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Moto Guzzi V85 TT, the eagle returns

Moto Guzzi V85 TT

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT will be one of the highlights of the upcoming trade fair Eicma, held in Milan and dedicated exclusively to motorbikes and bicycles. It is the key event in the world for this sector. The V85 TT made its debut appearance at the same show last year as a prototype, but at Eicma in November we will see it in its final version. At Mandello del Lario, location of the historic factory making the motorbikes with the eagle logo, they describe this bike as “the first medium-capacity classic enduro for unlimited touring.” It is a justifiable description. There are no other proposals on the market that combine the characteristics of a road touring enduro with a touch of vintage style. And so the V85 TT will replace the Stelvio, a bike that is much loved by dedicated bikers, but a formidable challenge for the average motorcyclist who may well be wary of its size and weight.

New technology with retro design

The engineers at the Piaggio Group have taken these aspects into account, and they have designed a motorbike accessible to everyone. The designers’ objective was to create something unique in its class, combining the classical, evocative lines of the brand’s history with equipment and performance on a par with the best of the competition. This made it necessary to create a new technical sub-structure, a bespoke engine-frame assembly which will form the basis for more new Moto Guzzi products in the future. The twin-cylinder engine, extensively visible under the fuel tank, has the traditional transverse 90° V layout, with a capacity of 850 cc and a power of 80 HP. The steel tubes above the motor heads are linked to the engine itself, creating a rigid structure that was designed to ensure precision and control on the road, without any compromise with respect to strength and feel when riding off-road.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT, asymmetric swingarm

The asymmetric swingarm in aluminium has a curving left section that creates space for a high-set exhaust canister that enables a considerable reduction in the use of lateral space. The right side of the swingarm incorporates a new shaft drive transmission, and it is linked directly to the frame by means of the mono-shock absorber. This makes it easy to access, for regulation of the hydraulics and preload, essential for this sort of bike. The suspension obviously has an extensive travel to make it suitable for off-road use, when the engine’s generous ground clearance is a great help. All in all, the new Moto Guzzi is an interesting product.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT price

Prices and delivery times will be announced at the Eicma show (8-11 November). However it is likely to have a price tag of about €12,000, with availability from early 2019. Further information at http://www.motoguzzi.com

Alessandro Vai