1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport, known for its green or red frame, with the engine flying out from under the tank. This 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport may not have the green or red frame, but the engine is there, and trying to climb up, around the gas tank just like it should.

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From the seller

I’ve owned my Moto Guzzi since spring of 1989. At that time it had about 18,000 miles and in 24 years it is now up to 43,212 original miles. This is a classic Euro-sport bike built in the “cafe racer” style of that era. Guzzi shipped about 700 of these V7 Sports to the states between 1970 thru 1974. They are quite rare and desirable. In great condition with original chrome, I painted the tank and side cases in the original fire-red color about ten years ago. The vinyl seat cover was replaced several years back and could probably stand to be replaced again in a year or two.

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First offered up in 1970 the 748cc twin Dell’orto fed V-Twin (?) would produce 52bhp at 6300rpm. These horses were directed to the rear wheel with a shaft drive, turning first through a 5 speed gear box. But the game changer for the new Guzzi is the low frame, designed by Lino Tonti, which included a pair of diagonally matched top rails running between the cylinder heads.

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More from the seller

The 90 degree, 53 hp air cooled, 2-valve 4-stroke v-twin engine has plenty of torque and emits a marvelous sound. The 5 gallon tank will ensure you will be riding all day. The shaft drive will keep your pants clean. Also, I installed an electronic ignition point-eliminator kit. The distributor is still there but disconnected. Two years ago I installed a new electric wiring harness, clutch cable and brake cables, and battery. I haven’t driven it much the past few years since I acquired a much newer BMW. Engine and frame numbers are matching 03378, built by Seimm-MotoGuzzi Co. in Mandello Lario, Italy in July 1973 and stamped as a 1974 model. I have a Xeroxed and bound copy of the original shop manual. The bike never had turn signals when I got it, but was originally wired to have them. All kinds of parts are available and my personal favorite source is Harper’s in Greenwood, Missouri. Would the Guzzi company place this V7 Sport onto the floor of their museum? Unlikely. This bike has not been restored to every specific detail that a meticulous restoration would demand. Take it as far as you want… but it wouldn’t take a whole lot to fine tune the appearance to that exactitude. The bike is meant to be driven by a caring individual that knows this machine is 40 years old this July. I’ve had it on several long rides before, but these days I would rather stay in Santa Fe and the surrounding area. Much like leading a precious puppy on a leash… the Guzzi is a constant recipient of praise, wide smiles and thumbs up… all of it offered by grown men who display a visceral reaction to seeing such a fine old bike that reminds them of their youth

 

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Yes the V7 Sport is known for the red or green frame, but not everyone wants to scream visually as well as audibly as the go down the road. This 1974 V7 Sport has a black frame, red tin’s and a 4 leading front brake. A $20,000 starting bid may not be in line with the black frame, but it also is described as a well put together rider. BB

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  1. Sweet! Good luck to the seller (and buyer). 🙂