Moto Guzzi, a brand synonymous with Italian style and sophistication. This is arguably no more evident than in the Moto Guzzi V7 III series of motorcycles. Since 1967, the V7 has been a cornerstone of the Moto Guzzi brand.
Now, in its 57th year of production, Moto Guzzi brings us the third series of this iconic motorcycle. 2020 sees 4 models hit the market with a few variants to mix things up a little.
V7 III Rough
With its knobby tyres mounted on spoked wheel rims, aluminium side panels and mudguards, the V7 III Rough has a very distinctive urban meets country look.
A blacked out headlight housing, and fork stanchions protected by classic rubber dust covers, complete the overall package. The V7 III Rough is available in the Grigio Grafite (Graphite Grey) and Verde Mimetico (Camouflage Green) colours.
V7 III Special
Of all the V7 models, the V7 III Special comes closest to the spirit of the original model. Classic and elegant, it features numerous chrome parts and bright graphics. Spoked wheels with polished channels and black hubs; dual circular instrumentation and with chrome plated steel passenger grab handles as standard.
Classic and elegant, the V7 III Special is available in the Nero Onice (Black Onyx) and Grigio Cristallo (Crystal Grey) colour variants.
V7 III Racer ’10th Anniversary’
First released in 2010, the 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer reinvents its self once again as it celebrates its tenth anniversary.
The front end of new Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary differs significantly from the previous version, with an all new front fairing and incorporated windshield. At the centre of the top fairing is the new, full LED headlight, rounding out a complete LED package across the entire motorcycle.
With a modern and dynamic look also emphasised by a thinner and sleeker rear mudguard, brand new bar end mirrors, and that love it or hate it “Rosso Corsa” (racing red) painted frame and swing arm, the V7 III Racer ’10th Anniversary’ is a bold statement.
V7 III Stone
Probably the most stripped back variant on offer, the V7 III Stone forsakes any chrome details in favour of matte black paintwork, a shortened front mudguard, spoked wheels and a single instrument cluster.
In addition to the much loved Nero Ruvido (Rough Black) colour variant, this year’s V7 III Stone is available in two new satin finish colour schemes , Grigio Granitico (Granite Grey) and Rosso Rovente (Fiery Red).
V7 III Stone ‘Night Pack’
The V7 III Stone is also available in a ‘Night Pack’ variant. With a complete LED light package, a new shortened rear mudguard with integrated brake light bracket and licence plant holder, and dedicated saddle with embroidered Moto Guzzi logo.
Available in the classic Nero Ruvido livery or Bronzo Levigato (Polished Bronze) and Blu Pungente (Intense Blue) colour variants.
V7 III Stone S
With only 750 units to be produced globally, the limited edition V7 III Stone S rounds out the V7 III collection.
Taking the refined elements of the V7 III Stone ‘Night Pack’ and adding a beautiful satin chrome fuel tank, wrapped on the top by a black leather strap, and brand new “bar end” rear view mirrors, give the Stone S an even more exclusive look.
Performance is standard across all variants in the range, with the 744 cc v-twin engine producing 52 hp (38 kW) of power at 6200 rpm, and 60 Nm of peak torque at 4900 rpm all through a shaft final drive.
Whilst at these numbers the V7 III range is hardly quick, low down peak torque means it’s a machine that pulls and pulls in any gear.
Front suspension is handled by a 40 mm hydraulic telescopic fork with 130 mm of travel, whilst the rear is supported by twin shocks with adjustable preload and 93 mm of travel.
Braking comes courtesy of two 320 mm stainless steel floating discs up front, with Brembo 4 piston callipers, whilst the rear is supported by a 260 mm stainless steel disc and a floating 2 piston calliper.
Electronics & Styling
The V7 III comes standard with ABS and an adjustable MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control) system that can also be disabled. The MGCT system is adjustable to two sensitivity levels, one more conservative and ideal for the wet, the other designed for drier roads.
With a huge 21 litre tank, and an incredibly low 770 mm seat height, the V7 III range is perfect for those new to riding, or those looking for a comfortable naked bike that sees more of the road, and less of the gas station.