Now, you can pre-order the Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike

Moto Guzzi has announced pricing for the V85 adventure bike, and opened the pre-ordering system via website for Canadian customers.

First announced at the 2017 EICMA show in concept form, the V85 is a throwback adventure bike. It’s built around a new transverse V-twin engine, and looking very similar to the ADV beasts that won Dakar back in the ’80s, when the race was all about cigarette sponsorships and sleeping in the desert for three nights when you lost your way. Happier times, indeed!

Often, when such groovy motorcycles are introduced, the announcement is followed by a depressing wait for years, while the manufacturer hems and haws on whether to bring it to production, and then more waiting while they drag their feet bringing the bike to Canada. Not so with the V85, as it will be available here this June, in time for the 2019 riding season, at a price of $13,990 for the standard model. The Adventure version will sell for $14,990 in Canada And, you can now pre-book your bike through the Moto Guzzi website—link here.

What will you get for that money? You can see all our previous coverage of the bike here, but to summarize, despite the air-cooled transverse V-twin (853 cc, 80 hp, 59 lb-ft of torque) looking a bit old-fashioned, the rest of the bike packs up-to-date tech (ride-by-wire throttle, including cruise control,  Rain, Road or Off-road riding modes, TFT display which has Bluetooth integration with entertainment and navigation systems). Dry weight of 208 kg sounds a bit heavy, but that’s the price you pay for the old-school design. And, with 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel, this machine obviously isn’t intended for heavy offroad usage anyway.

See full details of Moto Guzzi’s offer in the press release below:




NEW YORK, NY – 21 JANUARY 2019 – After unveiling the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85TT Adventure at the IMS Show in Long Beach, California, and continued interest throughout winter tradeshows, Moto Guzzi has launched preorder website, allowing reservations to be first among recipients upon dealer arrival later this year.

The 2019 V85 will be available in two versions, V85 TT, and V85 TT Adventure, with a selection of evocative colors and accessory options, that have kept future owners daydreaming since the machines were announced. To further support demand, and this sense of adventure, all pre-orders qualify for a $250 accessory credit.

Details are available here:

Moto Guzzi V85 TT The new V85 platform, built around an entirely new engine, reflects a construction philosophy in which simplicity, practicality and lightness make for an unfiltered relationship between motorcycle and rider. The TT acronym, meaning “tutto terreno”, or all-terrain, it identifies a motorcycle dedicated to travel in its purest and most original form. Moto Guzzi V85 TT combines style features reminiscent of the golden age of motorcycle adventures with the content and functionality of a modern touring enduro. 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.

2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure Colors: Rosso Kalahari, Giallo Sahara Pricing: USA – $12,990 / Canada – $14,990 Availability: USA, May 2019 / Canada, June 2019

2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Colors: Grigio Atacama Pricing: USA – $11,990 / Canada – $13,990 Availability: USA, May 2019 / Canada, June 2019

5 thoughts on “Now, you can pre-order the Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike”

  1. Please stop describing Guzzi V-twins as being TRANSVERSELY MOUNTED!!! They are longitudinally mounted – i.e. the crankshaft is longitudinal. A BMW boxer is also longitudinally mounted. Perfect for shaft drive! And equal air flow past each cylinder head, thus equal cooling for each. Air cooled V-twins should all be mounted properly in the frame.

    Of course there are those transversely mounted V-twins on “cruisers”, where the rear cylinder doesn’t get much cooling, but then those aren’t really motorcycles, more like fashion accessories so their owner’s don’t know or care whether or not they run remotely well. Liquid cooled transverse V-twins in aprilia’s and ktm’s etc are of course another matter entirely.

    This is the first ADV in a long time that makes me seriously think about replacing my 2004 Tiger 955i (orange with black tiger stripes of course!).

    I kinda like the 80’s fast-food restaurant look. One of the reasons that Triumph hasn’t got a schwack of money out of me for a new tiger (800 or 1200) is the bland colour schemes compared to the old ones.

    My other bike is a bright red Guzzi Breva V1100, in my mind one of the most beautiful bikes made in the past 15 years or so… Totally reliable, easy to work on oneself (with Guzzi’s spotty dealer network they had better be!) and sufficiently well performing that I’m the limitation, not the bike.

    Only $15k… hmmm…

  2. Hope the “excitement” over this model is enough to convince the Moto Guzzi dealer here in Ottawa to actually show some interest in the marque they’re supposed to be supporting. Good thing there’s a pre-order option, the local dealer stopped bringing in new stock years ago. A decent looking bike, but I question that solid lump they put at the back of the driver’s portion of the seat. Had the same thing on my 2015 MV Agusta Stradale 800 and it was nothing but an irritation.

  3. Wouldn’t dream of preordering the 85tt before I can actually hear it, which you actually can’t in any of their videos. Given that a guzzi selling point is that guzzi sound, I find that particularly stupid.

  4. I hope they’re better at motorcycles than they are at websites.
    The link above,, despite clearly saying right in the URL that it’s for the USA, defaults to the French (Canadian, I presume) version. Yeah, I’m sure the American customers will love that.

    Meanwhile, is it available here in some paint scheme that doesn’t remind me of a 80s fast food restaurant?

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