CarSifu take a ride on the Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone

By A. NACHI | 4 April 2019


This time around, a customised Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone  is on the table for review.

However, the rest of the motorcycle's technical specification remains the same as the stock model.

The V7 Stone is a modern retro motorcycle that promises to excite any bystander.

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The standard V7 III Stone.
The standard V7 III Stone.


Not only that this customised V7 makes this motorcycle much more desirable.

The V7 comes with a standard round headlight that is found on other modern retro bikes but this has a smaller headlight which has been boxed up, giving an edgier look.

Meanwhile, the pipes have been designed to look like the one you see on tracker models.

The standard pipes are placed on both sides.

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The upright sitting position and the well-placed handlebars make this bike idle to ride on long distance or even short ride within the city.

The signal lights on this machine are found at the end of each handlebar; looks beautiful at night and very visible from the back even during day time.

And the final customisation on this bike is the rear is shorter than the stock model and the fuel tank has been given the brushed aluminium colour (original colours are army green, black and yellow).

The instrument panel on this machine is very basic which fits well with the motorcycle’s design which is minimalist.

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The V7 speedo offers basic information such as trip meters, gear position, average speed and fuel consumption, temperature, clock, and traction control settings. That’s about it.

The rich black leather seat and brushed aluminium fuel tank make this Italian stallion handsome.

One must be mindful the purpose of Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone.

This is not a performance machine, unlike few other modern retro brands.

 

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This bike stresses very much on riding enjoyment while experiencing Italian engineering, Italian exquisite design with lots of character.

And not to forget you will have a lot of fans the moment you ride this bike.

This 750cc motorcycle is easy on the road.

Riding this motorcycle on the highway and any in any traffic-laden road is a walk in the park.

 

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The bike does not lag even at low engine revs.

In fact, the motorcycle is able to roll from one traffic light to another with ease, thanks to plenty of engine torque.

The light and smooth clutch with an improved gearbox, allows the V7 to manage the countless stop-and-go in the city like a clutchless scooter.

This bike allowed me to stand up on the foot pegs while maneuvering through the traffic like a pro.

Out on the open road, this machine comes alive once the engine hits 3,500rpm. The first two gears are short.

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Once you hit the 100kph mark, you will be wanting to squeeze more power out of this machine.

The specification of this bike offers a maximum power of 52hp at 6,300rpm and maximum torque 60Nm at 4,900rpm.

After riding close to an hour on the highways and back roads around Port Dickson, one cannot deny that this bike is nimble, easy to handle and is packed with good amounts of power and torque.

The bike also comes with a 21-litre tank that allows it to be ridden nonstop for at least 250km.

This is a good range for long distance ride. Very nice.

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I was surprised to see that this V7 is at its best when taking all sorts of corners.

At one corner the lean angle of the bike felt that I was going to scrape the foot pegs but thankfully, there was ample ground clearance.

The suspension of this motorcycle is decent but nothing great.

The front suspension needs to be a bit firmer meanwhile, the rear suspension is almost perfect.

The front is equipped with a 40mm hydraulic telescopic fork with 130mm of travel while the rear comes with adjustable spring preload and 93mm travel.

The brakes do not bite hard which is good enough for this machine.

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The trick to perfect braking on this bike is progressive braking.

The front is a four-piston Brembo calliper on a single 320mm disc.

At the rear, there is a two-piston floating calliper for the 260mm disc.

The handbrakes are a bit hard, I definitely needed all five fingers to manage this.

This machine also comes with ABS, giving the rider an extra braking feature.

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My gripes for this bike are two things; firstly no windshield to protect my head once I go beyond the legal speed limit. I could have accepted this if I had a neck built like the Hulk's.

Secondly, the side stand was oddly placed and took me some time to get acquainted with it.

The V7 III Stone is a simple machine for riders with simple needs - those having a penchant for exquisite taste in design and style enveloped in modern Italian engineering.

Moto Guzzi Malaysia is pricing the 2017 customised demo model at RM45,120 and the 2018 stock model at RM61,100.

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SPECIFICATIONS

Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone

Engine: 744cc
Maximum power: 52hp at 6,200rpm
Maximum torque: 60Nm at 4900rpm
Transmission: Six-speed
Fuel capacity: 21 litres
Front suspension: 40mm hydraulic telescopic fork, travel 130mm
Rear suspension: Adjustable spring preload, travel 93mm
Front braking system: 320mm discs, with 4-piston Brembo callipers
Rear braking system: 260mm, disc, dual-piston Brembo callipers
Wet weight: 189kg
Price:
RM45,120 (2017 customised demo model),
RM61,100 ( 2018 stock model)
*prices indicated are before SST

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CarSifu's Rating: 6.4