Recently unveiled in the presence of Simone Niccolai, managing director of Asia Pacific 2Wheeler, Piaggio Asia Pacific is the 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough, priced at RM75,000. However, there are a limited number of V7 III Roughs available to early birds at an introductory price of RM69,900.

This brings the number of versions in the V7 III family to six with the addition of the Rough, Carbon and Milano to the current model range of the Stone, Racer and Special. The V7 III Rough is dressed in what Moto Guzzi calls “an urban country style” that resembles the classic scrambler motorcycles of the 70s.

Carrying the traditional tranversely-mounted Moto Guzzi 744 cc V-twin, with two pushrod-actuated valves per cylinder, the V7 III Rough has 52 hp at 6,200 rpm and 60 Nm at 4,900 on tap. Fed by single throttle body Marelli EFI, power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.

Standard on the Rough, as with all V7 III bikes in the range, is two-channel ABS and switchable two-mode traction control. The modes on the traction control can be changed by the rider to dry, rain or off, as desired.

Setting the V7 III Rough apart from its siblings is semi-knobby tyres mounted on spoked wheels – an 18-inch in front and a 17-inch hoop in the rear. Seat height on the Rough is 770 mm, making it easy for a range of riders to mount and wet weight is claimed to be 209 kg.

Fuel for the 2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III Rough is carried in a 21-litre tank and the seat with special stitching is unique to the Rough. Also unique to the V7 III Rough are the aluminium side covers and front mudguard.

Suspension on the Rough is traditional telescopic forks in front, protected by rubber gaiters for that authentic “retro” look and twin preload-adjustable shock absorbers in the rear. Braking is with a single 320 mm disc in front, grabbed by a Brembo four-piston calliper and single 260 mm disc on the back wheel.