2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel : ADVENTURE TOURING.
Introducing the 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel.
The new version V85 TT Travel highlights the grand touring qualities of the V85 TT with standard equipment including the higher Touring windshield, able to offer the rider greater air protection, thanks to a surface area that is 60% larger than the original part, as well as two panniers in plastic material with aluminium inserts. Also included as standard are the heated hand grips with buttons already incorporated in the original left-hand switch block of the V85 TT, and a pair of additional LED lights. The Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel is offered in the exclusive Sabbia Namib colour: the grey frame is paired with the matte colour of the chassis, while the tank and side panels are enhanced with dedicated graphics. Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres underline the adventure touring attitude.
The fundamental concepts at the heart of the V85 TT project are simplicity, ease and practicality, values typical of those 80s enduro bikes that could be used for anything, from the daily commute to adventurous trips, yet also values that are gradually getting lost in an increasingly homologated market, where ranges favour significant size and weight.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT achieves its ambitious goal of combining a style based on said values with the needs of a modern touring enduro. This is why it deserves the title of classic enduro, dedicated to touring.
To make life on board easier and safer, Moto Guzzi introduces three different riding modes on the V85 TT: Road, Rain and Off-road. The rider need only select the preferred mode, safe in the knowledge that Moto Guzzi has developed the best possible electronic configuration for each Riding Mode.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT presents MOTO GUZZI MIA, the new Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that allows a smartphone to be connected to the vehicle.
Travelling to live, the V85 TT is an adventure every day
V85 TT is dedicated to adventurous trips, a long-standing Moto Guzzi tradition, in their purest and most original form, the likes of which conjure up images of desert competitions such as the Paris-Dakar. The famous African race was at its peak as the 1980s dawned… Taking centre stage was man, in his eternal struggle with nature and himself, on a journey to discover unexplored lands, alone, in complete harmony with his motorcycle. A compass, road book and watch were the only navigational tools with which to reach the final destination of Lac Rose, which remained just a dream for many. The goal was not just to compete, but to discover unique places, a value that V85 TT wants to reinstate.
In its travelling version, the V85 TT is a new and original proposal that combines stylistic features reminiscent of the golden age of motorbike adventures with the content and functionality of a modern touring enduro. V85 TT is dedicated to those who, while still dreaming of the Dakar, seek a motorcycle that can also inject adventurous spirit into the everyday journey.
2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
THE NEW VERSION HIGHLIGHTS THE GRAND TOURING QUALITIES OF THE V85 TT
WITH STANDARD EQUIPMENT INCLUDING PANNIERS, A HIGH WINDSHIELD AND HEATED HAND GRIPS, THE V85 TT IS READY FOR ADVENTURE
Following the critical and public acclaim achieved by the V85 TT, the first classic travel enduro that knew how to excite motorcyclists thanks to its ability to combine sophisticated and evocative style with cutting-edge technical qualities, Moto Guzzi presents the Travel version, ready to take to the road thanks to its complete dedicated range of equipment. Moto Guzzi has listened to the requests of Guzzisti, creating a V85 TT version that is prepared as standard with a selection of essential adventure touring accessories.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT reflects a construction philosophy in which simplicity, practicality and handling make for an unfiltered relationship between bike and rider, one that is dedicated to adventurous travels, a true Moto Guzzi legacy, something that the Travel version further highlights. The equipment, made up of accessories that are all available in the catalogue, includes the higher Touring windshield, able to offer the rider greater air protection, thanks to a surface area that is 60% larger than the original part, as well as two panniers in plastic material with aluminium inserts. The panniers stand out for their significant capacity (37 litres for the right-hand case, which can hold a full-face helmet, and 27.5 litres for the left), locks that use the same contact key, and the absence of any voluminous supports to install them, hence the line of the vehicle remains intact when they are removed. Their lateral bulk is limited to just 928 mm, in that they are designed during development of the bike itself.
Also included as standard are the heated hand grips with buttons already incorporated in the original left-hand switch block of the V85 TT, and a pair of additional LED lights. The range of special equipment is rounded out with Moto Guzzi MIA, the multimedia platform that allows the rider to connect a smartphone to the vehicle, extending the functions of the instrument cluster. The Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel is offered in the exclusive Sabbia Namib colour: the grey frame is paired with the matte colour of the chassis, while the tank and side panels are enhanced with dedicated graphics. Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres underline the adventure touring attitude.
