Moto Guzzi V7 Classic ‘Real-Time’ Test

Weekly Podcast

On the Motorcycle Radio Network this week we have a ‘Real-Time’ Road Test of the iconic 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic. We put our Italians on this Italian and it makes a great test!

We love to pick on ace test rider about how so many of the motorcycles he evaluates seem to be like him – Italian. There is always some excuse as to why he ended up with this or that motorcycle that just happened to come from the boot-shaped country, but we’re not complaining.

After all, we realize that in the end, the ‘Real-Time’ Road Tests are always about what the rider feels while riding the motorcycle, and the bikes from Italy are famous (infamous?) for great rider feedback.

This week, our tester’s wife hops on the back of a black and gold 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic for a two-up trip up to Utah. After all, Memorial Day weekend means Superbike Racing up at Miller Motorsports Park and Bazzo is drawn to the factory Ducati and Aprilia transporters like Bill is drawn to clubs with polished metal poles inside.

We don’t want to give away the whole test, but you’ll want to hear this show as our tester from Ultimate MotorCycling confesses that he hasn’t actually told his wife that the ride to Salt Lake City is a 10-hour saga and Todd digs himself a deep hole with our women listeners. Hmmmm.

Like one of Bill’s marriages, this one probably won’t end well. You can stream and listen to the podcast of our ‘Real-Time’ Road Test of the 2010 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic here.

Thanks for listening. Tune in next week for a ‘Real-Time’ Road Test of Harley-Davidson’s new 2010 Harley Davidson Sportster Forty-Eight.

Hope you had a great Memorial Day and please remember to give thanks to all those who sacrificed their lives for our country, as well as those serving us today. We’ll catch you next week!

MotoGuzzi V7 Motorcycle Specifications

Type: 90° V-Twin, 4 strokes
Cylinders: Aluminium alloy with Gilnisil treatment
Pistons: forged with 2 inner liner and 1 oil control ring
Cooling system: air cooled
Displacement: 744 cc
Bore and stroke: 80×74 mm
Compression ratio: 9,6:1
Timing system: 2 overhead valves with light alloy push-rod
Fuel system: Weber-Marelli electric injection
Starting system: electric
Exhaust: 3 ways catalyzed with sonda Lambda

Gearbox: 5 speeds
Lubrification: by lobes with pressure pump circuit capacity: 1,78 kg – oil: AGIP RACING 4T 5W/40
Primary drive: by helical gears, ratio: 16/21=1 : 1,3125
Secondary drive: shaft drive, ratio 8/33=1 : 4,825
Clutch: single disc, dry, with cush drive

Frame: detachable tubular duplex cradle in special high-strengh steel
Front suspension: Marzocchi hydraulic telescopic fork, ∅ 40 mm
Front wheel: travel 130 mm
Rear suspension: swinging arm in light cast alloy with two dampers, preload adjustable
Rear wheel travel: 118 mm
Braking system: Brembo Serie Oro
Front brake: single stainless steel floating disc, ∅ 320 mm, with 4 piston calipers
Rear brake: single steel disc, ∅ 260 mm
Wheels: spoke light alloy
Front: rim 3"x17"
Rear: rim 3,50"x17"

Front: 110/70 17 54 H
Rear: 130/80 17 65 H

Dry weight 182 Kg