The Moto Guzzi V7 Turns 50 - V7 III Announced
THE V7 STORY
The V7 was revolution when it first hit the streets. In 1967 the Moto Guzzi V7, the first Italian superbike, made its market debut and transformed motorcycle, to the delight of experts and public alike. The brainchild of Giulio Cesare Carcano, the V7 implemented the innovative 90° transverse V-twin engine with a displacement of 703 cc, a record at that time, and immediately established itself as the world ambassador for Moto Guzzi prestige, elegance and reliability.
2017 V7 III RANGE: THE LEGEND CONTINUES
From its inception 50 years ago the small block engine has what is called a "heron" head, a flat-topped combustion chamber. New for 2017, the V7 family gets a modern hemispherical combustion chamber controlled by a Magneti Marelli ECU with adjustable traction control and the ability to recalibrate for different tire sizes. It’s the engine that completes this fantastic chassis.
2017 V7 III ANNIVERSARIO: TRIBUTE TO THE ORIGINS OF THE V7 LEGEND
Dedicated to true admirers of the eagle brand, the V7 III Anniversario implements cutting-edge technology to celebrate the unique style of the V7, the symbol of fifty years of international success for Moto Guzzi. The commemorative model is offered in a limited edition, with the number forged on the machined-from-solid handlebar base. The V7 III Anniversario is unquestionably the most fully featured V7 ever, with a standard genuine leather saddle, a work of art worthy of the top customizers, polished aluminum fenders and milled engine cooling fins. The tribute to the original V7 includes an elaborate chrome motif, beginning with the fuel tank featuring the Moto Guzzi eagles in a gilt finish. Available May 2017. Price TBA.
2017 V7 III STONE: DARK URBAN SPIRIT
The dark soul of the V7 reveals its eclectic and essential nature with an aesthetic that eschews chrome in favor of matte black paint. The profoundly metropolitan dark matte look is completed with a single-dial instrument panel, a new saddle, a shortened front mudguard and, a unique feature in the V7 III range, light alloy spoked wheelrims. The V7 III Stone offers a foray into color, with versions reprising the color schemes of the 1970s: Azzurro Elettrico (Electric Blue), Verde Camouflage (Camouflage Green), Giallo Energico (energetic yellow) and the ever-present Nero Ruvido (Rough Black). Available April 2017. Price TBA.
2017 V7 III SPECIAL: CONTEMPORARY CLASSIC STYLE
The heritage of the original V7 is the inspiration for this elegant motorcycle, with generous chrome trim and shiny graphics, in Nero Inchiostro (Ink Black with green accents) and Blu Zaffiro (Blue Sapphire with orange and silver accents) versions. The colored band on the under-seat side panels matching the racing stripe on the fuel tank pays tribute to the unforgettable V750 S3 from 1975. A host of distinctive details include spoked wheels with polished aluminum channels and black hubs, an instrument panel with two circular dials and the “old-school” look of the quilt-stitched saddle, complete with a new passenger grab rail. Available April 2017. Price TBA.
2017 V7 III RACER: SPORTY SOPHISTICATION
True to the racing tradition of the eagle brand, the V7 III Racer is a true custom bike with incredible attention to detail, offered in a limited edition. The references to Moto Guzzi’s sporting triumphs begin with the “Racing Red” color of the frame and swingarm, inspired by the legendary “red frame” V7 Sport from 1971, coupled with the new graphics for the satin-chrome fuel tank dominated by the red eagle. The racing look continues with the slip-ons and face racer saddle, while the side panels and injector covers in black anodized aluminum are a thing of beauty. This traditionally one-seat model shows its versatility with a standard type-approved two-seat version featuring special passenger footpegs, and Öhlins shock absorbers for improved handling. Available May 2017. Price TBA.