2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Stone S And Night Pack First Look

With new additions, Guzzi’s 750cc family expands to six models for 2020.

Moto Guzzi’s latest addition to the V7 series is the limited-edition 2020 V7 Stone S, announced at EICMA 2019.
Moto Guzzi’s latest addition to the V7 series is the limited-edition 2020 V7 Stone S, announced at EICMA 2019.Courtesy Moto Guzzi

Moto Guzzi celebrated the 50-year anniversary of its best-selling V7 model by introducing the third-generation V7 III back in 2017, but it seems like the celebration is still going strong years later. Guzzi has decided to expand and even evolve (a little) its popular 744cc lineup this year with minor updates while, according to Guzzi, “retaining its original character and authenticity.” A new limited-edition 2020 V7 III Stone S model was announced at last month’s EICMA show, and the V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary was trotted out way back in February, adding up to a total of six (or seven, if you count the Racer LE) V7 variants for 2020. In true Guzzi fashion though, most of the “variations” are cosmetic; the core engine, chassis, and main underpinnings remain essentially unchanged).

So just to set the record straight, you now have the base-model V7 III Stone, the Night Pack variant of that bike, and now the new sportier-looking V7 III Stone S, as well as the new V7 III Racer LE (and even newer 10th Anniversary edition). The two established models, the V7 III Special and V7 III Rough, return to the series basically unchanged. Let’s go through the whole 2020 V7 III lineup now that it’s hopefully set in Stone (ahem).

The Stone S will be limited to just 750 units.
The Stone S will be limited to just 750 units, with a special serial number adorning each bike.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Stone S

To set it apart from all those other stablemates (as well as the base Stone), the new 2020 Stone S gets a stunning satin chrome fuel tank framed at the top edge by a black leather strap, along with full LED light clusters, including the headlight, taillight, and turn signals. Mechanical bits also get a dash of elegance, like the throttle body covers done up in natural anodized aluminum, and the cylinder heads highlighted with contrasting milled cooling fins.

The S goes a little café racer on us with other details, adding new bar end mirrors, slimmer, sportier fenders, and even a slight rear lip to the long, flattish two-up seat (done up in red stitching). Other distinctly sporty touches include the Guzzi red eagle badges pressed on either side of the fuel tank, shock springs also highlighted in crimson, and a red stitching on the new dedicated two-up Alcantara saddle. Guzzi says only 750 units will be produced in this limited-edition S version (to honor the 750cc displacement), with the “S” designation riffing on Moto Guzzi’s performance models of the 1970s, like the 1974 750 S and the 1971 V7 Sport. Every Stone S produced will also have its serial number engraved on the handlebar riser clamp, just to make things official.

Seen from above you can pick out the Stone S’s vintage touches, like bar-end mirrors and a black leather tank strap along with a quilt-patterned saddle. Serial number is on the bar riser.
Seen from above you can pick out the Stone S’s vintage touches, like bar-end mirrors and a black leather tank strap along with a quilt-patterned saddle. Serial number is on the bar riser.Moto Guzzi
The base-model Stone returns unchanged for 2020, keeping its elemental vibe intact. Here it is in Grigio Granitico.
The base-model Stone returns unchanged for 2020, keeping its elemental vibe intact. Here it is in Grigio Granitico.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Stone

The tried-and-true, blue-collar base Stone model soldiers on without the fanfare or bright lights of its flashier uptown brothers, content to stand alone in its essential aesthetic, refusing any stamp of chrome to mar its matte black paintwork—though it does get a brand-new matching passenger grab strap. The full-on “dark” look is locked in with a black light setting and that burnished-finish eagle adorning the fuel tank. The front fender is also shortened and painted to match the fuel tank, wheels are spoked, and there’s just the single gauge instrument cluster. You can get this bad boy in Nero Ruvido as well as two new satin finish color schemes, Grigio Granitico (shown) and Rosso Rovente.

Look closely: The Stone Night Pack has LED lighting which sits lower on the front face than its brethren. It also has a shorter, slimmer rear fender.
Look closely: The Stone Night Pack has LED lighting which sits lower on the front face than its brethren. It also has a shorter, slimmer rear fender.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Stone Night Pack

This variant, introduced mid-year, gets a couple of stylistic and functional changes, the first of which are new LED lights for improved lighting power for the headlight, turn indicators, and taillight. We’re not entirely sure what the “Night Pack” moniker’s all about, but the headlight and instrument cluster are positioned lower on this model for a more brooding look, and the bike boasts a shorter and sleeker rear fender, which integrates the brake light bracket and license plate holder. The V7 III Stone Night Pack is available in the classic Nero Ruvido livery or in the Bronzo Levigato and Blu Pungente variations.

