Moto Guzzi V 7 700


Make Model

Moto Guzzi V-7 700


1967 - 68


Four stroke, 90° V twin, longitudinally mounted, OHV, 2 valve per cylinder


703 cc / 43.9 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 80 x 70 mm
Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.0:1


Dell'orto SS I 29 DS carburetor


Battery & coil
Starting Electric

Max Power

50 hp / 37.2 kW @ 6300 rpm 

Max Torque

49 Nm / 36 lb-ft @ 5000 rpm
Clutch Twin driven dry plates


4 Speed
Final Drive Shaft

Front Suspension

Telehydraulic forks

Rear Suspension

Swinging arm with hydraulic dampers.

Front Brakes

2x 220mm drum

Rear Brakes

220mm drum

Front Tyre

4.00 -18

Rear Tyre

4.00 -18

Dry Weight

228 kg / 502.6 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

20 Litres / 5.2 US gal

With the Ml Moto Guzzi had built a big, solid, reliable and comfortable touring machine with an incredibly flexible motor. At 700 cc, it was bigger than the R60 BMWs and also weighed more, at a 'heavy' 230-odd kg. It also cost $1500 at a time when an R60 sold for $1150 and a Triumph Bonneville asked $995.
The motor's muscles, along with the smoothness of the shaft drive, meant the Guzzi could be walked' in first gear with the clutch engaged, yet was good for more than 160 km/h and could cruise for hours at around that magic 'ton'. A heavy-duty chassis held everything in place and riders of the day praised the V7 for its high-speed handling. Perhaps the only shortcomings were the drum brakes which, despite their very large (230-mm plus) diameters, weren't as strong as they might have been for a big bike. Guzzi tried four-leading-shoe drums up front on later models before disc brakes took over.
Police models came standard with panniers and huge handlebar-mounted fairings. Private buyers could order these and other options with their V7s.

However, if the V7 established Guzzi's big twins, it also demonstrated quality lapses. The stands were less than ideal and the paint was below par, among other things. TWs first test bike had a broken speedo cable, the first of many broken test-Guzzi cables. Buyers found these things outweighed by the decidedly over-engineered robustness of the rest of their machines. As long as oil changes were frequent and regular - these early Guzzi twins had a relatively small sump and no oil filter - this was a bike which would easily last 100,000 km and more.
The V7 was made from 1967-70, before the first 757-cc V7 Special left the factory. The Special was even more oversquare in cylinder dimension, up three millimetres in the bore to 83 mm, with the same 70-mm stroke. This took power from about 38 kW to around 44. It also had a larger, more attractive tank.