Moto Guzzi has updated their transverse V-twin powerplant, and installed it in a couple new versions of the V7.
The new motor supposedly puts out 10 per cent more power than their current unit (rated at 48 bhp), thanks to a re-designed top end. Moto Guzzi re-worked the head, pistons, and induction for the new engine, but kept the look of the old unit.
The changes are supposed to reduce emissions as well, making the V7 more environmentally friendly.
Speaking of the V7, Moto Guzzi showed off two variations of the bike in Milan yesterday. One, a concept from the designer of the original Ducati Monster, featured retro cafe racer styling, including a drum front brake. That’s one feature we can’t see making it into production.
Moto Guzzi is also showing off a touring version of the V7 in Milan, with two-tone brown and white paint, a small windscreen, and panniers.
The V7 and its variations aren’t the only machines benefiting from the new engine, either; European sources say the Nevada cruiser will also have the new powerplant.
Another Moto Guzzi to lust after; the V7 Sport is absolutely lovely. The last bike that I pined for this badly was the V11 Rosso Mandello made by MG in the early part of the last decade. Oh those red valve covers and carbon fibre bits. grrglgrrrrgllgrrgll (drooling sound). Perhaps MG could put red valve covers on the V7.