But then Moto Guzzi announced that another bike I love the look of, the V7 Stone, will soon be equipped with ABS and traction control. Why a 48 hp bike needs traction control, I don’t know; but it struck me as a big announcement because I think most people assumed that manufacturers of “modern classics” like the V7 Stone, the Triumph Bonneville and the Kawasaki W800 would hold off on adhering to upcoming EU regulations for as long as they could, milking their standard braking systems for one more year.
“Hey, wow,” I thought upon learning of the changes coming to the V7 Stone. “Perhaps this could be my next bike. It’s definitely got the look and style; now it’s got the brakes I want.”
And, indeed, the V7 very well could be something I’d get. Though I’m still a little put off by two issues: a) the whole 48 hp thing; b) it requires bias/cross-ply tires. It’s always been my understanding that bias are dangerously inferior to radial tires (b).
Meanwhile, it occurs to me that if Moto Guzzi is planning to update its most classic bike for 2015 it should almost certainly do the same with other models, including the Griso. I would expect full details to come out this week at the INTERMOT show.
(b) If anyone would like to shed light on whether I am wrong in this, please do so in the comment section. I really don’t know that much about tires.