2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore: THE HONOR GUARD.
Introducing the 2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore…
It was the post-WW2 era when the Cuirassiers’ Regiment, the special Carabinieri unit responsible for the honor guard and security of the President of the Italian Republic, chose Moto Guzzi as its first motorcycles. From that moment on, the guards of the Head of State have always ridden bikes made in Mandello del Lario, creating a historic combination of style, loyalty, and prestige, becoming one of the best known and beloved symbols of “Italianism” globally.
The Eagle brand manufacturer celebrates this important collaboration, which has lasted uninterrupted for 75 years, presenting the Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore at EICMA 2021. This is a special, numbered limited-edition of its highly popular classic travel enduro which, precisely in Moto Guzzi’s centennial year, joined the Cuirassiers’ Regiment’s motorcycle fleet. In fact, with a presentation ceremony to President of the Republic Sergio Mattarella on 20 May 2021, two Guzzi V85 TT units joined the California 1400 Touring bikes already used by the Cuirassiers.
Just like the V85 TT bikes delivered to the Head of State at the Quirinal Palace, the V85 TT Guardia d’Onore features the typical black livery with white graphics that characterize the Cuirassiers’ Moto Guzzi machines. The white accents run along the front mudguard, continuing onto the fuel tank and the side panels and they are also picked up on the oversized Touring windscreen. The latter is part of the standard equipment package, along with the center stand, the engine guard bars and the supplementary LED lights. The pair of side panniers dedicated to this model are available on request.
The Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore will be produced in a limited-edition of 1946 units, a number reminiscent of the first 75 years of partnership between the Mandello Eagle and the Cuirassiers’ Regiment, as well as a tribute to the year the Italian Republic was established. To further highlight the exclusive nature of this version, the progressive number of the unit is engraved on the handlebar riser, from 1 to 1946.
Everyone who purchases this special version of the V85 TT will also receive a valuable celebratory case which includes a brochure with the history of Moto Guzzi bikes used by the Cuirassiers and the stamp collector’s folder containing the postmarked stamp issued on the occasion of the Moto Guzzi Centennial.
2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
A LIMITED AND NUMBERED EDITION CELEBRATES A GREAT ITALIAN HERITAGE, THE 75 YEARS OF COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE MANDELLO-BASED MANUFACTURER AND THE CUIRASSIERS’ REGIMENT
THE SPECIAL “CUIRASSIERS REPLICA” LIVERY, THE DEDICATED EQUIPMENT PACKAGE, AND A QUALITY COLLECTOR’S CASE CHARACTERIZE A TRULY EXCLUSIVE MOTORCYCLE
1946 examples to celebrate the collaboration between Moto Guzzi and the Corazzieri Regiment V85 TT Honor Guard stands out for its glossy black livery and white details that enrich the front fender, tank and side panels as well as the oversized Touring windshield. The central stand, engine guard bars and additional LED spotlights are also standard. A unique model to honor a historic collaboration that has lasted for 75 years.
2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
A DREAM WITH OPEN EYES
There is no other way to define the V85 TT and V85 TT Travel. Thanks to a performing and fun euro 5 engine, with more torque at low and medium revs. An experience guided by five riding modes, designed to give new emotions to even the most experienced riders. Tubeless wheels and new graphics to enjoy every corner of every journey. Admit it, you can’t wait to get in the saddle.
Two new Riding Modes join the three already existing, simplifying the management of traction control, ABS and the responsiveness of the Ride-by-Wire throttle. Cruise control and color TFT instrumentation are also standard. Furthermore, in the rich catalog of dedicated accessories, there is Moto Guzzi MIA: the multimedia platform that connects the smartphone to the vehicle, extending the functions of the instrumentation.
The construction scheme follows the exclusive one of all Moto Guzzi bikes: an air-cooled 90 ° transverse V-twin, with rod and rocker arm distribution with two valves per cylinder, pride and tradition of the Mandello Eagle. The unit is now richer in low and mid-range torque, with further improved engine control electronics.
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The spoked rims that now house tubeless tires are new: together they guarantee a weight saving of about 1.5 kg, reducing the unsprung masses with benefits on the already excellent driving dynamics.
You don’t drive, you live
Essential, practical and with all the style that made Moto Guzzi great. The V85 TT is ready to accompany you from everyday commuting to adventurous travel, without losing comfort or performance. An increasingly rare value for an increasingly homologated market, an ambitious dream that the V85 TT realizes by combining an iconic design with the features of a modern travel enduro. For this reason it has earned the title of the first and only classic enduro on the market.
