superdestructive-sheep asked: That is a BEAUTIFUL CB360. Did you have to do any restoration work on it?
Thanks. She was kept up nice and totally original when I got her and I didn’t want to change her too much, just a few updates. Really just the seat, bars and taillight.
I’ve had the pleasure of going on an epic road trip with this lovely bike, a 2014 Moto Guzzi V7 Stone.
I put roughly 1,800 miles on it through the twisty roads of Hwy. 1, the beautiful curvy roads of Northern California and the straight Highways of Oregon.
Riding conditions changed from dry, damp, wet, to soaking wet and even snow, but the overall maneuverability didn’t flinch.
The V7 really was a very comfortable ride. I rode for a week straight and was certain I would be practically dead by the end of it. Surprisingly, the V7 stepped up and didn’t let me down. I wasn’t sore for any amount of the trip and I give full credit to the bike. I don’t have the strongest core or a huge amount of long distance riding under my belt, so the bike helped tremendously I’m sure. The riding position is upright but gives you enough lean over to be relaxing. The standard seat was just right and didn’t leave me numb or uncomfortable at all. Even without a windshield, I wasn’t whipped around in the least bit.
The smaller stature of this bike even lends itself to being able to hold a good load. I had a good amount of gear strung to the back and it was not an issue. I never even noticed I had a week’s worth of gear with me.
The lightness, size and nimbleness shined through with the superior power, breaking, and traction capabilities. I really noticed the smoothness it had in the turns that proved to make it a blast running through the twisties. This bike really is quite versatile with what it can do.
Moto Guzzi really has put a lot of punch into this 750cc package. I rode with several sports bikes that were all well over 1000cc and I wasn’t lagging behind or struggling to keep up. The V7 had enough get up and go on the freeway to pass others easily and had plenty of head room while cruising at 80mph.
The transmission is known to have a longer throw which makes it harder to get into gear, but I noticed once I got her broken in, adjusted right and going I had no problems and it worked flawlessly.
One interesting note, through rider error, I did go down once in a turn and the bike slide several feet. To my relief, I and the bike came out with very minor damage. I was more scared of my imagined damage I caused to the bike, but once I looked her over, the only damage was a broken clutch lever and scrapped bar end. Moto Guzzi really does think of every situation. Plus, the bikes mere 400 lb. weight was easy enough for me to pick up in a flash.
Gas mileage was between 50-60 mpg with filling up every 175-200 miles on a tank that still had a good gallon or more in it. The reserve light gives you a nice warning and must allow you to go some time before needing to fill up.
The true personality of the V7 is what I really love. It’s smooth where it counts, but the sound you hear and the vibration you feel below your feet is what makes it feel like you’re riding a bike that truly was built by hands of great craftsman.
If you’re looking for a bike that gets looks, questions from bikers that haven’t heard of Moto Guzzi yet, and a bike that you can cruise, commute or go on memorable road trips with, then the V7 Stone is the perfect choice. These bikes have more than just the good looks; these bikes are true machines that will give you the character you’ll appreciate in a new motorcycle.