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V7 III engine: torque, HP, transmission sweet spot

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by lucydad, May 20, 2020.

  1. lucydad

    lucydad Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    All,

    On a lark today I test rode a Kawasaki Ninja 400 twin. HP on the bike is claimed to be close to my Guzzi, about 48-50. But wow, a lot less torque! The Ninja was pretty, light, nimble and could get to speed. But I was in 5th and 6th gears almost immediately.

    Reminded me how the V7 III really has a sweet spot of performance. Lot heavier than the Ninja though.

    Next up is testing a Triumph 1200 CC Speed Twin with two times torque and HP of my Goose. We will see, pondering a new bike. Triumph weight similar to my Guzzi. And great dealer.

    Still low confidence starting my bike, but it seems stable, for now.

    Wish Guzzi had a quality Houston, TX dealer, and Luigi in Mandello would put the V85 engine into a more road bike frame with accessible, to me, seat height.
     
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    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    A 750 V-twin vs. most any smaller inline engine will be pale in torque and sound.
    If you’re in new Triumph territory $-wise, why not consider a GTM build? Mike Haven can keep it going forever, and I eliminate all of the electrical issues. I’ll have one for sale soon for $18.5k - 1100-2V powered, 90 rwhp, 425 lbs, 30” seat height.
    I owned a 2016 Thruxton-R for a year for my rental fleet. Top heavy, good power but soulless (and a real PITA to work on; Dealer dependent). I’ll be curious to hear what you think compared to the V7 III.
     
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  3. lucydad

    lucydad Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Famiglia

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    Wow, temptation. The Triumph Speed Twin in Red I was considering: sold, gone. Popular bikes. My V7 III Special appears to have forgotten its starting problem? Italian women are definitely fickle. Mike is phenomenal, yet I worry about his health and longevity.

    Ok, please let me know more. about your upcoming bike for sale. You hit the weight and seat height numbers as I am a small guy.
    You never know, I am bored, already cancelled trips to Hawaii, NYC and Amsterdam...email me the specs please.
     

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