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Moto Guzzi Releases Full Specs For All-New V85 TT

More details released on the retro-styled, mid-size Moto Guzzi ADV.

Published on 11.07.2018

It’s been a long time coming but Moto Guzzi has finally released the full specs for their V85 TT Adventure Bike. This retro-styled mid-size ADV was first put on display as a concept bike during last year’s EICMA show and we are now getting the details on the upcoming machine a year later as EICMA 2018 kicks off.

Compared to the discontinued 598-pound Stelvio, the new machine is much lighter at 505 lbs wet (229 kg) and features a slightly higher seat height of 32.7 inches (830mm). The design of the 5.6-gallon (21-liter) tank boasts some meticulously crafted details, such as the slots on the front section and recesses just above the engine heads. The high front mudguard and double front headlight are also in keeping with Moto Guzzi history, going back to the 1989 Quota 1000 and 1996 NTX 650. In addition, the V85 TT is the only bike in its segment with a low-maintenance shaft drive.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle


The bike features a high-resistance steel tubular frame, complete with rider footpeg support plates in die-cast aluminum (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. The rear part of the frame is designed to optimize 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.

The suspension offers 6.7″ (170mm) of travel front and rear, while the 41mm fork and rear shock are both adjustable for preload and rebound damping. The wire spoked wheels are 19” up front and 17″ in the rear, mounted with 110/80-19 and 150/70-17 tires respectively.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

New Engine

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. Engine capacity is 853cc and can boast an output ratio of almost 100 HP/liter while delivering 80 HP and 59 ft-lbs of torque at 5,000 rpm, with 90% of the torque already available at 3,750 rpm. This is the first Moto Guzzi small block engine that can easily reach 8,000 rpm.

The crankcase is the fruit of a new design and is stiffer, in order to fulfill its new role as a stressed member in the frame. Moto Guzzi further strengthened the design with frame connections and strengthening elements in the internal stud bolt area. It also features ports in order to check the oil level in the lower semi-crankcase. Lubrication involves a semi dry sump, with two coaxial pumps tasked with oil delivery and recovery that removes the need for an oil cooler, thus reducing the overall weight.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

The oil circuit is totally new and features holes of different diameters, with one of the two pumps transferring lubrication from the crankcase chamber to the sump. The latter is reduced in size to increase ground clearance and allow for assembly of the protective aluminum 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 while upping throttle response speed and significantly reducing any vibration.

Cylinders are of reduced height, while new and efficient oil passages and a brand-new fastening system to the crankcase ensure robustness and reliability. Low-profile pistons are used while the flywheel and generator have been boosted. Electronic management is further entrusted to a multimap Ride-by-Wire throttle control.

Significant work has been done on the gearbox to make it smoother and more precise. Ratios are new and a triple ring system is introduced for the first time: a synchronizer that reduces gear noise to a minimum, particularly that of first gear. In addition, the gears gain flexible coupling, for even smoother final transmission at the PTO shaft, this too new.

Riding Modes

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

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 ABS and MGCT traction control calibration, as well as a different response from the Ride-by-Wire accelerator control:

• Road: designed for smooth riding while still retaining an element of fun. Foresees a medium level of MGCT traction control calibration, ABS active on both channels and a prompt throttle response.

• Rain: ideal in situations of reduced grip, to ensure maximum safety while riding. Foresees a higher level of traction control calibration, ABS active at both wheels and a gentler throttle response.

• Off-road: the setting for the all-terrain soul of the V85 TT, designed to make the most of the chassis and engine during off-road exploits. Foresees the lowest level of traction control intervention, ABS only active at the front wheel with dedicated calibration (and with the possibility to deactivate it at the front wheel), along with a gentler throttle response assisted by greater engine braking.

Other Technology

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

V85 TT is equipped with Cruise Control and all travel parameters can be controlled via the digital instrument cluster complete with TFT display. The background and color of the characters adapt to different light conditions thanks to a built-in sensor. The information displayed, in addition to the classic speedometer, rev counter, mileage counter and clock, also includes selected gear indices, air temperature, fuel level, average and current consumption, residual autonomy and selected Riding Mode. It is also possible to set a maximum number of revs for the gear shift light sensor, useful when running in the bike or seeking to limit fuel consumption as far as possible. Alongside the display is a USB port while provision is made for a second port under the seat.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT also features MIA, the new Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that allows a smartphone to be connected to the vehicle (via an ECU available in the rich catalog of Moto Guzzi accessories), thus extending instrument functionality. MIA can be used to listen to music and make/receive phone calls with the use of a helmet intercom. It also introduces a navigation function for the first time, allowing the rider to find and set a destination and view directions in the form of intuitive pictographs on the instrument cluster.

Moto Guzzi Accessories

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

• Side panniers: 33-liter (left) and 39-liter (right) panniers locked to the bike using a dedicated safety key. The panniers can be easily removed in just a few seconds.

