Moto Guzzi V7 Sport

After the colorful debut of 150 first-edition V7 Sports (the Telaio Rosso Edition), Guzzi went on to sell about 3,500 standard models over three years of production. While these bikes might pale slightly in comparison to the hopped up “red-frame” edition, the real comparison should be made to Guzzi’s outgoing loop-frame, 700cc V7 Special that the V7 Sport was brought in to replace. More than just picking up 50cc’s and 10 horsepower, the V7 Sport really represented an entirely new motorcycle.

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While both the bikes had a transverse V-Twin, the engine was heavily redesigned to fit into an all-new chassis. The alternator was moved onto the nose of the crankshaft which allowing the motor to be raised up 3 inches for added clearance without affecting the standard seat height.

The result was a tight, balanced and compact beast of a bike. Visually the motor appeared absolutely stuffed into the triangulated Tonti frame, and on the road the whole package was neat and tidy. “A masterpiece,” gushed the editors at Two Wheels in April, 1973, saying that it was in some ways “the perfect motorcycle.”

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Ducati 350 Mark 3-D (1968-1972)
Ducati 350 Desmo (1971-1972)
Ducati 750S (1972-1974)
Ducati 750SS (1973-1974)
Ducati 900SS (1975-1982)
Ducati Darmah (1977-1982)
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The Laveda Story
Laverda 750S (1969-1970)
Laverda SF (1970-1976)
Laverda SFC (1971-1976)
Laverda Jota (1976-1983)
Laverda Montjuic (1979-1981)

The Moto Guzzi Story
Moto Guzzi V7 Telaio Rosso (1971)
Moto Guzzi V7 Sport (1971-1974)
Moto Guzzi 750S (1974-1975)
Moto Guzzi Leamans 850 (1976-1978)

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MV Agusta 750S (1971-1974)
MV Agusta 750 America (1975-1977)
MV Agusta Magni 861

Illustrations: Martin Squires
Studio photography: David Genat
Owner: Jeffrey Catalano