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Burgundy Beauty: 1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side Front

The original Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is one of our favorites, and it’s pretty easy to see why: while the modern café-racer and brat-style builders need to chop the living hell out of suspensions to get their creations to sit low, the V7 Sport had that look from the factory, and was one of the best-handling bikes of the era.

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Tank

In fact the bike’s frame was redesigned from the V700’s “loop-frame” to lower the bike’s CoG: the new design switched from a generator to a compact new alternator and relocated it from the top to the front of the engine to clear up space for the frame’s top rails. And the new frame fit so closely around the engine that detachable lower rails were included to facilitate servicing.

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side Rear

The engine was more evolutionary and less revolutionary: a punched-out version of the V700’s longitudinally-mounted, shaft drive twin, it featured a five-speed gearbox and the usual carburetor updates, along with highly-adjustable swan-neck clip-ons for a custom fit.

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Rear Suspension

As the seller indicates, the bike displaces more than the original 748cc’s. It’s pretty common to drop in larger pistons and different cranks from later versions of the bike, since it basically amounts to a factory big-bore kit. Cycle Garden is a SoCal-based Guzzi specialist and supplier of OEM and aftermarket parts, so it’s also reassuring to know that they’ve been involved: I’ve met a few Guzzi guys who speak highly of them.

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side Front

From the original eBay listing: Numbers-Matching Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

Restored numbers matching 1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport – Burgundy & Grey Foam.

Purchased from Moe at Newport CA Cycle Garden.

This is a 1998 restoration with 2002 miles on the odometer.  I have put less than 200 miles on the bike since I purchased it from Moe, and am selling it because I do not have enough time to ride.

Recently won “Best of Show” at the Go AZ Motorcycles antique bike show.  Trophy is included with the bike.

The bike is stunning as you will see from the pictures.  It runs perfectly, and has never given me a moment of trouble.  Starts immediately when engaged, and is very fast.

The bike has a European shift pattern (right shift, left brake), which makes it a little different from most newer Sports.

Moe added their 955 CC Big Bore Kit (T-3 Crank Shaft, 88 mm Pistons), new paint at the time of restoration, full wire harness, fuse panel, restored the dash, and added reproduction Silentium mufflers.

I have removed the bar mirror, but will include it with the sale.

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Cockpit

Helpfully included are a pair of videos that can be found here and here.

There are no takers yet at the $18,000 starting bid, with just a couple days left on the auction. I’m a bit surprised because, although that’s not cheap, it seems to be relatively in line with V7 Sport prices of late. Maybe the non-original internals are putting off prospective buyers? Probably, if I were restoring a V7, I’d stick with the original displacement, but many LeMans are running bigger engines and that doesn’t seem to affect their prices negatively. Is it the color that’s deterring bidders? It’s certainly a very flattering color for the bike, although maybe collectors are holding out for a green or black one…

-tad

1972 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side

Tonti-Framed Masterpiece: 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side

The current café racer and “brat-style” bike craze works hard to create a low, street-racer silhouette, often at the expense of suspension travel. But Moto Guzzi’s V7 Sport had low-and-lean included, with no additional charge. With the cylinders of the big, longitudinally-mounted v-twin jutting out to the sides, the frame and tank could sit in the valley of the vee, instead of having to take the long route over the top, for a low center-of-gravity and sleek good looks as standard.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side Detail

Earlier “loop-framed” Guzzis like the V700 handled well enough and were great touring machines, but they weren’t light enough or low enough to really cut it on track. So Lino Tonti created a brand new frame to wrap around the slightly smaller, sportified twin that had 52hp measured at the back wheel. Detachable frame rails allowed the engine to be easily serviced, and that same design was used in one form or another well into the modern era.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Clocks

Surprisingly, shaft-drive was retained and has become something of a signature for Guzzi. While shaft-drive is great for touring bikes and require less maintenance than a chain and set of sprockets, it’s generally not used on sportier bikes as it can add significant weight, and the torque-reaction can cause unfavorable handling characteristics. But while the rotational mass of the engine and driveshaft can be felt when rolling on or off the throttle in corners, the effects are generally very mild and riders quickly adapt.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side Rear

