Staying true to its annual behavior of restricted releases, Guzzi has rolled out one other particular version of its V7 mannequin, lower than two years since we noticed the launch of the latest generation of that bike (with larger 850cc engine and a raft of different updates). What now we have right here now could be the brand new Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Particular Version: a refined, moody twist on the base-model V7, simply unveiled at GMG.
In case you’re questioning, GMG is brief for Giornate Mondiali Moto Guzzi—or Moto Guzzi World Days, for these of us unschooled within the Latin tongue. Briefly, it’s the model’s annual celebration of all issues Guzzi, held at its residence manufacturing facility in Mandello Del Lario, Italy. An enormous bash was set to happen final 12 months in honor of the marque’s one hundredth anniversary, however slightly factor referred to as the pandemic intervened to close down most of Italy and, sure, put a kibosh on the social gathering.
Which will sound like a bummer, nevertheless it didn’t cease Guzzi from releasing the limited-edition V7 Centenario model on the true one hundredth anniversary of the model, although that bike was solely obtainable for 2021. All of that’s most likely why we’re seeing this new, moody V7 iteration, nonetheless based mostly on the usual V7 Stone mannequin however being referred to as a particular version (although Guzzi doesn’t specify whether or not it’s restricted or not).
So then what makes this V7 totally different? As you’ll have guessed, it’s largely about new styling cues, contemporary graphics, and another further beauty touches. Most noticeably, the V7 Stone Particular Version ditches the matte shades we’re used to seeing on the Stone model in favor of a particular Shining Black physique coloration, which seems to be a welcome shiny therapy accented with horizontal stripe graphics and pink particulars on the 5-gallon tank. Distinct pink V7 badging on the aspect covers additionally ID this as a particular mannequin, as does the tasty distinction pink stitching on the saddle. However the largest crimson punctuation mark will be the pink painted shock absorber springs, which immediately draw a reference to Guzzi’s sportiest fashions from its previous.
Different particulars distinctive to the V7 Stone Particular Version embrace a black anodized aluminum gasoline tank cap, black anodized bar-end mirrors, and a plaque on the handlebar clamp actually telling you it’s a special-edition bike. The cylinder head covers, in the meantime, are coated in a dusky graphite coloration, and the aluminum throttle physique protectors additionally get the darkish therapy.
Mechanically, the V7 Stone Particular Version is just about unchanged, although there’s one notable addition separating this bike from its siblings. That may be the good-looking twin Arrow exhaust system (which right here incorporates a Guzzi muffler) that’s mentioned to enhance efficiency. The claimed peak horsepower determine, for instance, is claimed to rise from 65 to 66.5 hp at 6,700 rpm, whereas max torque goes from 53.8 lb.-ft. to 55.3 lb.-ft. at 4,900 rpm. These positive factors are nominal, to make sure, however they’re nonetheless price noting. It’s additionally price noting that this specific Arrow system shall be obtainable as an adjunct for all V7 fashions going ahead.
The agile V7 middleweights have been a well-liked a part of the model’s entry-level lineup for properly over a decade now (in fashionable configuration), so it’s not shocking Guzzi would use the event of the GMG to place a highlight on the mannequin. We’re instructed the V7 Stone Particular Version will develop into obtainable in October, and shall be priced at 10,250 euros; there’s no phrase on US availability or pricing simply but.
As for the GMG one hundredth anniversary celebration—by all accounts it was an enormous success, even when it was a 12 months late. With the Guzzi manufacturing facility flinging open its storage doorways on the shores of Lake Como final week, it was mentioned that greater than 60,000 Guzzi followers from across the globe took half within the five-day social gathering all through the area. Motorcyclists, fans, and locals alike all gathered on the historic By way of Parodi, 57 deal with to rejoice 100 years of historical past, the model’s technological achievements, the ever-present Italian type, and the Guzzi spirit that has endured for generations. A century on, it’s encouraging for any rider to see that type of ardour for the game proceed to move.