Ahead of the the New York City International Motorcycle Show, Moto Guzzi USA and Hammarhead Industries unveiled a custom V7 – the Wayward.The custom, which was built using the V7 Cafe Classic as a platform, was unveiled at Liberty Hall in the Ace Hotel Friday evening.Melissa R. MacCaull (Vice President of Marketing, Piaggio Group Americas) says: “The choice to collaborate with Hammarhead Industries was an easy one. Just like with Moto Guzzi, James Hammarhead and team create two-wheel works of art that fulfill a lifestyle need and want, with the right amount of vintage cool and modern flair.”James Hammarhead (founder, Hammarhead Industries) says: “The historic Moto Guzzi V7 vehicle range sparked our interest and proved to be the ideal platform for this project. The goal of the V7 Wayward was to create a Hammarhead bike that could take on the urban commute with appropriate functionality, break free for fast and light travel and ultimately enhance the rider’s experience.”Moto Guzzi/Hammarhead V7 Wayward Features:
Simplified bodywork – Reduced weight, visually lightening the motorcycle
Performance – High flow K&N air filters, custom exhaust and remapped fuel injection
Suspension – Performance fork springs and rear shocks
Ergonomics – Mid-rise bars and wide footpegs give an upright riding position with plenty of room to move around in the saddle
Design – Classic 7-inch teardrop headlight shell housing a small speedometer; low profile, high visibility LED turn signals and two-inch round brake light
Storage – Wax cotton panniers with internal aluminum frame
Also on display at the unveiling was some Moto Guzzi originals, including the new 2013 production models: V7 Stone, V7 Racer and Griso 8V SE.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.