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

This is a 1974 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport. It has dual front disk brakes from the factory, superior stopping power, so this is probably one of the last before they changed to the Lemans sport model. I have owned it for over 12 years. during which time I upgraded the electrical system to a much more dependable one. I changed the ignition system to an electronic one with the matching Dynatek coils. It has a solid state voltage regulator. The front brakes lines has been replaced with stainless steel brake lines. The front fork cartridges have been replaced with the much more consistent FAC cartridges and progressive springs. The old cartridge type steering damper has been replaced with a newer, more solid version. The mirrors are Napoleon Baren TT. Other than that the motorcycle is pretty much stock. It has 41,000 miles on the clock which in Guzzi time frame, it is still a baby. I have done a major fluid change and valve adjust recently. This bike has been cared for and serviced on time all of its life, I am its third owner and I can say that it has never slept outside, always garaged and cared for. This is one of the 152 V7 sports brought to the US in 1974. The bike runs great and handles even better. I love this bike but I am parting with some bikes now and this one has to go.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side Rear

Interestingly, this is one of two nice V7 Sports for sale at the moment, and although the other features the very classic drum-braked front, this example has better photographs. It’s also the less expensive of the two, although with a Buy It Now price of $17,840.00 it’s not cheap. It is, however, in very nice original condition and those dual front discs should probably work better in real-world riding than the more stylish drum. Mileage isn’t particularly low but this, as the seller mentions, is no concern for a Guzzi.

All-in-all, a worthy addition to anyone’s real or fantasy garage.

-tad

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side

Big Green Race Bike: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Racer

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike R Side

Up today is a very beautiful and functional Moto Guzzi V7 Sport race bike that’s seen some success on track in recent years. There’ve been quite a few vintage racers coming up for sale recently, but none that had me as excited as this one. I’m surprised I’ve never actually seen a vintage race Guzzi at the events I’ve attended, considering the variety of marques generally represented. Maybe they just make such good roadbikes, owners can’t bear to convert them for track use…

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike L Side Front

In spite of the shaft drive, Guzzis are relatively light and handle very well, make good power, and are fundamentally very durable. This example features a wealth of race goodies, including a big-bore motor, straight-cut gearbox, and flat-slide carbs. It’s also safety wired up and is about as green as it’s possible for a bike to be, with hints of the red, Telaio Rosso-styled frame peeking out from underneath the vivid bodywork.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Racer for Sale

model year 1973
This is a bike very well known in Italy, it costed a fortune to build and was on podium, 2nd, at the 1997 Daytona classic series with a max speed of 256 kms/h!
Specs are massive: 980cc Scola engine, straight cut gearbox, Kehin CR carbs, ultrarare 38mm Marzocchi magnesium forks, steering head modifided to adjust the rake, etc.
Race and collect!
Bulletproof investment.
Bike is currently located in Italy, 33080 Roveredo in Piano (Pordenone) but i can get them delivered all around the World at cost, no problem.
We can supply US contact as reference.

If you don’t feel like doing the math on this one, 256kph is just a whisker under 160mph, a pretty serious turn of speed for an air-cooled, pushrod v-twin with a design from the 1960’s and barn-door aerodynamics, albeit updated with a bigger displacement.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike Engine

There is plenty of time left on the auction, and the reserve has not yet been met. No surprise, considering how rare and nicely prepared this is. Obviously, the originality of the V7 Sport has been sort of destroyed, but it’s been transformed into something truly one-of-a-kind and would make a really cool vintage race bike if you’re not afraid to wreck something this singular, a great attention-grabber for shows, or the coolest living room decoration of all time.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike Rear Wheel

It’s very easy to make fake V7 Sports, so if you’re looking at this as a collectable, make sure you do some homework before bidding. Fakes may look, feel, and perform like the originals, but don’t offer quite the same investment potential…

-tad

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Race Bike L Side

Low and Lean: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

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1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green L Side

