An unmistakable part of the cafe racer style is a fairing, nothing quite as confining and all enclosing like found on the average sport bike, but more minimal and sleek. Moto Guzzi, by introducing their V7 Classic and V7 Cafe, provided a perfect platform for just such an addition and quite a few owners were looking to bolt one up, if they could just find one. If you're one of them, stop looking, because, here it is.
This fairing is the result of a collaboration of Luca Bar, the designer we've seen here many times, and “Luigi Stucchi” from Mandello del Lario, a family run business, producing all sorts of accessories for Moto Guzzi along with several other makes of motorcycles.
Everything started when a German dealer's customers kept asking for an endurance style fairing for their V7 like the one posted on Luca's website. The dealer called Luigi Stucchi and wondered if they had one. Luigi Stucchi called Luca and, together, they went to work.
They milled a 3D model from a polyurethane block and then worked out the details like the subframe that houses the instrumentation and the original headlight. It was mounted on the mule that you see in the picture and everyone was pleased, smiles all around.
Luca says the quality is very high, the subframe is mounted on the original frame without changing anything. Turn signals, headlight and instruments are installed without the need for extensions to the electrical system. The kit can be assembled in the garage by any owner handy with basic tools.
The appearance changes nicely with the new addition, the aerodynamic performance adds 10 km/h to the top speed and it lightens air pressure on your chest.
The mirrors mounted on the handlebar are a style preference to keep the fairing clean, but the frame is designed for installation of mirrors on the outside, too, your choice.
The fairing was designed on the V7 Café, which already has clip-on bars, but it can be mounted on the V7 Classic with the installation of aftermarket clip-ons or with a “Tommaselli style" handlebar which makes it even more of a Café Racer.
It will be on sale shortly at the Luigi Stucchi website, both plain and in standard Guzzi colors or any custom color. They'll be arriving at resellers soon afterwards.
I think it looks like it should have been there all along, the lines and curves are just right and adds a lot of sport to the V7 Cafe. Very nice.
UPDATE: There are comments below about how far forward this fairing seems to be, though its placement is almost identical to the one on the Ducati 750SS, a similar style of fairing. It appears the Guzzi's higher bars require a larger radius for turning clearance. See photo.