blank 04/17/15 09:49AM Moto Guzzi 2015, Moto Guzzi V7 II, Readers Pics

Moto Guzzi all-new 2015 V7 II Guzzi

Moto Guzzi all-new 2015 V7 II

Improving a Moto Guzzi is never easy. It takes courage, passion and skill to live up to the expectations and reputation of a legendary brand that is beloved the world over for its coveted motorcycles.

The best recent example of this magical combination is the California 1400, a final exam passed with flying colours by the market critics. Now Moto Guzzi relaunches, improving on the other pillar in its product range: the V7. On the best selling Moto Guzzi of 2008 every possible useful element to enhance the sensation of quality, even tactile, has been finely fashioned. The most radical change was to the engine and the chassis where every possible path was explored to increase the level of safety, ergonomics and comfort – in short, the pleasure of riding.

The result achieved represents enough of an evolution to warrant a new name: V7 II. The addition of the Roman numeral historically identifies the most successful and longest running products to come out of Mandello del Lario, such as the V50, Le Mans, 1000 SP, California and now also the V7 in its well known and popular versions: Stone, Special, Racer.


It’s not just an expression; the V7 truly has an extra gear. One look at the gearbox is enough, now completely redesigned in order to house forced lubrication with an oil pump.

The new six gear spacing allowed the first and last two ratios to be reduced, decreasing the drop in rpm between one gear and the next. The primary drive ratio has also been changed, going from 16:21 to 18:23. Along with the gearbox the clutch was also improved, with modifications to the lever, the linkage and the cable in order to achieve a softer action and a more even release.


Moto Guzzi has always had a keen eye toward safety aspects, even as early as the days of the famous combined “integral” braking system. Today Moto Guzzi continues to develop solutions to increase active safety features for the rider and on the new V7 II the ABS braking system and MGCT (Moto Guzzi Controllo Trazione) system have been introduced. The former is a Continental two-channel unit, whereas the latter is a system passed down from the California 1400, simplified in operation, which adapts to the vehicle speed, springing into action based on the difference in speed between the front and rear wheel.

Among other things, the system allows the tyre contact surface with the ground to be recalibrated, thereby compensating for any wear or the use of units that have a profile different than the original standard equipment. Two indicator lights on the instrument cluster signal activation of the ABS and MGTC action.


Looking at the V7 II for the first time, the trained eye of an enthusiast may sense an initial significant difference: the bike appears to be longer and more front-loaded. This is not an optical illusion: the engine has been tilted 4° toward the front axle and lowered 10 mm compared to the previous model.

This has created three more centimetres of knee room which, along with the new 25 mm lower footpegs, provide a comfortable position even for taller than average riders.

Besides comfort, the Moto Guzzi V7 II is a whole other bike in terms of riding pleasure. All you have to do is squeeze the clutch and engage the gear to appreciate a soft and quiet action which was unheard of on the previous five speed gearbox.

Once you are in the saddle, lowered to 790 mm, you’ll discover how the new saddle-handlebar-footpegs triangulation transmits the pleasant sensation of being in the bike and not on top of it like with the previous version. The new riding position allows you to fully enjoy the changes made to the chassis which, thanks to the new lower and farther forward position of the engine, have made it more communicative and efficient in demanding riding.

The rear axle has also been restabilised, increasing suspension negative travel by lowering the cardan final drive output 50 mm. This now allows greater tyre grip during load transfer, both in braking and direction changes.

Sure, the V7 II is not a bike designed to break track records, but even in that situation it is faster now than the previous version and then its direct competitors.



Eclectic and essential, the V7 II Stone now has new “Rough” colours: black, red, grey and yellow.

They are all satin finishes and inspired by typical ‘70s colour schemes that enhance the contrast of the new frame, built with more aesthetic welding where brilliant paintwork has been applied to enhance the ingenious architecture. The rear light cluster is new, done in black like the new, more ergonomic clutch and brake levers.

