Moto Guzzi has teased its new V85 TT adventure bike for quite some time now. With EICMA in full swing, they have released the full specifications of their new machine, and they look pretty good.
The V85 TT is the apparent successor to Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio and appears to be more off-road worthy. A completely new bike, it has retained its heritage by using an 853 cc air cooled transverse 90 degree V-twin engine with overhead valves and two valves per cylinder. The engine delivers 80 HP and 59 lb-ft of torque at 5,000 RPM. Ninety percent of that torque is available at 3,750 RPM.
The engine is cradled in a new steel tubular frame. Because the engine as used as a stressed member, no lower cradle is necessary. This reduces overall weight and increases ground clearance.
Off Road Capable Suspension
Suspension has been upgraded and it offers 6.7″ of travel front and rear. The V85 TT’s upside down 41 mm fork and and rear shock are both adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Wire spoked wheels are sized at 19″ front and 17″ rear. As a result, there should be a good selection of off road rubber available. Michelin Anakee Adventure tires are standard.
Moto Guzzi says that the gearbox has been revised to provide smoother shifts and less gear noise. The new gearbox is connected via a flexible coupling to a “low maintenance” shaft drive. Moto Guzzi claims that the shaft itself is encased in a very thick steel tube to protect the shaft from hazards.
Long Range Capability
A large 5.5 gallon fuel tank provides a a 260+ mile range at Moto Guzzi’s claimed 48 MPG fuel economy. That’s a very good range for a bike of this size.
Technology is also part of the V85 TT’s package. The bike will have 3 different riding modes: Road, Rain, and Off-road. Each mode utilizes different engine mapping and levels of ABS and traction control.
Throttle is ride by wire with cruise control capability. All of the bike’s parameters can be controlled using the color TFT display. The display has a single USB port, and there are provisions for another under the seat.
A two passenger seat is listed as being 32.7″ high.
US availability and pricing are still to be announced.