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V7 Series 2 load carrying

Discussion in 'Australia/New Zealand' started by John Cordier, Aug 3, 2016.

  1. John Cordier

    John Cordier Just got it firing!

    Aug 3, 2016
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    Wesgt Australia
    I am thinking of getting a V7 Classic as an around town bike. I will be wanting to take my lady with me often. Our combined weight would be around 140KG. Will the V7 standard suspension cope with this?
    I see they have an optional reservoir shock upgrade option - would that be better?
    I had a T3 back in the old days and it would be nice to get a Guzzi back into my life
  2. Trout

    Trout GT Reference

    Feb 27, 2010
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    Hard one to answer correctly because we all have different expectations & riding skills.

    I would say that the OE suspension will be marginal according to your stated usage.

    My advice? Buy it and ride it for awhile & see how it works for you then decide on upgrading.

    I have seen some of these V7's loaded pretty heavy and being ridden fairly hard with stock suspension while other solo riders replaced shocks & installed front end kits to make them "handle properly".
  3. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

    Jul 1, 2009
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    Hi John, welcome and congrats in advance on the V7. In short to your answer, no it will not. The stock suspension is woefully inadequate for riders only over 79KG. If you alone are over that, what you'll feel is that most consider the shocks too "firm" which is simply because it's bottoming out. I have a thread dedicated to this (along with Q&A) on the V7 Forum here; https://www.guzzitech.com/forums/threads/v7c-s-suspension-thread.12618/
  4. Oz1200Guzzi

    Oz1200Guzzi High Miler

    Sep 14, 2009
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    Mount Kembla, NSW, Australia
    +1 on what Todd says. Mal (he pops up here sometimes) has 2 x V7s and rear suspension is what he does recommend changing. he is currently finishing a lap of the map around Australia on one - a V7C

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