The technical characteristic that differentiates the V7 Stone from her big sisters is the lightweight alloy wheel rims, a unique modern concept on a decidedly vintage design.

Guzzi-Stone V7 II Special


Of the V7 versions this is the one that most approaches the original spirit of its ancestor, beginning from its graphics, christened “Essetre” (S3) and inspired by the famous 1975 V750 S3. Following this graphic concept, the V7 II now has three glossy colour bases: classic black with orange stripes to faithfully revisit the colours of its famous ancestor and two brand new schemes on metallic red and light blue with a silver stripe.

As with the Stone, the Special also has a new frame that stands out, besides for the different engine and shock absorber mounting distances, for an improved finish in terms of welding and paintwork, as well as for the redesigned black brake and clutch levers and the new rear light cluster. Unlike the Stone and the Racer, the V7 Special has a fork stanchion protector instead of the dust boots that are fitted on the other models in the range.


Manufactured in limited edition as the celebratory plate located on the upper steering yoke indicates, the V7 II Racer confirms the previous model’s equipment and features when the total-black look was introduced on the side panels, mirrors, silencer brackets and footpeg guards in contrast with the bright 22 litre chromium fuel tank.

Other premium components include the aft-mounted footpegs machined from solid billets, the lightened steering stem and the steering yoke guard consisting of a double chromed ring, which is so exquisitely crafted that it looks like an ornamental feature. Particularly satisfying, not only from an aesthetic point of view but also in terms of dynamic performance, is the presence of a pair of WMY01 Bitubo shock absorbers with adjustable spring preload, in extension and compression, thanks to a 12 click adjusting knob.

This is a bike that was born to be ridden strictly one-up, in black leathers, a skullcap helmet and leather stud palm gloves.

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blank 04/10/15 07:51AM Custom Bike Show, Motorcycle Demo Rides, Motorcycle Show, Poker Run, Road Trip

33rd Annual Laughlin River Run, April 22-26

Laughlin River Run 2015

Riding the River for 33 years...

Get ready for the largest motorcycle event on the west coast. Take Laughlin by storm April 22th through the 26th. See Historic US Route 66 the way it was meant to be seen. Turn back time as you ride the hills from Kingman to Oatman, AZ. Cool off in the Colorado, or test lady luck at any one of the casinos located on the strip.

Special Events

Wednesday – Saturday:

Riverside Resort - Victory® Motorcycle Demo Rides, Indian® Motorcycle Demo Rides, Star® Motorcycle Demo Rides
Ink Mayhem - Laughlin Tattoo Convention at the Laughlin River Lodge. To learn more click here.

Thursday - Saturday:
Official River Run ® Poker Run
- Register at the Riverside Resort Starview Room: Thursday 9am to 9pm - Friday 8am to 8pm
- Saturday 8am - 10am
- Finish at the Colorado Belle: Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm. Saturday 10am to 2pm
- Winners Posted at the Colorado Belle Loading Dock Restaurant: Saturday 6pm
Tropicana Laughlin - Harley-Davidson® Demo Rides & 2015 Motorcycle Exhibit

Wet T-shirt Contest at the Riverside Resort Loser’s Lounge 10pm

American Heroes Charity Poker Run benefiting Tri-State Veterans.
Register 8:30 – 10am at the Tropicana Express. $15 Rider $10 Passenger donation – more info
Bikini Contest Riverside Resort Outdoor Bodies Bar Stage 3pm.

Custom Bike Show:
Main Deck - Colorado Belle adjacent to the Loading Dock Restaurant

- Register 8am – 10am
- Judging and Public Viewing 11am - 3pm
- Awards Announced at 3pm (Sorry - Do to Space Limitations this Event is Limited to 2 Wheel Motorcycles Only)

Ms. Laughlin River Run ® Contest:
Must be an Official Participant to be eligible
Register in the Riverside Resort Star View Room Thursday - Saturday
Contest held at the Riverside Resort Bodies Bar Outdoor Stage Saturday at 4pm
Tropicana Laughlin:
2015 Harley-Davidson® Switchback Motorcycle Drawing: 11pm
(Special Rules Apply: Visit the Tropicana Laughlin for Details)
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blank 04/09/15 09:58AM Bike Rally, Bike Show, Events, Motorcycle Games, Poker Run, Road Trip