• 41-liter aluminum case: created in 1.5 mm aluminum and powder painted. It is locked to the bike using a dedicated safety key and can be easily removed in just a few seconds. Complete with stainless steel fastening plate.

• Larger windscreen: offers the rider greater protection during long trips. The anti-impact, scratch-proof polycarbonate sheet guarantees safety while ensuring that transparency and shine will remain unaltered over time.

• Center stand: created in cataphoretic and powder coated steel to stand up to different weather conditions, it has been designed and engineered to meet with the strictest safety and resistance standards.

• Larger stand base: created in anodized steel to stand up to different weather conditions, it is designed to offer a greater support surface area on irregular and uneven ground.

• Öhlins shocks: with adjustable compression, rebound and spring preload, they offer maximum comfort and safety in all situations.

• Moto Guzzi exhaust by Arrow: homologated in titanium with a heat protection cover, support clamp and carbon end cap. It reduces the weight and makes for a unique and aggressive sound.

• Shaft drive protection: Created with very thick steel tubes, it protects the shaft drive in case of a crash.

• Tubular engine guard bar: Created with very thick steel tubes, it specifically protects the engine and the rider’s legs.

• Comfort seats: a complete range of seats that increase comfort levels thanks to a special 3D insert. Available in three different heights.

• Clutch and brake lever: machined from solid, they improve ergonomics by offering four-position adjustment.

• Additional LED lights: with an aluminum body and contained size, the lights use limited power. They integrate perfectly with the bike and allow for greater visibility and safety during night-time riding.

• Foldaway mirrors: They fold in on themselves towards the handlebar, to reduce bulk during off-road use.

• Mudguard: Created in injected plastic material, it is mounted on the shaft drive and protects the engine from stones and water.

• Sport Adventure tires: Michelin Anakee Adventure, as standard on special versions.

• High grip brake pedal: laser-cut and power painted in a resistant material. Ensures perfect grip even in the most extreme situations.

• Moto Guzzi Multi-media Platform: the new device that allows for a smartphone to be connected to the bike, transforming it into a real multimedia platform.

• Electronic anti-theft system: comprises a compact and technologically advanced ECU that is easy to install. Complete with remote control. The system is self-powered with minimum energy absorption.

• Light protection: an anti-impact, scratch-proof polycarbonate sheet. Protects the light from any impact or accidental damage. Particularly useful on off-road routes.

• Tool bag: created in leather, it can be affixed to the luggage rack with screws. Tools not included.

• Fuel tank cover: in adhesive 3D material, they provide superficial protection for the tank and limit rider sliding.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Motorcycle

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Specs

Type: Transverse 90° V twin, two valves per cylinder (titanium intake).
Cooling: Air
Engine capacity: 853 cc
Bore and stroke: 84 x 77 mm
Compression ratio: 10.5: 1
Maximum power: 80 HP (59 kW) at 7,750 rpm
Torque: 59 ft-lbs (80 Nm) at 5,000 rpm
Fuel system: Electronic injection; Ø 52 mm single throttle body, Ride-by-Wire
Fuel tank capacity: 5.5 gallons (21 liters)
Approval: Euro 4
Consumption (WMTC cycle): 48 mpg (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: 6.7″ (170 mm)
Rear suspension: Double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminum with a single shock on the right side, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound
Rear wheel travel: 6.7″ (170 mm)
Ground Clearance: 8.3″ (210 mm)
Front brake: Double 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted calipers with 4 opposed pistons
Rear brake: Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating caliper with 2 pistons
Wheels: Spoked
Front wheel rim: 2.50” x 19”
Rear wheel rim: 4.25” x 17”
Front tire: With air chamber 110/80 – R19”
Rear tire: With air chamber 150/70 – R17”
A/C generator: 430 W
System voltage: 12 V
Battery: 12V – 12 Ah
Seat height: 32.7″ (830 mm)
Dry weight: 456 lbs (208 kg)
Curb weight*: 505 lbs (229 kg)
MSRP: USA – $11,990 USD / Canada – $13,990 CAD
Avalability: June 2019

Author: ADV Pulse Staff

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November 15, 2018 3:00 am

Very poor wheel travel

Liberty Back
Liberty Back
December 3, 2018 2:17 pm
Reply to  Husk

I think “very” may be excessive. That is nearly double the travel of most street bikes, isn’t it? My highest disappointment is the weight. A far cry from the ’87 375# NTX 650. That is what is was hoping this bike would imitate. I am desperate to have shaft drive on a mid range adBike, but the price of this thing’s weight may be too high.

William Greig
William Greig
December 22, 2018 3:02 am
Reply to  Liberty Back

But it’s not a street bike, 200mm of travel should be a minimum for this style of bike. I’m worried about the engine overheating in summer in Australian conditions. Currently looking for an adventure style bike to do a six week lap of the country, hoping this might fit the bill.

