Moto Guzzi V7 III plays catch-up

Moto Guzzi has gone into its third iteration of the modern V7 and added a limited edition Anniversario V7 III (pictured above) to celebrate 50 years of the range.

Australian importers PS Imports have announced that the Moto Guzzi V7 III will arrive in dealerships in June with very attractive price tags.

Indicative pricing at this stage is: V7 III Stone – $12,990; V7 III Special – $13,990; V7 III Racer – $16,490.

That’s as much as $1000 less than current price on the Stone and a $510 saving on the Special and Racer.

Chrome tank

The Anniversario and new V7 III models were unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan in November.

The limited edition model uses the same chassis and engine as the V7 Stone, Special and Racer but with new graphics, chrome fuel tank with their gold eagle logo, lockable billet aluminium fuel cap and a new leather seat.

It is likely to have already sold out.

The whole V7 III range has been updated for Euro 4 pollution compliance with new pistons heads and cylinder plus a new exhaust with double manifolds for better heat insulation.

The bottom end has a new crankshaft and sump, with a reworked ventilation system to reduce power loss due to the internal pumping of the crankcase chambers and a reduced capacity oil pump capable of absorbing less power.

Timing is controlled by a traditional system of pushrods and rockers with two valves per cylinder, now arranged in an inclined position.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer
Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer

Moto Guzzi says power is up 3kW to 38kW, but torque remains the same at a healthy 60Nm.

The Italian brand has fallen further behind other retro models such as the 900cc and 1200cc Triumph Bonnevilles and BMW R nineT, which both come with more power and torque and more equipment.

So all the updates are really about catching up with the herd while the V9 tackles them more head-on.

Meanwhile, the 2017 V9 Bobber and Roamer have longer and thicker seats, higher bars, and higher and farther back footpegs. All these updates are also available as accessories for existing 2016 models.

They also come with a lot more options such as fly and touring windscreens, racks, etc.

Moto Guzzi V7 III updates

Moto Guzzi V7 III Special
Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

The V7 III is now a more capable handler with steeper steering geometry, a reinforced headstock and new Kayaba twin shocks with preload adjustment.

Riders and pillions will find it more comfortable with a lower 769mm rider seat, lower and pillion pegs set lower and further forward.

The shaft-driven bike also has a new rear brake master-cylinder and the first and sixth gear ratio are changed for more acceleration but also an easier highway gait.

It now comes with two-stage traction control that can also be switched off. The system can be recalibrated for different tyre circumferences.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone
Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone

All V7 models come with the Moto Guzzi Media Platform that connects your smartphone to the bike via a dedicated app.

The Bluetooth connection allows you to use your phone to view speed, revs, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage and acceleration. It’s also an extended trip computer.

The “Eco Ride” feature helps to reduce fuel consumption.

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