Moto Guzzi V85 TT
Moto Guzzi recently unveiled a production ready version of their ‘Classic Enduro’, the V85 TT and Moto Guzzi Australia have confirmed they expect to receive the first stock of the new Moto Guzzi adventure machine around the middle of 2019.
This unique model will showcase a new 80 HP twin-cylinder engine platform that will form the basis for a brand-new family of motorcycles for the marque.
The acronym ‘TT’ stands for “tutto terreno” (all terrain) and builds on a tradition that was established by the marque with their Gold Medal winning ISDE machines in the 1930’s.
Now the V85 TT offers a window into the brand’s bright future and a commitment to meeting the needs of aficionados in a modern age. The features it has place it between the classic V7 and V9 family and the 1400 large cruisers to cover the gap left by the Stelvio.
In its use as a touring bike, the V85 is new and original combining stylistic ideas from the golden age of the motorcycling with the contents and functionality of a modern adventure bike.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT – Classic Enduro?
The design is the meeting point between technology and functionality with a classic Moto Guzzi style, designed to remain timeless as well as defining the first modern Classic Enduro to be dedicated to touring.
No compromises have been made in comfort and usability and final result is a machine ideally equipped for travelling two up with panniers 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 mudguard and 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 off-road application.
The backbone of the Moto Guzzi V85 TT
The completely new tubular steel trellis frame is designed in pursuit of lightness, durability and handling for off-road riding. The asymmetric aluminium swingarm has beautiful curved lines on the left side and houses the new shaft drive transmission on the right.
The mono shock connects the chassis directly to the swingarm, a solution that facilitates access to the hydraulic and spring preload adjustments while allowing free space for the layout of the exhaust system. Generous wheel travel and high specification suspension front and rear are suited to navigating rugged terrain and offer exceptional comfort for traversing the most commonly-used roads.
Moto Guzzi’s new 850cc 90-degree transverse twin
The V85 TT showcases a new engine from Moto Guzzi comprised of a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 80 HP of maximum power.
This technical platform will form the basis for the development of a new family of medium-sized motorcycles that will span a variety of different genres.
Moto Guzzi Off-Road History
Moto Guzzi boasts 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 true season of reliability continued in 1957 with the Lodola Regolarità, and then with the Stornello Regolarità in 1962.
With this tradition, Moto Guzzi took on the Paris-Dakar in 1985 with the V65 Baja and the following year with the V75 Baja, strictly based on the standard models and appreciated for their lightness and the characteristics of their engine which was robust and reliable.
The V85 TT is dedicated to those who yearn for a bike that revives the spirit of adventure on their daily journeys. The model epitomises a neoteric motorcycle. Fully equipped and with a strong character, but also a pure and essential with its shapes that originate directly from Moto Guzzi’s own history.