2017 Moto Guzzi V9 | Bobber & Roamer
Moto Guzzi introduce two new V9 varients at EICMA – the V9 Bobber and B9 Roamer
Custom motorcycles are nothing new in nearly a century of Moto Guzzi history. Indeed this segment includes some of the biggest selling Mandello bikes, of which the California is the undisputed leader. Following in the tradition and the success of this 1971 model, Moto Guzzi designed and built mid-sized models, which met the demands of a growing range of users.
These included the V35 Custom from 1979, later replaced by the better looking V50, in turn replaced by the V65 Florida, and then the famous Nevada, launched in 1989 on the basis of the proven V75 1985. This continues all the way down to 2007 with the modern and stylish Bellagio.
That same motorcycle culture inspires these two Moto Guzzi motorcycles. The V9 Roamer is a universal custom, the V9 Bobber darker, blacked out option, with large tyres and a total black look.
The 2017 V9 units, are distinguished by two clearly distinct personalities: one more touring and the other sportier.
Both of the 2017 V9 machines introducing different riding positions, more comfortable saddles and an entire range of accessories dedicated to touring.
The advancements implemented on the 2017 V9 models are also available for the 2016 V9. In fact, the new saddle and the footpegs are available as options and can be installed on the first V9 Roamer series too.
The V9 also upholds Moto Guzzi’s successful tradition of keeping the overall weight to a minimum and the V9’s 199 kg kerb weight reflects that.
The 2017 V9 Bobber, despite the single-seater, is ready and approved to carry a passenger. The new rider saddle is more padded and comfortable and it come standard with pillion seating. The passenger footpegs and saddle are easily removable to make the V9 a true single-seater. The ground clearance of the latter is also only 785mm.
2017 Moto Guzzi V9 engine
The 2017 V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber versions are fitted with a Moto Guzzi 850 cc engine, built in the Mandello del Lario plant. This is a 90° transverse V-twin air and oil cooled engine, a set-up used in all current Moto Guzzi engines, albeit with different engine capacities and performance.
Starting from the bottom of the engine, the aluminium crankcase is stiffened at key points, has an efficient oil pan and an inertia calibrated crankshaft for liveliness and the correct engine braking.
Inside the lubrication system is designed to dispose of the greater heat capacity and reduce power absorption to the benefit of both performance and fuel consumption.
The ventilation system reduces power loss due to pumping within the crank chambers and a low flow oil pump that absorbs less power. Oil pump intake duct and related bypass valve plus new piston cooling oil jets are also used, fitted with a control valve and flow management. The alternator cover now includes the blow-by gas output.
In the upper part of the engine, aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders are designed to make the most of the engine’s characteristics. Its cubic capacity is obtained due to bore and stroke values of 84 x 77mm.
Timing is controlled by a rods and rockers system and uses 2 valves per cylinder arranged at an angle in the head. The fuel supply uses a one-piece Marelli electronic injection system, managed by the specific ECU.
The entrance heads of the auxiliary air system, combined with the three-way catalytic converter, the double oxygen sensor and the total design of the engine, bring the twin 850 Moto Guzzi into compliance with Euro 4 standards. The unit is capable of 62Nm of torque at just 3,000rpm, with a maximum power of 55HP at 6,250rpm.
Another innovative aspect of the 850 Moto Guzzi engine is the 170 mm diameter single dry plate clutch, increasing robustness and reliability over time and decreases the load on the handlebar lever, for better controllability and riding comfort.
The six-speed gearbox, precise and with a soft clutch, offers ratios that make the most of the torque and engine power. The final transmission is carried out by a double-jointed drive shaft offset by the increased size and the bevel gear, which provides solid and reliable management of the powerful torque supplied by the twin engine.
The cast aluminium swingarm has been designed and sized to support engine performance, as well as to accommodate the 150 mm tyre.
