The iconic Italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi has introduced yet another iteration of its naked roadster, the V7. This V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary edition has received the cafe treatment: a small front fairing with a windscreen and a flat-track race-inspired number plate emblazoned with a “7” set this V7 apart from the eight other available editions. It has a whole host of other fancied-up parts, though, that you might not notice on first glance.
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In a step away from its closest sibling, the V7 III Racer LE, the Anniversary edition sports a very sharp dark chromed gas tank. The rest of it, instead of also getting the chrome treatment, is mostly blacked-out, except for its red accents. Half its swingarm is also done up in red, and that color is highlighted through a stripe on the cafe fairing and accents on the passenger seat cowl.
Each bike will be numbered and you’ll find subtle “10th Anniversary” banner details throughout the bike. Additionally, the manufacturer fully upgraded the bike’s lighting to LED: its headlight, taillight and all signals have received the modernized treatment. Foregoing bar-mounted stalk mirrors, these versions sport bar-end mirrors to enhance the cafe look, and instead of painted parts, you’ll find black anodized billet aluminum parts all over this bike, from the top triple to the fancy footpegs.
There are numerous technical and aesthetic differences that distinguish it from the previous version and from the other V7 III models. As for thestylistic aspects, the V7 III Racer Limited Edition introduces a glossy white and red new graphic. 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 “red frame.”
The V7 III Racer Limited Edition’s sporty nature is emphasized by its semi-handlebars and its splendid, humped seat . In accordance with tradition, the Racer has a single-seater sport bike look, but in reality, this new version is approved for two-up riding. In fact, it has passenger foot pegs and, as before, the seat cover can be easily removed when necessary. The spoked wheels have black channels and red Moto Guzzi stickers like the other sport models from the brand. Otherpremium components that stand out are theset-back foot pegs, which aremachined 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 Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and in rebound and compression . The top name in suspension, the Öhlins suspension ensures top performance while throttling some backroads.
The final indication of this model’s exclusivity is the “Limited Edition” logo and the unit number laser inscribed on the steering plate