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
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:
Weber-Marelli electronic fuel injection
6-speed, shaft final drive
12v, electronic ignition
Dual downtube steel cradle/57in (1,450mm)
40mm telescopic forks front, dual shocks w/adjustable preload rear
Single 12.6in (320mm) disc front, single 10.2 (260mm) disc rear
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.)

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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