One of the most popular concept bikes from last year’s show circuit was the Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike, a behemoth that called back to the days when the Dakar rally actually visited Dakar, and men were men, riding massive 1000 cc motorcycles through the desert, plastered with cigarette commercials. Ah, the ’80s …
Aside from an early-summer peek at some patent drawings, we hadn’t heard much about the bike since. Could Moto Guzzi have put together a positively beautiful bike, got us all excited, then pulled the plug on the project? Had they never meant to build the machine to start with, only to get us all worked up with anticipation? That’s the sort of trick the Big Four usually pull—were the passionate Italians picking up those soulless corporate tricks?
It seems not! For lo, Moto Guzzi appears to have launched a website full of all sorts of titillating details about the Moto Guzzi V85. Actually, on the spec sheet, the Guzzi doesn’t appear to be a rocket, with that air-cooled transverse-V engine only making 80 hp, and a steel frame—you know this won’t be a lightweight, although given the adventure bike world’s move towards high tech, it is refreshing to see someone still building a basic big bore bike, sans radiator (could this machine win the hearts of classic airhead fans?).
Aside from that, there’s not much info. Does it have a comprehensive electronics safety package, with leaning ABS, etc.? We don’t know. The marketing blurbage does point to LED daytime running lights and digital gauges, but that’s hardly sci-fi material at this point. We’ll probably know more in a few weeks; until then, head over to http://discoverv85.motoguzzi.com to see the rest of the bike for yourself. Or, just check out the photos below!
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