Moto Guzzi Brings Updated V7 III Racer Limited Edition To The States

Limited-edition cafe racer model pays homage to the V7’s storied lineage

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition
The 2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Limited Edition is slated for the US and Canada.Courtesy of Moto Guzzi

You gotta hand it to Guzzi—the company knows when it has a hit on its hands, and it's not shy about calling attention to it. Case in point is the new 2020 V7 III Racer Limited Edition, which the Italians are rolling out as a tribute to one the most celebrated models in its long history, the V7. Moto Guzzi has given word that this "factory custom" model will be hitting North American shores this summer, heading exclusively to the US and Canada.

Parent company Piaggio Group America says it is “embracing” the V7’s history with this factory-farkled homage, but you can’t really call it an all-new model; we saw a 2017–2018 V7 III Racer previously, even if it wasn’t a limited-edition run. Last year that bike received a new frame and major tweaks to the engine, but a quick check of the specs on the new 2020 Limited Edition reveals no revisions this time out. In fact, it’s an identical spec sheet, which means this Racer retains the same claimed 52-hp rating, though Guzzi does dial things up a notch with a new color scheme, a few trick styling details, and a smattering of other one-off bits to distinguish it from the other six models in the range.

quilted saddle
As you settle in, a somewhat posh quilted saddle gets your attention first, followed by the clip-ons.Courtesy of Moto Guzzi

As a “factory custom,” the V7 III Racer Limited perches at the top of Guzzi’s middleweight V7 standard line. With a sticker price of less than $10,000—less than last year’s model, somehow!—it’s not outrageously expensive, and it’s appropriately arrayed with generous bits of retro componentry with a few references to Guzzi’s storied past on full display. Eagle-eyed types, for instance, will recognize that brash Rosso Corsa-ish color on the frame and swingarm (it’s a reference to the first V7 Sport family from the ’70s). The “racing red” hue is a “look here!” shout against the blacked-out engine and upswept exhaust system, while also giving a good visual pop to the gloss white tank and aluminum fly screen.

If the V7 III Racer Limited Edition's sporty mission isn't clear from those clip-ons and classic humped seat, the steering geometry might tell the tale. There's also no missing the old-school vibe thanks to a shorty front fender, black-out headlight bucket, and fork gaiters. The fly screen is almost nonexistent but that's okay too—it's really just there to remind you of a classic cafe racer.

Tradition on the Racer also manifests in the solo-seat look, but actually, you can remove that rear cowling/seat cover and go two-up on the plush-looking brown quilted saddle (though we can’t imagine the downward slope would be too comfy for your companion), and utilize those stock passenger footpegs. A brown leather strap running up the tank’s spine and around the fuel cap elegantly continues the saddle’s color and texture, while the aluminum spoked wheels carry the black channels and red Guzzi stickers seen on some other of MG’s sport models. Other premium components include solid-billet set-back footpegs, a lightened steering stem, and the steering yoke guard.

Up front is your standard nonadjustable 40mm telescopic fork, but out back you’ll at least find a pair of fully adjustable Öhlins shocks which can be tweaked for spring preload and rebound and compression. Guzzi’s impressive braking system on the 2020 V7 III Racer Limited includes triple discs and ABS as standard equipment.

The V7 III Racer Limited Edition will be available June in the United States at an MSRP of $9,990 and July in Canada at an MSRP of $11,590.

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Racer Specifications:

Price: $9,990 USD/$11,590 CDN
Engine: 744cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, 90° V-twin
Bore x Stroke: 80.0mm x 74.0mm
Max Power: 52 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Max Torque: 44.2 lb.-ft. @ 4,200 rpm
Transmission: 6 speed
Front Suspension: 40mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: Dual Öhlins shocks adjustable for spring preload, rebound and compression
Front Brake: 4-piston Brembo calipers, dual 320mm floating discs, ABS
Rear Brake: 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc, ABS
Front Wheel/Tire: 18 in., spoked / 100/90-18
Rear Wheel/Tire: 17 in., spoked / 130/80-17
Seat Height: 30.3 in.
Claimed Weight: 425 lb. (wet)
Fuel Capacity: 5.5 gal.