Today, the 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 lineup has been announced by the Italian motorcycle manufacturer. Available in two variants, the V7 Stone and V7 Special, the revised lineup boasts an updated engine, chassis upgrades and subtle visual changes.
The V7 namesake is an essential piece of Guzzi history, dating back to 1967 when the first V7 motorcycles rolled out of its factory in Mandello del Lario, Italy. The V7 was revived in 2007, with subsequent models adding Roman numerals to their names. Moto Guzzi feels that the 2021 update is so significant that they’re simply calling the new line of bikes the V7 once more.
The 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 motorcycles will use an engine derived from the V 85 TT lineup, which features the brand’s most technologically advanced engine yet and is 25% more potent than the previous V7 powerplants. To that end, the air-cooled 853cc longitudinal 90-degree V-twin engine utilizes a tune unique to the V7 and produces a claimed 65 horsepower at 6,800 rpm and 53.8 lb-ft of torque at 5,000, with more than 80% of its peak torque available at just 3,000 rpm.
Other mechanical updates include a revised tubular steel frame, most likely to accommodate the new engine, and new dual shocks. Guzzi representatives stated that suspension travel has increased in the rear. Lastly, the V7 Stone will now use a wider 150/70-17 rear tire.
Tasteful styling changes are introduced to the 2021 V7s while maintaining a classic and authentic look. New side panels and a shorter rear mudguard has tightened up its visual profile. Comfort has been improved thanks to the revised two-tier saddle.
There are a few notable aesthetic differences between the Special and Stone models. The Special keeps things old-school with wire-spoke wheels, dual analog and LCD clocks, and a standard halogen headlight. The Stone uses an LED headlight with a DRL in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Eagle, a more modernized LCD instrument panel and cast-aluminum wheels.
The 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has an MSRP of $8,990 and is available in three colors: Nero Ruvido, Azzurro Ghiaccio and Arancione Rame. The classic feel of the 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Special comes at a $500 premium, with an MSRP of $9,490 and features two colors: Blu Formale and Grigio Casual. Both models are expected to arrive in North American dealerships in March 2021.