The new Moto Guzzi V85 TT has just been officially announced by Piaggio Group a day ahead of this year’s INTERMOT Show held in Germany.
Despite the unveiling, Moto Guzzi is still reluctant of sharing more about the new motorcycle when it comes to specs on the V85 TT, choosing instead to wax poetically about the bike’s retro styling, and the brand’s longing to return to the Paris-Dakar rally of many decades ago.
The new Moto Guzzi V85 TT features an 850cc longitudinal V-twin engine which makes 80hp, which might be considered as modest especially given the expected overall dry weight of the bike. The final drive is a shaft-drive on a double-sided swingarm, keeping with Moto Guzzi’s tradition and alleviating the stress off the minds of long-distance riders.
Fitted with cruise control, ABS brakes, and a color TFT dash, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT has more than a few modern touches, despite its retro styling, but that’s as much as can be seen from these images provided.
The tube steel chassis is perhaps the more prominent feature on the V85 TT, and its red paint really stands out against the yellow and white bodywork. The LED dual-headlight at the front also makes a statement, especially with its daylight running light (DRL) across the middle. Overall the bike appears fairly compact in person, but the overall dry weight remains a mystery for now, given that Moto Guzzi doesn’t have a record of making lightweight motorcycles at all for its entire line-up.
Shod with Metzeler Karro 3 tires, the look is of a bike that is ready for both road and trail, but one has to wonder how off-road capable the machine actually is. Like the BMW RnineT Urban G/S, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT seems to be more style than substance although it sure does look good to the eyes, in both pictures and in reality.