2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Fast Facts
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.
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.
2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III Specs:
- Type: 90-degree V-twin w/ longitudinally mounted crankshaft
- Displacement: 744 cc
- Bore x stroke: 80 x 74 mm
- Valve train: 2 vpc w/ alloy pushrods and rockers
- Cooling: Air
- Maximum power: 52 horsepower @ 6200 rpm
- Maximum torque: 44 ft/lbs @ 4900 rpm
- Exhaust system: 3-way catalytic converter w/ double lambda probe
- Frame: Double cradle tubular ALS steel
- Front suspension: 40mm forks; 5.1 inches of travel
- Rear suspension: Adjustable spring-preload Kayaba shocks (fully adjustable Öhlins on Racer); 3.7 inches of wheel travel (3.8 inches on Racer)
- Front brake: 320 mm stainless steel disc; floating Brembo calipers w/ four-piston caliper
- Rear brake: 260 mm stainless steel disc; floating two-piston caliper
- Front tire: 100/90 x 18 (110/80 optional)
- Rear tires: 130/80 x 17
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- L x H: 86.0 x 43.7 inches
- Wheelbase: 57.6 inches
- Rake: 26.4 degrees
- Trail: 4.2 inches
- Seat height: 30.3 inches
- Fuel tank capacity: 5.5 gallons
- Curb weights: 461 pounds (Stone); 470 pounds (Special and Anniversario)
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