With the new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer making an impressive splash not long ago, one would have excused Moto Guzzi from putting much thought into the V7 group.
Instead of standing pat, the 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III motorcycle line has arrived. There are compelling updates to the V7, a series that started back 50 years ago. Here are the Fast Facts on the Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer, Special, and Stone, plus the limited edition Anniversario.[Visit the 2017 Motorcycle Previews page]1. The 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III is sporting a new engine. While it retains the air-cooled, two-valve, pushrod, longitudinal-crankshaft design and the 80 x 74mm bore and stroke, the V7 III is still new. Up top, the cylinders, heads and pistons are new. Down below, the crankcase has been updated and there’s a new oil sump, crankshaft and venting system.2. There’s more power this year in the V7 III engine. Maximum horsepower is now 52 horses at 6200 rpm, with torque topping out at 44 ft/lbs at just 4900 rpm. According to Moto Guzzi, the torque curve remains essentially flat.3. The chassis has been redesigned. The V7 III retains a steel frame with a lightweight front end (54 percent of the weight rests on the rear wheel), and there’s new steering geometry that Moto Guzzi “guarantees a more dynamic ride in corners, better handling and stability.” Also, the seat is lower (just over 30 inches above the pavement), and the footpegs have been lowered and moved forward.4. Electronics come to the 2017 Moto Guzzi V7. The III gets three-position traction control (one option is off), plus two-channel ABS.5. A sophisticated Moto Guzzi smartphone app is an option. Now, you can add the Moto Guzzi media platform, which allows your smartphone to display speed, rpm, horsepower output, torque output, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration, and extended trip computer. However, you can only view five parameters at a time. Turn on Eco Ride, and the Moto Guzzi V7 III will help you save fuel while you ride.6. There will be only 750 numbered V7 III Anniversario units produced. Celebrating 50 years of the V7, the Anniversario gets a chrome tank and brushed aluminum fenders. Billet aluminum is used for the locking gas cap, as well as the bar risers that have a laser-engraved serial number. Other goodies include a leather seat, chrome passenger grab handle, highlighted cylinder head fins, specially polished rims, and gray hubs.7. The 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer is also a numbered edition. In addition to its striking red frame, satin-finish chrome fuel tank, low bars, a flyscreen, rearsets, and number plates, the V7 III Racer lives up to its name with Öhlins piggyback reservoir shocks (the other editions get Kayaba shocks). For the first time, the Racer gets removable passenger pegs, so you can bring along a friend when the occasion rises.8. The V7 III Special is patterned after the 1975 Moto Guzzi V750 S3. The racing stripe motif and the blue tank sets the Special apart, as does the polished channels in the rims and black hubs. Lots of chrome and bright paint make the Special an eye-catcher.9. For basic black, look to the 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone. Lots of black, much of it matte, gives the Stone a distinctive look. There’s almost not chrome or polish, and the paint in unadorned. Unlike the other three models, the Stone gets just a single clock for a more stripped down look—the front fender is also abbreviated. The Stone is also the only V7 III that doesn’t have wire-spoked wheels.10. The prices are not yet public, and don’t expect to be able to buy one until Spring 2017. You can drool now, but you’ll have to be patient if you want a 2107 Moto Guzzi V7 III of any flavor.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.