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Old 09-28-2012, 04:12 PM   #1
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Moto Guzzi V7 Stone

Now this is my kind of retro: understated styling, air-cooled twin with "perky" cylinders, shaft drive, great brakes, and last but not least... cast wheels. No 654 spokes to clean and flake off chrome plating, and no tubed tires.

http://www.motoguzzi-us.com/motorcycles/v7-stone.html

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Old 09-28-2012, 06:21 PM   #2
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Old 09-28-2012, 10:09 PM   #3
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Would've been even better if they'd update the 750 with 4V/cyl like the 1200's. But, then again, not sure if the retro chassis could really let you take advantage of more power.
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Not much more $$$ than an 883 Iron Sportster. Would love to read a side by side comparo of the two.
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That would be pretty expensive but really a cool one.
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MPH has one on the floor. It is demo only for four months. I sat on it a week ago. Mike at MPH says it is a sweet ride. I think Moto Guzzi has another winner here.
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I prefer the V7 Racer. That's a cool little bike.
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Volfy, A great addition to the retro motorcycle market, I like it. Stone may not be the best model name, however.

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Not sure what the "Stone" reference is, either. Hopefully some Guzzifisti could shed some light? The Racer is like Triumph's Thruxton jazzed up to the nth degree. Stone is more like a cross between Bonnevile and the Steve McQueen edition. Both very cool.
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Not sure what the "Stone" reference is, either. Hopefully some Guzzifisti could shed some light? The Racer is like Triumph's Thruxton jazzed up to the nth degree. Stone is more like a cross between Bonnevile and the Steve McQueen edition. Both very cool.
I believe it is used as a euphemism for "base model." The california stone was the basic model for the range.
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Yes, I think that is right. The Guzzi forums have discussed confusion translating Italian "meaning" and English "names". The VR7 "Racer" in Italian is intended to mean something more like "Cafe". The bike was never intended to be a sports bike for the young set. However, it is a great sport bike for older guys that enjoy classic looks and a balanced, sweet ride. Piaggio just opened a new California based design center for their product line. It will be interesting to see what models pop out in the coming years. The middle range of bikes is where many sales happen, and of course we note the Kawa Ninja 300 juicing the entry level bike segment. Cycle World discussed mid-range bikes, however many of their selected models, to me, are not mid-range in performance. They may be in CC capacity, but not horsepower or cost.
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Stone = base model makes sense, since it does have the lowest MSRP of the V7's.

The definition of "mid-range" has changed over the years. Long ago 350 or 400cc was considered mid-range. Then by the time I first got into motorcycles in the '80s, mid-range was typically 500-600cc. 750cc, while not open-class, was considered already beyond "middle-weight". I remember watching the Japanese 750's battling Ducati 900's (916?) in Superbike Racing - the shriek of the Kawasaki Inline4 vs. the drone of the Italian Twin at Daytona 200 in the late 80's early 90's. Then the liter-bikes took over, and 750 got lumped together with the 600's.

When I got back to riding last year, I was horrfied to read 1300 and 1400cc cruisers referred to as "middle-weights". H-D seldom has anything smaller than 883cc so I can understand their logic being skewed, but these were 800 lbs Japanese cruisers they are talking about. Maybe "middleweight" has grown with the great American waistline?
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American steel has always been Heavy Metal. I admit complete bias since I grew up in the sixties and seventies. My idea of a big bike then was a Honda 350. When the 750 Four came along we were awe struck. The Kawasaki Mach III was considered the ultimate bike. Triumph Bonnies were also considered high end performance machines. The liter bikes of today, down to the 600s, to me, are just wasted horsepower: unneeded acceleration and an invitation to ticket-city and much increased riding risk. My small block 750 Guzzi is a "big bike" to me, and I love the match of torque, light weight, beauty and performance in the mid-range where it really counts. The entire MC industry has gone too far, in my opinion, with hyper SS performance bikes. Don't get me wrong, I respect anyone's choice to ride what they want. I think the Ninja 300 is evidence that the Japanese are realizing the hole in their offerings. I bet more sweet bikes will fill that hole in the years to come. I was dreaming of a Triumph triple, about 400 cc, maybe 60 HP, and light, and great brakes and handling.....nah, the Brits ain't that smart.
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