First look: Moto Guzzi’s production V85 (three colour schemes, looks gorgeous)


 

Here’s the official first pictures of the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 enduro bike.

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The motorcycle has been tested by Italian magazine Motociclismo ahead of its global unveiling at Eicma in two months time.

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Motociclismo has featured the bike in three colour schemes; the white, yellow and red that we saw on last year’s V85 prototype (pictured below), a blue and red version plus a green/gold and red version. It’s unclear which of these will make it to on sale in the UK for the early part of 2019.

Featured on the bikes released to the Italians are three different screens. One has the cut-out section at the top of the screen that we saw in our spy shots of the prototype (below). The other two are taller options with one of them smoked.

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The bike’s engine is from the Italian firm’s Roamer and Bobber roadbikes (so it’s an 853cc with 84x77mm bore and stroke) and like Guzzi’s other bikes using the powerplant the V85’s timing system in controlled by pushrods with two valves per cylinder.

The motor make 80Nm @ 3,400rpm with peak power coming in at around 6,250rpm but kicks out 80bhp @ 8,400rpm (compare that to 55bhp and 62Nm for the V9 unit used in the Bobber and Roamer).

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We know that Moto Guzzi has spent a lot of time and effort on directing heat from the motor away from the rider. Our spy shots revealed the extent to which the bike’s bodywork has been sculpted to keep the rider’s legs cool when on the move. You can see our extensive range of photos of the V85 undergoing final testing HERE.

Price-wise, the Italians are saying that the bike, which will go on sale in January next year, will cost less than 12,000 Euro (at today’s exchange rate that’s £10,808).

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