Moto Guzzi Café Classic: A Modern Classic

It seems I am getting obsessed with Café Racers, first Royal Enfield, then Triumph Thruxton and now Moto Guzzi Café Classic V7.Amongst the first mass produced motorcycles to run at 124mph in 1970s, Moto Guzzi V7 Sport has its share of history when it comes to motorcycling. Wrapped in a radiant paint and pure café racing sporty styling Moto Guzzi launched its V7 Café Classic in 2009.

A 744cc OHV, air-cooled, 90-degree V-twin engine producing 49bhp of power output and a thrilling top speed of approximately 115mph, it’s a stunning display of speed and beauty. Moto Guzzi Café Classic V7 has a beautifully crafted fuel tank with a nice chrome filler cap and a gorgeous bum-stop seat. I will not say that it’s blisteringly fast but the speed is enough to give thrills to any Café Racer enthusiast.

Its Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection provides a decent economy while front brake, a floating 320 mm stainless steel disc and rear a 260 mm stainless steel disc, do a good job to bring this classy Moto Guzzi Café Classic to a quick stop. A Marzocchi telescopic front forks and light alloy swingarm with 2 pre-load adjustable shock absorbers are just fantastic.

It’s a true stunner of a Café Racer and packs enough punch to give that thrill of hopping between Cafés of Rome

2009 Moto Guzzi V7 Café Classic Specifications


Type                            Four-stroke V 90 twin

Displacement                744cc

Bore and Stroke           80×74 mm

Compression ratio        9.6:1

Timing              2 valves per head operated by light alloy pushrods

Fuel Supply                  Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection

Exhaust System            Three-way catalyser with lambda probe


Gearbox                       5-speed

Lubrication                   Forced lubrication with lobe pump

Clutch                          Dry single plate with flexible couplings

Primary Drive               Helicoidal gears

Final Drive                    Shaft drive


Frame                          ALS steel tubular dismountable twin cradle

Wheelbase                   57 in

Front Suspension          Marzocchi telescopic front forks

Rear Suspension           Oscillating light alloy swingarm with 2 pre-load adjustable shock


Front Brake                  Floating 320 mm stainless steel disc; 4 opposed calipers of

differing diameters

Rear Brake                   260 mm stainless steel disc

Wheels                         Spoken steel rims; front – 2.50” X18”, rear – 3.50″ X17″

Tires                             Metzeler Lasertec; front – 100/90- 18, rear – 130/80 -17


Length              86 in

Width                           31.5 in

Height                          43.9 in

Seat Height                   31.7 in

Steering Angle 32°

Dry Weight                   401 lbs

Curb Weight                 437 lbs

Fuel Capacity               4.4 gal


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