First Look Review: 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough

  • The 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough is the Italian manufacturer’s “scrambler” variant.

  • Built on the V7 III platform, the Rough has limited off-road capabilities.

  • Apart from the tyres and a few design cues, the Rough is fundamentally the same as other V7 III.


It seems that virtually every manufacturer which has a modern retro line-up features at least one “lightweight adventure” variant, usually called a “scrambler.” Moto Guzzi is not left out in this revolution either, with this 2018 V7 III Rough.

The Rough is part of Moto Guzzi’s popular V7 III line-up. Its styling outline is the same, with minor differences.

The fuel tank is painted in matt silver, while the front and rear fenders are polished aluminium. It also sports larger sized wire-spoke wheels shod with adventure tyres and minimal bodywork, signaling its intent. This means the bike could be ridden on the road and on light off-road situations.

The V7 III Rough is powered by the same 744cc transversely-mounted 90o V-Twin which serves the V7 III range. The fuel-injected, air-cooled, OHV engine produces 52 bhp @ 6200 RPM and 60 Nm of torque at 4900 RPM.

It has Moto Guzzi Traction Control (MGTC) but no power modes. ABS is standard on both ends. The front brake consists of a 320mm floating disc clamped by a Brembo caliper.

Unlike other “scramblers,” the Rough’s dual exhausts are mounted in the standard positions instead of being mounted high up. As such it should be able to tackle the lighter off-road stuff. On the plus side, the low exhausts allow for more luggage mounting options.

All in all, the V7 III Rough provides Moto Guzzi fans with another option. Priced at RM 69,900 (basic selling price excluding tax, road tax and insurance), it is now available at Moto Guzzi Malaysia’s showroom in Petaling Jaya.

Please follow Moto Guzzi Malaysia’s official Facebook page for more details or drop by at the location below.