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‘70 Moto Guzzi V7 Special – Two Cats Garage

Posted on March 7, 2014 by Andrew in Classic. 16 comments


You know what they say. “It’s the simple things in life that are often the best.” And nothing represents that more perfectly than today’s bike. It’s a beautifully simple, perfectly restrained Moto Guzzi from the land of the long white cloud, New Zealand. With not much more than a new seat and a perfect eye for clean lines, Michael Dobson from Raumati’s Two Cats Garage has helped this rather maximal Italian beast shed more than a few pounds and become the svelte, beautiful bike she somehow always should have been.


“It’s a 1970 Moto Guzzi V7 Special, which was also called and Ambassador in US,” notes Mike. It’s actually our second Pipeburn appearance – we were luck enough to be featured previously for our 1986 BMW R80RT we called ‘Bopper’. For this one Gary, the bike’s owner, came to us with the concept and we did the rest.”


“Essentially, it’s a very simple update on a very bulky bike. Sure, it’s not radically and could easily be achieved at home… but that’s what we like about it. Half the work was already done by Moto Guzzi; it just goes to show that if you start with a good product you just have to reveal it. We were also amazed at just how much lighter the bike looks. Like chalk and cheese.”


“The main parts of the build include new alloy guards, the removal of the side covers, a new gel battery which we installed lying down and some subtle pod air filters. The crash bars were removed, a set of lower handlebars were added and an LED tail light was attached. Oh, and a clean, single seat. Obviously.

Then there’s the 70’s Ural peaked headlight rim which gives that classic, forward attitude to the bike’s looks. The custom mufflers were made by Damon at Cycleworks. The battery’s leather belt picks up on the leather seat and the gold tank pinstripe as well. Overall, the look is the proven formula of black and chrome. There’s a good reason why it’s classic – and that’s because it looks so damn good.”


“And we should probably mention that the bike will be featured at Polished Rockers ride-in bike show at Tuatara Brewery on this coming Sunday, March 9th. Be sure and say ‘hi’ if you drop by.”


[Photos by Ireen Demut]

  • Magnifique, simple, sobre, élégante, cette Moto Guzzi V7 est parfaite !

  • Fantome_NR

    gorgeous. only thing I’d change is is the mufflers, for something a little narrower and a little shorter.

  • revdub

    Husk-guzzi! Very clean build. A solo seat wouldn’t be my personal choice, but looks good with the other elements.

    • itsmefool

      Ya know, I’m typically one who screams “this would look better with a solo seat,” but in this case, I might need to change my opinion. Based on its length, going with a two-up saddle on this otherwise sweet ride would make it more proportional!

      • arnold

        I was thinkin’, a set of hard bags would even it out more perfecter.

        • itsmefool

          That might be even better…I never really think about those, either, but I could see ’em on this bike.

          • arnold

            very nice build. The seat would be lost if it were black.

  • It’s one of those bike stat makes me want to search the classifieds for old V7s…

  • Rycodiawan

    Resik tenan re’ !!!!!

  • acuity

    Oh, please bar selective colour photographs in future posts,thank you.

  • NateK

    I’m a little confused here, tabs on the rear loop are only in the first picture. Did those get ground off and painted…at the beach?

    • RobR

      The power of salt water!

  • Cliff Overton

    Yes, yes and yes! This falls squarely into the “bikes I would love to own and ride every day” category. One lovely clean simple build that discovers the bike underneath. The one and only thing I would add for practicalities sake is a classic style luggage rack over the rear fender behind the beautiful seat. It would make good use of the space and look the part. And yes – now I am looking for a V7 too.

  • RobR

    Nice job on this bike. I love the shape of the tank in the last photo. The only thing I don’t like is how the rear fender doesn’t follow the curve of the tire. This usually happens with chain-driven bikes as there is fore and aft adjustment, but this one is fixed. Just my own preference…

  • George N Teesh Payn

    Nice clean proportions I like it a lot!! well done 🙂

  • Ion66

    Nice, simple and tasteful. Love it, but then, I am a Guzzi rider.