The styling of the 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Classic and V7 Racer is a throwback to the late sixties and early seventies. With a stunning retro design, modern appointments, and new touches, the V7 models are sure to impress. Equipped with modern throttle body that looks retro, the only thing that is extremely new in appearance are the Brembo brakes and a plastic switchgear box, which is merely out of necessity. The engine for the V7 Racer is the same as the V7 Classic, a 744-cc, V-Twin engine that produces 38.11 horsepower and 37 lb-ft of torque. While this engine isn't especially impressive, it is more than powerful enough to get the Moto Guzzi V7s moving, and they are very distinctly correct for the period they mimic. A five-speed transmission sends power through a single-plate dry clutch and a shaft-driven rear end.
Compared to other Moto Guzzi models, the V7 is a bit smaller in overall size. The seating is still adequate for a second passenger thanks to a very comfortable saddle and convenient and well-placed handholds and foot pegs. The C7s are easy to ride thanks to their updated shocks and relatively lightweight design. The lightweight design also makes it easy to back up, and should the need arise, to lift it off the ground and back onto the wheels. Fuel economy is impressive at 55 miles per gallon, and the fuel tank can hold 4.5 gallons, which means less filling up during longing trips.
The V7 racer is a limited edition bike. As mentioned, it is largely an aesthetic production meant to mimic the past model. As such, it features the classic red frame, chromed fuel tank, and even the shocks position on either side in the old fashion. Other chromed fixings include the upper steering yoke guard, valve cover, taillight, and lockable fuel cap. Each 2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer is numbered for identification and special edition purposes. Adjusting the fast idle is required when firing up, much like adjusting the choke on past models. As with the classic design, the handling and overall ability of the motorcycle isn't exactly modernized. The Class V7 features much of the same stock, although the components are more standardized. Overall, it's an extremely comfortable vehicle to drive that provides plenty of confidence on the road.