By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 83.5%
2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone
Editor Score: 83.5%
Remember the day you took your first long ride on your very first motorcycle? The weather was TV-commercial sunny as you rolled down the two-lane highway away from home. The wind flowing past your body was filled with excitement as the engine sang beneath your seat. You had the world by the handlebars, and you knew this was the beginning of Great Things, that many Good Times were about to be had – all because you had chosen to take your first steps towards becoming a motorcyclist. For many of us, it was this moment that set the hook, leading to a lifetime of motorcycling, and was less a decision and more of a calling than just about any experience before it. At least that’s how it was for me, and this is the memory I had during the first hour riding the 2021 Moto Guzzi V7.
You see, the updated Moto Guzzi V7 is so refined the specifics of the bike fade into the background, leaving behind just the essential experience of riding. Has technology finally advanced to the point that Moto Guzzi have created, paradoxically, the ur-motorcycle? What the hell am I writing about anyway?
2021 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone (left), V7 Special (center), and V7 Stone Centenario.
In this era of technological refinement, where we have the ability to tune everything from throttle application and suspension damping to the rider’s specific desires with the flip of a switch, where every motorcycle feels designed to fit in a niche, within a niche, encompassed …read more