Moto Guzzi V7 Sees Exciting Overhaul, Transforms Into A Custom Superstar
Piaggio’s mechanical showstopper is set in motion by a 90-degree V-twin engine with a displacement of 744 cc. The air-cooled engine is good for up to 50 hp at 6,200 rpm, while a respectable output torque of 43 lb-ft (58 Nm) will be achieved at 5,000 rpm. A five-speed transmission allows this force to reach the 17-inch rear wheel by means of a CA.RC (Compact Reactive Shaft Drive) unit. The powertrain components are nested within a tubular steel double cradle frame.
Suspension functions are provided by hydraulic telescopic forks at the front, as well as an alloy swingarm and two adjustable shock absorbers at the rear. Stopping power is invoked by a 320 mm (12.6 inch) stainless steel floating rotor and a four-piston Brembo caliper up front. At the other end, a 260mm (10.24-inch) brake disc and Brembo two-piston floating caliper help stop the Warrior.
Over time, Bennett has graced his beloved Guzzi with a huge selection of premium treats to give him a unique personality. For starters, the Aussie removed the stock gauge to make way for a single Acewell item that adorns the cockpit, where you’ll also find a pair of Tommaselli clip-on handlebars sporting a Rizoma mirror.
The clips are suitably complemented by rear mounted footrests at the opposite end of the machine. While we’re in the back, it’s worth noting the two Bitubo shocks, as well as a wing eliminator kit made by MAS Engineering. The V7’s exhaust system was topped with a set of premium Agostini mufflers to create an exhilarating soundtrack for the ride.
Now, the aforementioned changes might seem quite intriguing, but the most impressive highlight of this version is the retro-styled full fairing installed up front. For the creation of this bespoke wonder, Brad enlisted a retired NSW-based fiberglass expert, Brian Crane. As such, the mastermind of the project had access to a huge collection of fairing molds.
After careful consideration, Bennett opted for a Kawasaki H1R-style module that seemed to match the proportions of the V7 like a glove. As soon as the final garment was molded by Crane, Brad hired DNA Customs to tweak it to make room for the cylinders for the 744cc V-twin. Finally, the entire structure was wrapped in an ominous coat of black paint from head to toe.
All things considered, the end result is a delicious blend of vintage styling and improved handling, paired with the V7’s sexiest design cues like the gas tank and seat. As a member of the Sydney Cafe Racers Motorcycle Club, we bet the author of this wonder gets a lot of attention as he rides on his two-wheeled stealth predator.