2011 Moto Guzzi V7 Racer review is a class act. It’s a special, but full-production, version of the Italian firm’s V7 Classis and comes with an unbelievable raft of goodies, including a chrome-effect fuel tank, a hand-finished frame and uprated cycle parts. This modern-day retro isn’t on a par with a Triumph Thruxton or Ducati Sport Classic performance-wise, but it’s easy to ride, looks fantastic and makes you feel even better.
Based on the frame work provided by the standard Moto Guzzi V7 Classic and Cafe, the V7 Racer is a throwback to the time when the Rockers vs Mods scene was in full affect and “Cafe Racer” described a rider just as much as a motorcycle. If you didn’t know any different you would think that this 2011 model is a masterfully restored repli-racer that at one time blasted between Ace Cafe in London and points asunder. Just looking at this latest iteration of the V7 makes me wish I was there to see the scene in its heyday.
The V7 Racer features an eye-catching chromed tank created using what Moto Guzzi calls an innovative metal particle deposition technology and finished with a leather strap that runs along the center of the tank. The red frame was inspired by the earliest V7 Sport models, and is paired with the matching red hubs and swingarm.
• Two-valve 744 cc 90° V-twin.
• Weber Marelli electronic fuel injection.
• Single plate clutch.
• Raised silencers
• 5-gear gearbox.
• Euro 3.
• Exhaust system with dual chromed silencers (high performance, track only aluminium Arrow system available as optional accessory)