2018 v7 iii Carbon Dark
The V7 III Carbon is currently the only member of the V7 III family built in limited and numbered production, following the happy tradition of having a “limited edition” model in the range. V7 III Carbon celebrates customization, interpreted originally and in good taste, combining the authentic V7 style with the prestigious and modern quality of numerous carbon fibre components, such as the shortened and sleek fenders and the side fairings that enhance the character of the Moto Guzzi best seller to the utmost. V7 III Carbon has a completely matt black look, a shade that enhances the parts in red, the colour chosen for the Brembo front disk brake calliper, the logos on the side fairings and the Eagle on the fuel tank. The 'Made in Mandello' mechanics also stand out thanks to the satin finished red cylinder head covers. The saddle (dedicated only to this model, as it is with the others) boasts brand new water repellent Alcantara®, ideal for outdoor use and weather resistant. The saddle is finished with red stitching that represents rather popular stylistic inspiration that anyone who loves refined details will love. In fact, this model is fully loaded with them: the locking tank cap is made of anodized black billet aluminium and the headlight frame is also black, as are the injector covers and the rear brake master cylinder. The series number of the model is identified by the plate positioned on the handlebar risers: there are 1921 units available, a number that recalls the year that Moto Guzzi was established.
V7 is one of the most celebrated and well-known Moto Guzzi models. This world fame is due to its ability to remain faithful to the expectations and reputation of a legendary brand like Moto Guzzi. Since 1967, the year the first units were sold in Italy, the V7 became a pillar of the product range and the representative of the Italian motorcycle par excellence, standing out for its content and design, highly popular with a transversal and varied public.
More than fifty years from the launch of the first unit, Moto Guzzi V7 III is the third act of a unique story. The challenge of introducing the V7 III was one of the most difficult, considering the emblem and the success of the V7. From 2009 it has also been the brand's most sold model and it constitutes the entry level bike in the Moto Guzzi world.
As was the case with the V7 II compared with the first-born V7, for the V7 III the revamping was profound enough to merit a new progressive number in Roman numerals, that has always distinguished the most popular and long-lasting Moto Guzzi bikes. V7 III is the result of Moto Guzzi's passion, skilfully revamping its best seller, leaving its character and authenticity unaltered, values that are destined to last over time.
Six versions and infinite interpretations
The V7 III family doubles and, alongside the well-known Stone, Special and Racer, now come the V7 III Rough, V7 III Milano and V7 III Carbon, three new versions distinguished by different packages obtained through the originality and skill of introducing a series of special parts that give each bike a very different connotation and a unique character. Rough, Milano and Carbon represent a homage to customization.
The “seven-fifty” from Mandello has proven to be an excellent starting base for customization and it was a protagonist of Lord of the Bikes, the first television talent show dedicated to motorcycle customization, broadcast in Italy on Sky. The range of original Moto Guzzi accessories is an integral part of the project and has been further expanded. The V7 III therefore lends itself to an exceptionally wide range of customization, so you can create your own made to measure special, like a tailor fitted garment.
Consistent with the other Moto Guzzi models in the range, the V7 III also has a dark version characterised by its total black finishes. It is the Stone and a more classic one dominated by chroming, more in line with the design of the forerunner, which is the Special. The Racer, on the other hand, represents the successful sports heritage of Moto Guzzi, a winner of 15 world titles and 11 Tourist Trophies when the decision was made to retire from racing (in 1957).
More pleasure to own and ride a V7
The third generation of the “seven-fifty” from Mandello will continue to be the Moto Guzzi entry-level model, easy to ride, with the most contained size and weight in its category, but at the same time with a strong and authentic character, typical of all Moto Guzzi bikes, much of which is shown off by the transversal V-twin engine, a one-of-a-kind configuration. The primary goals that led this evolution had to do with style, standard equipment and performance on the road, in other words, aspects that influence the pleasure of owning and riding a V7.
V7 III keeps the stylistic personality of the model intact, characterized by a design that dialogues through shapes inspired by Moto Guzzi heritage and modern motorcycle requirements. The first impression is that you are in the presence of a mature and robust bike, a sensation due primarily to the presence of the dual pipe exhaust manifold and cylinder heads, both large in size. On the other hand, the metal fuel tank has not changed, with its excellent 21-litre capacity and style inspired, as always, by the one on the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport. Further elements of popular style concern the injector covers and side fairings with their sleek shape. Each of the V7 III versions has a dedicated saddle with brand new graphics and coverings. V7 III Stone, Rough and Carbon use a single, circular display instrumentation, in keeping with their image of essential bikes. The Special, Racer and Milano versions, on the other hand, have a second circular display for the rev counter. The speedometer has an analogue dial, while all other information is contained in the digital box: odometer, partial and daily trip (resets automatically eight hours after being switched off), trip time, instantaneous and average consumption, air temperature, average speed and the MGCT (traction control) level, as well as the engaged gear indicator, for which the minimum and maximum rpm value can be adjusted by the user. This way, you can keep a predetermined engine rpm range under control, for example to run in the bike as effectively as possible or to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum. The rider interacts with the instrumentation using the button on the right hand electrical block. The extensive catalogue of accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects a smartphone to the vehicle to provide an exceptional quantity of information useful for the journey.
