Italian motorcycle brand Moto Guzzi has announced updated vesions of the brand's V7 range with the new Moto Guzzi V7 Stone and V7 Special with significant updates for 2021. The biggest change is the new engine, which has got a displacement bump to 850 cc from 744 cc. The capacity hike has made the 2021 models more powerful, with 25 per cent more power, taking the output from 52 bhp to 65 bhp, which is achieved at 6,800 rpm. The torque spread of the new engine is wide too, with 80 per cent of the torque available from 3,000 rpm. Peak torque is 73 Nm at 5,000 rpm.
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The higher displacement V7 is also larger than the V7 VIII it replaces, and the new bike gets a bigger exhaust system with new routing. The shaft drive is also bigger, and the rear wheel is shod with a wider 150 mm tyre. The KYB shocks are also larger, and the steering head gets additional bracing, and the rider's footpeg brackets have also been updated. Styling has also been tweaked a bit, with new side panels and a shortened rear mudguard which helps differentiate the new machine.
The new V7 also gets an updated frame that features additional steel elements around the headstock, which helps improve stability. Rider comfort has also been improved with a new seat, as well as the revised footpegs. The 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 models will come with standard switchable traction control.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Stone has more contemporary styling, which is more of a blacked-out appearance, and gets full LED lighting, including a stylised headlight, as well as a LCD dash in a single round housing. The V7 Stone runs on cast alloy wheels with tubeless rubber.
The Moto Guzzi V7 Special has more retro appeal, including dollops of chrome, a non-LED headlight, and twin clocks for the instrument console, which includes a speedo and rev counter. The V7 Special also comes with wire spoke wheels, a brown seat and a racing stripe along the fuel tank which underscored its connection with the original V7.