Are you the proud owner of a Moto Guzzi looking to take your adventure riding to the next level? Look no further! In this article, we're going to show you how to choose the perfect saddlebags for your V7.
Whether you're drawn to your Moto Guzzi for its rich heritage, distinctive style, or powerful engine, you want luggage that complements its character. That's where Longride comes in. Cut from high-quality materials sourced in Europe, Longride saddlebags elevate your Guzzi's style while offering the durability and reliability that you demand. Whether you're planning a cross-country adventure or a weekend escape, Moto Guzzi and Longride are the perfect match for the ultimate touring experience.
Let's get started!
Saddlebags for your Moto Guzzi: which ones fit?
All Moto Guzzi models can theoretically accommodate saddlebags, but the optimal solution depends on your specific model: For the Moto Guzzi V7 III 750 and the latest V7 III 850, we offer tailor-made solutions with the Longride system (more on that below).
Designing a one-size-fits-all system for Moto Guzzi motorcycles is tough, as these Italian beauties come in various shapes and sizes. For example, we couldn't develop a saddlebag support that works for both the V7 II and the V7 III, which is why we don't offer supports for the V7 II.
But worry not, as we have supports that make saddlebag installation a breeze for the Moto Guzzi V7 III 750 up to 2021, V7 III Racer 2018-2021, V7 III 850, and the V7 III 850 Special. Click on your bike to check out the suitable spacers.
Is your bike not on the list? No problem. There are several options for attaching saddlebags to your Guzzi, and some techniques even let you skip a dedicated support or use supports from other brands.
Do you like your saddlebags with or without spacers?
When it comes to attaching side bags to a Moto Guzzi V7, there are two schools of thought - with or without dedicated supports.
1. THE COWBOY TECHNIQUEThe cowboy technique involves throwing the saddlebags directly over the seat (or wedging them underneath), and resting them against the sides of your bike as shown above. In other words, they're supported by the suspension. This method doesn't require dedicated supports, but it has its limits and risks. You can see the method in action in this article, which includes videos.
- You save money.
- The bags are as close to the bike as possible.
- Possible abrasion on the back of the saddlebags.
- Limited to smaller saddlebags due to exhaust pipes.
- Much less secure.
2. THE LONGRIDE SYSTEM - WITH SPACERS.You'll install Longride spacers that are tailored to your Guzzi and choose your favorite attachment system from the 3 systems designed by Longride (shown above: the SIDEKICK system).
- More secure.
- Quicker to attach and detach a saddlebag.
- Less risk of damaging the bags and the motorcycle.
- A slightly higher initial investment.
- Slight distance from the motorcycle - which is actually an advantage in most cases.
Who is the Longride system for:
We have the right spacer model for your motorcycle. You go on longer rides or road trips. You value the safety, ergonomics, and durability of your gear. Then the Longride system is the ultimate solution.
3. THE HYBRID METHOD.
How to install saddlebag spacers?Regardless of which Moto Guzzi model you own, you'll need to locate two anchor points in the form of bolts and remove them. These anchor points are specifically designed by Moto Guzzi to allow for the installation of accessories, including saddlebag holders. To install them, simply remove the bolts, align your support, and put the bolts back in place. If the original bolt is too short, don't worry – your kit will include a slightly longer bolt to ensure a secure installation.
What is the best saddlebag for my Moto Guzzi?
How to take your touring game up a notch:
Moto Guzzis are powerful and refined motorcycles that allow you to travel long distances. Naturally, you'll want to make the most of its carrying capacity.
In this case, you can add a bag in front of you and another behind you. In other words, a tank bag and a tail bag. While the tail bag doesn't take up any of your personal space, the tank bag finally allows you to easily access certain items during breaks, or to place a road map in front of you. It's so practical that for some of you, the tank bag should be the very first bag to add to your Guzzi.
The V7's fuel tank capacity is ideal for a spacious tank bag. The Doko Tank Bag is designed to protect your tank with its large magnetic flaps and scratch-resistant coating.
For the seat, you can choose the Traveler duffle bag, available in two sizes. It is especially easy to install if you have saddlebags, as you can connect your tail bag to your saddlebags.
The combination of side saddlebags and a tail bag will transform your Moto Guzzi into a true road trip companion. You'll have a sturdy and functional setup that's a constant pleasure for the eyes...