Like many motorcycle stories, Moto Guzzi celebrates roots with the military, a racing pedigree and many examples of forward-thinking. Conceived by two aircraft pilots and their mechanic serving in the Italian Air Force during World War I, Carlo Guzzi, Giovanni Ravelli and Giorgio Parodi would go onto build pedigree motorcycles starting in 1921. A visual trademark of sorts, the company's motorcycles are noted for their air-cooled 90° V-twin engines with a longitudinal crankshaft orientation where the engines' transverse cylinder heads project prominently on either side of the motorcycle.
Over its history of building motorcycles, Moto Guzzi were the first to use a wind tunnel during the design phase, produce the first eight-cylinder engine and center kick stand. Finally, from 1924 through 1955, the name Moto Guzzi was synonymous with winning motorcycle racing titles.
Riders can park a piece this colorful motorcycle history in their very own garage with the latest models seen in the recently revealed 2017 line-up. Moto Guzzi’s V7III range will be available in March/April with a starting MSRP price point of $7,990.
At the heart of the new models is Moto Guzzi’s V7. In 1967 the Moto Guzzi V7 was considered the first Italian superbike. The brainchild of Giulio Cesare Carcano, the V7 implemented the innovative 90° transverse V-twin engine with a displacement of 703 cc, a record at that time, and immediately established itself as the world ambassador for Moto Guzzi prestige, elegance and reliability.
New for 2017, the V7 family gets a modern hemispherical combustion chamber controlled by a Magneti Marelli ECU with adjustable traction control and the ability to recalibrate for different tire sizes.
To further celebrate, the V7 range expands, paying homage to fifty years of the V7 model by introducing a fourth version, the Anniversario, a numbered limited edition, characterized by brand new and exclusive details.
Moto Guzzi is quick to point out the V7 III Anniversario is ‘unquestionably the most fully featured V7 ever, with a standard genuine leather saddle, a work of art worthy of the top customizers, polished aluminum fenders and milled engine cooling fins.’
The tribute to the original V7 includes an elaborate chrome motif, beginning with the fuel tank featuring the Moto Guzzi eagles in a gilt finish.
The V7 III Anniversario will be available in April with a MSRP of $9,990.
2017 V7 III Anniversario
2017 V7 III Racer
True to the racing tradition of the eagle brand, the V7 III Racer is a true custom bike with incredible attention to detail, also offered in a limited edition.
The references to Moto Guzzi’s sporting triumphs begin with the “Racing Red” color of the frame and swingarm, inspired by the legendary “red frame” V7 Sport from 1971, coupled with the new graphics for the satin-chrome fuel tank dominated by the red eagle.
The racing look continues with the clip-ons and racer saddle, while the side panels and injector covers in black anodized aluminum are a thing of beauty. This traditionally one-seat model shows its versatility with a standard type-approved two-seat version featuring special passenger footpegs, and Öhlins shock absorbers for improved handling.
The V7 III Racer will be available in April with a MSRP of $9,990.
2017 V7 III Racer
2017 V7 III Special
While some motorcycle manufacturers need to reach back to the motorcycle world for their nostalgic inspiration, Moto Guzzi has their very own history to draw on.
The heritage of the original V7 is the inspiration for this elegant motorcycle, with generous chrome trim and shiny graphics, in Nero Inchiostro (Ink Black with green accents) and Blu Zaffiro (Blue Sapphire with orange and silver accents) versions.
The colored band on the under-seat side panels matching the racing stripe on the fuel tank pays tribute to the unforgettable V750 S3 from 1975. A host of distinctive details include spoked wheels with polished aluminum channels and black hubs, an instrument panel with two circular dials and the “old-school” look of the quilt-stitched saddle, complete with new passenger grab rail.
The V7 III Special will be available in April with a MSRP of $8,490.
2017 V7 III Special
2017 V7III Stone
Giving this model the nickname of ‘Dark Urban Spirit’, the dark soul of the V7 reveals its eclectic and essential nature with an aesthetic that eschews chrome in favor of matte black paint. The metropolitan dark matte look is completed with a single-dial instrument panel, a new saddle, a shortened front mudguard and, a unique feature in the V7 III range, light alloy spoked wheels.
The V7 III Stone offers a foray into color, with versions reprising the color schemes of the 1970s: Azzurro Elettrico (Electric Blue), Verde Camouflage (Camouflage Green), Giallo Energico (Energetic Yellow) and the ever-present Nero Ruvido (Rough Black).
The V7 III Stone will be available in March with a MSRP of $7,990.
2017 V7 III Stone