V7 III RACER, THE MOST SPORTY
There are numerous technical and aesthetic differences that distinguish it from the previous version and from the other V7 III models.
As for the stylistic aspects, the V7 III Racer introduces a new graphic for the satin finish chromium fuel tank where the red eagle is prominently displayed. This feature is reminiscent of the “Rosso Corsa” colour chosen to paint the frame and the swingarm: an explicit reminder of the first 1971 V7 Sport series, nicknamed “red frame.”
The V7 III Racer's sporty nature is emphasized by its semi-handlebars and its splendid, humped seat. In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seater sport bike look, but in reality, this new version is approved for two-up riding. In fact, it has passenger foot pegs and, as before, the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary.
One of the most distinctive features of this “factory special” worth mentioning is the widespread use of anodized black aluminium. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, characterizes the new side panels and the throttle body guards, whereas the new front number plate is made of brushed aluminium.
The spoked wheels have black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers like the other sport models from the brand, including the Audace muscle bike. Other premium components that stand out are the set-back foot pegs, which are machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard.
The most important technical innovation is the V7 III Racer’s Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in rebound and compression. The top name in suspension, the Öhlins suspension ensures top performance while throttling some backroads.
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Since its introduction in Italy, the V7 became a pillar of the Moto Guzzi product range. An entry-level bike that is dedicated to both men and women, the V7 became the company’s best seller in 2009.
Enter the V7 III, which is available in three versions: Stone, Special and Racer. A limited-edition Anniversario model is also available for 750 lucky Moto Guzzistis.
The V7 III Racer was designed for those who seek the sportier side of riding, and love the Cafe Racer look. The V7 III Racer also lends itself exceptionally well to customization, allowing you to create a truly unique motorcycle with factory Moto Guzzi parts.
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The V7 III Racer retains the stylistic personality of the original V7 model, but with a much more mature and robust attitude--primarily to the presence of the dual pipe exhaust manifold and cylinder heads, both oversized.
But some things should not change, such as the metal fuel tank with its 5.5-gallon capacity and style inspired, as always, by the magnificent 1971 V7 Sport. The aluminium fuel cap is no longer flush with the tank line, but it is a screw cap and, as previously, it has a lock.
Other new style elements on the V7 III Racer are:
- - Newly design injector covers
- - Sleeker side fairings
- - New saddle
- - New Turn Signals
- - 1.5” Wider Mirrors for increased visibility
- - New Instrumentation: (analog speedometer along with digital display odometer, partial and daily trip (resets automatically eight hours after being switched off), trip time, instantaneous and average consumption, air temperature, average speed, MGCT level, and gear indicator)
The rich catalog of dedicated accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects your smartphone to your vehicle, providing an exceptional quantity of useful travel information.
NEW CHASSIS ARCHITECTURE: GUARANTEE OF QUALITY
The V7 III Racer chassis introduces a new steering geometry that guarantees more dynamic cornering, and sharper handling and stability--a setup that meets all the riding needs of the modern biker. Furthermore, the entire structure has benefited from a painstaking finishing operation on the details, including the welds and the painting.
New for 2017 are Kayaba shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload. This new suspension setup provides a more progressive and controlled response in any situation, even while riding two-up. Passenger comfort was also improved due to a revised seating position, and repositioned footpegs, which are now lower and farther forward.
The rider's position changes, although not by much, due to the lower seat, now 30.3” high, and the new aluminium foot pegs. The seat/handlebar/pegs rider triangle now caters to any size of rider. The chassis structure revamping is completed by the rear brake master cylinder with built-in reservoir that optimizes braking duties.
REVISED ENGINE: UNIQUE CHARACTER AND SOUND
In the mid-weight V7, the engine has arrived at its third evolution and it has therefore been entirely revamped with respect to the previous unit mounted on the V7 II. This third evolution was developed with the goal of raising riding pleasure and fun on the road to a maximum, as well as guaranteeing higher performance and reliability.
The V7 III Racer’s aluminium crankcase, stiffened in the key points, uses a new oil sump and a crankshaft with inertial calculated for easier revving and stronger engine braking. The crankcase lubrication system was designed to optimally dissipate and reduce power absorption in favor of both performance and a reduction in fuel consumption.
The V7 III’s 744cc engine’s new ventilation system reduces power loss due to the internal pumping of the crankcase chambers and a reduced capacity oil pump capable of absorbing less power. The oil pump intake duct is new, as is the related by-pass valve and piston cooling oil jets have been introduced that have a flow control and management valve. The alternator cover is also new, now with built-in exhaust blow-by.
The Racer’s engine also features new aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders, although the bore and stroke values are the same as the previous unit (80 x 74mm), confirming the V7 III’s intention as the Moto Guzzi entry-level motorcycle. As per tradition, the timing is controlled by a pushrod and rockers system with 2 valves per cylinder, now arranged in an inclined position (more efficient) in the head.
The V7 III Racer’s fuel system is entrusted to a single-body Marelli electronic injection system managed by an electronic control unit. The exhaust system is also new, fitted with double pipe manifolds that improve thermal insulation. With the auxiliary air system intake in the heads, combined with the trivalent catalytic converter, the double oxygen sensor and the new engine design, the Moto Guzzi twin 750 complies with the Euro 4 pollution standard.
Maximum power has increased to 52 horsepower at 6200 rpm, 44.2 ft/lbs of torque at 4900 rpm, with a truly flat torque curve that promise ease of use combined, as always, with that typical character and quick response of a Moto Guzzi engine.
Another innovative aspect of the Moto Guzzi engine is the dry single-disc clutch that increases sturdiness and reliability over time. The clutch was designed for a light pull at the lever, again building on the V7’s entry-level rider intentions.
The six-speed transmission introduced on the V7 II, precise and smooth, is unchanged but now benefits from a different first and sixth gear ratio, handy for taking full advantage of the engine's torque and power characteristics.
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MOTO GUZZI MEDIA PLATFORM: CONNECTS V7 III STONE TO THE WORLD
The Bluetooth connection allows you to simultaneously view five parameters of your choice at a time, selected from a vast menu that includes: speedometer, rev counter, instant power, instant torque, instant and average fuel consumption, average speed, battery voltage, longitudinal acceleration and extended trip computer. The “Eco Ride” feature helps to limit fuel consumption and to maintain eco-compatible riding conduct, providing a brief assessment of the results obtained during the trip.
You can record trip information and review it on your computer or directly on your smartphone, analyzing the route taken, viewing the vehicle operating parameters point by point. The system also allows you to easily locate your vehicle when you park in a strange place, automatically saving the position where it was switched off. MG-MP includes the “Grip Warning” function which replicates the indications on traction control operation and alerts you in the event of excessive use of available traction.
Thanks to the synergistic use of gyroscopes and the information coming from the direct connection with the V7 III Racer’s electronics, the smartphone becomes a sophisticated instrument to measure the lean angle in turns.