MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017-2021) Review, Specs & Prices (2024)

MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017-2021) Review, Specs & Prices (1)

MCN rating 4 out of 5 (4/5)

Owners' rating 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)

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MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017-2021) Review, Specs & Prices (2)


At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160
Power: 52 bhp
Seat height: Low (30.3 in / 770 mm)
Weight: Medium (461 lbs / 209 kg)

Overall rating

4 out of 5 (4/5)

The third generation of V7 is the best yet and manages to effortlessly combine the spirit of a classic Guzzi with modern refinements without losing any of that Mandello del Lario soul. A really beautiful and relaxed retro that will certainly win many fans.

  • Related:2021 Moto Guzzi V7 review

In 2021 this bike was replaced by a revised version of the V7 with a larger 865cc engine. You can read ourreview here

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine

4 out of 5 (4/5)

While the Guzzi is a bit stingy in its ground clearance, this is really only highlighted as the chassis is so much better than before. The bounce and jolt from the poor V7 II’s shocks has been replaced by a well damped rear and the V7 III now turns with proper agility into bends. It’s really good fun to ride through 60mph twisties and the ABS and traction control (which has two levels) stay hidden in the background and don’t interfere with this enjoyment.


Next up: Reliability

4 out of 5 (4/5)

On a retro you always hanker after a bit of spirit and soul and at low revs the V7’s transverse twin delivers exactly that, vibrating pleasingly, twisting due to the torque reaction and thumping its way through the lower rev range as the torque kicks in. But when you get to about 5000rpm it subtly changes character as the motor smoothes off and you are left with an engine that feels refined and plush with virtually no vibrations. It’s not the fastest, but feels fantastic.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value

4 out of 5 (4/5)

The V-twin engine is far from stressed as it only makes a fairly weak 52bhp, so you can’t imagine any horrors there. Some will criticise Guzzi’s build quality, but overall the V7 seems fairly robust and well put together and the V7 doesn’t have a reputation for unreliability.

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

On the face of it £8000 is a lot of money for a fairly basic air-cooled V-twin, and £8702 for the Special or £9002 for the Anniversario is even more for one with a few extras, but the Ducati Scrambler is £8850 for the Full Throttle and Classic and it is an air-cooled V-twin that lacks traction control. Considering Guzzis are still made in Italy in the same factory as they have always been, that’s not a bad price for a slice of motorcycling history.

The V7 III comes with two-stage traction control and ABS as standard, which is nice, and the dash can be linked to a smartphone via the accessory MG-AP kit. The dash itself has a gear indicator, which is good, but you don’t want too many accessories on a retro and the Guzzi is refreshingly basic. That said, adjustable suspension would be nice as only the shocks’ preload can be tweaked.


Engine size744cc
Engine typeFour-stroke, air-cooled V-twin
Frame typeTubular steel
Fuel capacity21 litres
Seat height770mm
Bike weight209kg
Front suspension40mm inverted forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspensionTwin shocks, adjustable spring preload.
Front brake1 x 320mm disc, Brembo four-piston caliper; ABS
Rear brake260mm disc, two-piston caliper ABS
Front tyre size100/90X18
Rear tyre size130/80x17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption60 mpg
Annual road tax£117
Annual service cost£160
New price-
Used price-
Insurance group-
How much to insure?
Warranty termTwo year unlimited mileage

Top speed & performance

Max power52 bhp
Max torque44.2 ft-lb
Top speed100 mph
1/4 mile acceleration-
Tank range240 miles

Model history & versions

Other versions

Other Moto Guzzi V7 reviews on MCN

  • Moto Guzzi V7 Racer review (2011-on)
  • Moto Guzzi V7 Stone review (2014-on)
  • Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic review (2009-2013)
  • Moto Guzzi V7 Classic review (2008-on)

Owners' reviewsfor the MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017 - 2021)

4 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017 - 2021) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017 - 2021)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.2 out of 5 (4.2/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Equipment: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Annual servicing cost: £160

4 out of 5 Bella moto

13 February 2023 by Baz

Version: 2022

Year: 2021

Annual servicing cost: £120

Engine warning light was either flashing or permanently on. Dealer warned me of this when I purchased a 600 mile (returned?) one. They've since serviced and re-mapped* (* f.o.c.) "to fix", but am yet to put some miles on it to test ( old bloke + winter). Otherwise; probably the best retro I've bought (there've been a few). Never had a Guzzi before but, on the back of some happy mileage on the Special, I've just bought a 2015 V7 Racer. stunning bike......just hope my back and wrists hold up ! ;-)

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Adequate brakes, wouldn't please a sportsbike rider but they wouldn't be riding this little gem anyway.

