2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough Officially Launched by DIDI Resources

Mr. Simone Niccolai, the Managing Director of Asia Pacific 2Wheeler, Piaggio Asia Pacific with the V7 III Rough
  • We had taken the first look at the 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough earlier.

  • DIDI Resources has now officially launched it.

  • Priced from RM 69,900 for introductory units and RM 75,000 thereafter (prices are basic selling prices with SST, but no on-the-road).

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DIDI Resources, the official custodians of the Moto Guzzi Malaysia, has officially launched 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough. We had the first look of the bike earlier.

First Look Review: 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

The V7 III Rough is the latest addition to the V7 III’s extensive model line-up which includes the recently launched Carbon, Anniversario, Racer, Stone, Special, besides the Limited and Milano that are not available in Malaysia, as yet.

Moto Guzzi Malaysia introduces limited edition V7 III Carbon – Priced at RM74,900

The V7 III line-up not only represents the Moto Guzzi’s entry-level motorcycles, but also the most customizable, which is why there are so many interpretations within the manufacturer itself.

Coming back to the Rough iteration, the bike rolls on knobby tyres mounted on spoked rims, for a version that screams “urban jungle basher.” That should mean the bike is made for conquering rough city roads, as well as shooting through an unpaved shortcut. It also should be fine for light off-road paths, say to camping sites like those at Janda Baik or Mat Daling, to name a few.

In the V7 III signature minimalistic style, the front and rear fenders are polished aluminium while the fuel tank is finished in matt silver. The headlamp nacelle, handlebars, engine and single-sided swingarm are powercoated in black. The fork stanchions are enclosed in classic dust gaiters. A black leather seat with classy red stitching adds the finishing touch.

Moto Guzzi also offers an extensive array of accessories for the rider to turn his V7 III Rough into a bike which better reflects his personality.

Powering the V7 III Rough is the same 750cc, air-cooled, pushrod-activated 2-valve-per-cylinder, transversely-mounted, 90o V-Twin lump which made its debut in 1967. It produces 52bhp at 6,200 RPM and 60 Nm of torque at 4,900 RPM. The engine is tuned to provide linear torque throughout its rev range.

The engine and longitudinal gearbox are then mounted to a dismountable double-cradle frame with the same weight distribution as the legendary V7 of 46% rear and 54% front. Dual Kayaba shocks suspend the swingarm (which contains the driveshaft on one side) from the frame. This configuration provides the bike with a low and accessible seat height of just 770 mm.

While Moto Guzzi is considered the “heritage” brand under the Piaggio Group, the motorcycles are anything but, as despite being the entry-level range, the V7 III line-up features a two-level Moto Guzzi Traction Control (MGCT) and a two-channel ABS system made by Continental.

Further on electronics, the single speedometer gauge may look basic, but it displays all pertinent data such as gear position, odometer and daily trip odometer, trip time, average speed, real-time and average fuel consumption, average speed and MGCT level. The minimum and maximum engine revs can also be preset.

The instrument display may also be updated with the optional Moto Guzzi Multimedia Platform which connects a smartphone via an app to present even more data to the rider.

In launching the Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough, it also pays tribute to the upcoming Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride (DGR) 2018 (happening on 30th September 2018), Mr. Simone Niccolai, the Managing Director of Asia Pacific 2Wheeler, Piaggio Asia Pacific, dressed the part for the occasion with attired supplied by Tiga Supply Co. together with the management personnel of DIDI Resources and Stronghold Cycles.

The 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough is priced at RM 69,900 for introductory units and RM 75,000 thereafter (prices are basic selling prices with SST, but no on-the-road).

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

2018 MOTO GUZZI V7III ROUGH

ENGINE
ENGINE TYPE 4-stroke, pushrod-activated 4-valve, air-cooled, transversely-mounter, 90o V-Twin
DISPLACEMENT 744 cc
BORE x STROKE 80 mm x 74 mm
POWER 52 bhp (38 kW) @ 6,200 RPM
TORQUE 60 Nm @ 4,900 RPM
TRANSMISSION 6-speed
FUEL SYSTEM Fuel injection with single throttle body
CHASSIS
FRAME Double cradle tubular frame in ALS steel with detachable elements
FRONT SUSPENSION ø Ø 40 mm hydraulic telescopic forks, 130 mm travel
REAR SUSPENSION Twin Kayaba shocks with adjustable spring preload, 93 mm travel
FRONT BRAKE 1 X Two-piston Brembo caliper, ø 320 mm floating disc
REAR BRAKE 1 X Two-piston floating caliper, ø 260 mm brake disc
FRONT TYRE 100/90-R18 (110/90-R18 optional),
REAR TYRE 130/80-R17
STEERING HEAD ANGLE 26.4o
TRAIL 106 mm
WHEEL BASE 1,445 mm
SEAT HEIGHT 770 mm
FUEL TANK CAPACITY 21 litres (with 4 litres as reserve)
KERB WEIGHT 209 kg (with 90% fuel and all fluids, ready to ride)
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