Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Alison
Here’s some more Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic love after the guys at Motoblog.it took it out for a test ride in Rome. The V7 Cafe Classic looks quite the part in an Italian city, and has the pedigree of the V7 Legnano originally based on the 1970’s V7 Special. The V7 was originally developed on the request of the Italian police, who wanted a new model to replace the Falcone.
The modern Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic includes some of that stunning, traditional Guzzi design with spoke wheels and austere instrumentation. Plenty of chrome components give a vintage touch and the new Cafe Classic model tested came in white. Compared to the standard V7 model, the Cafe Classic has more sports style than the touring model, highlighted by raised twin silencers that accentuate the engine sound, and a double cradle frame for better road grip.
The Moto Guzzi Cafe Classic has a front floating brake disc measuring 320 mm and a rear brake disc of 260 mm. The front wheel is 18 inches and the rear 17 inches, for a high wheel riding style. The overall riding feel is of a compact, agile bike comfortable enough for cruisy riding and some city adventures. The seat is well-padded and a perfect fit for both rider and passenger.
The V7 Cafe Classic is not meant for hard core sports riding, but its 50 hp and 54.7 Nm of torque is enough for riders looking for easygoing, smooth riding in keeping with the style of the bike. The transmission is very good and the bike corners well at high speeds. The standard V7 Classic bike is generally more comfortable but with less sports riding style - it all depends on your taste. On the local market the Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic costs about 7,860 euros which is hardly cheap, although perfectly competitive for this vintage-style segment, taking on brands such as Triumph.