SPIED: 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 Audace Cruiser

Beware Bolt, Another Bobber-Style V-twin

This spy shot shows Moto Guzzi testing a new version of the V7 platform, possibly a smaller Audace model. Note the huge front tire and custom fuel tank.©Motorcyclist

These spy shots just in from Europe suggest that Moto Guzzi is working on a vintage-styled cruiser based on the V7 platform. Spurred by the welcomed reintroduction of the company's Eldorado, and surely with one eye on the resounding success of the Star Bolt, it seems Guzzi wants to take a stab at the urban cruiser market.

Although this test mule is clearly dripping with experimental bits, sharp eyes will have caught some particularly telling pieces. Parts of the engine are slightly different than current V7 models, such as the larger valve covers and what appears to be a vaguely updated oil pan. The lower section of the V7’s double-cradle frame is unfinished, probably for testing footpeg position and possibly motor mounts.

This spy shot shows Moto Guzzi testing a new version of the V7 platform, possibly a smaller Audace model. Note the low rear suspension and simplistic, flat handlebar.©Motorcyclist

This V7 is low in the back, too, with a chopped rear fender and clearly temporary mounts for the license plate. Up front there’s a wide, flat handlebar directing a huge Continental ContiMilestone cruiser tire mounted to the front rim. The somewhat small and swoopy fuel tank is also a departure from the current V7 line, and would fit perfectly on a V7 Audace model.

Considering the already reasonable pricing of Moto Guzzi’s V7 lineup (well under $10,000) a more aggressive cruiser version seems well-placed to take on the likes of the Star Bolt and Harley-Davidson 883 Iron.

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