New Moto Guzzi V85 Range

POSTED: 07/11/2023



A full range is born: V85 Strada, a brand new, urban and essential version. V85TT, the all-rounder par excellence. V85 TT travel, ready for adventure. The V85 retains its timeless appeal, revitalizing an already iconic style, all while enhancing its technological features, comfort and aerodynamic protection. The 850 Euro 5+ twin-cylinder engine takes performance and riding satisfaction to new heights through the implementation of variable valve timing.

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT was conceived through a skillful blend of highly evocative design and cutting-edge technical solutions. It was 2019, and right from the offset, the new Moto Guzzi revolutionized an increasingly homologated market, creating a new segment, positioning itself as the first iconic adventure bike, balancing stylistic references to the golden age of motorbike adventure with the content and functionality of a modern travel enduro.

Practical, essential and lightweight, the V85 TT is made to thrill even before you get in the saddle, catering for those who want a motorbike that rekindles the spirit of adventure even on everyday rides. A winning formula proven by its great success with the public and critics, refined over the years: after the debut in 2020 of the Travel version, the developments introduced in 2021 with the Euro 5 version and the birth of the exclusive Guardia d'Onore limited edition. For 2024, the Moto Guzzi V85 has been totally revamped with a new range made up of three models, each one with a unique character: The Moto Guzzi V85 Strada, Moto Guzzi V85 TT and Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel, thus offer a unique range of options for all motorcyclists eager to hit the road, regardless of their destination.

Timeless style takes on a fresh new twist. The iconic and instantly recognizable styling of the Moto Guzzi V85 evolves, this time with a more contemporary interpretation, while refining numerous details that maintain the authentic charm of the initial model, with its essential shapes defined by the lines of the tank, side panels and front mudguard, and of course, by the sculpted 90° V-twin engine. The front is, as always, characterized by the double circular headlamp, which includes the LED light cluster with the DRL outlining the silhouette of the Moto Guzzi eagle. The headlamp and instrument panel supports are now moulded in die-cast aluminium, in place of the steel tube trellis of the previous generation, giving the top fairing a more sporting and dynamic presence. Continuing the stylistic theme from the front, the newly introduced rear grab handle (offered as an accessory for the V85 Strada) is also made of aluminium. This refined choice contributes to improved passenger comfort and ergonomics. The fuel tank is one of the defining elements of the V85 lineup, with its sculpted shapes appearing even more robust and dynamic. The recesses just above the engine cylinders seem to be a natural extension of the twin-cylinder engine. The latter features new cylinder head covers, the design of which emphasizes the technical upgrades of the unit.

The Moto Guzzi V-Twin now delivers increased power and torque, courtesy of variable valve timing. All models in the new Moto Guzzi V85 range are powered by the unmistakable air-cooled, 90° transverse V-twin engine with two-valve per cylinder rocker and rod timing system, the pride and tradition of the Eagle of Mandello. An 853-cc engine, following the construction scheme of all contemporary Moto Guzzi engines, was initially introduced in the first version of the V85 TT with elements of excellence, including the timing system with roller tappets and aluminium rocker arms, along with 42.5 mm intake valves made of titanium. On the new Moto Guzzi V85 range, the engine complies with the new Euro 5+ emissions regulations and has undergone significant work to increase power and improve throttle response - and therefore torque figures - at low revs.

This was achieved thanks to the adoption of variable valve timing, a technical solution that optimizes valve lift laws depending on engine speeds. The increase in torque becomes noticeable as early as 3000 rpm and extends across the entire torque curve. By 3500 rpm, 90% of the maximum torque, equivalent to 83 Nm at 5100 rpm is available. This further enhances road riding pleasure and improves throttle response, offering greater flexibility in low revs and high gears. Furthermore, the maximum power sees an increase, leaping from 76 hp at 7,500 rpm in the previous generation to 80 hp at 7,750 rpm.

