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The more you ride them the more you like them.
This. Smallblocks (at least the V7's) are a bit hard to appreciate on a test ride, but after living with one for awhile it really starts to sink in. For me (previous owner of a bunch of big blocks including a Norge and Griso) I have found the V7 to be the most satisfying of all. They are light and carry the weight they have low which makes them surprisingly easy to handle. And they have classic looks and sound. Mine has been unfailingly reliable.
If you get a chance to ride one, I would suggest not so much trying to flog it, but focusing on just riding it and cornering. They are not race bikes, but instead induce you to relax and enjoy riding a motorcycle. Having a V7 caused me to quickly reconnect with my early years of motorcycling back in the '70's when I rode just to be out in the air and on the road.
The only negative (and this may have been remedied to some extent with the V7III) is a very harsh factory suspension, but it is not a big deal to fix and the bikes are pretty inexpensive to begin with.