I’m a huge fan of Moto Guzzi’s V7 Sport, and I can never pass up the opportunity to post them up when I find one for sale! It just has the perfect combination of low and lean looks, v-twin sound, and solid engineering that, to me, captures everything I love about vintage bikes.
Although they do seem to pop up for sale with startling regularity, considering their relative rarity…
The V7 Sport was the first in a line of sporting v-twin motorcycles. It used the existing motor, with displacement reduced slightly and compression bumped to provide a genuine 52hp at the wheel. The real innovation was Lino Tonti’s frame, that gave the bike it’s unmistakable silhouette and handling to compete on the world stage. After the initial run of nearly hand-made, red-framed Teliao Rosso bikes, the V7 Sport went into serial production.
From the original eBay listing: One-Owner 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale
Purchased new in April of 1973, meticulously maintained for years; rubber fittings, tires and hoses, cables, etc renewed as required; re-painted and re-chromed in the 90s. Just completely gone over last month by Eric at Speed Demon Cycles in Bloomfield, CT (~$1200 invoice available by request).
Runs strong and looks good; some minor rust and pitting; needs detailing for a truly great appearance
The pipes and starter are replacements, but everything else is kosher and I have the original Silentium mufflers, pipes and crossover, the original carburetor stacks and an after-market chrome luggage rack to fit.
Also have the rider’s handbook, tools (but not the fabric pouch), a xeroxed shop manual, applicable Chilton’s Guide, the original Premier Motor Corporation color one-page and several magazine reviews.
This one has the earlier drum brake. It’s reputed to be pretty effective when set up correctly, and offers more classic looks, but the later twin discs are probably a better bet for back-road scratchers…
Considering how many of these weren’t made, compared to more pedestrian versions like the touring-oriented T3, there are a surprising number of V7’s that come up for sale in good condition. As always: caveat emptor. It’s possible to make a very nice-looking replica Sport from the lesser models and many have done so.
This one seems to have a nice patina. It’s not perfect, but it looks like a well cared for, original machine. New paint is mentioned in the ad, but it’s clear that the bike hasn’t been over-restored. I’d just track down a set of pattern “shark-gill” mufflers to complete the look and go for a ride!