One of my favorite things in life is to point a cool motorcycle toward an unknown destination and take pictures when I arrive. Not snapshots. Carefully composed images that are rewarding to make, and view. I’ve been a professional photographer all my adult life, and interest in photography and motorcycles came early. When I was [...]Read Full Post | Comments(9)
Photographer : Barry Hathaway
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special – First Ride Big improvements come to the V7 Stone, V7 Special and V7 Racer.
The Moto Guzzi “small block” 90-degree V-Twin, a.k.a. the V7, has a long story behind it. The engine started life in 1977 in the V35 and V50, with 350 and 500cc displacements. Plagued by a number of basic faults forced into the project by then-Moto Guzzi and Benelli chieftain Alejandro DeTomaso, the compact Twin reached [...]Read Full Post | Comments(3)
2013 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, Stone, and Racer – First Look Guzzi upgrades its classic and cafe V-Twins.
In announcing the coming of the V7 lineup to the U.S., the marketing guys for the company said they were “incredibly pleased” to have the bikes here, claiming that the latest iterations of the now-iconic 90-degree V-Twin represent craftsmanship, Italian spirit, legendary heritage and technological progress. “Every V7,” they write, “is dashing to the eye [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Retrograde: Triumph Thruxton vs. Moto Guzzi V7 Racer When it comes to motorcycles, 2012 is a fine vintage.
Photographer : Jeff Allen
Personally, I think the numberplates may be a step too far in the quest for retro-racer chic, a little too “Ducas of Hazzard,” but it’s hard to find issue with much else on the Guzzi V7 Racer: red frame and hubs, drilled and brushed aluminum trim, suede seat and leather tank strap, shiny spokes, adjustable [...]Read Full Post | Comments(5)
Things were getting good for motorcyclists in the Seventies. Sparks were starting to come electronically, power was jumping up significantly and disc brakes were there to help on the other end of the performance spectrum. Okay, so it took a few more years for suspension to get good, but, hey, development takes time. One of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Ten Bikes with Soul and Character Ten ways to keep it soulful (and sometimes a little strange) while having a good time on two wheels.
For decades, the implacable march of technology and improved performance has driven motorcycles to incredible heights. Even our dyno and GPS-based timing equipment are so shocked by what they’re recording that they’ve started putting exclamation points after some of the horsepower and quarter-mile numbers. But as awesome as all this performance, economy, reliability, comfort and [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)