In 1967 the Moto Guzzi V7, the first Italian superbike, made its market debut and transformed motorcycling, to the delight of experts and the public alike. The brainchild of Giulio Cesare Carcano, the V7 implemented the innovative 90-degree transverse V-twin engine with a displacement of 703cc, a record at that time, and immediately established itself as the world ambassador for Moto Guzzi prestige and reliability. To this day, the Moto Guzzi V7 remains one of the most celebrated and well-known Moto Guzzi models. Fifty years later, Moto Guzzi is introducing the third act of a first work: the 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 III.
The V7 III was presented for the first time to an American audience at The Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Chicago. As the brand’s bestseller since 2009, the V7 III arrives new for 2017 with updated features, performance, and pricing. It returns in its three popular versions, Stone, Special, and Racer. There is also a limited edition version, the Anniversario.
2017 V7 III Anniversario
Dedicated to true admirers of the eagle brand, the V7 III Anniversario implements cutting-edge technology to celebrate the unique style of the V7. The commemorative model has the number forged on the handlebar base. The V7 III Anniversario is unquestionably the most fully featured V7 ever, with a standard genuine leather saddle, a work of art worthy of the top customizers, polished aluminum fenders and milled engine cooling fins. The tribute to the original V7 includes an elaborate chrome motif, beginning with the fuel tank featuring the Moto Guzzi eagles in a gilt finish.
2017 V7 III Racer
The limited-edition V7 III Racer is a true custom bike with incredible attention to detail. The references to Moto Guzzi’s sporting triumphs begin with the “Racing Red” color of the frame and swingarm, inspired by the legendary “red-frame” V7 Sport from 1971, coupled with the new graphics for the satin-chrome fuel tank dominated by the red eagle. The racing look continues with the clip-ons and racer saddle, while the side panels and injector covers in black anodized aluminum are a thing of beauty. This traditionally one-seat model shows its versatility with a standard type-approved two-seat version featuring special passenger footpegs, and Öhlins shock absorbers for improved handling.
2017 V7 III Special
The heritage of the original V7 is the inspiration for this elegant motorcycle, with generous chrome trim and shiny graphics, in Nero Inchiostro (Ink Black with green accents) and Blu Zaffiro (Blue Sapphire with orange and silver accents) versions. The colored band on the under-seat side panels matching the racing stripe on the fuel tank pays tribute to the unforgettable V750 S3 from 1975. A host of distinctive details include spoked wheels with polished aluminum channels and black hubs, an instrument panel with two circular dials and the old-school look of the quilt-stitched saddle, complete with new passenger grab rail.
2017 V7 III Stone
The V7 III Stone’s aesthetic eschews chrome in favor of matte black paint. The profoundly metropolitan dark matte look is completed with a single-dial instrument panel, a new saddle, a shortened front mudguard and, a unique feature in the V7 III range, light alloy spoked wheels. The V7 III Stone offers a foray into color, with versions reprising the color schemes of the 1970s: Azzurro Elettrico (Electric Blue), Verde Camouflage (Camouflage Green), Giallo Energico (Energetic Yellow) and the ever-present Nero Ruvido (Rough Black).
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