At Intermot, Moto Guzzi has shown the final edition of the V85, and it is a very nice sight and deserves our attention. The Piaggio styling department did a very good job giving the V85 TT (this is the final name) a lean and muscular design. The tank looks smartly shaped for the best rider ergonomics and comfort, while granting a rather generous capacity.
The Moto Guzzi V85 TT is equipped with a completely new, steel-tubing trellis frame with aluminum cast rear swingarm. As with other Moto Guzzi models, the V85 TT is offered in two levels of finishing with the upper level featuring an Öhlins gas-charged, fully adjustable rear shock absorber cantilevered on the right arm of the swingarm. The fork is a 41mm Kayaba inverted unit. The V85 TT rolls on spoked wheels shod with Pirelli Scorpion radials that should grant the appropriate versatility conveyed by its styling.
The V85 unit is the most powerful Moto Guzzi V-twin delivering a solid claimed 80-hp peak power, a record-specific power output for an air-cooled, Euro 4 two-valver. The Piaggio-Moto Guzzi technical department adopted special pushrod and rockers in combination with a latest-generation “polydyne” cam profile, further refining the efficiency of the latest Moto Guzzi hemispherical head. The latest evolution of the Moto Guzzi “small block” V-twin would make a great replica of the unforgettable V750 Sport, still the most legendary Moto Guzzi of the V7 generation.
The V85 TT uses the latest Magneti Marelli electronics, with all the most advanced riding and safety assistance functions. In addition, the V85 TT is fitted with the vastly flexible Piaggio-Moto Guzzi Multimedia Platform. Moto Guzzi also developed components and accessories to make it a fully equipped “adventure” enduro, such as solid side bags and top bag.