2021 Marks the 100th anniversary of Moto Guzzi. As such, the manufacturer further refined two of their best motorcycles to welcome the new year. The Moto Guzzi V9 now features a revised engine and extra tech to keep up with the competition. The V85TT (pictured below) and V85TT Travel have undergone similar updates.
Moto Guzzi updated the V9’s engine and chassis for 2021. The refreshed v-twin produces a total 65 horsepower and 53 lb-ft of torque. Moto Guzzi based the V9 engine on the same 850cc transverse twin found in their V85TT. The V9 now has a strengthened frame around the headstock, improving stability at speed.
Not all of the V9’s updates are purely mechanical. Full LED lighting and a digital instrument cluster add a welcome touch of modernity to an otherwise old-school motorcycle. The V9 Bobber now has a new seat, side covers, and front fender. Look closely at the V9 Bobber’s headlight, and you’ll even see an LED running light in the shape of Moto Guzzi’s classic Mandello Eagle.
Moto Guzzi’s V85TT Adventure bikes have also seen a number of important changes. The 90 degree v-twin has a better valve train, which provides additional torque from low to mid RPM. Though, the manufacturer does not state exactly how much extra torque 2021 models produce. The optimized valve train is still a pushrod system using two valves per cylinder.
2021 V85TT models come with 5 riding modes, two more than the outgoing bike. Sport and Custom join the previous modes Rain, Off-road, and Street. The V85TT sheds as much as 1.5 kilograms of unsprung weight thanks to wheels capable of running tubeless tires. Overall styling has remained mostly the same, but the front fender features a 100th anniversary badge to celebrate Moto Guzzi’s history.
Moto Guzzi has yet to release pricing and availability, but previous model V9s start at $9,990 and V85TTs at $11,990.