Earlier this summer rumors and spy photos of a nearly production-ready Moto Guzzi adventure bike emerged on the web. Putting those rumors to rest, Moto Guzzi has announced the imminent production of the V85 TT adventure bike. When the production bike will be released is expected to be made known during November’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. Thankfully, the production bike is not far from the concept bike shown by Moto Guzzi at last years EICMA.
The V85 TT sports the same contrasting red trellis frame modified slightly. The exhaust pipe is longer and the coil spring at the back is now black rather than the original matching yellow. The handguard design has also changed and the shells are now black rather than body-matching. All in all the tweaks between the concept and production version are minor.
Moto Guzzi claims that the bike is narrow in the waist to allow freedom of movement and comfort for the driver and the passenger. A new steel tube frame uses the engine as a stressed member resulting in a rigid structure providing precision and a robust feeling both on and off road. The engine is a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc rated at 80 HP. In keeping with modern design, the bike is equipped with a fully digital instrumentation and DRL LED lights. Even with all these updates, the V85 TT retains the character and responsive acceleration Moto Guzzi is known for.
The V85 TT will replace Moto Guzzi’s first attempt at an adventure bike, the Stelvio 1200 NTX, which was more a standard-looking pavement sport-touring model than adventure machine. was axed last year. This created an adventure bike-shaped hole in Guzzi’s model lineup that desperately needed filling. That’s where the V85 comes in. The new bike is gnarlier-looking than the Stelvio, reminiscent of Paris-Dakar competitors. It’s a style that Moto Guzzi calls Classic Enduro.