DREAMS OF DAKAR.
2018 Moto Guzzi V85 Review on Total Motorcycle:
MOTO GUZZI TAKES A STEP TOWARDS THE FUTURE, A HOMAGE TO THE QUINTESSENCE OF TRAVEL, DEDICATED TO MOTORCYCLISTS WHO DO NOT STOP WHEN THEY REACH THE END OF THE ASPHALT
ANNOUNCING THE 80 HP TWIN CYLINDER, THE NEW TECHNICAL PLATFORM AROUND WHICH MOTO GUZZI WILL BE DEVELOPING A NEW FAMILY OF MOTORCYCLES
Moto Guzzi has been producing authentically Italian motorcycles since 1921.
Nearly a hundred years of tradition and passion; almost a century of magnificent motorcycles all built in Mandello del Lario, combining the best technologies and the most invaluable Italian manufacture. The next goal for the Eagle is to celebrate its 2021 centenary with an ever-expanding range of motorcycles.
One step into the future has already been taken with MGX-21, a non-conformist and innovative bagger that has shown how Moto Guzzi is capable of interpreting with its own personality the various influences proposed by motorcycle culture without ever betraying itself.
The V85 is another gaze opened towards the future, the next challenge for a brand that aims to offer enthusiasts a wider range that meets every need. The features it has place the V85 between the classic V7 and V9 family and the 1400 large cruisers, covering the gap left by Stelvio. It is a motorcycle that has travel in its blood and the unmistakable spirit of Moto Guzzi.
The V85 comes from the best tradition of Moto Guzzi, built out of authenticity, which is the true fundamental value of the factory in Mandello and has been created around an engine that, with its significant increase in power, guarantees rideability and fun. It is the motorcycle that was needed by an increasingly standardised market dedicated to travelling in its purest form, recalling the epic rally raids of the 1980s, a point of reference from which it inherits style, charm and thus emotion, but which has been design to take on both everyday routes and long-distance routes, using the most up-to-date requirements.
In its use as a travelling bike, the V85 is a new and original offering combining stylistic ideas from the golden age of the motorcycling adventure with the contents and functionality of a modern Enduro travelling bike and is part of a natural evolution by the Lake Como-based brand and its motorcycles, which is wholly consistent with a range development policy that saw the launch of the V9 a year ago and the third generation of the V7 this year.
Travelling to live, the V85 is an adventure every day
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.
The V85 is dedicated to those who, while never ceasing to dream of Dakar, yearn for a bike that revives the spirit of adventure on their daily journeys. The Moto Guzzi prefigures a modern motorcycle, fully equipped and with a strong character, but also a pure and essential motorcycle with its shapes that originate directly from Moto Guzzi’s own history.
Style: The V85 is the first Classic Enduro
The design is the meeting point between technology and functionality with a classic Moto Guzzi style, designed to remain timeless as well as defining the first Classic Enduro to be dedicated to tourism.
Designed with proportions that are anything but prohibitive, accessible for riders of all sizes and experience, tight in the waistband to allow freedom of movement, the V85 boasts an optimal ride for rider and passenger. 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 the beautiful 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
Moto Guzzi’s expertise in the construction of outstanding bicycles is also confirmed on the V85. The frame is completely new; in pursuit of lightness, rationality and accessibility, it is made of steel tubes and exploits the specific anchorage of the engine to create a rigid structure that restores precision and rigour on the road as well as robustness and the right feel for off-road riding. The beautiful 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 on the swingarm houses the new shaft drive transmission. The mono shock absorber directly connects the chassis to the right arm of the swingarm, a solution that 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 a optimal off-road use, thanks to a substantial engine floor clearance, as well as comfort on the most commonly-used roads.
A new engine, a classic of the future
A new Moto Guzzi engine is launched on the V85. The construction design is proprietary and excludes all current Moto Guzzi production: in fact, it is a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 80 HP of maximum power. It is an engine that, fully in line with Moto Guzzi philosophy, announces itself as a classic for the near future, providing rewarding performance on every kind of route, as well as guaranteeing great character and the usual spectacular force at lower running speeds.
The technical platform of the V85, including its mechanics – as always leveraged inside the body of the vehicle, with all its beauty being deliberately left in sight – is the technical basis for the development of a series of new motorcycles. It will be a family of medium-sized cylinder bikes, from different intended uses, combined with strong character, generous performance and a style which is typically Moto Guzzi.
Total Motorcycle says: “The most beautiful Enduro currently on the market”
2018 Moto Guzzi V85 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
This is another step by Moto Guzzi towards the future, which will bring the Como Eagle to celebrate its 100-year anniversary in 2021 with a new range of motorcycles built on the technical base of the Concept V85. It is a motorcycle dedicated to destinations, which has always been the heritage of Moto Guzzi in their purest and most original manner, which bring to mind the epic and adventurous rally raids of the 1980s, a world from which it has inherited style, charm and emotion, but which has been designed to face both every day and long-range roads, according to the most up-to-date requirements and the forthcoming ventures.
The 2018 Moto Guzzi V85 pays tribute to the great adventurous trips and is dedicated to those who, despite never ceasing to dream of adventurous journeys, are seeking out a motorcycle capable of returning that spirit to their everyday journeys. A new Moto Guzzi engine is being launched in the 2018 Moto Guzzi V85. The construction design is proprietary and excludes the entire current Moto Guzzi production: in fact, it is a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 80 HP of maximum power. This feature, coupled with the powerful torque at low speeds typical of all Moto Guzzi two-cylinders and the lightness of the 2018 Moto Guzzi V85, make it fun to use in for on-road and off-road riding.
2018 Moto Guzzi V85 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
V85. Start to explore.
Awaken your urge for travel
It is the motorcycle that was needed by an increasingly standardised market dedicated to travelling in its purest form, recalling the epic rally raids of the 1980s, a point of reference from which it inherits style, charm and thus emotion, but which has been designed to take on both everyday routes and long-distance routes, using the most up-to-date requirements.
Moto Guzzi V85. From Moto Guzzi tradition, a new adventure is about to begin: because a true history maker never rests on his laurels.
Give a name to your desire for discovery
All Moto Guzzi have always had legendary names. Today V85 asks for your participation: contribute to define the name of the bike and write with us the story of Moto Guzzi!
Spirit of exploration
Moto Guzzi has always interpreted the purest and most original conception of the journey, where man and his motorbike, in perfect symbiosis, go to the discovery of unique and unexpected places.
The new V85 is dedicated to all those bikers who like to point their finger on the map and leave without stopping when the asphalt ends.
The first Classic Enduro
A fascinating design that purely reflects the tradition and style of Moto Guzzi. A meeting point between technology and modern features to define the first Classic Enduro dedicated to tourism.
Narrow in the waist to allow freedom of movement, the new Moto Guzzi V85 ensures total comfort for the driver and the passenger. Equipped with a fully digital instrumentation and DRL LED lights, it is ready to set the way for the future.
Character, lightness and ease of use
New steel-tube frame, which utilizes the anchorage of the engine to create a rigid structure that restores precision and rigor on the road, and even robustness and right feeling in off-road riding.
The engine is a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 80 HP of maximum power. A truly rewarding performance is assured on every route as well as guaranteeing to the V85 all the character and responsive acceleration Moto Guzzi is famed for.
Because whatever your adventure idea is, the new Moto Guzzi V85 will make it unforgettable.
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