1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

How come two motorcycles that have similar designs can be labeled and viewed so differently? One being seen as practical, and the other as sexy? As the owner of a BMW I have always wondered this while looking at a Moto Guzzi. The one famous for being black, is seen as an old mans bike, while the Italian one turns heads. Both have cylinders sticking out from the frame and a shaft driving the rear end. This Black Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is Italian, and considered sexy, but a similar BMW is not. Why?

From the seller.

Up for sale is this beautiful Moto Guzzi 1973 v7 Sport bike.  Bub exhaust pipes, front disk model, 36mm pumper carbs, lighten flywheel, S3 seat.  Bike sometimes lurches forward when putting it in gear, and may need a clutch adjustment.  Also front brake sometimes sticks, may need to be bled.  I have had this awesome Sport since 1998 and it has always been stored inside.  This Guzzi starts and runs strong.  Sounds amazing when it’s started.  I hate to sell this bike, but I have two growing boys in sports and have no time for it.  A bike of this caliber should be top priority and with a family I just can’t make time to ride regularly.  This bike has been well taken care of, and I just want to see it go to a good home.

The V7 Sport has its roots in the 1950’s and a tracker, a motorcycle tractor, but a tractor none the less. But after two Italian engineers got a hold of that engine, the V7 Sport became the sexy motorcycle that we see here. The 90-degree V-twin was developed by Giulio Cesare Carcano during a time when the company was run by the Italian government. First found in the 750 Special from the late ‘60s, another designer Lino Tonti made some changes to that engine, wrapped it up in a new frame, and an Icon emerged.

With a stiffer, and lower frame to control the V-Twin, changes to the engine made the V7 more then a Special, it made it a Sport. A heavily ribbed crankcase held an improved bottom end, and lighter connecting rods moved up toward a lighter valve train. With 30mm VHB Dell’Orto feeding 9.5:1 CR generated 52BHP, up from the Specials 40BHP. With a very tracker like 85.2x70mm over-square engine, those peak HP came at a lower 6200rpm.  This did not stop the engine from spinning the drive shaft and rear wheel to a top speed of 125mph. And with a weight of 495lbs, stability at speed, and through the twisties was possible.

The sellers pictures show a motorcycle that has been ridden and ridden some more. This can be called a survivor, a daily driver, or just a motorcycle. However you want to label it this Moto Guzzi V7 is Italian, and sexy and available to you. With its V-Twin sitting in the Tonti frame, but hanging out, the Sport is special. BB

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