Alongside launching the new range of sports bikes from Aprilia, Piaggio has also brought in the latest iteration of Moto Guzzi V85TT. This latest iteration of the Moto Guzzi V85TT is priced at Rs 15.4 lakh (ex-showroom, India), which makes it almost 3 lakh more expensive than the BS4 iteration.
Launched previously at the Auto Expo 2020, the Moto Guzzi V85TT was on a sale for a very brief time in the Indian two wheeler market, till the deadline for BS4 vehicles on March 31, 2020. The V85TT is the first motorcycle from Moto Guzzi in India to get BS6 compliance.
2021 Moto Guzzi V85TT: Design
The new Moto Guzzi V85TT is a premium middleweight adventure tourer from the Italian two-wheeler maker, which gets a host of off-road and neo-retro design cues. The motorcycle gets dual round headlamps, clear windscreen and high mounted fender at the front. It also gets exposed bits of red colored frame throughout the side profile from front to rear, with a 23-litre fuel tank, long single piece seat, 2-into-1 exhaust and engine sump guard. Like a proper adventure tourer, the Moto Guzzi V85TT also gets off-road spec tyres rolled over spoke wheels.
2021 Moto Guzzi V85TT: Engine
The new Moto Guzzi V85TT retains the four-stroke, air cooled, transversely mounted 853cc V-twin engine, which is now tuned to meet BS6 emission norms. The engine now makes 75 bhp of maximum power and 82 Nm of torque, which makes it 5 bhp less powerful than the previous BS4-spec version. However, Moto Guzzi promises enhanced bottom end torque due to replacement of pushrod and rocker timing cams.
2021 Moto Guzzi: Chassis and Electronics
The new Moto Guzzi comes with a different set of off-road tyre and spoke wheels (19-inch front and 17-inch rear) compared to the BS4 version of the motorcycle. For suspension, the V85TT gets upside down hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and off-set monoshock at the rear. On offer now are five different ride modes, including the two new modes of Sport and Custom and the three already existing modes of off-road, rain and road.
All the changes to its engine and chassis have increased the weight of the motorcycle by 1 kg, with the kerb weight now being 230 kg. Other prominent features of the Moto Guzzi V85TT are dual channel ABS, traction control, full TFT instrument console with Bluetooth compatibility and cruise control.
2021 Moto Guzzi V85TT: Competition
The direct rivals of the Moto Guzzi V85TT are the Triumph Tiger 900 and Ducati Multistrada 950, with the more road-oriented BMW F900 XR too being in its crosshairs.