Looking for Robb Report UK? Click here to visit our UK site.

Testing the Green with Moto Guzzi’s V7 Café Classic

When we first laid eyes on the Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic’s hunched silhouette and satin Legnano-green finish, we knew we were in for a treat. And while this $8,990 single seater won’t set any speed records, its ancestor actually did at Monza in 1969, including an average velocity of 205.932 km/h over a distance of 1,000 kilometers.

This ride on the V7 was a bit less frenzied, allowing us to observe and enjoy the bike’s curious characteristics such as its 750cc, 90-degree twin-cylinder engine’s tendency to shift the motorcycle slightly to the right with throttle—a phenomenon known as torque reaction. The Guzzi’s exhaust note has an intriguing muted growl, and the clip-on-style handlebars attracted attention from L.A.’s hipster set.

Though the V7’s street credibility could benefit from café racer-style bar-end mirrors, its retro combination of spoked wheels, insect-like paint, and attractive chrome bits make it a charismatic runabout for urban riding. The fact that Moto Guzzi’s fabled Italian nameplate is steeped in history doesn’t hurt either. (www.motoguzzi-us.com)

Penske Luxury

Sponsored Content