Well this just appeals to me , maybe its because its white and maybe its because its retro but different to a Bonnie but I just love it
I had never seen so many positive things said about a Guzzi and I should know.....I am glad to see that the Piaggio management have made a different as in my days they were disatsres on two wheels...the engines were solid (they haven't changed in 1500 years) but the rest specially elctrics were a knightmarre.....glad things are better and such a famous name has managed to pull itself from the brink:thumbup:Very nice indeed; see the black version?
Be warned, if you ride one, you'll want it! It looks like a bike for sunny Sunday runs to the pub, but ends up being the bike you want to ride every day because it's practical, economical and manages to have character at the same time.
It's small and feels light (at nearly 180kg it's not exactly a featherweight, but it carries the weight low so you hardly notice it), the steering is fast, throttle response very crisp. Suspension is taut. It looks like a soggy old retro, but it doesn't ride like one!
Power is low at 48bhp. That the same (I think?) as a 600/650 Transalp, but with the shaft drive is probably no more than 40bhp at the wheel. It feels good anyway, because of the low(ish) weight, throttle response and torque. Really you notice it at very low speed (heavy flywheel, comparitively?) getting off the line, and at high speeds, but in the middle ground of 20mph up to about 70mph it goes nicely. It has the advantage of running out of puff just about where speeds get to the point where you might get into proper trouble
Test rides are hard to get as there aren't many out there, but it's worth trying to get a ride on a 750 Breva, which has exactly the same engine and chassis (except wheels) and gives and excellent idea of what the V7 is like. Breva is a great bike too, but it doesn't have the V7's looks, or sound. (That's another thing, you just won't believe how good the V7 sounds, fully euro 3-compliant exhausts and all.)
Only 3 things against it. First, the tank is only 15 litres (though at over 50mpg, that's a range of at least ~165 miles). Second, it's physically small so might not suit people over 6' or anyone planning long two-up tours, though I've heard of a very happy 6'3" owner, and also someone who manged a two up tour with camping gear (good luggage options are available). Third, the Guzzi dealer network is sparse; you only really need them for servicing if in warranty, and though the CDI/injection needs sorting by laptop (not often) and software is freely available (not free-as-in-beer, but free-as-in-not-controlled-by-Piaggio).
As an ex-Triumph owner, and a fan of Triumphs, I've got to say the Guzzi is much better put together. Yes, yes, I know it's a Guzzi, but Piaggio really have got the build quality sorted.
Personally I agree, but some people are put off by them (can't have tubeless tyres, heavier, more cleaning, worry the rims might rust etc...) so it seems like a smart move to offer one version with cast wheels. At least they've gone for a style like the old Le Mans.A bike like that should really not have cast wheels. The wire wheels look so much batter.
Maybe they are taking the plastic tanks and ethanol-in-petrol business seriously and preventing any possible problems.Interesting that they went from a modern plastic tank back to steel... cheaper?