Hawg Valley Bike Rally; Graham, KY

Hawg Valley Bike Rally 2015

Hawg Valley Bike Rally
Corley Chapel Rd
Graham, KY 42344

(812) 660-0584 regular business hours

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blank 04/08/15 11:07AM Bike Builder, Motorcycle Show, Mule Motorcycle, Readers Pics, Sportbike

Bike Builder Richard Pollock to be honored 2015 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle & Music Show July 25

Richard Pollock SportBike Image
Richard and his 2014 Calendar Show class winning Mule Motorcycles XR1200 Sportster Streetmaster, with SBK Fast Dates World Superbike podium girls Jitka and Petra from the Czech Republic, and singer songwriter Katie Cole.Calendar Bike Builder Richard Pollock to be honored at
2015 Los Angeles Calendar Motorcycle & Music Show Saturday July 25th at the Sagebrush Cantina, Calabasas, CA

Los Angeles, CA, - The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show on Saturday July 25th continues its now 24-year tradition as the premier outdoor streetbike event in America as it rocks for the first time the legendary bike hangout and party zone, the Sagebrush Cantina in beautiful downtown Calabasas, CA. Featured are top Celebrity Custom Bike Builders, the Calendar Bike Building Championship & Concourse d' Elegance, selected Vendors and Exhibitors, and Calendar Girl Live Music. Performers include beautiful actress and singer songwriter Gwendolyn Edwards and her Band, and American Idol contender Alex Nester. The Show marks the world premier of next year's new 2016 Motorcycle PinUp Calendars featuring the world's top roadrace and custom motorcycles, with the beautiful SBK Fast Dates World Superbike Calendar Kittens from the Calendars in attendance at the Show.

This year's LA Calendar Motorcycle Show  will pay special tribute to Richard Pollock / as one of the  favorite and most successful Calendar Bike Builders over the last 25 years. Richard's first custom Sportster powered Streetracker won it's class at the 1999 Calendar Bike Show at the Santa Monica Airport and was featured in the 2001 Iron & Lace Calendar.  Richard's most recent class win came last year at the 2014 Show where he won 1st Place Sportbike with a beautiful Harley XR1200 Streetmaster Replica, then photographed by Show producer Jim Gianatis and featured in the new 2016 Calendars premiering at this year's event.

Other Legendary Motorcycle Calendars Builders and Show Winners expected to attend this year's Show include 2014 Best of Show winners Calin Senciac / Imagine Vehicles International premiering a new Moto Guzzi based cafe racer build, Russell Mitchell / Exile Cycles, Ron Simms / Ron Simms Customs, Jim Guiffra & Spokesmodels / AFT Customs, Ron Baldonado / Rock Bottom Motorcycles, Chris Redpath / MotoGPwerks, Shinya Kimura / Chabott Engineering, and Adrian Packet / Canyon Motorcycles.

You'll certainly want to be at this year's Show at a new day and location as it honors Richard Pollock and he premiers his newest Streetracker build.The 2015 LA Calendar Motorcycle Show takes place on Saturday July 25th 10am-3pm at the legendary Sagebrush Cantina, 23527 Calabasas Road, Calabasas, CA 91302. Admission is limited and will sell out. For additional information and to purchase Advance VIP Tickets which include a Cantina Buffet Lunch and the Live Calendar Girl Music Show go to -
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blank 04/07/15 08:23AM Burning Bike, Events, live concerts, Motorcycle Rally, Poker Run

Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally; 5/22-24; Winnemucca, NV

Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally
May 22 - 24, 2015
Winnemucca, Nevada

Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally

The 14th Annual Run-A-Mucca Motorcycle Rally in Winnemucca, Nevada is sure to be the best event ever.
Get ready for plenty of action with free live concerts, a $1000 Poker Run, death defying special acts, and of course, the burning bike. Buy the Run Package before April 30, 2015
and receive your Run Shirt, Run Pin, Poker Run and Poker Stagger hands plus the Run Bar-B-Que for only $40.00. For 2015 we will donate $5 to our local veterans groups for each run package sold.

