Heritage Revisited: 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello

Moto Guzzi revives the Stornello with a new version of the V7 II and we look at the original.

| November/December 2016

  • 2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • Each Stornello is individually numbered, with a logo near the ignition.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • The optional Arrow muffler sweetens the sound.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • Each Stornello is individually numbered, with a logo near the ignition. The optional Arrow muffler sweetens the sound.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • Author and test rider Adam Bolton aboard the new V7 II Stornello, just one of four models in the V7 II lineup.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • The original Stornello Scrambler 125. This 1973 model belongs to the author and is in mostly original condition.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • The heavy-duty fender bracing and engine bash plate are a nod to the bike’s offroad pretensions.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • The heavy-duty fender bracing (shown) and engine bash plate are a nod to the bike’s offroad pretensions.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • The heavy-duty fender bracing and engine bash plate (shown) are a nod to the bike’s offroad pretensions.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton
  • Light and easy to ride, the Stornello 125 is more adept offroad than one might expect.
    Photos by Roland Brown and Adam Bolton

2016 Moto Guzzi V7 II Stornello
Engine:
744cc air-cooled 90-degree V-twin, 9.6:1 compression ratio, 78.7mm x 73.7mm bore and stroke, 47hp @ 6,250rpm (claimed)
Top speed:
N/A
Fueling:
Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
Transmission:
6-speed, shaft final drive
Electrics:
12v, electronic ignition
Frame/wheelbase:
Dual downtube steel cradle/57in (1,450mm)
Suspension:
40mm telescopic forks front, dual shocks w/adjustable preload rear
Brakes:
Single 12.6in (320mm) disc front, single 10.2 (260mm) disc rear
Tires:
100/90 x 18in front, 130/80 x 17in rear
Weight (dry):
419lb (190kg)
Seat height:
31.1in (790mm)
Fuel capacity/MPG:
5.8gal (22ltr)/45-50mpg (est.)
Price:
$11,190

After 95 years of continuous motorcycle production, Moto Guzzi has a rich heritage to draw from. The Italian company has been mining that heritage, recently resuscitating iconic models including the V7 and Eldorado.

Moto Guzzi, or at least Piaggio, the brand’s owners, has once again reached up to the storage shelf, bringing down the old cardboard box containing the names of some of the factory’s past successes, and this time they’ve pulled out and dusted off the Stornello. First presented as part of the Guzzi range back in 1960, the Stornello had the honor of not only being the first 125cc Guzzi ever produced, but also possibly the infamy of (apart from the odd late-ordered Nuovo Falcone) being the last ever 4-stroke single produced by Guzzi when it quietly disappeared from the range in late 1975. In between, and in various guises, the Stornello carried people reliably to work, metamorphosed into a factory International Six Days Trial-winning machine, and proved itself to be a robust little bike and a sales success to boot.



Roots of the new Stornello

The 2016 Moto Guzzi that now bears the Stornello name has, if viewed clinically, little to do with the original. Based on Guzzi’s V7 II introduced in 2015, it uses a 744cc air-cooled engine producing 47 horsepower at 6,250rpm and maximum torque of 44 foot-pounds at 3,000rpm. Antilock brakes and traction control are standard features on the V7 II range, and adding a 6-speed gearbox and lowering the engine in the frame have all helped the V7 become Guzzi’s best seller. So the mechanics are proven and established, but what is the “Stornello” name all about?






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