Moto Guzzi will sell a sportier version of its V7 III naked bike this summer, called the V7 III Racer. It will still be naked – there aren’t any sporty Guzzis with fairings these days – but will have clip-on handlebars, rear-set footpegs, a rear seat cover, and upgraded, adjustable Ohlins shock absorbers.
There’s special paint too, of course, and a few other bits and bobs that are detailed in the press release below. The fancy treatment bumps the price of the $9,390 regular bike to $11,590.
Moto Guzzi calls the Racer a “limited edition”. This normally means that only a limited, pre-determined number of models will be produced, but in this case, it seems it’s limited to being sold only in North America. Also, “North America” here only includes the U.S. and Canada — Mexico is outta luck. We’ve asked for clarification, just because we’re sticklers for this sort of thing, and will update here when we find out the answer.
2020 MOTO GUZZI V7III RACER – NORTH AMERICAN LIMITED-EDITION
ONE OF THE MOST CELEBRATED MODELS IN MOTO GUZZI’S HISTORY, WILL ARRIVE AS A FACTORY DIRECT CUSTOM, PAYING HOMAGE TO THE MOTORCYCLE’S ORIGIN
WHO: Moto Guzzi USA and Canada
WHAT: 2020 Moto Guzzi V7III Racer Limited Edition
WHERE: Moto Guzzi Dealerships Throughout USA and Canada
WHEN: June 2019 (USA), July 2019 (Canada)
Moto Guzzi has maintained a reputation as one of the world’s most prominent manufacturers of motorcycles. Almost a century of tradition, passion, and significant commercial and sporting success; almost a century of magnificent motorcycles all built in Mandello del Lario, combining the best technologies with first-rate Italian manufacturing techniques: Moto Guzzi values since 1921. With no fewer than 3,300 racing wins, including 14 World GP titles, 22 world records, and 11 Isle of Man Tourist Trophy wins in the course of its long history, Moto Guzzi has an established tradition of technical solutions that when paired with its signature bold styling, make the Moto Guzzi heritage nothing short of legendary.
New for 2019, as a 2020 model year, Piaggio Group Americas is glad to announce the arrival of the new V7 III Racer Limited-Edition dedicated to USA and Canada only. The new Moto GuzziV7 III Racer is not only the most sport-oriented of the range, but also the one with the most prestigious. This limited-edition model further demonstrates Moto Guzzi’s ability to continuously create true customs directly from the factory.
Not only limited in concept, technical and aesthetic differences distinguish it from previous versions as well as other V7 III models. The V7 III Racer Limited-Edition introduces a new gloss-coated white graphic with red accents. This feature is reminiscent of the “Rosso Corsa” color chosen to paint the frame and the swingarm: an explicit reminder of the first 1971 V7 Sport series, nicknamed “telaio rosso”, which translates and is referred to affectionately as “red frame”.
The V7 III Racer Limited-Edition’s sport-derived nature is emphasized by its clip-on bars and its classic humped seat. In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seat sport bike look, but in reality, this new version is approved for two-up riding. Arriving stock with passenger foot pegs and, as before, the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary, to accommodate another rider. The spoked wheels have black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers like the other sport models from the brand. Other premium components that stand out are the set-back foot pegs, which are machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard.
The most important technical innovation is the V7 III Racer Limited Edition’s Ohlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in rebound and compression. With the top name in suspension, the Ohlins shocks ensure top performance under more aggressive riding and challenging roads.
V7III Racer Limited-Edition will be available June in the United States at an MSRP of $9,990 andJuly in Canada at an MSRP of $11,590.