Retro lines channel the most classic of vibes on the  V7 III Special, shown here in the Grigio Cristallo colorway.
Retro lines channel the most classic of vibes on the V7 III Special, shown here in the Grigio Cristallo colorway.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Special

Of all the V7 models, this is the one that probably best captures the spirit of the original. The classic vibe is enhanced with numerous chrome parts and bright graphics, and like the famous 1975 V750 S3, it gets the retro stripes on the side panels to match the one running atop the tank. The spoked wheels have black hubs; the instrumentation is made up of dual circular displays; and the chrome plated steel passenger grab handle comes standard. The V7 III Special saddle also rocks “old-school” stitching. It’s available in Nero Onice and Grigio Cristallo (shown) colors.

The Rough adopts a scrambler-ish approach, with knobbies and fork gaiters meant to sell the appearance of dirt-worthiness.
The Rough adopts a scrambler-ish approach, with knobbies and fork gaiters meant to sell the appearance of dirt-worthiness.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Rough

You can pick the Rough out of the lineup easily thanks to its knobby tires and spoked wheels, as well as the dedicated saddle with stitching, passenger grab strap, and aluminum side panels. The headlight frame is painted black and the fork stanchions are protected by classic rubber dust covers. The V7 III Rough can be had in the Grigio Grafite and Verde Mimetico colors.

The V7 III Racer Limited Edition brings the café-racer vibe with a classic solo seat, shorty front fender, and adjustable Öhlins shocks out back.
The V7 III Racer Limited Edition brings the café-racer vibe with a classic solo seat, shorty front fender, and adjustable Öhlins shocks out back.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Racer

The new V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary made its debut at EICMA last month along with the Stone S, bringing with it new styling elements like a fresh front fairing, an all-chrome gas tank and bar-end mirrors, along with new LED lighting. It also gets rearsets machined from solid billet, and a lightened steering stem and steering yoke guard. Of course, we all heard about its close relative, the 2020 V7 III Racer LE way back in February so if you want the whole low-down on that model we’ll direct you to link here.

The newest V7 III is the 2020 Racer 10th Anniversary, which wears an all-new front fairing, an all-chrome gas tank, LED lighting and bar-end mirrors. No word on price just yet.
The newest V7 III is the 2020 Racer 10th Anniversary, which wears an all-new front fairing, an all-chrome gas tank, LED lighting and bar-end mirrors. No word on price just yet.Moto Guzzi

2020 V7 III Racer 10th Anniversary

As you might have guessed, all of the above models are powered by the third evolution of Guzzi’s traditional 744cc horizontal twin, which was completely revamped in 2017 with entirely new cylinder heads, pistons, and cylinder cases, though bore and stroke and thus displacement remains unchanged. It’s Euro 4 compliant, but Euro 5 is looming and we’d guess some needed changes are on the horizon for 2021.

Also returning are the adjustable Kayaba shock absorbers, and each of the V7 III versions gets a dedicated saddle with new graphics and coverings. The V7 III Stone and Rough keep a single instrument display, while the Special and Racer versions feature a second gauge for the rev counter.

For the V7 III range, the innovative Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia system is available as an optional accessory, allowing you to connect the bike to a smartphone. A dedicated free app can be downloaded from the App Store and Google Play, making your smartphone (iPhone or Android) a sophisticated on-board multifunctional computer, linking the vehicle and the internet.

The Moto Guzzi original accessories catalog for the V7 III has also expanded to include parts for the new models, and now contains more than 80 parts including exhaust upgrades, beefier suspension components and touring and cosmetic accessories. Find more info at: https://www.motoguzzi.com/us_EN/accessories/

2020 Moto Guzzi V7 III Price And Specifications

Price $8,490–$9,990
Engine 744cc, air-cooled, four-stroke, 90° V-twin
Bore x Stroke 80.0 x 74.0mm
Claimed Horsepower 52 hp @ 6,200 rpm
Claimed Torque 44.2 lb.-ft. @ 4,900 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Frame ALS steel tubular double cradle
Front Suspension 40mm hydraulic telescopic fork; 5.1-in. (130mm) travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks adjustable for spring preload (Racer w/ fully adjustable Öhlins shock); 3.1-in. (80mm) travel
Front Brake Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320mm floating discs (Rough w/ ABS)
Rear Brake 2-piston floating caliper, 260mm disc (Rough w/ ABS)
Wheels, Front/Rear Lightweight alloy (spoked for Special, Racer, Rough); 18 in. / 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear 100/90-18 (110/80R-18 alternatively) / 130/80-17
Rake/Trail 26.4°/4.7 in. (106mm)
Wheelbase 57.6 in. (1,463mm)
Seat Height 30.3 in. (770mm)
Fuel Capacity 5.5 gal. (21L) (including 1.1 gal./4L reserve)
Claimed Curb Weight 461 lb. (209kg) (Special, Rough 470 lb./213kg)
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