To me, old Moto Guzzis like this V7 Sport are just about the perfect vintage bikes: they’re rare, but parts are available to keep them running. The styling is classic, but they’re relatively reliable, and dead-simple to work on. Construction is rugged and durable, but the bikes are still sporty and agile compared to their contemporaries. They’re sportbikes, yet can actually rack up miles, since they’re not highly-strung or fragile. And the innovative frame design by Lino Tonti that allowed the engine to be set low for handling and cornering clearance, also just happens to make for the lowest, meanest-looking bike of the period.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green R Side Detail

Although some very odd folks have occasionally been known to race the earlier “loop-framed” Guzzis, they were primarily sport-touring machines, and Guzzi wanted a piece of that “win on Sunday, sell on Monday” pie, so they needed something with a bit more handling. They knew the powertrain would do the job, but the frame of the V700 was just too tall to be competitive in racing.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green Dash

So Lino Tonti designed a very low frame with detachable bottom rails to improve handling, the engine was punched out from 703cc’s to 748 to slip in under the 750cc limit for racing, and a 5-speed gearbox was fitted. The generator was moved from the top of the engine to the front and replaced with a compact Bosch alternator, freeing up room for the frame top rails. A huge front drum was fitted and adjustable “swan-neck” clip on bars allowed the ergonomics to be tailored to suit the rider’s mood.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green Rear Wheel

From the original eBay listing: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

Mostly Original Great Vintage Motorcycle 24592 miles!

This is a very close to original bike, although recently repainted.  Has been stored indoors, as a collector on display, for many years.  If you want this one to run, it would need to be gone through, battery, etc.  But otherwise you can leave dry and add to your collection.  

Due to the misplacement of a single box during the painting, the gas cap box locks and pet cock are not included.  If/when that box is found, those items will be included.  Please see the photos and let us know if you need any more.

The original run of Telaio Rosso [“red frame”] bikes were basically hand-built, with details not found on later bikes, including sand-cast engine cases. And while those few bikes represent the Holy Grail for Guzzi fans, the production V7 Sport was made in enough numbers to make them a realistic goal. Prices have more than doubled in the past ten years, but they’re still relatively affordable and very usable bikes, with plenty of replacement parts.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green Front Wheel

As always, it’s especially important to do your research before plunking down cash on a V7 Sport: the Tonti frame was in production for more than 30 years, and tanks, fenders, bars, and exhausts are all available, so many replicas exist.

-tad

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Green R Side Detail2

 

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side

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…

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Side Tank

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.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side Engine

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.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Tail

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.

-tad

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side

1977 Moto Guzzi T3 V7/LeMans Clone for Sale

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone L Front

Well, here’s another Moto Guzzi T3 someone’s converted into a V7/LeMans clone. For the uninitiated: Guzzi’s famous v-twin started out powering a very strange Italian military tractor and that durable, slightly clunky durability translated strangely well into its new role as a sporty motorcycle powerplant. And stuffed into a lower, lighter frame, it made a pretty good motivator for a few genuine sportbikes as well.

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone L Rear

As I’ve stated and restated ad nauseam, Guzzi’s vanilla-looking and relatively common 850T used the same basic engine and Lino Tonti-designed frame as the very sporting and practical V7 Sport and LeMans. All of the stuff to create one of these is available online, from V7 and LeMans pattern tanks and side panels, clip on bars, rearsets, and exhausts. And there are plenty of engine builders who can build you a fire-breathing Guzzi motor that will make that bum-stop saddle earn its keep.

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone Dash

From the original eBay listing: 1977 Moto Guzzi T3 V7/LeMans Clone for Sale

BASED ON A 1977 MOTO GUZZI 850 T3 THIS 850 SPORT/LEMANS CLONE. IS SUPER FUN BIKE TO RIDE. PULLS LIKE A FREIGHT TRAIN GREAT EARLY PRODUCTION MATCHING #s 103002

