Since 1966, the Guzzi V7 range created the basis of all upcoming Guzzi products – and built up a remarkable reputation over decades. With its V2 engine and modern suspension it offered superior performance and speed. Thus, the looks and image of all modern Guzzis – may it be the legendary Le Mans, California or the modern V7 – still take this stunner into reference.
The Bella Donna was a touring superbike in the 60s. Today, we can only guess what a bike like that would have felt like at that time. It took three more years to see a CB Four in the streets, Porsches were below 200 hp and the fast Guzzi came like a real bombshell.
The V7 750 Special was introduced as successor of the ordinary V7 with 700 cc in mid-1969. Minor changes to the package were applied: The 757,5 cc V2, a rev counter, an uprated gear box (still 4-speed), new carbs (VHB 29) and slight changes to the engine and body parts were the most visible changes. Additionally, the fuel tank increased its capacity up to 22,5 liters. This setup guaranteed well-filled income for Moto Guzzi till the V7 850 GT set a new benchmark in 1972.
As usual with Italian bikes, configurations varied in detail due to supplier changes and Guzzi’s flimsy OEM spare part stock.
|Building Time||1969 – 1972|
|VIN||VM 00 AA – VM 25EP|
|Color scheme||Milky white with black and red applications|
|Frame||Tubular steel frame, 1.470 mm wheelbase|
|Suspension||Hydraulic telescopic front fork, rear double-shock swing arm|
|Wheels||4.00-18” on 18 x 3” Borrani rims|
|Brakes||Drum brakes, Duplex at front, both 220 mm|
|L x B x H||2.245 x 830 x 1.070 mm|
|Engine Configuration||V2, longitudinal crank shaft, OHV, 2 Valves|
|Bore / Stroke||83 x 70 mm|
|Max. Power||38 kW / 52 hp @ 6.500 rpm|
|Max. Speed||172 km/h|
|0-100 km/h||ca. 7 s|
|Gearbox||Sequential 4-speed box|
|Drive train||Shaft drive with encapsulated knuckle joint (end ratio 4,375; 8/35)|
|Electrical system||12 V, belt-driven 25 Amp generator between cylinders|