Engine 5 out of 5

Back to the future !

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Feels dependable, regardless of hassles above.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Equipment 5 out of 5

"Minimal"...but that's what its all about.

4 out of 5

23 June 2022 by The Boy John

Year: 2019

Annual servicing cost: £200

It will bimble round the lanes while you listen to the V twin burble or blast up the motorway passing all comers (ahem!) if required. And when it goes on to reserve at about 210 miles there are still about 6 litres in the tank ! Most annoying feature is gear postion indicator which goes off when you stop at the lights ! And how is this old air cooled pushrod OHV engine still E4 compliant ? Just a delight to ride, unless you want a sportsbike. Every home should have one. Great bike for short people like me.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Excellent all rounder, unlike my old GS which made you feel anything less than 500 miles was hardly worth getting it out for. It's very easy going, the only middleweight shaft drive choice, great for light for touring (600 mile overnight round trip to Scotland last autumn in wind and rain no problem). Steering and throttle both very light (bit too much I think). And it's a Guzzi so it has heritage. What's not to like. Very un-threatening.

Engine 5 out of 5

Just lovely, surprisingly lively pick up, a pleasure to listen to slow or fast. It will comfortably go from 40 to max speed in 6th gear, or you can wring its neck if you prefer.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Surprisingly good after what I'd read about Italian bikes. No problems.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Very economical to run - getting on for 300 miles per tank easily possible. Servicing at 6K intervals but everything's easy to get at. Insurance moderate, first year sub £100 (but I am 77)

Equipment 5 out of 5

The Gel Seat looks very ordinary but is astonishingly comfy for me - I've never had to stop from discomfort. Small Guzzi screen is very effective. I've ditched the Guzzi luggage rack and their own luggage seems made for the bigger models. Beautifully made but useless. I'm still on the original Pirelli Demons but will probably try an alternative when worn up. OK but I think they make the steering a bit wiggly on overbanding

Buying experience: Bought used last autumn. Bike was 12 months old showing only 300 miles. Fork stanchions replaced straight away from corrosion due to poor storage. Otherwise no issues. Now showing about 3,500 miles

4 out of 5 It's not a retro it's a true classic.

18 September 2021 by Rob H

Year: 2021

A modern (ish) bike that does feel like a classic 70s roadster. It's not perfect but I love riding it and it's surprisingly capable when pushed. Probably the worst features are basic suspension and poor fuelling. It has a rough patch between 3-4000 rpm but smooths out nicely above that. A beetle map and a set of Mistral pipe makes it a winner.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

The suspension is basic, the rear feels a bit harsh but softening the preload helps a lot. The forks are probably the worst feature of the bike, if you plan to keep it long term some improved internals will be money well spent. The brakes are just about up to the job, they are nicely modulated and the ABS is not intrusive .

Engine 4 out of 5

Owning a V7 is all about the engine, it's noisy and there plenty of vibes but that's the Guzzi charm. 52 bhp is not going to set the world on fire but once above 4000 rpm it feels a lot stronger. It will happily go all day at motorway speeds.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

No issues to date and I was pleasantly surprised at he quality of the finish.

Value vs rivals 3 out of 5

Can be expensive to service due to annual valve adjustment and additional oils for the gearbox and final drive. But it's easy to work on and can be easily serviced by any competent owner.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The bike comes with ABS and 2 levels of Traction Control. ABS yes but the Traction Control is pretty pointless on such a mild engine. The Special come with twin clocks and features a clock, gear indicator and mpg readout as well as trip meters. These are accessed by a mode button on the right hand side of the bars. You can also program a red rpm warning light for various levels. All in all it has very little which is how it should be on a bike like this. The only addition would be Mistral short pipes, a lot lighter and sound lovely.

Buying experience: Buying the bike was simple, just rand the dealer, payed the money and had it delivered a week later.

5 out of 5

17 April 2021 by Smudgermsn

Year: 2019

A real head-turner. It was a close call between the V7 and a candy orange RE Interceptor. I chose the blue V7 for rarity and a clock! I think I made the right choice for a my first (only) new bike and milestone birthday present that I don’t intend to sell.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Bike will go for miles, unfortunately age has caught up with me. Seat good for 2-2.5 hours before needing a walk about. Motorway wind speed needs a good hold of the throttle grip which is tiring; a much better A/B road 60mph ride but it’s a bike that encourages gentle riding and allows passers-by to admire the gleaming chrome.

