Ask most people what they think of when you say the words “Italian motorcycle” and probably two or three brands will come to mind: Ducati, Aprilia, and MV Agusta. Moto Guzzi often go under the radar when it comes to Italian motorcycles and its loyal followers probably prefer it that way, creating a sense of mystique around the brand.
Now they are celebrating 100 years in existence with three new editions across the V7, V9 and V85 TT models, all spirting a special Centenary Livery. That livery harks back to Moto Guzzi of old such as the 8-cylinder bike developed in 1965 to compete in the 500cc class at the World Championships. The combination of brushed metal fuel tank offset with green fairing was most successful with the Bialbero 350 which won 9 titles between 1953 and 1957.
Moto Guzzi V7
The Moto Guzzi V7 gets a new 850cc 65 hp engine, up 25% over the previous version with torque also increasing from 60 Nm at 4250 rpm to 73 Nm at 5000 rpm with MGCT adjustable traction control keeping things in check. There’s a larger cardan final drive, wider rear wheel and uprated Kayaba shock absorbers. The frame has also come in for some improvements such as the addition of steel elements in the headstock area as well as new front shocks and other ergonomic changes including brand new rider footpegs.
Moto Guzzi V9
Like the V7, Moto Guzzi V9 gets a new 850cc, 65 hp and 73 Nm engine with improved headstock. The V9 also features ABS and MGCT adjustable traction control, and a new digital instrument panel and a full-LED lighting system. It can be had in guises: V9 Roamer or V9 Bobber.
Moto Guzzi V85 TT
The Moto Guzzi V85 TT is all about classic enduro looks and ride sensations but now gets a Euro 5 compliant engine with increased torque in low to medium speeds to ensure it can go anywhere.
There are five riding modes, up from the previous three, ABS, cruise control and a colour TFT instrument panel, and smartphone connectivity for extra functions. The spoked wheels now support tubeless tyres reducing unsprung weight for better dynamics.
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