Standing unmoved from the retro appeal, the company celebrated its 95th year of motorcycle production with the launch of the Moto Guzzi V7 II. Unlike other motorcycle manufacturing companies that mimic retro elements to impart an old feel, Guzzi remains staunch in its design principles. It’s safe to say that Guzzi is to Italy what Harleys are to the States. With its charming V-twin air cooled engines and pushrods, Guzzi has a fervent fan following. The wide acceptance that the Guzzi Stone receives is a testimony of the same.
It is not an upgrade if nothing is changed or added. The 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II still remains the only one of its kind angularly mounted V-Twin engine supported by a crankshaft which is in line with its wheels and shaft-drive arrangement, similar to the Ducati engine. This design trait, although unusual, works efficiently in bringing out satisfactory performance for a bike in the category of cruisers and touring.
Traction control with ABS system, inspired from the Continental is the latest addition to the Moto Guzzi V7 II. All the bikes released in the recent times tuned their engines to adhere to the stringent Euro 4 standards. Guzzi V7 II now has additional room by the shin and knees thanks to the lowered foot-pegs. The height of the seat is also cut down by 15mm. Ground grip of the 2016 Guzzi is improved by reducing the cardan shaft output by close to 51mm. as compared to the iconic previous models, Moto Guzzi V7 II is lighter, although the included shaft-drive is heavier compared to a chain.
The motorbike is currently priced at £6995 which comes with a warranty period of 24 months. Looking at the price, it is safe to say that the Moto Guzzi V7 II is one of the most affordable bikes in the European market. The motorbike is available in three new colours – Grigio Intenso, Nero Ruvido and Rosso Impetuso.
The signature twin engine of the Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone improves the riding experience by propelling the bike to the right on blipping the throttle. The feel of the engine roaring off on ignition is a sound welcomed by all motorheads. Inclusion of a rev limiter checks the rpm from crossing 7200rpm. Unlike the previous model, the V7 II’s engine seems more willing to accommodate gear changes which is great news taking into consideration the mono-plate dry clutch system which has a tendency to slip at high rpm.
Maximum horsepower is achieved is quite low at 41.8hp but the rhythmic mill makes the engine growl louder than it should at such a modest throttle. When it comes to such cruiser bikes, the riders aren’t after race-circuit speed but comfort and easy cruising. Guzzi V7 II offers just that with glitch free gear shift and a modest rev range.
Coming to fuel efficient, the 5.8 gallon tank will need re-filling only after completing about 250 miles. The latest design is a modern touch to the loved and trend-setting classic design.