The winning technical characteristics of the V85 TT are of course confirmed, the bike created on the basis of values such as simplicity, practicality and riding ease, typical of those 1980s enduro bikes with which riders could do anything, from carrying out daily errands to adventurous trips.
Well proportioned and far from prohibitive in size, it can be used by riders of any level or experience (the seat is only 830 mm from the ground) and is narrow in girth to allow freedom of movement. The V85 TT mounts a 23-litre engine able to guarantee a range of more than 400 km. Moto Guzzi V85 TT is created from a brand-new technical base. That Moto Guzzi ability to build superb chassis is once again confirmed with the V85 TT. The tubular structure exploits the engine as a load-bearing element that ensures the necessary stiffness to guarantee efficiency and riding enjoyment on the road, as well as optimum balance during light enduro use. The V85 TT mounts a new Moto Guzzi engine with the same exclusive construction framework seen across all Moto Guzzi models currently in production, specifically an air-cooled transverse 90° V twin with OHV distribution and two valves per cylinder, the pride and tradition of the Mandello Eagle. Engine capacity is 853 cc, thanks to a bore to stroke ratio of 84 x 77 mm. The most modern of all engines in the range, it can boast specific power of almost 100 HP/litre. Thanks to its complete new design and the use of materials generally destined for race bikes, such as titanium, the new “eight and a half” is able to deliver a maximum power of 80 HP, as well as an impressive maximum torque value of 80 Nm at 5,000 rpm, with 90% of the torque already available at 3,750 rpm, in keeping with the tradition of the Mandello twin, which has always offered excellent drive even at very low revs. This is the first Moto Guzzi small block engine that can easily reach 8000 rpm, an aspect that showcases its modern and exuberant nature. The V85 TT is the only bike in its segment to use shaft drive transmission (it makes no mess and requires no maintenance).
For the V85 TT project to achieve its main goal, or rather to satisfy Guzzista in their daily riding as well as in their touring and adventurous off-road riding, Moto Guzzi has designed a complete range of standard electronic equipment, without any inopportune technological overload, for maximum travel enjoyment. To make life on board easier and safer, Moto Guzzi introduces three different riding modes on the V85 TT: Road, Rain and Off-road. Each of these Riding Modes corresponds to a different engine mapping and a different calibration of the MGCT traction control (which can be disabled) and ABS, as well as a different response from the Ride-by-Wire throttle control.
2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Style: V85 TT is the Classic Travel Enduro
The fundamental concepts at the heart of the V85 TT project are simplicity, ease and practicality, values typical of those 80s enduro bikes that could be used for anything, from the daily commute to adventurous trips, yet also values that are gradually getting lost in an increasingly homologated market, where ranges favour significant size and weight. Moto Guzzi V85 TT achieves its ambitious goal of combining a style based on said values with the needs of a modern touring enduro. It is for this reason that it deserves to be crowned the first classic enduro dedicated to touring. Its design combines technology and functionality, with typical Moto Guzzi traits to ensure durability. The desire for simple shapes is clear: with no kind of fairing, the V85 TT is defined by the lines of its tank, its side panels and the front mudguard, as well as its brand-new sculpted 90° V twin engine of course.
Designed with proportions that are anything but prohibitive, accessible to riders of all sizes and experience, and narrow in girth to allow freedom of movement, the V85 TT ensures an optimal ride for rider and passenger. Comfort and usability are never compromised, for a motorcycle that is comfortable in two, even at full load. Air protection is ensured by a smoke Plexiglas windscreen, its shapes researched in the wind tunnel; the pair of handguards installed on the handlebar protect extremities against bad weather and the cold, helping to make the V85 TT the ideal companion in any season. The design of the 23-litre tank (able to guarantee mileage of over 400 km) harks back to the tradition of Moto Guzzi bikes kitted out for African raids and boasts some meticulously crafted details, such as the slots on the front section and the recesses just above the engine heads, which appear to be generated by the twin itself. Extensive research was carried out in defining the contact area with the seat, in order to ensure optimum riding comfort when seated and freedom of movement when standing during typical off-road riding. The seat is 830 mm from the ground, allowing feet to easily touch for optimum control when manoeuvring a stationary bike, also thanks to the compactness of the under body and an overall weight reduced to just 208 kg (dry weight). The riding position is erect, with relaxed back, legs that are barely flexed and correctly bent arms to effectively grip the wide variable section aluminium handlebars, for total control. Under the seat is a practical storage compartment. The high front mudguard and beautiful double front headlight are also in keeping with Moto Guzzi history, these stylish and functional solutions already present on the 1996 NTX 650 and the 1989 Quota 1000 respectively. Classic off-road style features (including fork stanchion protection, an exhaust system with high silencer and the aluminium engine sump guard) are combined with technologically cutting-edge elements, such as the TFT instrument cluster and the series of LED lights on the headlight with DRL that trace the shape of the Moto Guzzi eagle.
