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Motorbike Mondays: Moto Guzzi V7 Stone Review

December 15, 2014

It’s Monday, so we’re taking another two-wheeler for a spin. Today we’re inspecting the 2014 version of the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. The Moto Guzzi V7 has been around for a while now, first rolling off the production floor in 1967. The bike has seen several incarnations through the years, but its design is so timeless it’s yet to go out of style – so how does this classic motorbike hold up in 2014? Find out today in our Moto Guzzi V7 Stone review.

2011 Moto Guzzi V7

Original image by the Super mat

Design

If you asked someone to draw you a motorbike entirely from memory, you’d probably end up with the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone. The Moto Guzzi Stone is a bike stripped down to the bare essentials – it’s the archetypal motorbike. But that doesn’t mean it’s anything less than a bona fide head-turner – quite the opposite: the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is a champion of minimalism at its most magnificent.

Performance

This classic Italian would never have stood the test of time without the performance to supplement its prettiness – and the 2014 Moto Guzzi Stone is a classic with some serious capabilities. The 750cc, 90-degree, V-Twin motor gives the bike 42.7 Ft Lbs (58Nm) of torque at 5,000 rpm and maxes out at 37 KW (50HP) at 6,200 rpm. It’s definitely faster than earlier versions of the V7 and it’s absolutely perfect for driving in the city or in traffic. The motorbike steers exceptionally smoothly and you’ll never be tired from weaving through traffic. The upright riding position is very comfortable and the rumble of the engine is a seriously soothing sound. Put simply, what this bike offers in beauty it effortlessly equals in brawn.

Features

One of the Moto Guzzi V7’s arguable drawbacks is also one of its greatest assets: it doesn’t mess about with extras. What you get with this bike are the no frills fundamentals – and this classic motorbike is all the better for it. The display doesn’t light up in different colours, the on-board computer doesn’t tell you where to find the nearest public toilet and there’s no slot on the front wheel to stick your phone so it can take selfies while you ride. The features of the Moto Guzzi V7 Stone are all in the hardware. A 5-speed gearbox and dry single plate clutch with flexible couplings are worth a mention – and there’s plenty of kit available to deck out your Moto Guzzi Stone, but don’t expect much in the form of electronic devices.

If you were holding out for a Royal Enfield, but really don’t want to have to deal with the upkeep – the beautiful Moto Guzzi V7 Stone is sure to do the job. The only real downside of this magnificent motorcycle is that you’ll never be able to go back to anything else. If you can’t manage the starting price of £6,832, the Car Loan Warehouse can help. Head right over to our motorbike finance page to find some of the lowest rates in motorbike finance – and check out the car loan calculator for an instant quote.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.