  A  COSMETIC MAKE OVER STOCK ENGINE

  • CORBIN SEAT  (ugly came that way $170 to change the  cover they said)  
  • TANK FENDERS & SIDE COVERS ALL HAVE FRESH PAINT
  • FRAME PAINT IN A MATTE BLACK
  • REBUILT DELLORTO 30MM VHB
  • REBUILT TRANSMISSION (CHARLIE COLE)
  • NEWER TIRES
  • ALLOY  BORRANI WHEELS 
  • STAINLESS SPOKES
  • LOW MILES
  • NEW BATTERY
  • REBUILT FRONT 850 LEMANS 1 FORKS
  • NEW PROGRESSIVE SHOCKS
  • SCOTTS STEERING DAMPNER
  • HIGH PERFORMANCE LAFRANCONIA EXHAUST SYSTEM
  • TAROZZI REARS SETS  right  side  has  a  small  bend
  • TAROZZI CLIP-ONS
  • POLISHED V7 SPORT TREES
  • REBUILT BREMBO BRAKE SYSTEM
  • STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES (UNLINKED)

 

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone R Rear

This one is also done pretty nicely and features an upswept LaFranconi exhaust system that should give a bit more cornering-clearance than the classic “shark gill” mufflers from the V7, and the wire wheels are a great look.

There may be little too much red on this bike, though: I think maybe that rear-fender/taillight assembly could be easily be blacked-out or revised/removed. And the large red panels on the seat are not my taste. Black maybe with red stitching might be better and would be something easily fixed by the buyer, as mentioned in the listing. And those reflectors, while aiding safety, are also pretty clunky-looking. I think I’d probably add some mirrors and remove the reflectors creating a sort of “net safety wash…” Aside from the [probably very comfortable] Corbin seat and the aforementioned bits, I really like this bike.

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone Seat

While the T bikes are still pretty affordable, they’re starting to get rarer and prices are increasing… I really should scoop one up sooner rather than later I guess, before all the good ones are V7-ed or LeMans-ed…

Not much time left on this one, and with a starting bid of $5,900 it seems appropriately priced. Someone jump on it quick!

-tad

1977 Moto Guzzi LeMans Clone L Side

One-Owner 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 for Sale!

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Red L Side

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.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Red Dash

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.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Red R Engine

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!

-tad

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Red R Side

 

1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer for Sale

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Front

If you’re looking to collect a sporty Guzzi big twin, the V7 Sports and LeMans are the ones to have.  If you’re on a budget, aren’t concerned about originality, don’t mind scouring eBay, and are handy, you can have a great, usable machine you won’t be afraid to thrash for much less…

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe R Side

The Lino Tonti-framed Guzzis have been in nearly continuous production since the V7 Sport, and all of the late 70’s bikes make great foundations for replicas and customs, with a wide variety of sporting parts available: Tommaselli clip-ons, replacement V7 and LeMans tanks, rearsets, LaFranconi mufflers, Agostini gears to replace the timing chain, bigger pistons…

This one’s just had most of the heavy lifting done for you.  Just maybe needs a coat of professional paint, a MotoGadget gauge to replace the clunky stockers, some detail work, and someone to ride it.

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Dash

The original eBay listing includes a long list of parts and work that has been done: 1975 Moto Guzzi 850T Cafe Racer for Sale

I’m the 2nd owner of this bike, it was purchased new in 1976 at Drager’s Seattle, WA.

  • Agostini rear-sets
  • Tommaselli adjustable clip-ons
  • V7 Sport fuel tank, with new petcocks from MG Cycle. 
  • shaved and polished triple tree
  • polished aluminum headlight mounts
  • Fiberglass cafe seat from “Glass From The Past”
  • Carbs just rebuilt and synced, aluminum velocity stacks
  • Recent brakes and adjusted
  • Braile carbon fiber battery
  • Renthal grips
  • Chrome fin guards from MG Cycle
  • Fresh oil change and filter
  • Engine compression tested, very good!
  • Avon venom tires, plenty of tread still on them
  • Recent fork seals and dust caps
  • Cat eye taillight and plate holder, upgraded turn signals(one came loose, gorilla taped it) stock headlight
  • Bub exhaust 
  • Lowered stock gauges(the tack has a cracked lens, but works fine)
  • Shortened stock front fender
  • NGK steering damper
  • Lots of other little stuff fixed and new

This is exactly the sort of thing I’m planning to do someday: find a nice 1970’s T, slap on a nice V7 Sport or LeMans tank, and cafe it up!  Mine would have the later twin-disc front end, have slash-cut mufflers, a dual seat, and Aston Martin green paint on the tank, but otherwise this is the look I love for old Guzzis.

