Rode the V7 in the Sacramento Mountains around Ruidoso, NM - Kawasaki Versys Forum
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Rode the V7 in the Sacramento Mountains around Ruidoso, NM

If y'all ever get the chance to ride in the Sacramento Mountains, take it. Some really nice roads and varying terrain in the area.

So I pull into the "Inn of the Mountain Gods" to reconnoiter and decide where I want to ride today.

All of a sudden I look up and see a Moto Guzzi California Custom stopped and the guy is checking out my Carbon. It is rare to see two Moto Guzzis in one location and I didn't even get a photo! I walk over and he introduces himself and he has an accent so I ask him where he is from. Italy! He is here working at the resort and bought the bike in El Paso. We didn't get to talk long or take photos because he had family visiting and needed to get to them. Before he left me he told me that I had to ride up the road to Ski Apache. That road wasn't even on my route plan but I thought I had better check it out.

Sure glad I did!

Got in almost 90 miles of great mountain riding. The V7 is every bit as fun to ride as my FZ-07 was. I am impressed with this Moto Guzzi!

Here is the route with the addition of the road to Ski Apache.


A close up of the road to Ski Apache. Nice winding road up the mountain.


Some shots of the bike and the background along the way up the mountain.




Yes, that is some rain off in the distance.


Temps dropped 10 degrees at 10,000 feet compared to 6000 feet at the Inn.

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That looks sweet. Tell us more about Moto Guzzi's. Do they require as much maintenance as a Ducati? They look amazing but haven't read much on them yet.

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That looks sweet. Tell us more about Moto Guzzi's. Do they require as much maintenance as a Ducati? They look amazing but haven't read much on them yet.

Moto Guzzis are a lot simpler designs than Ducati. They are air cooled, shaft driven with separate lubrication for the engine and the transmission. They utilize a dry clutch. The V7 (750cc) is two valves per head and as you can see by where the heads are there is nothing to remove to get to the valve covers to check the clearances. What appeals to me also is that my V7 has very little plastic anywhere on it. I think only the back of the speedometer is plastic.

The V7s are not hot rods like the Ducatis can be.

Dealer network is sketchy like Ducatis, but Moto Guzzis are easy to work on yourself. You can set it up with bags and shields if that is what you want.

If you are always searching for more power and more acceleration and more more more the Moto Guzzi V7 is probably not for you. If you enjoy riding for the roads and the feel of the air and the unobstructed view, plus no chain oil dirtying up your bike then maybe one is in your future.

Moto Guzzi used to be into racing and sport bikes, but today they have a limited lineup of motorcycles.

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Moto Guzzis are a lot simpler designs than Ducati. They are air cooled, shaft driven with separate lubrication for the engine and the transmission. They utilize a dry clutch. The V7 (750cc) is two valves per head and as you can see by where the heads are there is nothing to remove to get to the valve covers to check the clearances. What appeals to me also is that my V7 has very little plastic anywhere on it. I think only the back of the speedometer is plastic.

The V7s are not hot rods like the Ducatis can be.

Dealer network is sketchy like Ducatis, but Moto Guzzis are easy to work on yourself. You can set it up with bags and shields if that is what you want.

If you are always searching for more power and more acceleration and more more more the Moto Guzzi V7 is probably not for you. If you enjoy riding for the roads and the feel of the air and the unobstructed view, plus no chain oil dirtying up your bike then maybe one is in your future.

Moto Guzzi used to be into racing and sport bikes, but today they have a limited lineup of motorcycles.
Thanks for the summary...I definitely wouldn't mind one of those some day. I greatly appreciate real materials and quality craftsmanship over power myself. Being easy to work on is a plus too. So many bikes, so little time....
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...Moto Guzzi used to be into racing and sport bikes, but today they have a limited lineup of motorcycles...
AND "Guzzi" made the famous Moto Guzzi "Moto GP" 500cc V8!!!

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I had the day off and headed for the mountains on the Carbon. Beautiful day. Great roads. Amazing Scenery. Crazy temperature changes that had me adding and removing layers based on elevations from 4300 to 10,000 feet.


Route 130 in the Sacramento Mountains.


View of White Sands National Monument.


The Tullarosa Basin.


Riding down Fresnal Canyon Road.






Maybe I should have bought a Rough. LOL!


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Nice bike. Thanks for sharing your ride.
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Great photos and great narrative. Brings back fond memories of the years we lived in Alamogordo and explored the great roads in the region. If you passed through the little town of San Antonio, NM, hope you stopped for the best green chili burger in the country. It isn't a boast, it's merely a fact they're genuinely proud of.

Also owned and loved a Guzzi V50 III back in the day (when I was younger and not as rotund) and am still sorry I ever parted with it. It was a little gem.

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The sign outside of Pistachioland store. I had to flip the photo to be able to read the sign.

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Two Sundays ago I ventured out early so I stayed in the valley until after lunch since the mountains were in the 40s and 50s while the valley started out on the high 60s.

I decided to go in search of what I consider cool backdrops for photos of my Carbon. I think a few turned out pretty good.


A business in Tularosa, NM





Downtown Carrizozo, NM


Valley of Fires park.

After lunch of Green Chili and Cheese Burritos and Peach Tea I started climbing in elevation for the cooler temps.

Climbing out of Nogal, NM on 37.


Mescalero Lake at the Inn of the Mountain Gods

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Curious on the heat coming off those heads that close to your legs? The dealer here in Cincinnati is selling a lot of them. Good guys, being the mechanics I use.

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YOUR pics brought to mind these:





The V was just down the block

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Had to get rid of my Guzzi Jackal to make room in the stable for a V650LT. No regrets. Fine ride, and all; nut I never got behind the racketty rack racket. Damn valves sound like someone left a couple of quarters under each valve cover. Much prefer my Indian Scout for that cruiser role.

They do look mighty fine tho. I could take an Audace.

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