Moto Guzzi V7 Stone and Special: a touch of Italy heads down under

MORE than 50 years after the launch of its first unit, Moto Guzzi has unveiled a new and important evolution in the history of the V7, with the reveal of the Stone and Special; two prominent symbols of Italian motorbikes around the world.

The revamping is so profound that the progressive numbering in Roman numerals, which had characterised the various evolutions of the model since its return to the market in 2007, is gone. But the character and authenticity remain intact.

The patriarch, the V7 Stone, with its strong and minimalistic style, and the V7 Special, with its classic and elegant lines, are both powered by a new engine, a close derivative of the one that powers the V85 TT.

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This is the most recent and modern powertrain built in Mandello, which guarantees better performance (25 per cent more power) and greater overall efficiency, in order to provide maximum riding pleasure.

Delivering 48kW and 73Nm, the larger engine, and generously sized exhaust pipes deliver a new sound, while the view from the rear highlights the larger cardan final drive and the wider rear wheel, as well as the more robust pair of Kayaba shock absorbers.

The stylish side panels are new, as is the shorter rear mudguard, elements which, along with the new exhaust system, give the new ‘eight and a half’ a revamped and more seductive look. Many new features have been introduced to improve stability and comfort.

The frame has been evolved with the addition of steel elements in the headstock area, along with a new pair of shock absorbers with greater travel, which combined with the new, two-tier saddle, ensures greater comfort.

The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has a new full LED light system with a headlight that includes a DRL in the shape of the Moto Guzzi Eagle, and a new instrument cluster. It offers an entirely digital experience, on a single, circular dial.

The aluminium wheels, in the sporty style that equips the Stone, are also new; the rear rim is shod with a wider 150/70 tyre.

The V7 Special maintains the elegant, dual dial analogue instrument cluster (speedometer and rev counter) and the ultra-classic spoked rims.

The V7 Stone is available in three satin-finish colour schemes: Nero Ruvido (Black), Azzurro Ghiaccio (Blue) and Arancione Rame (Orange). The colour variants of the V7 Special are Blu Formale (Blue) and Grigio Casual (Grey).

Both bikes are set to arrive mid next year, with pricing to be confirmed closer to launch.

2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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