V7 Cafe RacerMotorcycles are visceral things. There’s no getting around it. No one really needs a motorcycle. But, like chocolate, place the appropriate one in front of an appreciative motorhead and all logic and reason evaporates.
Testing this sight/desire/action reaction I came upon pictures of Moto Guzzi’s new V7 Racer-planned for 2011. My immediate thought was – I want to ride this motorcycle.In the magical spirit of yesteryear the V7 is a stunningly provocative motorcycle with a powerful link to the company’s racing heritage, paying tribute to its brethren from the 70s, the V7 Sport Racer.Billed as a limited edition production bike, the V7 is beautifully anointed with design cues, paint scheme and mechanical bits intended as an honorable throwback to the racers of old.With café style, down-swept bars and three number plates neatly blended into the tail section and above the headlight, the V7 reeks of adrenaline-fueled rides between cafes and demanding road circuits.The red frame is set off by a stunning chrome fuel tank, which is held in place by an old-school, thoroughly classy leather belt that runs from steering stem to seat. Red hubs are laced with silver spokes, which set off the matte black rims to complete the color scheme in honor of the early V7 sport machines.Even the engine specs are old school. The V7 is saddled with a 744cc, fuel-injected 90-degree air-cooled V-Twin, which is set transversely in the chassis in traditional Moto Guzzi design.The paperwork claims 48.8 horsepower at 6800 rpm-perhaps the perfect performance level to properly recapture the essence of 70s café racing. Beefy 40mm Marzocchi forks (with old fashioned rubber dust boots) and twin Bitubo shocks (yes, one on each side in retro positioning) comprise suspension while Brembo brake units (single 320mm disc front and a 260mm rotor on the rear) provide a modern touch for decent stopping power.Sometimes a bike just moves you. It inspires an instinct, a desire, a want. The ultimate visceral sensation, when reason is cast aside and there is simply no good reason to justify your actions, you just want to ride it. The 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 is one of those motorcycles.2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer | Motorcycle SpecsDesign
Numbered limited edition plaque
Frame, swingarm and hubs in red finish.
Leather fastener strap along centreline of tank.
Single-seater saddle in suede.
Singe seat tail fairing with integrated race number panels.
Top fairing with integrated race number panel.
Side panels in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Throttle body guards in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Silencer mounting bracket in brushed, drilled aluminium.
Chromed upper steering yoke guard.
Chromed valve cover.
Adjustable chromed half-handlebars.
Chromed heat shield.
Front fork stanchion dust gaiters.
Instrument cluster with chrome elements and 1970s dial graphics.
Chromed, lockable fuel filler cap.
Two-valve 744 cc 90° V-twin.
Weber Marelli electronic fuel injection.
Single plate clutch.
Exhaust system with dual chromed silencers (high performance, track only aluminium Arrow system available as optional accessory)
Closed double cradle in ALS steel with removable lower elements.
Front fork with 40 mm stanchions.
Lightened steering stem.
Double, fully adjustable Bitubo gas rear shock absorbers.
320 mm front brake discs with calliper with four opposed pistons.
260 mm rear disc with two-piston floating calliper
Special wheels with black rim and silver spokes and nipples.
Front tire: Pirelli Sport Demon 100/90- 18 56H TL.
Rear tire: Pirelli Sport Demon 130/80 -17 65H TL.
2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Spec: Engine
Type: 4-stroke 90° V-twin.
Engine capacity: 744 cc
Bore and stroke: 80×74 mm
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Timing system: 2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
Valve timing diagram:
intake valve opens 18° BTDC
intake valve closes 50° ABDC
exhaust valve opens 53° BBDC
exhaust valve closes 15° ATDC
(with 1 mm control clearance between rockers and valves)
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