Moto Guzzi V7 III Special

Words/Photos: Bob Pickett

Moto Guzzi has been making motorcycles from its Mandello del Lario factory since 1921, and its V7 is an undeniable nod to its long, illustrious history.

First launched in 2008, the V7 Special came along in 2012, before the third-generation V7 III Special arrived in 2017. That’s the one we’ve been riding.

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Moto Guzzi V7 III specs

A 748cc, 90 degree air-cooled transverse twin with shaft drive makes 52bhp @ 6,200rpm and 44.2lb-ft of torque @ 4,900rpm, housed in a stainless steel double cradle frame.

Seat height is 770mm. Wet weight is 209kg. Hauling this to a stop is a single 320mm disc, with 4-piston Brembo caliper with ABS up front, supported by a single 260mm disc with 2-piston caliper ABS rear, sitting on spoked wheels.