Chassis: for the utmost riding pleasure and ease
That Moto Guzzi ability to build superb chassis is once again confirmed with the V85 TT. Only the new Moto Guzzi can boast such a solid and precise front end as it enters a corner; only V85 TT is able to give the rider such a sense of control and safety while seeking excitement on the road. Much of this is down to the particular layout of the high resistance steel tubular frame, complete with beautiful rider footpeg support plates in die-cast aluminium (with removable rubber for off-road riding). As well as being completely new, it has no lower cradle, thus reducing weight while increasing engine clearance from the ground, essential when it comes to off-road riding. In pursuit of lightness, rationality and accessibility, it 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 rear part of the frame is designed to optimise load capacity and offer the passenger two wide and practical grab handles. A case can be mounted on the practical rear luggage rack, while optional panniers can be fastened to the sides, for significantly reduced lateral bulk.
Reduced longitudinal development of the new small block engine allows for a very long swingarm, for safe and intuitive riding. The new asymmetric unit in box-type aluminium features a curved left arm, for a very linear exhaust pipe design and a reduction of lateral bulk. The right arm of the swingarm houses the new shaft drive transmission. V85 TT is the only bike in its segment to use shaft drive transmission, prioritised over a chain drive because it makes no mess and requires no maintenance. The single shock absorber with variable stiffness spring allows for great progression, also thanks to its tilted position. Its lateral position also facilitates access to the hydraulic and spring pre-load adjustments, freeing up space in terms of the exhaust system layout and allowing for any panniers to be fitted more tightly to the bike. The suspension offers very generous wheel travel (equal to 170 mm for both wheels) for satisfying off-road use, thanks also to significant engine ground clearance of 210 mm (the engine protected by an aluminium sump guard), while also ensuring comfort on the road. The fork (with 41 mm stanchions) and shock with separate tank are both adjustable in terms of shock preload and hydraulic rebound. The braking system is of superior quality, comprising a double 320 mm steel front disc with two radial-mounted Brembo callipers with 4 opposed pistons, connected to the pump at the handlebar with metal trellis tubing. At the rear is a 260 mm steel floating calliper with 2 pistons. The unit is controlled by a multimap Continental ABS system that can be disabled at the rear wheel and that has dedicated front wheel calibration for the more demanding off-road stretches. The spoked wheels mount 17” and 19” tyres (respectively 150/70-17 and 110/80-19), measurements that will also satisfy off-road enthusiasts. For the same reason, Moto Guzzi V85 TT is available with both high performance road-going Metzeler Tourance Next tyres and the more grooved Michelin Anakee Adventure tyres suitable for off-road use.
A new engine, a future classic
The V85 TT introduces a new Moto Guzzi engine. Its configuration mirrors that of all Moto Guzzi bikes in production today: an air-cooled transverse 90° V twin with OHV distribution and two valves per cylinder, the pride and tradition of the Mandello Eagle. Engine capacity is 853 cc, thanks to a bore to stroke ratio of 84 x 77 mm. The most modern of all engines in the range, it can boast specific power of almost 100 HP/litre. Thanks to its complete new design and the use of materials generally destined for race bikes, such as titanium, the new “eight and a half” is able to deliver a maximum power of 80 HP, as well as an impressive maximum torque value of 80 Nm at 5,000 rpm, with 90% of the torque already available at 3,750 rpm, in keeping with the tradition of the Mandello twin, which has always offered excellent drive even at very low revs. This is the first Moto Guzzi small block engine that can easily reach 8000 rpm, an aspect that showcases its modern and exuberant nature.
