Moto Guzzi V7 Racer 2012

Sunday, April 1st 2012. | Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer describes the V7 Clubman Racer as “the epitome of [a] snapshot taken more than 30 years ago, and reworks it by adopting the technology and quality standard of today’s manufacturing processes.” It’s hard to top those words to be honest. The bike’s photo above hardly does the piece any justice, so be sure to check out the gallery below.
The popularity of the retro cafe racer style is certainly in full force, so it comes with little surprise that the country that made drinking coffee cool is leading the charge with bikes like the V7 Clubman Racer.
The bike features a single-seat saddle, Arrow racing exhaust, and a cafe style front fairing. The footrests have been moved back for a more forward riding position, and the handlebars are adjustable. Rear-suspension come from Italian suspension house Bitubo, and have been modified to make the bike sit as low as possible. In addition to the multi-adjustable Bitubo shock absorbers, are Marzocchi 50mm front forks up front.
The rest of the bike follows the features of the V7 Café in regard to both chassis geometry, with its double cradle design and lower elements bolted on and removable, and to the geometry with the headstock tilted at 26°50’.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Among its many merits, the legendary V7 Sport – with its technical excellence and outstanding performance – was also the most desirable bike of all in the modified production class. This class, reserved for gentleman riders, enjoyed an avid following spurred on by the passionate rivalry between supporters of Japanese bikes, which were extraordinarily powerful but difficult to ride, and fans of Italian sports bikes which, while disadvantaged in terms of pure horsepower, boasted better engineered chassis and superior braking performance than their multi-cylinder adversaries.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Away from the circuit, this rivalry between the two factions continued in heated discussions around café tables, and if you happened to have a Moto Guzzi V7 Racer Sport parked in front, with its single-seater saddle in suede, its racing exhaust and its unmistakable top fairing, it was proof that you belonged to an elite group of expert motorcyclists for whom riding is a true art.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer has captured the essence of that magical moment in time from over three decades ago, and reinterpreted it with the marque’s hallmark passion and skill to create a genuine production special: the new Moto Guzzi V7 Racer. Produced in a numbered edition, as demonstrated by the commemorative plaque on the steering yoke, the V7 Racer celebrates the classic styling cues of the Moto Guzzi brand in a perfectly balanced blend of craftsmanship and technology evident in every aspect of this stunning motorcycle.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

The first thing to catch your eye is the red frame, inspired by the legendary first 150 examples of the V7 Sport with CrMo frames, has been given a special treatment – as have the hubs and swingarm – which accentuates the gloss finish and emphasizes the aesthetic purity of the double cradle structure. Perched on top of the frame’s tubes is an ultra sporty single-seater saddle (a two-seater saddle and pillion footpegs are available as optional accessories), upholstered in suede and terminating in an aerodynamic tail fairing that also incorporates lateral race number panels in true Seventies style.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

With its tiny Plexiglas screen above a race number panel, the top fairing – an exemplary expression of the Guzzi school – cites the front of the legendary Gambalunga. This unequivocally sporty element is in perfect harmony with the new design of the front mudguard. One of the most distinctive features of this unique special edition is the widespread use of bespoke components in brushed, drilled aluminum. This hand-crafted treatment, which requires superb artisan skill, has been applied to the side panels, the throttle body guards and the silencer mounting brackets.

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

Other premium components include the aft-mounted footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring, which is so exquisitely crafted that it looks like an ornamental feature.

Any gentleman rider in the mood for a track day simply needs to don a single color helmet and an understated leather riding suit, find the perfect setup for the fully adjustable pair of Bitubo gas shock absorbers and aim the 18 inch front wheel as close as possible to the apex. Riding enthusiasts who want to take it a step further can also choose the Arrow exhaust system (not homologated for street use), which is in perfect keeping with the visual balance of the bike and produces a spine-tingling sound as well as a significant increase in performance.

Technically, the V7 Racer retains the same winning formula used for the V7 Café in terms of both frame architecture – with a double cradle layout and detachable bolted lower elements – and geometry, with a steering rake of 27°50’. Doing duty together with the fully adjustable Bitubo rear shock absorbers is a 40 mm Marzocchi front fork, with a wheel travel of 130 mm and fitted with dust gaiters.

The brake system uses the finest components that the market has to offer, with a 320 mm floating front disc gripped by a fixed 4-piston Brembo 30/34 caliper, and a 260 mm rear disc with a 32 mm Brembo caliper. Measuring 2.50 x 18 at the front and 3.50 x 17 at the rear, the wire wheels, with silver spokes and nipples mounted on a matte black rim, are the same size as on the V7 Café, but are shod with higher performance and more visually impressive Pirelli Demon Sport tires.

Specifications Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

     

Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

General information

Model: Moto Guzzi V7 Racer
Year: 2012
Category: Classic
Price as new (MSRP): US$ 9790. Prices depend on country, taxes, accessories, etc.

Engine and transmission

Displacement: 744.00 ccm (45.40 cubic inches)
Engine type: V2, four-stroke
Engine details: V 90 twin
Power: 47.61 HP (34.8 kW)) @ 6800 RPM
Torque: 54.70 Nm (5.6 kgf-m or 40.3 ft.lbs) @ 3600 RPM
Compression: 9.6:1
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 74.0 mm (3.1 x 2.9 inches)
Valves per cylinder: 2
Fuel system: Injection
Fuel control: OHC
Lubrication system: By lobes with pressure pump
Cooling system: Air
Gearbox: 5-speed
Transmission type,
final drive:
Shaft drive (cardan)
Clutch: Dry single plate with flexible couplings
Driveline: Helicoidal gears, ratio 16/21=1:1.3125. Final drive: Shaft drive, ratio 4.825.
Emission details: 3-way catalytic converter and oxygen sensor.

Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type: ALS steel tubular dismountable twin cradle
Rake (fork angle): 27.5°
Trail: 109 mm (4.3 inches)
Front suspension: Marzocchi forks
Front suspensiontravel: 130 mm (5.1 inches)
Rear suspension: Oscillating light alloy swingarm with 2 pre-load adjustable shock absorbers.
Rear suspension travel: 118 mm (4.6 inches)
Front tyre dimensions: 110/90-18
Rear tyre dimensions: 130/80-17
Front brakes: Single disc. Bremo stainless steel disc 4 opposed calipers of differing diameters
Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)
Rear brakes: Single disc. Bremo
Rear brakes diameter: 260 mm (10.2 inches)

Physical measures and capacities

Dry weight: 182.0 kg (401.2 pounds)
Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 198.0 kg (436.5 pounds)
Power/weight ratio: 0.2616 HP/kg
Seat height: 805 mm (31.7 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.
Overall height: 1,115 mm (43.9 inches)
Overall length: 2,185 mm (86.0 inches)
Overall width: 805 mm (31.7 inches)
Ground clearance: 182 mm (7.2 inches)
Fuel capacity: 17.00 litres (4.49 gallons)
Reserve fuel capacity: 2.50 litres (0.66 gallons)

Other specifications

Starter: Electric
Color options: Silver/red/black

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Moto Guzzi V7 Racer

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