Chassis architecture: guarantee of quality in Moto Guzzi tradition
Moto Guzzi's skill designing super-fine chassis architectures is legendary. The delightful ride of the V7 has its origins in the distant past: in 1970, after a highly demanding series of tests, the V7 Police won the selection to join the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) team, demonstrating the Larian brand's authority on the matter even overseas. The steel frame maintains the dismountable double cradle layout and the same weight distribution (46% front; 54% rear) typical of recent V7 tradition; the third generation introduced a completely revamped and reinforced front part with a different steering geometry in order to guarantee more dynamic cornering, better handling and more stability. Particular attention was placed on the painstaking care and finishing of the details, including the welding and paintwork. The rear suspension system relies on a pair of Kayaba shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload: thanks to their superior quality and the inclination on the fixing point to the frame, they provide a progressive and controlled response in any situation, even when riding two-up. The passenger can count on a comfortable seating position, thanks to the low and forward positioning of the foot pegs. The saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation is ideally spaced for riders of any height thanks to the lower saddle(770 mm from the ground) and the correct positioning of the aluminium footpegs.
V7 III CARBON DARK, CARBON SHINE, MILANO, & ROUGH
- Displacement: 744 cc
- Bore: 80 mm
- Travel: 74 mm
- Timing system: 2 valves with light alloy pushrods and rockers
- Max Power: 38 kW (52 HP) at 6200 rpm
- Maximum torque at crankshaft: 60 Nm at 4900 rpm
- Exhaust system: 3-way catalytic converter w double lambda probe
- Cooling: Air
- Frame: double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements.
- Wheelbase: 1463 mm
- Trail: 106 mm
- Headstock angle: 26.4°
- Front suspension: Ø 40 mm hydraulic telescopic fork
- Travel: 130 mm
- Rear suspension: die cast light alloy swing arm with 2 shock absorbers with adjustable spring
- Wheel travel: 93 mm (shock absorber travel 80 mm)
- Front Brake: Ø 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo calipers with 4 differently sized opposed pistons
- Rear brake: Ø 260 mm, stainless steel disc, floating caliper with 2 pistons
- Saddle height: 770 mm
- Fuel tank capacity: 5.5 US Gal / including 1 US Gal Reserve (21 liters / 4 liters reserve)
- Dry weight: 417 lbs / 189 kg
- Curb weight: 461 lbs /209 kg (weight with motorcycle ready for use with all operating fluids and with 90% fuel)
- Warranty: 2 year unlimited-mileage warranty.
V7 III CARBON DARK
- Carbon rear and front mudguard
- Carbon side panels with new model plate
- Quilt-finish Alcantara saddle with red stitching
- Matt black fuel tank with red Moto Guzzi logo
- Fuel tank cap anodized black
- Riser and handlebar plate with Limited Edition serigraphy
- Matt black headlight Ring
- Red painted front caliper Brembo
- Red satin painted engine cover
- Black injector cover
- Rear brake pump black cover
Small block engine: unique character and sound
There are many excellent twin cylinder engines in the world, but there is only one transversal V and it is the Moto Guzzi twin, born in 1967 out of an ingenious intuition by Mr. Giulio Cesare Carcano and characterized by a configuration of the cylinders so particular that it made it an integral part of the bike's design, like a true modern art metallic sculpture. In the small block version, it has now reached its third evolution and it has been completely revamped comparing with the V7 II engine, with the goal of raising riding pleasure and fun on the road to a maximum, as well as guaranteeing higher performance and reliability.
The aluminium crankcase, stiffened in the key points, uses a crankshaft with inertial calculated to provide a lively response and an adequate engine brake. The lubrication system in the crankcase has been designed to dissipate the heat in the best possible way and to reduce power absorption in favour of both performance and a reduction in fuel consumption. There is also a ventilation system that reduces power loss due to the internal pumping of the crankcase chambers and a reduced capacity oil pump capable of absorbing less power. The oil pump intake duct is new, as is the related by-pass valve and piston cooling oil jets have been introduced that have a flow control and management valve. The alternator cover includes the blow-by gas output.
The interventions introduced one year ago also concerned the upper part of the engine, with new aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders comparing to V7 II, although the bore and stroke values (and therefore the engine displacement) are the same as the previous unit, a specific choice that confirms the V7 III as the Moto Guzzi entry-level motorcycle. As per tradition, the timing is controlled by a pushrod and rockers system with 2 valves per cylinder, but arranged in an inclined position (more efficient) in the head. The fuel system is entrusted to a single-body Marelli electronic injection system managed by an electronic control unit. The exhaust system is complete with dual pipe manifolds that help to improve thermal insulation. With the auxiliary air system intake in the heads, combined with the trivalent catalytic converter, the double lambda probe and the engine design, the Moto Guzzi twin 750 complies with the Euro 4 standard.
Maximum power reaches 52 HP at 6,200 rpm, whereas maximum torque measures in at 60 Nm at 4,900 rpm, with a truly flat torque curve that promise ease of use combined, as always, with that typical character and quick response of a Moto Guzzi engine. The reduced-power version is also available, in line with the limitations set by the A2 class driver's license and ideal for new Guzzi riders, who can also count on the reduced total weight and size and the overall easy ride of all the V7 III versions. Another innovative aspect of the Moto Guzzi engine is the 170 mm dry single disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability over time, also decreasing the load on the lever at the handlebar, all to the advantage of modulability and riding comfort. The six-speed gearbox introduced on the V7 II, precise and smooth, is unchanged but now benefits from a different first and sixth gear ratio, both slightly lengthened, handy for taking full advantage of the engine's torque and power characteristics.