1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale
There’s possibly only one thing more frustrating than realizing the potential value of something after it’s already appreciated: recognizing that potential ahead of time, but lacking the funds to buy in! I remember when V7 Sports, Laverda SF’s, Le Manses [is that even a thing?], were all very affordable…
Moto Guzzi’s V7 Sport was the company’s first v-twin sportbike. Earlier racing efforts used the old “loop-frame” as their foundation, but it was clear something better was needed. Engineer Lino Tonti designed a new frame that allowed the longitudinally-mounted twin to sit very low for good handling and stability, with the side benefit of looking lean and purposeful. Servicing the engine is a snap, with the heads sticking out in the breeze and relatively easy access to the timing components. And the Tonti frame features detachable lower frame rails to make major service relatively straightforward.
Café racers and specials featuring this frame and powertrain may have become cliché, but there’s a good reason for that, and I still want one, although I still plan to just build mine from a less expensive starting point.
It’s hard not to be sold on the bike just from the very nice, high-res photography. From the original listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale
Overall, the bike is in very good condition and runs very well. The engine has a little over 140psi compression in both cylinders and doesn’t leak anywhere.
The transmission shifts nicely (for a Guzzi!) and is a five speed, with the old right hand shift, one up, four down shift pattern.
Original levers, switches, controls, etc. all appear to be in good condition and operate as they should
All the electrics work fine including, lights, horn, turn signals, brake lights, etc.
Paint is in very good to excellent condition. Both tool boxes use the same key and lock correctly and securely. The frame does have a few scratches here and there, but overall, the paint on it is in nice condition.
Front and rear stainless fenders are in very nice condition (no dents or dings that I noticed). Chrome is very nice for a bike of this age, but it is not perfect (again, it’s Italian and wasn’t perfect to begin with) and shows some “patina” in some areas (see pics as I’ve tried to show where).
The mufflers are original “shark gill” Silentium’s (they are NOT repops). They are in very good to excellent condition with no flaking or pitting on either side.
Price is $21,800 with one offer so far. It has some minor chips and scratches, but the bike still looks terrific and just suggests that the bike has been used as intended. Guzzi’s sportbikes make great classics: they handle well, have good brakes, heritage and racing history, and you can ride the hell out of them. While $22,000 isn’t exactly chump change, it seems like a small price to pay for something this beautiful and this timelessly classic. A bike you can show off, and use to go places.