OF 750S ROADTEST, 'IL PILOTA MOTO' MAGAZINE, JUNE 1974
magazine road test of the 750S, interesting for its comparisons
between the 750S and Sport. I've tried to translate it as correctly
as possible but there may be a few phrases that don't sit so well
in English, and remember it was written almost 30 years ago!!.
Pictures are of the pages of the magazine, pictures further down
are a few details with translations of the captions.
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test of the Moto Guzzi 750S
the latest version of the celebrated V7 Sport, born in June 1971,
and benchmark for the quality of its v twin engine and handling
characteristics. Modifications have been made only to the braking
system, with two new Brembo discs up front, the paint scheme and
a few details. It's an excellent motorcycle, appreciated particularly
by whoever travels thousands of miles. This year, the bike will
also be taking part in production bike racing.
in June 1971 for the 500km Monza race (where it arrived second
ridden by Riva and Piazzalunga), the Guzzi V7 Sport has been repackaged
in a model improved in its aesthetics and its cycle parts. It
was admired at the Milan Bike show in November, under the new
model name 750S. Lets look in more detail at the changes to the
sports bike from Mandello. The front twin disc set-up (that replaces
the much discussed TLS drum brake) has changed the general look
of the bike, but has changed the bikes overall abilities and performance.
The other modifications are purely aesthetic, i.e. the shortened
seat with the soft hump, and the covers of the side panels/toolboxes.
The paintwork is completely new: chromed and polished parts have
disappeared, and everything else is painted black, with a diagonal
coloured stripe on the tank and toolboxes. This stripe, which
is available in red, orange or green, doesn't manage to balance
the overall sombre look that the black suggests. It's a bit like
seeing Little Red Riding Hood in a Dracula film - an element of
goodness, but incapable of taking away the darkness of the environment.
Sorry Mr De Tomaso if it seems we are making too much out of a
secondary detail, but it seems to us that you could have designed
a happier and more pleasing paint scheme, as has been done with
the attractive colour options of the new 850T. Most Motorcyclists
nowadays don't really have a skull printed on their t-shirt anymore!
look of the 750S, despite the paint scheme, is much more modern
and aggressive than the old Sport, due to the lower, sleeker seat,
and the two large (300mm) discs up front. The frame, that magnificent
frame that matches perfect function with a refined geometry, is
now partially hidden under the redesigned side panels, whereas
before it was beautiful to see, as the angle of the rear shocks
mirrored the angles of the frame. Regarding finish, it's worth
noting that of all the bikes in the 1974 Guzzi line-up, the 750S
is the only model that retains handlebars from previous years:
the instrumentation remains that of the Sport. About the two clocks
(rev counter on the left and speedo on the right, but without
trip odometer), we can only say good things, because they're clear,
readable and precise.
off for the instrumentation/dash, which could have been changed
for something more modern, with a more elegant design of the idiot
lights for neutral, generator, lights and oil. The same goes for
the basic switchgear, next to the left hand grip, which should
have been redesigned with something more in line with the class
of the rest of the bike. Then to finish, it should also be noted
that the gear change is now on the left, abandoning tradition,
but in a desire to modernise.