2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III First Look Review

50th Anniversary V7 III comes in four versions: Stone, Special, Racer, and Anniversario

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Moto Guzzi's V7, the Mandello del Lario marque just announced the release of their new V7 III, which will be available in four iterations: The Stone, Special, Racer, and Anniversario. Improvements to their beginner bike's engine bring the V7 III up to date with Euro 4 emissions standards, while also increasing horsepower. Distinct design elements and features also set the four different models of the V7 III apart from each other and the previous generation V7, including tank finishes, parts, and performance elements.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Anniversario
Moto Guzzi’s tribute to the V7’s 50th anniversary, the V7 III Anniversario is a limited edition bike, with only 750 units being made.Photo by Moto Guzzi
Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone
Matte black from headlight to tail, the Stone remains the base model of the new V7 lineup. A 30.3-inch seat height and (supposedly) low price point confirm the V7 as Moto Guzzi’s beginner bikePhoto by Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi claims the V7 III’s engine is all new, but the 744cc capacity, and bore and stroke, remain the same as the previous gen. Touting new aluminum heads, pistons and cylinders on the V7 III, among a slough of other new engine components, Moto Guzzi claims a 10% improvement in horsepower, (now at 52 horses) while meeting new Euro 4 emission standards. A lower power version will also be available in the Euro market for A2 class riders.

Moto Guzzi V7 III engine
Moto Guzzi's new V7 III engine.Photo by Moto Guzzi

In addition to changes within the engine, the V7 III shaves off 2 pounds from its dry weight (now down to a claimed 417), and the seat height has been lowered to 30.3 inches (0.8 inches down from the V7 II’s saddle height). Both of these further make the V7 III better suited for smaller-statured and beginner riders. Aside from these updates to the V7 platform, the V7 III is offered in four models: the Stone, Special, Racer, and Anniversario.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Special
Bright colors and chrome are some of the defining features of the new V7 III Special.Photo by Moto Guzzi

The Stone is matte black throughout, and the only V7 III with a singular gauge readout, cast wheels, and a shorter front fender. The Special features bright colors on the tank, some chrome bits, spoke wheels, dual gauge instrumentation, and fork stanchion protectors instead of dust boots. The Racer is distinct with its red frame, brushed chrome tank finish, number plate up front and on the side, and fully adjustable Öhlins shocks. Based on the Special, the Anniversario’s chrome tank (which adds weight) and brown leather stitched saddle stand out, as does the V750 badge. With a limited edition of 750 bikes being produced of this 50th anniversary edition bike, each V7 III Anniversario will have a serial plate indicating its number of production. Moto Guzzi did not announce pricing or on sale dates for the new V7 III bikes, but we’re hoping it’s not much more than the previous gen V7, ranging from $9,000 to $11,200.

Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer
The V7 III Racer comes with the highest grade components of all the new V7s, including Öhlins twin shocks.Photo by Moto Guzzi


ENGINE 744cc
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 52 hp @ 6200 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 44.3 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm
FRAME Tubular-steel double-cradle
FRONT SUSPENSION 40mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 5.1-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Preload adjustable twin shocks; N/A-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Brembo four-piston caliper, 320mm disc
REAR BRAKE Floating two-piston caliper, 260mm disc
RAKE/TRAIL 26.4°/ 4.17 in.
WHEELBASE 57.6 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.3 in.
CLAIMED WEIGHT 417 lb. dry
CONTACT motoguzzi-us.com