Another improvement involves the incorporation of knock sensors, which supply essential data to the engine management ECU, enabling more precise and accurate adjustment of ignition timing. This results in a range of benefits: higher performance combined with improved riding comfort and reliability. The engine's other fundamental characteristics remain unchanged. Lubrication involves a semi dry sump, with two coaxial pumps, one tasked with oil delivery and the other with recovery that ensure excellent lubrication and do away with the need for an oil radiator, thus reducing the overall weight. The semi dry sump solution has all the advantages of dry sump engines, without the disadvantage of the encumbrance of the external oil reservoir, since the sump itself carries out this function. The primary advantages are: less loss of power because of friction due to the interaction of the crank drive with the oil, lower maximum temperature reached by the oil and freedom of the bike to reach a greater lean or pitch angle without any lubrication problems, thereby allowing the reduction of the quantity of lubricant needed to ensure that the pump has correct draft in any situation.

The oil sump is reduced in size to increase ground clearance and allow for assembly of the protective aluminium under-sump. Injection makes use of a single 52 mm throttle body, while with multimap Ride-by-Wire throttle control, a solution that allows for precise throttle valve opening control, not only optimizing overall efficiency for a smooth, rich delivery, but also decreasing fuel consumption. In fact, the Moto Guzzi engine on the V85 TT is extremely frugal in terms of consumption: it has few power-absorbing components (rod distribution and rocker is one of the most frugal in terms of power absorption) and has no cooling circuit pump or long drive chains or belts.

Outstanding aerodynamic protection. One of the areas that Moto Guzzi technicians have focused on extensively is aerodynamic protection. This involved meticulous refinement efforts, including wind tunnel studies and numerous hours of CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) simulation.  Above the front headlamp, embellished with a new frame with a satin finish, is a new windscreen with a revised shape, manually adjustable in height to 5 positions, offering a total range of 70 mm. This results in a marked improvement in air protection in all conditions - the reduction in air pressure on the rider is 37% compared to the previous generation - and increased riding comfort, all while preserving the bike's sleek aesthetics. The reduction in air pressure on the rider has also been achieved by working on the now wider and more protective handguards. Furthermore, the addition of a newly patented cover at the front of the tank, precisely aligned with the ignition lock, effectively diminishes the airflow towards the rider's chest and chin.

New instrument panel with 5-inch TFT display. Sitting on the motorcycle, the rider benefits from a completely redesigned instrument panel: the new, larger 5-inch TFT colour display allows better visualization of all trip parameters. The handlebar switches are also new, having also undergone an overhaul, with both electric switch-cubes redesigned to provide more straightforward and intuitive access to all functions, including cruise control.

The technological equipment: the V85 is even easier, more comfortable and safer. The Moto Guzzi V85's frame, constructed from high-strength tubular steel, leverages the unique engine mounting points to form a sturdy framework. This framework not only enhances precision and stability on the road but also provides durability and a confident feel when riding off-road. The chassis layout is remarkably rational and efficient, and it has been further improved to enhance comfort and safety. On the V85 TT and V85 TT Travel models, the rear monoshock now features spring preload adjustability via a convenient handwheel. This allows for swift adjustments to the bike's setup when riding with a passenger or carrying luggage.

The suspension provides ample wheel travel of 170 mm both at the front and rear, ensuring a satisfying off-road experience. This is further aided by the generous 210 mm ground clearance. The electronic equipment is also expanded, featuring the incorporation of a six-axis inertial platform (available as an accessory on the V85 Strada). This advanced system, equipped with accelerometers and gyroscopes, is capable of detecting the bike's orientation relative to the road; it records and processes the input derived from the ride and sends the data to the ECU. This makes the management of the electronic controls even finer and more precise, enabling the functionality of the Cornering ABS, which can modulate braking power according to the lean angle, improving safety. The ABS system operates in conjunction with an advanced braking setup. This setup comprises a double steel-made front disc, with a 320 mm diameter, paired with newly designed Brembo radial-mount monobloc callipers featuring 4 opposed pistons connected to the handlebar master cylinder via braided metal hoses. At the rear is a 2-piston floating calliper with a 260 mm diameter steel disc. The calibration of all electronic parameters - MGCT traction control, ABS and Ride-by-Wire throttle response - can be easily managed via the riding modes.

