New 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic Honors Historic Roots
Contemporary technology meets timeless design and creates another instant
NEW YORK – December 3, 2008 – Four decades after sparking Italian enthusiasm
for big displacement V-Twin engines, Moto Guzzi adds a new chapter of
history with the U.S. market debut of the 2009 V7 Classic. Acknowledged as
one of the most beautifully styled motorcycles of its era, the original V7
became an instant classic when it was unveiled. Not only was it Italy’s
first large displacement motorcycle, but the 1967 V7 was also elegantly
styled by the legendary designer Giulio Cesare Carcano. Just as
importantly, the V7 became an instant technology trendsetter thanks to its
innovative transverse, air-cooled V-twin engine with shaft drive. It is
this unique engine configuration that ultimately became the single-most
recognized Moto Guzzi brand attribute.
The new 2009 V7 Classic continues to showcase the many benefits of Moto
Guzzi’s shaft drive technology, including reliable, consistent performance
and smooth acceleration. Originally commissioned by the Italian police
force, the V7 quickly found legions of loyal fans and moved to mass
production, where it inspired numerous variants, such as the V7 Sport, V7
Special and the U.S. market versions V7 Ambassador, Eldorado and California.
Today, motorcycle enthusiasts who appreciate authenticity and classic good
looks but don’t want to sacrifice riding comfort and advanced technology
will find the V7 Classic an excellent choice for everyday, anytime
adventures – and an authentic style statement that sets you apart.
Moto Guzzi Motor Music
The sound of the Moto Guzzi engine is as distinctive today as it ever was.
Add proven reliability and low fuel consumption, and the V7 Classic’s
four-stroke 744cc 90-degree V-Twin is the ideal powerplant for today’s
multi-faceted riding requirements. Solid torque off the line and plenty
more of it across a generous powerband range ensures consistent, predictable
performance on the highway or around town. A five-speed gearbox is precise
and ratios have been optimized for enjoyable cruising at low revs. The
quiet shaft drive system provides long life with minimum maintenance. Other
technical advancements include special graphite low-wear pistons. An
electronic Weber Marelli fuel injection system with 36 mm throttle bodies
delivers the necessary ingredients for ignition.
Both the engine and transmission are finished in black and chrome rocker
covers put the spotlight on the V7 Classic’s aluminum alloy cylinders.
Engineered for Stability, Smoothness and Agility
The Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is instantly responsive to rider input and its
light weight (just 401.2 lbs.), upright riding position and low center of
gravity make it equally effortless to maneuver, whether on a straight
stretch of asphalt or a mountain pass. With a seat height of 31.7 inches,
the bike is also well suited to smaller-stature riders. And, the small-block
twin cradle frame with removable bolt-on lower section adds superb stability
and precision cornering capability, with steering rake set at 27.5 degrees.
The V7 Classic’s suspension has been designed for a balance of rider comfort
and nimble response. The front suspension features 40 mm hydraulic,
telescoping Marzocchi forks with 130 mm travel. In the rear, twin pre-load
adjustable Sachs shocks provide 118 mm of travel.
Braking is just as predictable as acceleration. Superior Brembo brakes,
including a 320 mm floating disc at the front and a 260 mm disc at the rear,
provide excellent stopping power. The V7 Classic is fitted with an 18-inch
wheel up front and 17-inch at the rear. The high profile tires further add
to the V7 Classic’s superb handling and riding comfort.
Styled to Honor a Legend
While the V7 Classic’s engine has the same displacement as the last Moto
Guzzi model to bear the V7 badge, the 1972-74 750cc V7 Sport, designers
styled the new V7 Classic to honor several variants from the illustrious V7
model line. For example, liberal use of chrome, from the exhaust to
instrumentation, recalls the V7 Special, while the fuel tank design
recaptures the voluptuous lines of the V7 Sport. As a whole, the bike
evokes the most memorable Moto Guzzis of the 60s and 70s, making this
modern-day motorcycle an eye-catching classic alternative in any crowd of
Other classic Moto Guzzi styling touches include chrome spoked wheels,
cigar-shaped chrome Lafranconi exhausts and instruments that clearly
resemble the famous Veglia-Borlettis from the 70s. While the cockpit look is
traditional, important operational and diagnostic data is presented via a
modern digital display unit, presenting time, external temperature and
mileage readouts. The classic chrome speedometer and rev counter complete
the instrumentation panel. Chrome is also applied to the front headlight
and rear light cluster.
The long two-passenger seat also pays homage to its predecessors. Elegantly
top stitched and elongated, the seat incorporates chrome passenger grab
handles and has the Moto Guzzi name stamped on the rear in white lettering.
The seat blends gracefully with the rear mudguard. The side panels house the
same stowage compartments that so stylishly set off the side view of the
The 2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic is available at U.S. Moto Guzzi retailers for
a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,490. The exclusive body color
is Moon White, a lustrous pearl white accented with classic Moto Guzzi tank
About Moto Guzzi and Piaggio Group Americas
For more than 85 years, Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of
world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. The company was founded
in 1921 on the shores of Lake Como in the village of Mandello del Lario,
Italy, where the motorcycles are still manufactured today. Moto Guzzi has
notched up no fewer than 3,300 racing wins including 14 world GP titles, 22
world records and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the course of its
In December 2004 Moto Guzzi became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe’s
leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world’s most recognized
and respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.
With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 708,500 vehicles sold in
2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and
operations in over 50 countries, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated
leadership in the European 2 wheeler market. Its production includes
scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range,
marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto