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    V7 Stone Review

    Well, i've just had my first go on a moto guzzi v7 stone. Having not ever ridden a guzzi (and i've gotten to ride a lot in my days working at a cycle shop), I wasn't sure what to expect.

    The one abiding memory was reminding myself this is "only" a 750cc machine. I was impressed at how easy it was to ride (and the ride itself) as well as how eager it seemed to provide that power. I know it is rated at 50hp, but it seems like more than that. I've owned quite a few bikes over the years (mostly honda's and a harley), but this - in my own opinion - takes the cake. Well done moto guzzi, well done.

    About the only way I could see the experience getting better is having a go on the griso. But for now, this is definitely a way cool ride folks.
    Joe

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    Love the look of these, glad to here they ride well too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roma258 View Post
    Love the look of these, glad to here they ride well too.
    They really do ride very well. I went into it remembering what it was like to ride a honda 750 (granted I know it's a totally different machine) and came away pleasantly surprised.

    I'd be real curious to see what the griso is like.
    Joe

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    I have spent a summer riding a smallblock (V50III) and I REALLY enjoyed the Hell out of riding that little bugger. I completely expect the New V7 you just rode is even better.
    BTW, you have just slipped over to The Dark Side. Bwa Ha Ha Ha!!!!!

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    Riding the wife's 'little' 09 V7C I always thought of it as a very torquey and super fun 250. Delightfully light to chuck around and very forgiving, especially with Ikon shocks and Pirelli demons (as now oem on the Stone). The Griso 8v OTH is beast of an entirely different colour.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekel View Post
    The Griso 8v OTH is beast of an entirely different colour.
    That's what i'm counting on... ;-)
    Joe

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    I only rode AF1's demo Stone for a couple of miles and I wish I went farther but had no time. However, I though it was a brilliant and well balanced little bike. The Racer is cool, but the Stone would be it. I would highly recommend one for a new rider or one who wants something different and easy to ride. I don't think the "it only makes xxx horsepower" is much of an argument.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrflanne View Post
    I don't think the "it only makes xxx horsepower" is much of an argument.
    I agree with you on this. I was hugely impressed by the power the little thing had. I didn't think that a 750 had that sort of get up and go. The only thing I have rode to compare it to was the honda shadow 750; that bike felt very anemic and down on power.

    The V7 Stone on the other hand felt as if it had quite a bit more power (which is why I had to remind myself it was "only" a 750 when I was riding it).

    The question is how would it do on a long road trip or a cross country ride. Any V7 Stone owners care to chime in on this?
    Joe

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    In spite of the appalling experience I had with the Stelvio I must admit once the V7 stone appears on to the second hand market I'm going to buy one.

    Love the looks, love the character.... Rubbish as an only bike but for sunny days commuting it'd make a really nice change.
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    Still got the Tuono, it's a keeper.

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    A mate got to use a V7 Stone as a loner while his V11 was being repaired. He let me have about a 20 min. ride on it out of town. Like you all I thought the motor felt great with no lack of power. It looked great and had good brakes. However the seat was rock hard and combined with the slightly forward foot pegs I found it a bit uncomfortable. My other criticism is the suspension was a bit harsh although the bike never felt unsettled. Overall a great little bike with a nice motor and good looks. I think it would make a fantastic commuter.
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    As a commuter bike, I am confident that the V7 would be superb. I found it to be a very comfortable and good riding bike.

    Being as this would be my only bike and with my tendency to go on road trips, I wouldn't want it to struggle to maintain road speed whilst going down the road (up hills, etc).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jl79 View Post
    As a commuter bike, I am confident that the V7 would be superb. I found it to be a very comfortable and good riding bike.

    Being as this would be my only bike and with my tendency to go on road trips, I wouldn't want it to struggle to maintain road speed whilst going down the road (up hills, etc).
    I would not worry about it but I am biased.
    I spent a summer using a Yamaha Exciter 250cc single as my only wheels. THAT was anemic!!
    The 250 could hit 75mph going downhill with a tailwind.
    The V7 has much more Wheaties than that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SF2DieHard View Post

    I would not worry about it but I am biased.
    I spent a summer using a Yamaha Exciter 250cc single as my only wheels. THAT was anemic!!
    The 250 could hit 75mph going downhill with a tailwind.
    The V7 has much more Wheaties than that.

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    You ain't kidding! When I first moved to texas several years ago, I picked up a honda rebel 250cc for next to nothing (needed a carb rebuild and a oil change). Going up and down roads around here was a learning experience to say the least.

    I'm leaning towards the v7 at the moment, but i'd reserve my final judgement until I got to have a go on the griso. Not to say the v7 is lacking in power or anything, it's just when you have had a 919cc (honda variety), going to anything smaller is almost setting yourself up for disappointment.

    But as I said in the initial post, the v7 was impressive in the power department and had loads of character (which I love from a bike).
    Joe

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    Hey jl79, no disrespect intended, but you really do need to get out and ride the griso asap.
    Last edited by shekel; 03-22-2013 at 06:10 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shekel View Post
    Hey jl79, no disrespect intended, but you really do need to get out and ride the griso asap.
    I am not arguing with you on that! Like i've said, if the v7 stone is that good, I can only imagine the griso is that much better. :-)
    Joe

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