The Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike is apparently moving closer from concept to reality.
Introduced at EICMA last year, the V85 got all sorts of people hot and bothered, as it’s not just a cool adventure bike concept, but also a really cool retro motorcycle. At least, it looks like it would be—the bike unveiled at EICMA was just a concept machine, with no guarantee of future production.
But, that might be about to change, as patents featuring the V85 seem to be popping up around the world, like these ones on ADVPulse. The patents show a machine very similar to the concept bike that Moto Guzzi originally showed off, meaning it’s a lot more likely we’ll see that bike soon, as a replacement for the Stelvio.
The Stelvio was V85’s previous take on the transverse-V tourer, a 1200 cc behemoth that was still capable of bashing its way through events like the Fundy Adventure Rally. The V85 concept had an air-cooled 850 cc transverse V-twin, which is likely designed to cleverly meet new emissions standards. We’ll know more when it shows up, if that really happens.