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ADV News2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Gets Engine Updates, Tubeless Rims & More

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Gets Engine Updates, Tubeless Rims & More

Moto Guzzi’s retro-styled adventure bike gets major updates for 2021.

Published on 01.14.2021

It’s hard to believe it’s been three years since Moto Guzzi first teased its replacement for the Stelvio – the V85 TT. Its retro styling and sub-liter displacement (853cc) was a breath of fresh air for a segment that seemed to be chock full of cookie-cutter designs. Since its official launch in 2019, it’s gone on to become a top seller for Moto Guzzi and a fan favorite of those looking for something a little different than the status quo. Now the V85 TT is getting a range of upgrades for the new year, to help solidify its position in the market.

2021 is an important time for Moto Guzzi as it celebrates its 100th birthday. A century of tradition, passion and inspiring motorcycles that have been built in Mandello del Lario, Italy since 1921. To mark its anniversary, Moto Guzzi presents an updated version of its best seller, based on the requests and feedback of its fans. The construction and layout of the engine remains a 90° transversal, air-cooled V-twin with a pushrod valve train and two valves per cylinder (titanium intake cylinders), a longstanding tradition of the Italian marque. 

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT receives major updates
New cross-spoke rims are now tubeless and 3.3 pounds (1.5kg) lighter.

Now the powerplant boasts greater torque in the low and medium rpm range thanks to optimized lifting of the pushrod and rockers timing cams and modifications to the engine control electronics. In addition, new cross-spoke rims are now tubeless and are 3.3 pounds (1.5kg) lighter, reducing the unsprung mass. 


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As for the electronic rider aids, two new Riding Modes, ‘Sport’ (suitable for more sporty riding) and ‘Custom’ (customisable for rider preferences) join the existing three (Strada – Street, Pioggia – Rain, Off-road) to manage traction control, ABS and the Ride-by-Wire throttle response. Cruise control and the color TFT instrument panel also remain standard equipment. With the optional Moto Guzzi MIA (Moto Guzzi multimedia platform), you can connect your smartphone to the vehicle, extending the instrument panel’s functionality.

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT receives major updates
Engine updates give the new V85 TT more torque across the low and medium rev range. The new machine also receives 2 new rider modes (Giallo Mojave color scheme shown in photo.)
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT receives major updates

The three versions of graphics available for the 2021 V85 TT are also new: Nero Etna (not available in North America), Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru. 

Highlights & Changes: 

  • Increased torque across the low to medium rev range.
  • New ‘Tubeless’ cross-spoke rims make flat repairs easier.
  • Lighter wheels have less unsprung weight for improved handling.
  • New ‘Sport’ and ‘Custom’ ride modes offer more control over performance.

V85 TT Travel model receives all the technical upgrades of the standard V85 TT; as in the past, its generous equipment package prepares it for longer journeys. This includes a Touring windscreen, side panniers with a large cargo capacity and reduced lateral bulk, a pair of auxiliary LED lights and the set of adjustable heated hand grips, as well as the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform.

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT receives major updates
2021 V85 TT in the new color scheme Nero Etna (Europe only).

Availability and Pricing

For North America, Moto Guzzi will bring the V85 TT Adventure and Travel models only. The V85 TT Adventure adds a set of aluminum panniers and a top box to the standard model, while the V85 TT Travel receives additional equipment to improve its long-range adventure capability. This includes a touring windscreen, large-capacity plastic/aluminum panniers, a pair of LED auxiliary lights and a set of heated hand grips, as well as the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform.

The new V85 TT Adventure and Travel models are expected to become available in the US starting in April and will arrive in Canada in May. Pricing for the 2021 V85 TT Adventure is $12,990 USD ($15,190 CAD) and the V85 TT Travel is $13,390 USD ($15,390 CAD). Visit the Moto Guzzi website for more details.

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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16 thoughts on “2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Gets Engine Updates, Tubeless Rims & More

  1. Pingback: 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Gets Engine Updates, Tubeless Rims & More - ADVENTURE & OVERLAND MOTORCYCLE TRAVEL

  2. Nice package. Nearly perfect except for the price. Probably 15K USD out of the door. Ouch!!

    I will probably wait for a used one to pop-up in a year or so.

  3. OK What EXACTLY is an adventure bike —— AND WHERE DO YOU RIDE IT? In my eyes it is used everywhere around the world and on all road surfaces —— from the sand on a beach to the rocks on the slopes of a large rocky mountain..—— Now reread what I just wrote——– Now reread the specs of this motorcycle and all the other so called ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLES.———- They are all missing one thing! ——- If you have it on your bike you may never use it ! ———- But then the time you have to use it! ——– You will say to yourself “THANK SOMEBODY FOR USING BRAINS ” ——-These new so-called ADVENTURE BIKES ARE HUGE AND HIGH AND HEAVY THEN YOU LOAD THEM UP HIGHER WITH GEAR What a situation this all becomes —— Look I am not being a smart ass I am just saying that if you call it an ADVENTURE BIKE then this part should be a bit of standard gear.——NOW I am in my mid 70 year ——- I ride a lot of mountains on dirt rock etc my bike is a 250cc i have taken this part off another motorcycle and fitted it to mine ——–only used it a few times but I would have been in deep sh*t without it.——- OK all you keen would be world adventurers TELL ME WHAT IS THE THING THAT SHOULD BE ON ALL TRUE ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLES?

    I tell you what I will do —— To the first person that answers correctly I will send them a high quality coloured calendar of Australian landscapes Is that a fare trade? Rules of this is no looking up spare part listings or motorcycle dictionary! Happy hunting people and most of all “Best of health and luck in this NEW YEAR. Wes Mills.

    I am the JUDGE of this COMPETITION ——- My decision is FINAL—–Only one winner —-So except it or don’t be in it. The first correct answer on this site is the winner of the calendar of AUSTRALIAN LANDSCAPES. FARE ENOUGH?

  4. I would have requested an updated, easier to use, user interface and switch gear too.

    I don’t like the current switch set, they feel cheap and weak, easily broken.

    Navigating the menu system is very poor user experience, MG needs a kinematics engineer engineer on staff.

  5. I really like this bike and had it on my short list last year in search of my Unicorn but the awesome performance of the KTM 790 Adventure R won the day. If I could have 6-7 bikes, I’d still like one.

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