SNEAK PREVIEW: 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II

New second-generation Moto Guzzi V7 makes its debut at INTERMOT 2014 next week.

Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone studio 3/4 view

Moto Guzzi has just released advance pictures and a few details about the new V7 II, which will be officially unveiled to the public next week at the INTERMOT motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany. Meaningful attention has been paid to the mechanical hardware. Totally new is a six-speed gearbox, which replaces the old, slow-shifting five-speed. This new box allows for a better-staged gear sequence, which will help the rider extract brisker acceleration and more spirited performance from the 750cc 90-degree v-twin.

Although the engine is unchanged, it has been lowered 10mm inside a slightly modified frame and tilted toward the front axle 4 degrees, which improves the look of the V7 while creating more room for the rider’s legs and knees. Also, the footpegs have been lowered nearly an inch (25mm), creating a much more comfortable riding posture. Moreover, a new electronics suite has been adopted, increasing safety with two-channel ABS and traction control.

As with the previous model, the Moto Guzzi V7 II will be offered in three versions: the basic Stone, the touring-oriented Special, and the sporty Racer. It’s far to early for Moto Guzzi to announce the price of the new V7 II, but chances are good that they will be be considered 2016 models and be priced very close to what a 2015 V7 Stone costs today: $8490.

Moto Guzzi V7 II Stone studio side view