2012 Moto Guzzi MotorcycleThe new Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is the bad boy in the V7 family (Stoner, Special, Racer). If you’re into stoner rock ‘n roll this is the bike with the simple but attitude rich matt black paint.
It’s also Moto Guzzi’s latest definite entry level motorcycle as it’s slightly cheaper than the V7 Special. Adding to the minimum maintenance is the cardan final drive rather than a messy chain. Both the V7 Racer and V7 Special have steel spoked wheels on aluminum rims, but the V7 Stone has modern looking all aluminium wheels. According to the spec sheet they all weigh in at 394 lbs., so there’s no weight saving in the different wheels. It’s just a styling trick of Moto Guzzi.The engine is the same V90 as in the Racer and the Special, and features 200 new or re-designed parts or 70-percent new for the mathematicians. This engine is great for first time bikers, born again bikers or experienced riders wanting a change or an easy city bike. The low seat height of 31.7 inches makes the V7 Stone an easy reach for most and there’s even a 30.9-inch optional seat for the shorter cowboys and girls. Moto Guzzi also aims to attract more women into the brand particularly with the Stone as the press kit is littered with pictures of gorgeous women riding the V7 Stone.Visually the Stone also have dust gaitors on its fork just like the Racer, but the fork is still the same as on the V7 Special. All the V7 range features the Pirelli Speed Demon tires in a 100/90 18 -inch front and a 130/80 17-inch rear. The large diameter front wheel allows for safe and easy tackling of tall city kerbs and other hindrances you’d expect to find in a city.Of all the V7s, the Stone makes the most sense if you’re on a budget or if you like the simple black or white paint job. It’s all in all a great all-rounder. Much more in my full review that will soon be featured on UltimateMotorCycling.com.
Photo by Milagro