Old Topanga Canyon Road is a happy place on the V7 Racer. The drivetrain sounds produced under acceleration are pleasing, blending harmoniously with the famous Guzzi 'small block' exhaust note from the Arrow slip-ons. It's a rewarding bike to ride, not because it's blindingly fast (it isn't), but because it's a wonderful machine that sends endless pleasant messages to your nervous system. The improved gearbox is a joy, with smooth, precise shifts and great feel. It's easy to trust this bike in corners, too. The information coming to you via the Pirelli Sport Demons and the time-honored double cradle frame is honest and true; no surprises. The front brake is adequate, and you can trust it, too, as long as you don't ask it to... race. Yes, the V7 could use a bit more front brake, but the package is balanced and works very well.