Engine 5 out of 5

Excellent low down pull. An engine with character.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Ultra close inspection shows paint slightly thin in out of the way areas. A couple of rusty bolt heads. A bit of flaky ‘paint’ on rear wheel where shaft joins.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

First service at 900 miles done at main dealer. No issues. I’m not quick so have returned 68mpg average so easy 200 miles to the tank or 230 to empty. Fuel costs only is a little over 8p per mile. Tyres 3000 miles old and have 2.5mm on front and 3mm on rear.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Just above basic- but has essentials like clock, fuel light (which seems accurate enough), thermometer and ABS. More gadgets could be good, but I’m not sure I’d use them that much.

Buying experience: Bought unseen from dealer- just a few pictures and phone calls. New, with 8 miles on the clock. £7350 with centre stand fitted, delivered and half tank of fuel. Not too bad if the standard price should have been £8499. Dealer didn’t really contact once deal done and bike delivered so there’s the balance of paying more for a local relationship.

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MOTO-GUZZI V7 SPECIAL (2017-2021) Review, Specs & Prices (2024)


How reliable is a Moto Guzzi V7? ›

Summary of owners' reviews
Overall rating:4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Ride quality & brakes:4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Engine:4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Reliability & build quality:4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
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How much horsepower does a 2017 Moto Guzzi V7 have? ›

Top speed & performance
Max power52 bhp
Max torque44.2 ft-lb
Top speed100 mph
1/4 mile acceleration-
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How much horsepower does the V7 special have? ›

Performance is taken up a notch, with this mighty beast increasing in power from 64.3 to 65.7hp (48 - 49 kw) at 6700 rpm and maximum torque improved from 53.8 to 55.3 ft-lb at 4900 rpm.

What is the top speed of a Moto Guzzi V7? ›

Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone Top Speed

The Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone can reach a top speed of up to 109mph.

Do Moto Guzzi overheat? ›

Overheating: Overheating is a common issue faced by Moto Guzzi owners, especially in hot climates or during long rides. This could be caused by a variety of factors, such as a malfunctioning cooling system or a clogged radiator.

How long do Moto Guzzi engines last? ›

Traditionally Guzzi engines last a very long time. Many would say that 15k miles is just about run in nicely! There's lots of very high mileage Guzzis out there and I know some owners are concerned the V7 mileometer can't read higher than 99,999 so at that point they will have to buy a new speedo!

Do Moto Guzzi hold their value? ›

As classic Moto Guzzi values have been languishing so low, any historic work will have been done on the cheap and usually very poorly.

What is special about Moto Guzzi? ›

Established in 1921 in Mandello del Lario, Italy, the company is noted for its historic role in Italy's motorcycling manufacture, its prominence worldwide in motorcycle racing, and industry innovations—including the first motorcycle centre stand, wind tunnel and eight-cylinder engine.

Where are Moto Guzzi engines made? ›

Moto Guzzi's motorcycle factory is located in Mandello del Lario, Italy. As a small town on the shore of Lake Como, its residents have so embraced the company that they've officially named it, “La Citta della Moto Guzzi”—the city of Moto Guzzis.

How heavy is the Moto Guzzi V7? ›

481 lb.

What is the torque setting on a Moto Guzzi v7? ›

Maximum power 52 CV (38 kW) - 6.200 rpm (Also available at 35 kW, A2 driver license). Maximum torque 60 Nm - 4.900 rpm. Compliance Meets European Directive Euro 4.

Was there ever a v7 engine? ›

However, no street-legal production automobile in recorded history has sported an inline seven-cylinder engine.

How reliable are Moto Guzzi? ›

Guzzi parts are robust and easy to work on. It's not hard to get to most of what you'll need to be working on, and the parts are generally well enough built that there are few throw-away things on the motorcycle. A Guzzi is reliable. If you're squeamish about taking this obscure motorcycle on a long trip, don't be.

Is the Moto Guzzi V7 good? ›

To conclude, the Moto Guzzi V7 remains one of my favourite motorcycles. The extra performance and refinement make it a better all-round machine when compared to previous V7s, although one could argue that it's not quite as quirky and raw as the old 750s.

What is the service interval for the Moto Guzzi V7? ›

According to the manual, first service should be done at 1,500 km (900 miles) and get checked every 10,000 km (6,200 miles).

Where is the Moto Guzzi V7 made? ›

Factory, company headquarters and museum

Since 1921, Moto Guzzi headquarters have been located in Mandello del Lario on the Lecco branch of Lake Como.

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