzzi V7 III range is powered by MG's updated 744cc transverse V-twin, which is now Euro 4-compliant and produces 52bhp and 60Nm of torque. The double-cradle steel tube chassis gets additional reinforcement at the front and features revised steering geometry for improved handling and stability, while suspension comprises of a 40mm telescopic fork at the front and preload-adjustable Kayaba twin shocks at the back. (The V7 III Racer gets fully adjustable Öhlins shocks at the rear.) Single 320mm brake disc with 4-piston Brembo caliper at front and 260mm disc at the back handle stopping duties, and there's 2-channel Continental ABS and even Guzzi's MGCT traction control system for added peace of mind. The V7 III rides on 18-inch (front) and 17-inch (rear) wheels. Fuel tank capacity is 21 litres and kerb weight, depending on the variant, is 193-213 kilos.
The V7 III Racer remains our favourite in the V7 range, though the Special, with its 'Blu Zaffiro' paintjob, also looks terrific. There's also the V7 III Anniversario, which gets a chromed fuel tank and brown leather saddle that looks really cool. A range of optional accessories are also available for the V7 line-up, including red shock absorber springs, satin-finish aluminium side fairings, soft rubber fuel tank covers and a windshield for improved weather protection. There's also optional hand-tooled leather bags with steel buckles for carrying your luggage in style, luggage rack, top box bag, leather tank cover band, single seat saddle and billet aluminium brake and clutch levers for an added dose of Italian flair.