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2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone

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Like all Moto Guzzi's, the 2016 V7 II has an initial appeal that is largely visual. A beautiful, stripped down motorcycle with style that only Moto Guzzi is capable of, it's hard not to be impressed by the looks of this Italian crafted, café-racer-inspired machine.

For 2016, Moto Guzzi made just a few changes in bringing the V7 to the V7 II including the addition of traction control, anti-lock brakes and an all new six speed transmission. Updates aside, put this bike on X-ray and you'll find a pretty standard ride. A 744CC engine, upright seating position and not a whole lot else. That, of course, is the appeal. The idea of of V7 II is to be just what it is: A classic motorcycle.

Engine and Acceleration

With just 48 horsepower, the V7 II is a long way from a beast, but the gentle, side to side rocking V-twin does offer a nice bit of low gear pep and will bring you up to speed fairly quickly. Out on the open road, expect enough power for cruising at 70, but not a lot extra for accelerating after a slowdown in sixth gear. With that said, where this bike is most comfortable, on 2 lane roads and cruising through small towns, you will notice top gears that stay engaged at slow speeds avoiding the "chug chug" as you pause for pedestrians or stop and go traffic. You may not have much of a burst when you get back on the gas, but it can save you some shifting fatigue when riding in congestion.

Braking and Stopping

New for 2016 is the addition of anti-lock brakes which now come standard on all V7 II models. At just over 400 pounds, the front and rear Brembo disks bring the motorcycle to an efficient stop with a nose dip that feels just a tad heavy. Once stopped, the low seat height makes for a relaxed stance and easy parking lot maneuverability which is great for city riding and backing into parking spaces.

Bobbing and Weaving

Out on the road, the V7 II's low center of gravity and upright seating position make for a very nice "plugged in" feel. Rolling through curves the bike leans easily and offers very predictable characteristics that will please a wide range of rider skill levels. Control position is close, which taller riders may find a bit cramped, but average sized riders will likely find to be comfortable. Though the height of the bike is decidedly low, seating position keeps you erect at almost 90 degrees making for decent visibility in city traffic. This pairs quite nicely with the motorcycle's light weight, which lends itself to relaxed but efficient "flickability" in and out of traffic.

Specifications

Engine:

  • Type: 90° V-twin 4-stroke
  • Capacity: 744 cc
  • Max Power: 48 HP at 6,200 rpm

Transmission:

  • Gearbox: 6-speed (New for 2016)
  • Final Drive: Shaft Drive

Dimensions:

  • Length: 86.7 in
  • Height: 43.8 in
  • Saddle Height: 31.1 in
  • Curb Weight: 418 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 5.8 gallons

The Final Thought

Dead simple and with classic styling, the V7 II has a cross genre appeal that works nicely for many different types of motorcyclists. Its mild manners and smooth power delivery make it an excellent choice as a first "new" bike for transitioning riders upgrading from their first 250 or 350 CC, as do a bevy of accessory options (including wind screens and saddle bags) that will allow the bikes use to grow with a rider over time.

For more experienced riders, the Moto Guzzi is an enticing 2nd bike that may be the perfect balance to a heavier touring or adventure rig. The sporty looks and open exposure will offer a decidedly different experience, while the low-end torque will deliver just enough power to keep it interesting.

While maybe not a "dream" motorcycle, at just under *nine grand, this bike delivers as promised. In those moments when you just want to get out and ride sans all the extras, and look great while doing it, the V7 will happily carry you two towns over for brunch, across town for a cup of coffee or on a mid-day tour of the Oregon (or Italian) countryside.

Derek Roberts, March 2016


*Thanks to Dave at Moto International, in Seattle, Washington, for providing our test model.


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