Moto Guzzi is paying homage to its rich tradition of adventure with its new V85, a dedicated adventure motorcycle for riders that want the versatility to go anywhere in style.
The V85 is a step to the future with features that place it between the classic V7 and V9 family and the 1400 large cruisers, covering the gap left by Stelvio.
The V85 is the first Classic Enduro
No compromises have been made to the detriment of comfort and usability, resulting in a comfortable bike for two, with bags installed on the chassis frame. The fuel tank design harks back to the tradition of the Moto Guzzi models set up for the African rally raids. In line with the Guzzi story, there is also the high front mudguard and double front headlight, stylistic and functional solutions already present on the NTX 650 from 1996 and the Quota 1000 from 1989. Modern technology elements – such as the fully digital instrumentation and the front LED DRL light series on the front headlight – combine classic styling with the off-road world.
Character, lightness and ease of use
The frame is completely new. It is made of steel tubes and exploits the engine mounting points to create a rigid structure which delivers precision on the road as well as robustness and the right feel for off-road riding. The asymmetric aluminium swingarm has a curved shape on the left side, useful for designing a highly linear exhaust pipe pattern so as to minimise the lateral dimensions. The right arm of the swingarm houses the new shaft drive transmission.
The Öhlins mono shock absorber directly connects the chassis to the right arm of the swingarm which facilitates access to the hydraulic and spring preload adjustments, thus allowing free space for the exhaust system layout. The suspension systems offer a very generous wheel travel for off-road use, thanks to the Öhlins front fork, a substantial ground clearance, as well as comfort on the most commonly-used roads.
It’s powered by a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 60kW (80 HP) of maximum power.
Moto Guzzi boasts a solid off-road tradition: the first proof of this arrived at the Six Day Reliability Trial in 1939, which took place in Austria, where Moto Guzzi participated with the GT 20, winning four gold medals. The true season of reliability continued in 1957, with the Lodola Regolarità, and then with the Stornello Regolarità in 1962. With this tradition, Moto Guzzi took on the Paris-Dakar in 1985 with the V65 Baja and the following year with the V75 Baja, strictly based on the standard models, appreciated for their lightness and the characteristics of their engine, which was robust and reliable.