The riding modes Road, Sport and Rain are standard on all models of the range. Additionally, there's a specialized Off-Road mode designed exclusively for the V85 TT and V85 TT Travel versions, designed to emphasize their off-road capabilities. This mode features the lowest level of traction control intervention, ABS active only on the front wheel with dedicated calibration (and the possibility of deactivating it on the front wheel as well), together with a smoother throttle response, assisted by greater engine braking. The V85 TT Travel also features the Riding Mode Custom (accessory on the V85 Strada and V85 TT), which allows full customization of electronic control levels and even the creation of an additional personalized mode via a dedicated menu. All models in the V85 range are also equipped with Cruise Control, capable of maintaining the set speed without acting on the accelerator. This system is also designed to be extremely intuitive, with a single button to activate it and to increase or decrease the set speed.

Moto Guzzi V85 Strada. The Moto Guzzi V85 Strada embraces the core values of the V85, including lightness, practicality and simplicity, and takes them to new heights. This makes it the perfect 'practical machine', excelling at daily city rides and excursions on both urban roads and out of town. Agile and comfortable thanks to its upright riding position, the V85 Strada is characterized by a minimalist, elegant and distinctive styling, leaving the rear end slim and streamlined, without grab handles, and abandoning the skid plate and handguards typical of enduro bikes. However, these components are available as accessories, giving riders the option to customize the V85 Strada according to their preferences. The equipment also features new aluminium alloy spoked wheels enhancing lightness and agility, and these are paired with road-treaded tyres. This has a positive effect on handling, with the Moto Guzzi V85 Strada weighing in at 4 kg less than the V85 TT version. The road-oriented design is further emphasized by the low mudguard on the front wheel and the stylish Nero Isola and Grigio Brera colours.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT. Moto Guzzi V85 TT is the “all-terrain” that embodies the original spirit of the V85, with a highly evocative appearance and styling that harks back to the atmospheres of the 1980s and the enduro bikes on which you could do everything, from everyday transport to adventurous travel. Moto Guzzi V85 TT keeps the adventure going even when the asphalt comes to an end. It's equipped with spoked wheels that accommodate tubeless sculpted tyres of 17” and 19” (150/70-17 and 110/80-19 respectively), sizes that will satisfy even off-road enthusiasts. Additionally, the engine is shielded by a new aluminium skid plate and the hand grips feature improved, more protective hand guards. The Moto Guzzi V85 TT stands out for its red painted frame, combined with the evocative two-tone Rosso Fuji and Grigio Tambora livery. Even the rear shock absorber spring is red and can be easily adjusted for preload using a convenient knob.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel. Moto Guzzi V85 boasts the undisputed qualities of a great traveler: consider the 23-litre fuel tank, providing a range of over 400 km on a single fill, or the final cardan shaft transmission - making the V85 the only bike in its displacement class to use it - always favoured over the chain by long-distance riders due to its cleanliness and low maintenance requirements. Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel is the motorbike that turns every journey into an adventure, adding the perfect equipment to the V85 TT's already excellent base for limitless travel, all year round, with luggage and passenger.

The V85 TT Travel takes body protection to the next level with state-of-the-art features. It boasts a new Touring windshield with aerodynamic shapes, increased height, and 22% more surface area compared to the standard version. Additionally, new side deflectors further enhance protection, making it ideal for motorway cruising and cold weather riding. As a result, air pressure on rider's helmet is reduced by extra 50% compared to the V85 TT. Like the standard windshield, the Touring version is also manually height adjustable to 5 positions. The equipment includes Urban series sidecases, which now feature a new burnished finish, with high capacity (the right one, with 37 litres, can hold a full-face helmet and the left 27.5 litres) and reduced lateral dimensions, which can be unlocked using the same key. Also standard on the V85 TT Travel are heated grips and an rider's seat whose temperature can be adjusted via controls on left switch-cube. Completing the special equipment is the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform, which allows the smartphone to be connected to the vehicle, extending the functions of the instrumentation. Moto Guzzi MIA combines an infotainment system for managing voice assistant, phone calls, and music using intuitive handlebar controls, as well as a navigation feature. With this feature, after setting the destination on your smartphone, you can display directions directly on the instrumentation. Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel is available in the exclusive colour Bronzo Deserto.

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