Revamps at Moto Guzzi continue apace

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Words: NZ Autocar
15 Jan 2021

Moto Guzzi, which turns 100 this year, has revised the V9 Roamer and Bobber, each getting more grunt thanks to an engine transplant courtesy of the V85 TT. Mention of that bike, it also comes in for some upgrades as well.

The air-cooled mill ups the ante for V9 with power of 48kW and torque of 73Nm. The frame has also been beefed up to handle the added input, with strengthening in the headstock area for improved stability, precision and riding enjoyment.

V9 Bobber has a new saddle, aluminium side panels and shortened front mudguard, along with an updated digital instrument cluster and a full LED lighting system. The DRL takes the shape of the company eagle emblem. V9 Roamer comes in a grey colour scheme, with glossy colours for the mudguards, fuel tank and side panels. The V9 Bobber is available in a matt black finish.

As to the V85 TT, its engine has been fettled for the centennial edition, the 90° air-cooled V-twin now with improved torque at low and medium revs thanks to optimised cam timing and an ECU update. New spoked wheel rims can now accept tubeless tyres, reducing weight at each end by 1.5kg. There are also two new Riding Modes, Sport and Custom. Cruise control and the colour TFT instrument panel come as standard. The graphics available for the V85 TT are also new, and comprise a mix of black, red and yellow.

The V85 TT Travel variant, set up for touring, also receives these updates. It features a touring screen, panniers, supplementary LED lights and heated hand grips, as well as the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform (for linking your cell phone to the internet).

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