Engine, chassis and electronics updates for Guzzi’s V85TT middleweight adventure machine and V9 custom roadster.
We’re big fans of the Moto Guzzi V85 TT here at Devitt. Okay, it’s not the most powerful adventure touring bike, and it’s not rammed with the latest whizz-bang technology and high-end rider aids. But it’s a genuinely fun bike to ride, with more than enough in terms of tech and performance for middle-distance touring and weekend blasts.
The old-school Guzzi V-twin engine has been updated and is on par with class competitors, and it’s comfy and well-appointed. Best of all, it’s packed with character thanks to slick semi-retro styling, and the heritage that comes with a brand like Moto Guzzi – celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.
The mods for 2021 aren’t massive, but they do add up to a significant upgrade for the V85TT. The wire spoked wheels now come with tubeless rims and tyres, saving 1.5kg of rotating mass and losing the inner tubes. That means better performance, less wear and better puncture resistance.
The air-cooled OHV V-twin 853cc engine now has more low-down and midrange torque, thanks to tweaked valve timing and fuel mapping, and the electronics have been updated, with an extra two riding modes – Sport and Custom.
These are added to the Street, Rain and Offroad modes, all of which tweak throttle response, ABS settings and traction control to suit the chosen mode. The Sport mode gives sharper performance, while the Custom mode lets the rider adjust all the settings to their own preference.
The TT Travel edition gets all the same updates as the base TT, alongside its touring screen, side panniers, LED riding lights and heated grips.
Guzzi’s also updated its V9 retro roadster for 2021, with a new 850cc version of the Guzzi engine plus various chassis mods. The new engine, based on the V85TT engine, puts out 65bhp and 73Nm, and is bolted into a new, stronger frame.
The bodywork is tweaked, with new sidepanels, seat and mudguards, while ABS and traction control come as standard. The V9 comes in two versions: the Roamer and Bobber, with different paint, engine finishes and wider tyres on the Bobber.
Prices and availability are to be confirmed on the V9 and V85 – more as we get it…