Unveiled as a concept in 2017 at EICMA, Milan, a production prototype has been spotted of the Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike.
Moto Guzzi showcased an adventure bike prototype at their display at 2017 EICMA. Dubbed as a ‘Classic Enduro, it promised a rugged, modern off-roader in harmony with nostalgic design elements like the twin round headlamps, the beaked fender, and a rally raid fuel tank. The V85 is sort of a successor to the Stelvio ADV that the company discontinued after Euro4 kicked in. It looks nothing like the Stelvio, instead getting more naked in design and shedding visual weight. While the prototype spied in the pictures is missing the flashy paint job of the concept, it still looks unique.
What is clear is that the V85 is powered by an 850cc longitudinal V-Twin motor which Guzzi claims should be good for 77hp or thereabouts. Power figures aside, here’s another Guzzi that will gently rock side to side once fired up, and that too an ADV! Transmission is shaft-driven, again a Moto Guzzi signature. The company has fitted an offset monoshock to the right of the tubular steel frame and the asymmetrical swingarm. This is to free up space for the exhaust layout, claims the Italian motorcycle maker.
The spyshots suggest fully adjustable suspension at the front, and the monoshock that is visible looks heavy-duty. A tall windscreen sits between the headlamps, neatly integrating the instrument cluster. And rarely have I thought that a handlebar looks seductive, but the Guzzi’s makes me think so. It is nicely curved, tall, and wide. The resultant rider’s triangle is relaxed yet poised. The Moto Guzzi seems to be sitting on a 21-inch front and 17-inch rear wheel combo. The mass of tubing around its frame is the touring setup that includes a rear luggage rack and frames for side-mounted luggage that also integrate the high-mounted exhaust.