2017 Moto Guzzi V9 chassis
The steel twin tube cradle frame, creates optimum weight distribution on the front and rear of the engine, providing rideability and dynamic balance typical of Moto Guzzi. The designers paid special attention to the front, which has gussets in the steering head and new slope and trail abilities, making for a superb ride with the perfect combination of handling and stability, as well as precision and feeling.
The suspension systems use traditional long-travel (130 mm) forks and a pair of spring preload adjustable shock absorbers connected to the frame, which provide a gradual and controlled response at all times.
The braking system is customised for the V9 – the front end adopts a master cylinder and a Brembo opposed 4-piston calliper that grips a 320 mm steel disc; the rear mounts a 260 mm disc and a two-piston floating calliper operated by a master cylinder with built-in reservoir.
Equipment: all for safety and riding pleasure
Like all recent Moto Guzzis, the V9 also has a full set of advanced electronic systems, placed discreetly inside the vehicle, making riding safer and easier. The motorcycles come with a standard advanced two-channel ABS, and the well-known MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control).
Moto Guzzi’s advanced traction control integrated with the electronic engine management system is adjustable in two different levels of operation and can be deactivated, ensuring better grip of the rear tyre on any road surface, reducing engine torque if necessary through a reduction of the advance of the engine.
Other standard features include an immobiliser and USB port located under the steering head, useful for charging external devices.
The electronic instrumentation, made up of a single circular display, is also consistent with the style of the two V9s. The speedometer has an analogue dial, while all other information is contained in the digital box.
The extensive catalogue of accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects a smartphone to the vehicle to provide an exceptional quantity of information useful for the journey.
2017 Moto Guzzi V9 versions and colours
The 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is available in three different colour variants, all of them with a glossy finish: Giallo Solare with an attractive black graphic on the mudguards and on the tank; Bianco Classico with an elegant red graphic on the mudguards and on the tank; Rosso Rubino with a pearl white graphic on the tank and on the mudguards.
The 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is available in two colours, both with a completely matt finish: Nero Massiccio with a yellow chequered graphic on the mudguards and on the tank Grigio Sport with a red chequered graphic on the mudguards and on the tank.
The two V9s can also be widely customised, drawing from the vast range of genuine Moto Guzzi accessories, with the V9 Bobber offering a range of specific accessories.
2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer (Bobber) specifications
- Engine – 90° V-twin, 4-stroke, 2-valves per cylinder, cooling system – air and oil, 853cc, 84 x 77 mm bore and stroke, 10.5: 1 compression ratio
- Power – 40.44 kW (55 HP) at 6,250 rpm
- Torque – 62 Nm at 3,000 rpm
- Fuel system – Marelli MIU single-body electronic injection, integrated management of traction control on 2 levels
- Starter – electric
- Exhaust system – stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda probe, Emissions compliance Euro 4
- Gearbox – 6 speeds with final overdrive
- Drive – Primary drive with helical teeth, ratio 21/25 = 1: 1.190, final drive double universal joint and double bevel gear units
- Clutch – 170 mm single disc with integrated flexible couplings
- Frame – ALS steel twin tube cradle frame
- Trail 125.1 mm (116.1 mm)
- Headstock angle 26.4°
- Steering angle 38°
- Front suspension – standard fork, Ø 40 mm, travel 130 mm
Rear suspension – swingarm with two shock absorbers, with adjustable spring preload, travel 97 mm
- Front brake – stainless steel floating disc, 320mm Brembo opposed four-piston callipers
Rear brake – stainless steel floating disc, 260mm Brembo opposed two-piston callipers
- Wheels – Aluminium alloy, front wheel rim 2.50” x 19” (3.50” x 16”), rear wheel rim 4.00” x 16”
Tyres – Front tyre 100/90 – 19” (130/90 – 16”), rear tyre 150/80 – 16” (150/80 B 16”)
- Dimensions – Length 2240 mm (2185 mm), Width 865 mm (840 mm),
Height 1165 mm (1160 mm), Saddle height 785 mm
Weight 199 Kg, Wheelbase 1465 mm
- Fuel tank – 15L