The crankcase is the fruit of a new design and is stiffer, in order to fulfil its new role as a stress-bearing element in the frame, introducing new frame connections and strengthening elements in the connection area between the two crankcase halves. It also features a port to check the oil level in the lower crankcase half. Lubrication involves a semi dry sump, with two coaxial pumps, one tasked with oil delivery and the other with recovery that ensure excellent lubrication and do away with the need for an oil radiator, thus reducing the overall weight. The semi dry sump solution has all the advantages of dry sump engines, without the disadvantage of the encumbrance of the external oil reservoir, since sump itself carries out this function. The primary advantages are: less loss of power because of friction due to the interaction of the crank drive with the oil, lower maximum temperature reached by the oil and freedom of the bike to reach a greater lean or pitch angle without any lubrication problems, thereby allowing the reduction of the quantity of lubricant needed to ensure that the pump has correct draft in any situation. The oil circuit is entirely new, with one of the two pumps tasked with transferring the lubricant from the crank drive to the sump. The latter is reduced in size to increase ground clearance and allow for assembly of the protective aluminium under-sump. The whole crankshaft is new and, together with the piston rods, also new, allows for a reduction in weight of almost 30% with respect to other small block engines, upping throttle response speed while significantly reducing any vibration. The upper section of the twin engine is also totally new: in keeping with Moto Guzzi identity, OHV distribution with two valves per cylinder is retained, though the system and materials used are all new. Cylinders are of reduced height, while new and efficient oil passages and a fastening system to the reinforced crankcase ensure robustness and reliability. The heads have new mix entry ducts and links. One of the stand-out aspects of a Moto Guzzi engine is its distribution, complete with new aluminium roller cams and rocker arm pushrods. The use of 42.5 mm titanium intake valves, which weigh about half of those in steel, has allowed for a much more radical angle over stroke, all to the benefit of torque and maximum power. Lighter pistons are used, with 20 mm pins, as well as new head and plug covers that differ in shape, while the generator has been boosted. Engine control makes use of a single 52 mm throttle body, while with multimap Ride-by-Wire throttle control, a solution that allows for delicate and scrupulous control of valve opening, not only optimising overall efficiency for a smooth, rich delivery, but also decreasing fuel consumption. The new Moto Guzzi engine is in fact very frugal in terms of consumption: it has few components that absorb power (OHV distribution is one of the most frugal in terms of power absorption) and has no cooling circuit pump or long drive chains or belts.
Significant work has been done on the dogbox to make it more smooth and precise. The gearbox and clutch housing make for increased ground clearance; the dry clutch exploits a reinforcement disc under the clutch plate as well as a new, higher performance clutch disc; a triple ring system is also introduced for the first time: a type of synchronisation that reduces gear noise and gearbox play to a minimum, particularly that of first gear. The ratios are new. The gears gain flexible coupling, for even smoother final transmission at the PTO shaft, this too strengthened. Lastly, the swingarm housing zone has been stiffened and features bearings capable of withstanding high loads.
2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ 12,990 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $ 14,990 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See Dealer for Pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Type Transverse 90° V twin, two valves per cylinder (titanium intake).
Engine capacity 853 cm³
Bore and stroke 84 x 77 mm
Compression ratio 10.5: 1
Maximum power 80 HP (59 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Torque 80 Nm at 5,000 rpm
Fuel system Electronic injection; Ø 52 mm single throttle body, Ride-by-Wire
Fuel tank capacity 23 litres (including 5 litre reserve)
Emissions compliance Euro 4
Consumption (WMTC cycle) 4.9 l/100 km
CO2 Emissions (WMTC cycle) 118 g/km
Clutch Dry single disc
Transmission 6 gears
Gear ratio values 1st 16/39 = 1: 2.437
2nd 18/32 = 1: 1.778
3rd 21/28 = 1: 1.333
4th 24/26 = 1: 1.083
5th 25/24 = 1: 0.960
6th 27/24 = 1: 0.889
Frame High strength steel tubular frame
Front suspension 41 mm hydraulic telescopic USD fork, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound
Front wheel travel 170 mm
Rear suspension Double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminium with a single shock on the right side, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound
Rear wheel travel 170 mm
Front brake Double 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted callipers with 4 opposed pistons
Rear brake Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons
Front wheel rim 2.50” x 19”
Rear wheel rim 4.25” x 17”
Front tyre With air chamber 110/80 – R19”
Rear tyre With air chamber 150/70 – R17”
A/C generator 430 W
System voltage 12 V
Battery 12V – 12 Ah
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