That chromed tank, brown seat combo might be too much for some but the Anniversario is a gorgeous machine that blends old-school Guzzi charm with classy detailing, plus modern features including adjustable traction control. The rider looks across that shiny tank to a pair of chrome-rimmed clocks with digital insert. The Anniversario has exclusivity on its side, too. The UK is getting just 50 of the limited run of 1000 bikes, each with serial number etched into the billet aluminium handlebar mount.
For those who can live without the Anniversario’s glitz, the V7 III Stone and Special provide near-identical performance for less money. Alternatively, further exclusivity and versatility can be added via accessories ranging from a windscreen to leather panniers. Half a century after Guzzi began its famous V-twin line, the Anniversario perfectly captures the essence of what has made them popular for much of that time.
Price of our bike: £9002 (V7 III Stone £8002, Special £8702)
Photography by Jakob Ebrey