News 17 Nov 2017

Moto Guzzi introduces versatile new V85 concept

Twin-cylinder 850cc power-plant to feature in a range of new models.

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Moto Guzzi released details on its new V85 at the recent EICMA show in Milan, Italy, housing a new v-twin engine that will provide a technical platform to power a range of upcoming models.

The V85 is a step to the future with features that place it between the classic V7 and V9 family and the 1400 large cruisers, covering the gap left by Stelvio.

It is a motorcycle that has travel in its blood and the unmistakable spirit of Moto Guzzi. The V85 comes from the best tradition of Moto Guzzi, built out of authenticity, which is the guiding principle of the factory in Mandello.

The engine boasts a significant increase in power and guarantees ride-ability and fun. The V85 construction design is a twin-cylinder 90-degree transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 60kW (80hp) of maximum power.

No compromises have been made to the detriment of comfort and usability, resulting in a comfortable bike for two, with bags installed on the chassis frame.

The fuel tank design harks back to the tradition of the Moto Guzzi models set up for the African rally raids. In line with the Guzzi story, there is also the high front mud-guard and the double front headlight, stylistic and functional solutions already present on the NTX 650 from 1996 and the Quota 1000 from 1989.

Modern technology elements – such as the fully digital instrumentation and the front LED DRL light series on the front headlight – combine classic styling with the off-road world.

The frame is completely new and, in pursuit of lightness, rationality and accessibility, it is made of steel tubes and exploits the engine mounting points to create a rigid structure which delivers precision on the road as well as robustness and the right feel for off-road riding.

A asymmetric aluminium swin-garm has a curved shape on the left side, useful for designing a highly linear exhaust pipe pattern so as to minimise the lateral dimensions. The right arm on the swing-arm houses the new shaft drive transmission.

The mono shock absorber directly connects the chassis to the right arm of the swing-arm, which facilitates access to the hydraulic and spring pre-load adjustments, thus allowing free space for the exhaust system layout. The suspension systems offer a very generous wheel travel for optimal off-road use, thanks to a substantial engine floor clearance, as well as comfort on the most commonly-used roads.

Details in regards to availability are yet to be announced by the Australian distributor, however stay tuned to for the latest once available.