Piaggio Blesses 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT With Extra Torque, Tubeless Tires

More twist, upgraded rubber, and a look to match? You can count me in on this one.
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT 7 photos
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Ever since its release, Moto Guzzi’s mighty V85 TT earned a very special place in many riders' hearts. Given its delicious design language and state-of-the-art features, it’s no wonder this Italian beast became a genuine superstar in the realm of two-wheeled machines. Let’s take a second to remind ourselves about some of its main characteristics, shall we?

Within its tubular steel frame, Mandello del Lario’s monstrosity hosts a fierce 90-degree V-twin mill, with two valves per cylinder head and a generous displacement of 853cc. At around 7,750 rpm, this wicked piece of air-cooled machinery will be more than happy to supply as much as 80 hp, while a ruthless torque output of up to 59 pound-feet (80 Nm) will be produced at 5,000 rpm.

Up front, the entire structure is supported by a pair of 41 mm (1.61 inches) inverted telescopic forks, along with a double-sided aluminum swingarm and a single shock absorber on the opposite end. Stopping power is handled by dual 320-mm (12.6-in) floating discs and radially-mounted Brembo four-piston calipers at the front, accompanied by a single 260-mm (10.24-in) brake rotor and a two-piston caliper at the rear.

Sure enough, this bad boy is an absolute showstopper, but Piaggio is still looking to spice things up for 2021. For starters, the V-twin leviathan is now capable of generating greater torque at low- and mid-range revs “thanks to optimized lifting of the pushrod and rockers timing cams,” as well as a reconfigured ECU. Although the exact figure remains undisclosed, we can probably all agree the V85 TT already had a healthy dose of grunt on tap.

Furthermore, the manufacturer went about gifting the 2021MY fiend with a fresh set of laced wheels that wear high-performance tubeless tires. As a result, the bike’s unsprung weight has been reduced by 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg). That may not sound like much, but it’ll certainly make a difference.

Besides the three existing riding modes (Street, Rain, and Off-Road), the upcoming V85 will also come equipped with two new setups, namely Sport and Custom. Thus, the creature’s behavior may be personalized in accordance with your individual preference. Last but not least, the Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru paint schemes have been tweaked, while an all-new matte black option named Nero Etna makes a welcome debut.

At this time, Piaggio Group hasn’t revealed any details on pricing or availability, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as it does. Personally, I’ll be keeping a very close eye on this sexy thing!
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About the author: Silvian Secara
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A bit of an artist himself, Silvian sees two- and four-wheeled machines as a form of art, especially restomods and custom rides. Oh, and if you come across a cafe racer article on our website, it’s most likely his doing.
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