Run-A-Mucca 2015 Run Package:

  • Run Pin
  • One $1000 Poker Run Hand
  • One Ticket to the Event Barbeque
  • One $400 Poker Stagger Hand

Get this package for only $40 when you buy before April 30, 2015. Click the banner above to buy your package online!

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blank 04/06/15 09:35AM Motorcycle Ride, Road Trip

Road Block Ride - Scottsdale, AZ - May 3

Road Block Ride
Sunday, May 3, 2015   10:00 AM

Road Block Ride 2015

Two Gals Events & Promotions

Arizona - ValleyWide 
Cost $25 per person - Teams of 6. You must have 6 people on a Team. 
So that can mean 6 solo. OR 2 couples and 2 solos or whatever but you must have 6 people. 
Team Total $150 

Check in will be held at Chop-n-wok at 10am. includes breakfast, after party and Lunch 
This is a ride like no other... 

This ride will only hold 180 people. It will sell out at 180. 

Chop and Wok
10425 N Scottsdale Rd,     [map]
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blank 04/02/15 09:07AM Big Twin, Performance Carburetor, V-Twin

Mikuni HSR45-5 Performance Carburetor Easy Kit

Mikuni HSR45 Carburetor Kit image

The Mikuni HSR45 is the perfect carburetor performance upgrade kit for a Harley-Davidson Big Twin and other American V-Twin engines using a modified exhaust, cam kit, performance ignition, performance heads and possibly a big bore kit. The larger HSR45 Carburetor provides for significant more fuel mixture flow over Mikuni's very popular HSR42 Carburetor which is suited for stock and slightly modified engine where it allows a 25% performance gain. Easy Kit applications include Harley-Davidson 1999 to present Twin Cam, and 1990 to ‘99 Big Twin Evolution models.

Included in the Mikuni HSR45-5 Easy Kit is a 45mm HSR Carburetor, Stock Airbox Adapter, and instructions. The Kit can be used with the following H-D Screamin' Eagle higher flowing manifold kits: HDSE part numbers: 29634-00 (HTCC), or 29635-99 (TC), 29636-99 (Evo). Mikuni Carburetor Kit Part Number: HSR45-5

Mikuni Replacement and Aftermarket Performance Carburetors, Fuels Pumps and Accessories are available from your favorite Mikuni dealer through Mikuni American Distributors. You can access the complete Mikuni Carburetor Products Catalog with all available Carburetors, Parts, Tuning Components, along with Mikuni Distributor contact information on the web at

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blank 04/02/15 09:00AM Bike Corral, Choppers, Cruisers, Events, Harley, swap meet

So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet April
Sunday, April 26, 2015 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM

The So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet is the largest monthly gathering of riders in the USA. Held every month at Long Beach Veteran’s Stadium the So-Cal Cycle Swap Meet is an “All Brands” event with over 500 Vendors and over 1000 Bikes for show and sale. Riders and Collectors from all ends of the bike hobby, including Harley, Cruisers, Choppers, Vintage, British, Race, Off-Road, Japanese, Euro, and Bicycles get together to buy, sell, trade, show off, and talk about new, used, and vintage parts, bikes, and accessories. From professional shops and manufacturers liquidating excess inventory to the hobbyist selling off leftovers from his latest project you can find smokin’ deals on hard to find parts and accessories. Ride out and park your bike in the Bike Corral or get a vendor space and unload those old parts from your garage.

The Bike Corral is an exclusive parking area inside the event where you can park, show, or sell your bike.

The Corral is for complete and running bikes only. No parts sales of any kind. No trucks are permitted in the Corral at any time, though you may unload your bike in the event general parking and ride it into the corral.

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