Corridore italiano del caffè - Moto Guzzi Cafe Racer

Moto Guzzi seem to have noticed that everyone else is releasing classic styled/themed models in their lineups and have produced their very own Cafe Racer themed motorbike (on the right).

The Moto Guzzi V7 Cafe Classic let's us know that they guys at Guzzi are in touch with what their (potential) customers want and although it may not be the coolest Cafe Racer interpretation out there it's a step in the right direction.

The V7 Cafe Classic has received mixed reviews with one of the biggest gripes being it's lack of power but I guess at the end of the day that call is best made by the guy who is thinking about buying one.

Here's the specs:


Type: Four-stroke V 90 twin
Capacity: 744cc
Bore and stroke: 80x74 mm
Compression ratio: 9.6:1
Timing: 2 valves per head operated by light alloy pushrods
Timing diagram
Intake valve opening: 18° before TDC
Intake valve closure: 50° after LDC
Exhaust valve opening: 53° before LDC
Exhaust valve closure: 15° after TDC
(with 1 mm of play between rocker gear and valves)
Maximum power output: 35.5 kW at 6,800 rpm (48.8 CV
Max Torque: 54.7 Nm at 3,600 rpm
Fuel supply: Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Exhaust system: Three-way catalyzer with lambda probe

Gearbox: 5-speed
Gear ratios
1st: 11/26 = 1 : 2.3636
2nd: 14/23 = 1 : 1.6429
3rd: 18/23 = 1 : 1.2778
4th: 18/19 = 1 : 1.0556
5th: 20/18 = 1 : 0.9
Lubrication: Forced lubrication with lobe pump – capacity 1.78 kg
Primary drive: Helicoidal gears,
ratio 16/21=1 : 1.3125
Final drive: Shaft drive, ratio 4.825
Clutch: Dry single plate with flexible couplings

Frame: ALS steel tubular dismountable twin cradle
Wheelbase: 1,449 mm
Trail: 109
Steering rake: 27°50’
Front suspension: Marzocchi Ø 40 mm telescopic front forks
Front wheel travel: 130 mm
Rear suspension: Oscillating light alloy swingarm with 2 pre-load adjustable shock absorbers
Rear wheel travel: 118 mm
Brakes: Brembo
Front brake: Floating 320 mm stainless steel disc
4 opposed calipers of differing diameters
Rear brake: 260 mm stainless steel disc
Brake pump cylinder diameter
Front pump: 13 mm
Rear pump: 13 mm
Caliper diameter
Front caliper: 30/34 mm
Rear caliper: 32 mm
Brake surface area: Front 21.3 cm², rear. 16.1 cm²
Brake pad material: Front Frendo 222
Rear Ferodo ID 450
Wheels: spoken steel rims
Front wheel 2.50” X 18”
Rear wheel 3.50"X17"

Length: 2,185 mm
Width: 800 mm
Height: 1,115 mm
Saddle height: 805 mm
Minimum ground clearance: 182 mm
Steering angle: 32°
Dry weight: 182 kg
On the road weight: 198 kg
Type of tank: Plastic
Fuel tank capacity: 17 litres
Reserve: 2.5 litres

Personally I think it's a bit off mark but it has potential and hopefully we will see more adventurous examples of classic styled Guzzi's in the future. My first constructive comment though would be...lose the bile green paint!

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