Moto Guzzi celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its best-selling V7 model by introducing the third-generation V7 III back in 2017, but it seems like the celebration is still going strong years later. Guzzi has decided to expand and even evolve (a little) its popular 744cc lineup this year with minor updates while, according to Guzzi, “retaining its original character and authenticity.” A new limited-edition 2020 V7 III Stone S model was announced at last month’s EICMA show, and the V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary was trotted out way back in February, adding up to a total of six (or seven, if you count the Racer LE) V7 variants for 2020. In true Guzzi fashion though, most of the “variations” are cosmetic; the core engine, chassis, and main underpinnings remain essentially unchanged).
So just to set the record straight, you now have the base-model V7 III Stone, the Night Pack variant of that bike, and now the new sportier-looking V7 III Stone S, as well as the new V7 III Racer LE (and even newer 10th Anniversary edition). The two established models, the V7 III Special and V7 III Rough, return to the series basically unchanged. Let’s go through the whole 2020 V7 III lineup now that it’s hopefully set in Stone (ahem).
2020 V7 III Stone S
To set it apart from all those other stablemates (as well as the base Stone), the new 2020 Stone S gets a stunning satin chrome fuel tank framed at the top edge by a black leather strap, along with full LED light clusters, including the headlight, taillight, and turn signals. Mechanical bits also get a dash of elegance, like the throttle body covers done up in natural anodized aluminum, and the cylinder heads highlighted with contrasting milled cooling fins.
The S goes a little café racer on us with other details, adding new bar end mirrors, slimmer, sportier fenders, and even a slight rear lip to the long, flattish two-up seat (done up in red stitching). Other distinctly sporty touches include the Guzzi red eagle badges pressed on either side of the fuel tank, shock springs also highlighted in crimson, and a red stitching on the new dedicated two-up Alcantara saddle. Guzzi says only 750 units will be produced in this limited-edition S version (to honor the 750cc displacement), with the “S” designation riffing on Moto Guzzi’s performance models of the 1970s, like the 1974 750 S and the 1971 V7 Sport. Every Stone S produced will also have its serial number engraved on the handlebar riser clamp, just to make things official.
2020 V7 III Stone
The tried-and-true, blue-collar base Stone model soldiers on without the fanfare or bright lights of its flashier uptown brothers, content to stand alone in its essential aesthetic, refusing any stamp of chrome to mar its matte black paintwork—though it does get a brand-new matching passenger grab strap. The full-on “dark” look is locked in with a black light setting and that burnished-finish eagle adorning the fuel tank. The front fender is also shortened and painted to match the fuel tank, wheels are spoked, and there’s just the single gauge instrument cluster. You can get this bad boy in Nero Ruvido as well as two new satin finish color schemes, Grigio Granitico (shown) and Rosso Rovente.
2020 V7 III Stone Night Pack
This variant, introduced mid-year, gets a couple of stylistic and functional changes, the first of which are new LED lights for improved lighting power for the headlight, turn indicators, and taillight. We’re not entirely sure what the “Night Pack” moniker’s all about, but the headlight and instrument cluster are positioned lower on this model for a more brooding look, and the bike boasts a shorter and sleeker rear fender, which integrates the brake light bracket and license plate holder. The V7 III Stone Night Pack is available in the classic Nero Ruvido livery or in the Bronzo Levigato and Blu Pungente variations.
2020 V7 III Special
Of all the V7 models, this is the one that probably best captures the spirit of the original. The classic vibe is enhanced with numerous chrome parts and bright graphics, and like the famous 1975 V750 S3, it gets the retro stripes on the side panels to match the one running atop the tank. The spoked wheels have black hubs; the instrumentation is made up of dual circular displays; and the chrome plated steel passenger grab handle comes standard. The V7 III Special saddle also rocks “old-school” stitching. It’s available in Nero Onice and Grigio Cristallo (shown) colors.
2020 V7 III Rough
You can pick the Rough out of the lineup easily thanks to its knobby tires and spoked wheels, as well as the dedicated saddle with stitching, passenger grab strap, and aluminum side panels. The headlight frame is painted black and the fork stanchions are protected by classic rubber dust covers. The V7 III Rough can be had in the Grigio Grafite and Verde Mimetico colors.
2020 V7 III Racer
The new V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary made its debut at EICMA last month along with the Stone S, bringing with it new styling elements like a fresh front fairing, an all-chrome gas tank and bar-end mirrors, along with new LED lighting. It also gets rearsets machined from solid billet, and a lightened steering stem and steering yoke guard. Of course, we all heard about its close relative, the 2020 V7 III Racer LE way back in February so if you want the whole low-down on that model we’ll direct you to link here.
As you might have guessed, all of the above models are powered by the third evolution of Guzzi’s traditional 744cc horizontal twin, which was completely revamped in 2017 with entirely new cylinder heads, pistons, and cylinder cases, though bore and stroke and thus displacement remains unchanged. It’s Euro 4 compliant, but Euro 5 is looming and we’d guess some needed changes are on the horizon for 2021.
Also returning are the adjustable Kayaba shock absorbers, and each of the V7 III versions gets a dedicated saddle with new graphics and coverings. The V7 III Stone and Rough keep a single instrument display, while the Special and Racer versions feature a second gauge for the rev counter.
For the V7 III range, the innovative Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia system is available as an optional accessory, allowing you to connect the bike to a smartphone. A dedicated free app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, making your smartphone (iPhone or Android) a sophisticated on-board multifunctional computer, linking the vehicle and the internet.
The Moto Guzzi original accessories catalog for the V7 III has also expanded to include parts for the new models, and now contains more than 80 parts including exhaust upgrades, beefier suspension components and touring and cosmetic accessories. Find more info at: https://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/accessories/
2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Price And Specifications
|Engine||744cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, 90° V-twin|
|Bore x Stroke||80.0 x 74.0mm|
|Claimed Horsepower||52 hp @ 6,200 rpm|
|Claimed Torque||44.2 lb.-ft. @ 4,900 rpm|
|Frame||ALS steel tubular double cradle|
|Front Suspension||40mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 5.1-in. (130mm) travel|
|Rear Suspension||Dual shocks adjustable for spring preload (Racer w/ fully adjustable Öhlins shock); 3.1-in. (80mm) travel|
|Front Brake||Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320mm floating discs (Rough w/ ABS)|
|Rear Brake||2-piston floating caliper, 260mm disc (Rough w/ ABS)|
|Wheels, Front/Rear||Lightweight alloy (spoked for Special, Racer, Rough); 18 in. / 17 in.|
|Tires, Front/Rear||100/90-18 (110/80R-18 alternatively) / 130/80-17|
|Rake/Trail||26.4°/4.7 in. (106mm)|
|Wheelbase||57.6 in. (1,463mm)|
|Seat Height||30.3 in. (770mm)|
|Fuel Capacity||5.5 gal. (21L) (including 1.1 gal./4L reserve)|
|Claimed Curb Weight||461 lb. (209kg) (Special, Rough 470 lb./213kg)|