Post Sale Update: After 17 bids on eBay, this Moto Guzzi V7 Sport sold for $12,883.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Sport is still one of the most famous Guzzis ever made. Produced in small numbers (about 3,500) for only three years, it represented a change in focus for the firm. After years of truck-like bikes such as the Ambassador and the Eldorado, the V7 was specifically created by Tonti to honor Guzzi’s racing legacy. Most people consider this bike to be the prettiest factory cafe to come out of any factory.
“More than a motorcycle…a work of art.” – Motorcyclist Magazine, September 1973
Like all classic bikes, those expecting high driving dynamics will be sorely disappointed. While the distinctive 90 degree V-twin sounds fantastic and revs quicker than you probably expect, tall gearing takes a serious toll on acceleration. Clutch and shifter feel aren’t great, and the first generations of shaft drive meant the bike would stand up when you pull hard on the throttle. This phenomenon, also known as ‘shaft-jacking’, meant getting on the gas while corner can throw you way off your line. But these bikes are more about Sunday cruising, and the little foibles help give you a sensation of being ‘one with the bike’ like few others can match.
Moto Guzzi has since tried to bring back some of the V7 charm with a series of new bikes that have the same model name. They even specifically tried to harness the nostalgia of the V7 Sport with their new bike, the V7 Racer.
This specific Moto Guzzi V7 Sport has done about 25,000 miles and is in good condition. The shifter is on the right side and follows the ‘one-up, four-down’ shift pattern. Almost all electrics work, except for hte starter button and the neutral light, which seems to have a mind of its own. The V7 Sport’s have seen a serious increase in prices over the last decade, so you may want to snap one of these as soon as possible, if you’re in the market.
Find this Moto Guzzi V7 Sport for sale with bidding just over $10,000 (and quickly approaching the odd Buy It Now price of $14,879.95) in Phoenix, Arizona