Moto Guzzi V7 new models for 2012

April 10th, 20120 Comments »

2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone with womanMoto Guzzi continues to spice up the popular V7 model!  For 2012, the V7 is available in 3 distinct flavors.  The V7 Stone is the new base model, then there is the Special with enhanced paint and trim, and the last is called the Racer.  The V7 Racer is a street version that has all the style of a retro or club racing motorcycle, including number plates.

Borrowing from the very successful past of the Moto Guzzi California model range, the names Stone and Special are carried over to the V7.  One thing about Moto Guzzi, the brand has an amazing and important history in the world of motorcycles. Tastefully borrowing from successes in the past can help bring momentum to vehicle manufacturers, and Moto Guzzi is wisely using this formula with the V7.2012 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Special Racer

The Moto Guzzi V7 is not about being the fastest crotch-rocket or being the lowest and heaviest cruiser.  It is about motorcycling in a more pure sense.  The term “standard” is often used for regular or traditional style motorcycles.  When you ride a Moto Guzzi, the term “standard” applies in one sense, but Moto Guzzis are certainly a bit more than standard.

What is standard though is the 744cc 90 degree v-twin engine turned sideways in the traditional Moto Guzzi way.  Shaft-driven power is rated at 50 hp at 6200 rpm and torque at 44 lbs-ft at 2800 rpm.  The engine suits the size and purpose the bike very well.  It is about enjoying the ride in a timeless and classic way, not about being fastest or largest.

Moto Guzzi V7 Special 2012 with bags and windshieldThe 2012 V7 Stone features black cast alloy wheels and paint choices of white (blanco puro) or black (nero ruvido).  The V7 Special has spoked aluminum wheels and a two-tone paint scheme.  Color choices are white and red (bianco/rosso astore) or yellow and black (giallo/nero metallizzato).

The 2012 V7 Racer is a different animal, but is similar to previous model year in several ways.  The Racer has the famous V7 red painted chassis topped off with lots of chrome and aluminum.  Wheel rims are black with wire spokes and red hubs, carrying the metal, red and black theme that makes up this awesome looking bike.

About John Clay

John Clay is the author of MotoGuzziGuide.Com. He and his family reside in North Carolina in the United States. A graduate of the Motorcycle Safety Foundation's Experienced Rider Course, he enjoys riding and maintaining his Moto Guzzi California Vintage. John participates in local charity rides and also serves as a volunteer motorcycle marshal for one of the largest annual bicycle charity event in the Carolinas.

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