Moto Guzzi has released the tech specs the 58kW V85 TT that arrives here in June in two models with a choice of two colours, initially.
Base-model single-colour “Grigio (grey) Atacama” (pictured above) will cost $18,890 (plus on-road costs) while the Enduro Premium (below) with multi-colour “Giallo (yellow) Sahara” paint costs $19,590.
Moto Guzzi Australia says these prices are “tentative” so we guess they could change with final specification or currency exchange rates.
Pricing compares with the following European scramblers and adventure bikes: Ducati Multistrada 950 ($18,390); Scramblers ($15,499-$17,290); BMW R nineT GS and Scrambler ($17,690-$18,750), F 850 ($17,990-$22,305); KTM 1090 Adventure R ($19,995); and Triumph Tiger 800 ($15,590-$18,350), Street Scrambler ($15,900).
Colour choice may also be expanded down the track.
The Enduro Premium model comes with a red painted frame, double-coated components, tri-colour fork protectors and a Skai (perforeted suede look) saddle with the Moto Guzzi logo double stitched in grey thread.
It will be shod with the new Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres for 80% road and 20% off-road.
Moto Guzzi Australia is already taking orders and say they are being “quickly snapped by customers”.
Tech specs have now also been released. See the end of this article for the full tech specs.
In summary, it has 85kW of power, 80Nm of torque, a high 830mm seat and weighs 229kg with 90% fuel in the 21-litre tank.
TT by name
TT stands for “tutto terreno” (all terrain in Italian), so it features several all-terrain features.
They include a high beak, high exhaust pipe, twin headlights, wired wheels, handguards, tubular steel frame, bash plate, high clearance and 1980s motorsport colour scheme.
We’re not really sure if it’s a scrambler or an adventure bike. Maybe it’s a new niche in between the two.
V85 TT features a unique asymmetric swingarm housing the shaft drive.
We believe theEnduro Premium will have an Ohlins mono shock and forks.
V85 TT should capably plug the gap left by the Stelvio which was shelved because the engine could not meet the new emissions standards.
When I visited the Mandello factory on the shores of Lake Como in July 2018 the assembly was already prepared for the start of production.
Our only concern about this beautiful adventure bike is that it is too pretty for off-road use.
What happens if you drop it as many adventure riders do?
Like a BMW R 1200 GS (and now 1250), it will need substantial protection for those heads, for a start.
The full colour, fully digital TFT screen has a host of information.
The two-helmet symbol at the top indicates electronic preload adjustment while the menu is expected to display various engine modes and possibly traction control settings.
A phone icon suggests it has Piaggio’s new connectivity app available for Android and iOS phones.
It allows the owner to ping their bike and locate it in a parking lot. It also has a panic alert system, which connects you with the pre-designated contacts in case of an emergency.
The app reminds the rider of a pending service, helps owners locate the nearest service stations and includes a customer care service.
This system was developed with German component manufacturer Hella. and is available on Piaggio scooters and Aprilia motorcycles.
It can be retrofitted through official service centres.
The bike is a tribute to the Moto Guzzis that competed in African rally raids and the Dakar rally in the 1908s.
Moto Guzzi boasts of a “solid off-road tradition” extending back to the Six Day Reliability Trial in Austria 1939 where Moto Guzzi participated with the GT 20 and went on to win four gold medals.
The Italian manufacturer tackled the Paris-Dakar rally in 1985 with the V65 Baja and the following year with the V75 Baja.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT tech specs
- Engine: Transverse 90°, 853cc V twin, 2 valves per cylinder
- Bore and stroke: 84 x 77mm
- Compression: 10.5:1
- Power: 59kW (80hp) @ 7750rpm
- Torque: 80Nm @ 5000rpm
- Fuel: 21 litres (including 5L res)
- Economy: 4.9L/100km
- CO2: 118g/km
- Transmission: dry clutch, 6-speed
- Frame: tubular steel
- Seat: 830mm
- Dry weight: 208kg
- Wet weight: 229kg
- Suspension: 41mm hydraulic telescopic USD fork, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound; double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminium, single shock, adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound, 170mm travel
- Brakes: 320mm twin floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted callipers with 4 pistons; 260mm steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons
- Wheels: 2.50” x 19”; 4.25” x 17”, spoked
- Tyres: 110/80 – R19, 150/70 – R17