Distance is never a problem
V85 TT Travel receives all the technical updates of the V85 TT. It stands out for its complete set-up that makes it ready to travel with the Touring windshield, the side cases of the Urban series with high capacity and reduced lateral dimensions, the pair of additional LED spotlights and the set of adjustable heated grips, in addition to the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform.
The Cuirassiers and Moto Guzzi: 75 Years of History
The long history that binds the Cuirassiers’ Regiment to the Eagle from Mandello has its roots in the second post-war period when modern cars began to be favored over the outdated royal carriages for institutional travel involving the President of the Italian Republic. Consequently, the escort unit made up of select – and extremely tall – elite Carabinieri needed a means of transportation more suitable than horses to follow the motorized vehicles.
Confirming years of collaboration with the Italian armed forces, the choice fell almost naturally to Moto Guzzi, a true source of national pride, partly because of their countless victories achieved in motorcycle racing since the ’20s.
The need to quickly motorize a unit that had been strictly equestrian until then led the Cuirassiers to adopt 4 different Moto Guzzi models in just over 5 years. And so, the Alce, military bike par excellence, the Superalce, the Astore and its direct evolution, the Falcone Sport joined the regiment’s fleet.
However, it was only from the Astore that the bikes were specially outfitted to adapt to the needs of the Cuirassiers, including those connected to their specific height (in fact, the minimum height requirement to join the regiment was 190cm).
As the nineteen-sixties approached, it was still the Falcone Sport (with electric starter from 1959) that escorted the President of the Republic and the various foreign Heads of State visiting Italy. In line with the technological evolution in the motorcycle field, the first true change in the Cuirassiers’ motorcycle fleet came in 1968. With the V7 Special units, the single-cylinder was definitively surpassed to embrace the new Moto Guzzi era and the revolutionary transversal V-twin, destined to become the manufacturer’s calling card.
In 1975, one of the most innovative Moto Guzzi models arrived on the market – the V1000 I-Convert. With its increased engine capacity that reached 1000cc and its unprecedented integrated braking system, the I-Convert went to work straight away escorting the President of the Republic, paving the way for the next 40 years of Moto Guzzis destined for this role.
The mid ’80s marked the start of the long relationship between the Cuirassiers and the various Moto Guzzi California models, increasingly more muscular and with increasing engine capacity. Displacement went from the 948 cc of the California II used in 1985 all the way to the 1380 cc of the segment monarch, the California 1400 Touring, which cut a fine figure in the Cuirassiers’ parades and in presidential transfers from 2007.
In May of this important year, which marks Moto Guzzi’s 100th birthday, the Eagle brand presented the current President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, with V85 TT units, which joined his personal escort fleet.
The brand-new bikes feature a livery created specifically for the occasion, chromatically reminiscent of the California 1400 units already used.
2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
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Engine Transversal 90° V-twin, two valves per cylinder (titanium intake).
Displacement 853 cc
Bore and stroke 84 x 77 mm
Maximum power 76 CV (56 kW) – 7.500 rpm (Also available at 35 kW, A2 driver license).
Maximum torque 82 Nm – 5.000 rpm.
Compliance Meets European Directive Euro 5
Emissions 119 g/km (CO2)
Consumption 4,9 l/100 km
Gearbox 6 speed
Fuel tank 23 l (5 reserve).
Seat height 830 mm.
Dry weight 209 kg.
Kerb weight 230 kg (According to guideline VO (EU) 168/2013 with all fluids, with standard equipment and fuelled with at least 90% of usable tank volume).
Front suspension Upside-down hydraulic telescopic fork Ø 41 mm, with adjustable extension and spring preload.
Rear suspension Swingarm Twin-sided with lateral mono shock absorber, adjustable extension and spring preload.
Front wheel Cross spoked tubeless wheel, 19″ 110/80.
Rear wheel Cross spoked tubeless wheel, 17″ 150/70.
Front brake Double stainless steel floating disk Ø 320 mm, radial Brembo calipers with 4 opposed pistons.
Rear brake Stainless steel disk Ø 260 mm, floating 2 pistons caliper.
Features Display TFT, full LED lights, Ride by Wire, 5 Riding Mode (Street, Rain, Offroad, Sport, Custom), Cruise Control, Handguard, Aluminium sump guard, MGCT
Moto Guzzi Controllo di Trazione, Standard double channel ABS.
Colour range Monochrome versions: Nero Etna, Centenario; Evocative versions: Giallo Mojave, Rosso Uluru.
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