If motorcycles were to have gender, this V85 TT is definitely in the feminine category. And if to add a character to it, like to characterize a Harley would be a stout muscular dude, a Ducati Paningale as a handsome Italian sprinter, then the V85 TT is for sure a one fine lady.
When Moto Guzzi Malaysia launched the V85 TT in June 2019, the venue picked for the media to do the test ride was totally off. It was held at an off-road, mix gravel trail with river crossing. I would classify the V85 TT as a tourer and not an off-road trail bike.
Fortunately for us, Welly Sungai Buloh, a well known Motorcycle shop that deals with various brands and makes of motorcycles from the under-bone (Cup class) to the top of the range Ducatis’, KTMs’, Moto Guzzis’, Harleys’ and Aprilias’ is kind enough to loan us this V85 TT for a test on the road that it was meant to be ridden on.
We took the V85 TT to a mix of highway and twisty mountain road and that is where the bike shows its true potential. The seat is very comfortable and so is the riding position. The handlebar is at a right width and height so most riders would not have to add a riser like we have seen on many BMW GS.
The reason we categorize the V85 TT as a fine lady is because this bike is not meant to be ridden hard. This means, no wheelie, no late and hard braking into corners. Try that and the instrument panel will light up like a Christmas tree giving off all kinds of warning. So, treat it like a lady. Riding it like it was meant to be: A touring bike. Soak in the surrounding and enjoy the journey.
The most impressive part about the V85 TT is its handling. Going uphill and downhill is a breeze and an enjoyable experience. The suspensions may seem soft, but it took on both tight and wide corners effortlessly. No scary feelings nor having to constantly fight to keep the bike from sliding off. It may lack mid-range torque and top speed when compare to a motorcycle of the same class and c.c but Moto Guzzi is not everyone’s cup of tea. It is for that person who do not follow the crowd or the norm. You can call it a lifestyle motorcycle.
There are a few things that Moto Guzzi can improve on. Firstly, is the key slot position which is a pain when locking the handlebar due to the closeness of the handlebar clamp. Those with big hands and fingers will find it a challenge to push down and twist the key to lock. The auto cruise switch which can be made simpler and user friendlier. It takes a while getting use to switching it on and off. Not a good thing when you are riding and you need to focus on the road. The lower part of the exhaust is too close to the feet and your left boot will leave a burn mark if you tend to ride with your heel close to the bike. Throttle response is not very sensitive although it comes with ride-by-wire.
The good part about the V85 TT is its big 23 liters fuel tank, great for long distance ride without constantly having to refuel. Its auto contrast digital instrument panel which changes according to low light and day light. The comfy seat, bright twin headlamps and good quality switches.
Interest to have one that is different from the rest? Go check it out at Welly Sungai Buloh No. 2135, Jalan 3/1, Batu 13 1/2, 47000 Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh, Selangor. Phone: 03-6156 8088. http://wellyworldcycle.com/
Moto Guzzi V85 TT: technical specifications
|Type||Transverse 90° V twin, two valves per cylinder (titanium intake).|
|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||80 Nm at 5,000 rpm|
|Fuel system||Electronic injection; Ø 52 mm single throttle body, Ride-by-Wire|
|Fuel tank capacity||23 litres (including 5 litre reserve)|
|Consumption (WMTC cycle)||4.9 l/100 km|
|CO2 Emissions (WMTC cycle)||118 g/km|
|Clutch||Dry single disc|
|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||170 mm|
|Rear suspension||Double-sided swingarm in box-type aluminium with a single shock on the right side, with adjustable spring preload and hydraulic rebound|
|Rear wheel travel||170 mm|
|Front brake||Double 320 mm stainless steel floating discs, Brembo radial-mounted callipers with 4 opposed pistons|
|Rear brake||Ø 260 mm stainless steel disc, floating calliper with 2 pistons|
|Front wheel rim||2.50” x 19”|
|Rear wheel rim||4.25” x 17”|
|Front tyre||With air chamber 110/80 – R19”|
|Rear tyre||With air chamber 150/70 – R17”|
|A/C generator||430 W|
|System voltage||12 V|
|Battery||12V – 12 Ah|
|Saddle height||830 mm (accessories: low saddle 810 mm; high saddle 850 mm)|
|Dry weight||208 kg|
|Kerb weight*||229 kg
* Weight with motorcycle ready for use, with all operating fluids and 90% fuel.
V85 TT RM87,888
V85 TT with Evocative Graphics RM89,888
The above prices are based on nett selling price without insurance, registration and road tax
Content and photos: Justin Hong