In the 100th year of Moto Guzzi, the quirkly Italain manufacturer is set to unleash the best V7 model to date with the unveiling of the new 850cc 2021 Moto Guzzi V7.
At the centre of the newest iteration of the iconic V7 is Guzzi's 850cc transverse v-twin (which we first saw in last 2019's V85TT), in this incarnation the engine produces 65hp at 6800rpm and 73Nm at 5000rpm. While that's down on the output of the V85TT version of the engine, that's still a 25% increase in power over the outgoing V7 which produced only 52hp at its peak.
Visually the new V7 has grown in more than just the engine size department. Also gaining a bit of heft are the size of the exhaust which is now larger and routed differently to the outgoing model, the cardan final drive is also larger while the rear wheel is now wider wrapping in a 150/70 tyre. Topping off the rear end of the 2021 V7 is a set of more robust Kayaba shock absorbers with greater travel.
Moving forward the side panels are also new, as is the shorter rear mudguard, elements which, along with the new exhaust system to give the new 850 a revamped and more attractive look.
The frame has evolved with the addition of new steel elements in the headstock area, whereas a two-tier saddle helps to ensure greater comfort. Moto Guzzi says that with the same goal of improving comfort the new V7 also sports a brand new rider footpeg support.
The V7 Stone has a new, full LED light system with the headlight that includes a DRL in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Eagle much like we saw on the V85TT, whereas the new instrument cluster is in line with the look of a minimalist motorcycle, entirely digital on a single, circular dial. The aluminium wheel rims, in the sporty style that equips the Stone, are also new; the rear rim is shod with a wider 150/70 tyre.
V7 Special maintains the elegant, dual dial analogue instrument cluster (speedometer and rev counter) and the ultra-classic spoked wheel rims.
Moto Guzzi New Zealand confirmed to onthrottle.co.nz that production of the new V7 starts in February with the first examples expected in NZ dealers by April 2021.