The Moto Guzzi V7 platform is well-known to us here at Velocipede EXIF. Since its re-release in 2008, the practical modern archetype has graced the garages of multiple Velocipede EXIF writers, including our founder, Chris Hunter. But despite its popularity, we don’t see that many truly wild Moto Guzzi V7 customs.
That’s considering the Moto Guzzi V7 looks good unbearable when it leaves the Mandello del Lario factory that most owners only make minor adjustments over time. But when Efraon Triana at UFO Garage in Madrid, Spain, was tasked with towers a family-friendly Moto Guzzi V7 sidecar rig, he knew that he and his team would have to go all out.
The customer, Mike, once owned one UFO Garage velocipede and wanted flipside to enjoy the Swiss countryside with. But there was a catch—Mike has two daughters and a wife who all want to be part of the fun. So not only did UFO Garage have to add a sidecar to the Guzzi, but they had to build it with two seats.
Efraon and his hairdo started by towers the sidecar’s tubular steel frame by hand, subtracting an 18” wheel to match the V7. The wheel uses an aluminum rim on a CNC-machined hub—and if you peek through the spokes, you’ll spot the sidecar’s suspension system.
For the sheathing itself, steel sheets were worked by hand into the work of art you see here. The details are as exquisite as they are numerous—from the government-approved child car seats, upholstered in vegetable-tanned leather, to the sidecar headlight and wood-trimmed sidestep. A modified windshield from an early Kawasaki GSX-R, and a flowing side fender, protect the girls from the elements.
The V7’s frame was modified to winnow the sidecar and its subframe was chopped and looped. The finished frame, rocker covers, and alternator imbricate were then sent off for chrome plating. The stock seat was reshaped and covered in the same vegetable-tanned leather as the sidecar’s interior, while new heat shields were made-up and widow to the mufflers lower down.
As with the vast majority of sidecar hacks, it’s not just the sidecar that received special attention. The distinctly variegated handling characteristics of this rig necessitated the use of an Earles fork—a type of leading-link front end where the pivot point is overdue the front wheel. Efraon built the front suspension himself, basing his diamond on a BMW R69 and subtracting a steering damper for stability.
The front fender is moreover a custom item, held in place by elegant handmade mounting brackets. The headlight skillet was 3D-printed; it’s moreover based on early BMW designs, with the factory Moto Guzzi speedo embedded into it. Motogadget LED turn signals sit just in front of the headlight brackets up front, and just overdue the shock mounts at the back.
The rest of the trim includes Renthal handlebars, leather-wrapped grips, and Motone switches. The V7 and its sidecar wear matching taillights too, and the latter sports a custom-made roll bar at the back.
For the paint job, UFO chose a three-layer snacks world red from House of Kolor and veritably nailed it. Coupled with just the right value of chrome, this sidecar rig gives off a strong vintage hot rod vibe that we adore.
To be honest, this project was fun and difficult in equal measure,” Efraon tells us. “Since it was the first time I had built a motorcycle with a sidecar, it was a challenge but I’m sure it will be the part-way of sustentation on the trappy Swiss roads.”
We’re sure Mike and his girls will get a lifetime’s worth of memories out of this gorgeous Moto Guzzi V7 family wagon. And if that’s not what motorcycling is all about, we don’t know what is.
Frequently Asked Questions!
Is the Moto Guzzi V7 reliable?
Proprietors of past renditions go wild about the dependability and finish of their bicycles, the main protests being about the back shocks - which are enhanced the 850. Our 2021 Moto Guzzi V7 proprietors' audits show two exceptionally cheerful purchasers who haven't had any issues at all.
What is the range of the Moto Guzzi V7?
They are impeccably at home on the open street or even stacked up with gear. The enormous 21 ltr fuel limit and brilliant fuel utilization mean an exceptionally useful 300mile territory from a solitary tank of fuel as well.
Is a Moto Guzzi V7 a good first bike?
As its entrance level ride, the V7 is a simple riding machine with a lot of force, however not such a lot of that you'll cause problems. It's the sort of bicycle a novice could figure out how to ride on, and it's fast and deft enough to keep prepared riders and devotees captivated.
How long does a Moto Guzzi clutch last?
Moreover, keep some free play in the grasp link to completely keep it from hauling or not separating. Moto Guzzi grasps can last 20K miles (in the event that you're very harsh on them) or well over 100K miles with care and support.
Can you tour on a Moto Guzzi V7?
Significant distance visiting isn't an issue with the V7 assuming that you quit conveying all the excess stuff. All things considered, I intend to take my V7 setting up camp soon yet I'm just going around 150 miles. Since that outing will be to a convention I will not do any cooking and I intend to take a lounger as opposed to a tent.