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Engine Close

Bidding is at about $3,700 with four days left and the reserve not yet met.  This would make a great rider as-is or be the perfect basis for a really classy vintage machine like the ones from Kaffeemaschine or Officine Rosso Puro.  I’m not sure where the seller has the reserve set, but if you’re in the market for something that offers lantern-jawed good looks, easy parts availability, and usability, keep an eye on this one.

-tad

1975 Moto Guzzi T Cafe Steering Damper

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side Rear

This one might be flying under most everyone’s radar, since it is listed on eBay under “Other Makes” instead of “Moto Guzzi.” And while this might suggest that the seller is inexpert when it comes to selling bikes on eBay, it looks like the bike being sold is pretty well put together.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport L Front

The original listing includes the following upgrades and repairs: 1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for Sale

This Moto Guzzi was found in the back of a garage in Newton, Mass. 70% disassembled.  According to the 87 year old widow it was left there by her son some 35 years ago.  100% of the original bikes parts were there, however, not all parts survived the long storage. 80% of the parts were restorable and used.  The following are the parts that were replaced with new and or changed:

Twin disc front brakes from 1976 850T3- fork sliders, calipers, rotors, wheel hub, master cylinder

“B10” cam shaft

30mm PHF pumper carbs and intake manifolds

Started, light and signal switched

All new cables, hoses, seals, and gaskets

Complete valve job with new valves and guides

The exhaust system was powder coated because the chrome was so bad it could not be restored.

The gas tank, side storage boxes, and seat are all original and show normal wear and tear. The frame was powder coated and all other non-coated parts were either replated or polished. Wheels were completely cleaned and polished including the brass spoke nipples.

The longitudinal V-twins from Manello get covered on this site regularly, but for those of you who are unfamiliar with this iconic machine: the V7 Sport was really ground zero for Guzzi’s long-running line of V-twin sportbikes.  It combined the rugged, long-legged engine, five-speed transmission, and shaft-drive from the V700 with a frame that set the powertrain lower for a better center of gravity, allowing stable, if not particularly agile handling.  This frame proved so simple and effective it survived well into the modern age.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport Dash

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport R Side Engine Detail

-tad

Restored 1973 Moto Guzzi V-7 Sport For Sale in Iowa

I think I actually beat Tad to this one! Jokes aside, the V7 Sport is a favorite around CSBFS for good reason. Not only were they stunning for their day, these Guzzi’s could achieve a top speed of 125mph while remaining relatively comfortable compared to many other Italian makes of the era.

1973 Moto Guzzi V7 Sport For Sale on eBay

quote from seller:

For your consideration is a very nice numbers matching 1973 V-7 sport the real deal! This bike came stateside from Haiku Hawaii where it was very corroded from the salt air and going to be used as a parts bike but I bought it and restored it over a period of 3 years finishing in 1995. The motor was torn down and the cylinders were Nicom plated and as I was going to reinstall the motor Frank Wedge put his Raceco built 998cc T-3 motor up for sale. Balanced,blueprinted,Killer Goose dual plug heads,roller tip rocker arms,timing gears 40mm carbs and a very light flywheel. I bought it and made a very fast Sport. I have owned a Lemans I and a Lemans III and this is the fastest and smoothest Guzzi I have ever ridden! The stock motor,carbs and flywheel are still on my bench and goes with the bike along with right hand shift frame rails and pedals. It is left hand shift now one up four down.It has 14331 miles on it since restored (new gauges).Lemans head pipes back to stock V-7 Sport crossover and mufflers. New V-7 sport headpipes included. Seat was made by Sargents with color matched pipeing,Blue dot tail light and blue dot H4 headlight.Relays to stock pill box headlight switch to keep up with the H4 bulb. Spade type fuse box. Comes with old parts shown in picture, Starter,relay etc.It does have an oil leak at the rear of the motor (marks it’s spot when parked on centerstand) No suprises ! I will not ship but can help load or you can ride it home and ship the motor and other parts. Title in hand for bike and a signed title copy by Frank Wedge for the motor. Reason for selling is I want a new California. Yes I’m Stupid and getting old

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