Robert Greggery
Robert Greggery
February 9, 2019 9:32 pm
Reply to  William Greig

William, I don’t think you should worry about overheating of the air cooled Guzzi in Ozzie conditions. In 2006 I went around Oz on an old ’77 BMW R100RS (sans fairing), and overloaded at that. It never gave me any trouble, using Castrol GTX 20/50, even though I ran into a 40 plus degree heatwave coming down the west coast for a few days (Oct/Nov). I would have salt from perspiration over my legs, body and clothes at the end of each day.
The rear road tyre was an Avon SM Mk11 (squarish tread suited for long distance), and it gave me in those conditions well over 15,000 kays. It’s not an Adventure bike, well an off road adventure bike, but it did the job. I think you only need “Adventure” bikes for substantial off road travel. As long as your whatever bike has a big tank, will handle a good load and is comfortable, it will give you an adventure you will enjoy and remember.
I had to wait 34 years before I could do it, (got half-way ’round in ’72 on a BMW 75/5), so don’t procrastinate. Even though up till now I’ve been a BM’ fan, the Guzzis are looking very,very attractive.
Kind regards,
Robert G.

LessTrodden Path
LessTrodden Path
February 20, 2019 5:34 pm
Reply to  William Greig

Hi William,

I agree with Robert. You don’t have to worry about this bike not being able to handle summer in the Great Southland. It will. Especially with the new ports in the V85TT engine to facilitate better cooling, it’ll be waaay better than my simple oil-cooled R100G/S PD that i took for 28000kays around n through Oz in d summer of ’96. Even in the Kimberleys and through the centre with ambient temperatures hitting 46degC.

In fact, I’ll trust an oil-cooled bike out in the desert on a long-haul trip than a liquid-cooled one anytime.

An engineer working on a mod for my Beemer first introduced me to the Guzzi, and I had been dreaming of one for 17 years. I got myself my holy grail bike – Guzzi Breva v1100 back in 2012, and have enjoyed every single moment of it even till today. (I know I’ve got the right bike when I take another glance at it as I walk away after parking it, even after 6 years of daily use!) Then the V85TT crops up and spoils it all. Darn it!!

Can a man have 2 holy grail bikes? ;-P

All the best in your decisions. You’ll have my envy if you do buy this baby!

RJ Wilton
RJ Wilton
May 23, 2019 6:16 pm
Reply to  William Greig

Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer. Eats road miles and can handle dirt. I took mine from Brisbane to Cooktown via the Daintree track thru all the creek crossings then onto Karumba along the Survannah Way then back to Brisbane thru western Queensland. 10 days, 5900km. A heavy tall bike with a heavy fuel consumption that got heavier as the fuel octane dropped but over all, very competent. I’m still going to check out the V85. Lighter and lower 🙂

Episode 37, in which we talk about New Zealand with Fred Rau – Chasing the Horizon: a podcast by, for and about motorcyclists
November 29, 2018 1:58 pm

[…] FIVE new bikes (oh, and a 400cc scooter, too).  Moto Guzzi showed off their new V85 TT middleweight (term used loosely, it’s over 400 lbs) ADV bike. In non-EICMA-related new bike news, it’s […]

Carl Price
Carl Price
December 24, 2018 2:45 pm

It looks like the other adventure bikes. I would love to have this engine on my Stornello. That would be my road to happiness.

Jeff Saine
Jeff Saine
December 28, 2018 10:17 am

Looks good but I have concerns:
What grade of fuel does it use?
Does it have heated grips?
Which setting is the published seat height from?
How about 1/4 mile or 0-60 speeds?

Open To Pre-Order – 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT | Bike-urious
January 21, 2019 2:20 pm

[…] considering putting your money down then I assume you’ve already seen the first looks from ADVPulse, Asphalt and Rubber, and Ultimate […]

February 2, 2019 12:35 am

Unfortunately no IMU / cornering ABS.
Would have been a real cool USP.
Great bike design though…

February 21, 2019 3:22 pm

“With Air Chamber”. What does that mean? Do the tires use tubes, or not?

Eric Altman
Eric Altman
February 22, 2019 10:11 am
Reply to  Bob

With air Chamber = Tube tire.

Jerry D Young
Jerry D Young
July 3, 2019 8:25 am

I put my $$$, down, I have owned, them all, this one makes my nipples hard. Jerry D.

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[…] Europe’s new emission requirements, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT stepped up to take up the slack. This brand new addition to the much esteemed Moto Guzzi line entered the motorcycling world, surpassing all expectations. […]

A Closer Look at The Moto Guzzi V85 TT - The Appuals
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Gonzalo Freile Ardiani
Gonzalo Freile Ardiani
January 24, 2022 8:16 am

The Moto Guzzi engine carry longitudinal V90 twin engines….
Not transverse V engines…. please correct….
The Guzzi engines shaft is longitudinal not transverse as the Harleys or Ducatis

Gonzalo Freile Ardiani
Gonzalo Freile Ardiani
January 24, 2022 8:31 am

Guzzi engines have LONGITUDINAL V engines mounted
Not transverse V engines as the Harleys or Ducatis
Please correct the specifications…
Gonzalo Freile Ardiani


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