2015 Moto Guzzi V7 IIThe 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II, which was unveiled at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany, is available in three versions: Stone (shown above), Special and Racer.
The 744cc air-cooled V-twin base model V7 has been around a while, but much of the 2015 edition is new, including the engine, transmission and chassis.The gearbox has been revamped to accommodate the six speed that has the first and last-two ratios reduced, promoting less rpm drop between ratios. The primary drive ratio has also been changed, going from 16:21 to 18:23.Moto Guzzi improved the clutch to achieve a lighter feel and even release by modifying the lever, the linkage and the cable.The V7 II comes equipped with ABS braking and MGCT (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione—traction control) system. The ABS is a Continental two-channel unit and the traction control system is that used on the California 1400, simplified in operation, which adapts to the vehicle speed, activating based on the difference in speed between the front and rear wheel.The system allows the tire contact surface with the ground to be recalibrated, compensating for any wear or the use of tires that have a profile different than the original standard equipment. Two indicator lights on the instrument cluster signal activation of the ABS and MGTC systems.The V7 II is longer with more front-bias. This is the result of the engine having been tilted 4 degrees toward the front axle and lowered 10 mm compared to the previous model. This reconfiguration provides three more centimeters of knee room, which, along with the footpeg height being 25 mm (0.98”) lower, provide a comfortable position even for taller than average riders.In addition, the saddle has been lowered to 790 mm (31.1”) creating a new saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation that gives the sensation of being in the bike rather than on top of it. The new riding position and new lower and farther forward position of the engine provide a more aggressive stance.The rear axle has also been revamped, increasing suspension travel by lowering the cardan final drive output 50 mm. This increased traction during load transfer, both in braking and direction changes.Following are the details of each version of the 2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II:2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone:The V7 II Stone has new “Rough” colors: black, red, grey and yellow. They are all satin finishes and inspired by typical ‘70s color schemes. The rear light cluster is new, done in black like the new, more ergonomic clutch and brake levers. The technical characteristic that differentiates the V7 Stone from the Special and Racer is the lightweight alloy wheel rims.2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Special:Of the V7 versions this is the one that most approaches the original spirit of its ancestor, beginning from its graphics, christened “Essetre” (S3) and inspired by the famous 1975 V750 S3.Following this graphic concept, the V7 II now has three glossy color bases: classic black with orange stripes, similar to the colors of its famous ancestor and two brand new schemes on metallic red and light blue with a silver stripe.As with the Stone, the Special also has a new frame that stands out, different engine and shock absorber mounting distances, as well as redesigned black brake and clutch levers and the new rear light cluster. Unlike the Stone and the Racer, the V7 Special has a fork stanchion protector instead of the dust boots that are fitted on the other models in the range.2015 Moto Guzzi V7 II Racer:Manufactured in limited edition as the plate located on the upper steering yoke indicates, the V7 II Racer continues the previous model’s equipment and features when the total-black look was introduced on the side panels, mirrors, silencer brackets and footpeg guards in contrast with the 22 liter bright chromium fuel tank.Other premium components include the rear-set footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring. Rear suspension consists of a pair of WMY01 Bitubo shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload, in extension and compression, thanks to a 12 click adjusting knob.
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