As of 7th June 2020, our V85TT has covered 6,148 miles. The 6,000-mile service was recently carried out by Teasdale Motorcycles and we continue to be impressed with their high standards of service. Although we did not buy the bike from them, they look
after us very well and we now qualify for their ‘loyal customer’ workshop labour rate of £50 per hour. Normally it is £70 per hour.
Two safety recalls were addressed during the 6,000 mile-service. Checking the foot-peg circlips
and installation of a new rear wheel bevel gearbox cover. Only early V85TT’s are subject to this recall campaign. To see if your machine is affected enter your VIN number into the Piaggio recall search webpage: http://static.piaggio.com/recall/form-motoguzzi_en.html
A new Moto Guzzi ECU map, code 7621GA15, was downloaded during the service. This has transformed the bike between tick over and mid-range revs. The engine feels slightly more powerful and linear. It has made a noticeable difference.
When we removed the standard catalytic convertor and fitted the Remus Y-pipe at 4,983 miles, we also fitted a ‘Boosterplug’. This simple plug-in device enrichens the fuel mixture at low revs and helps to smooth out low speed running around town
on engines that are set-up to run very lean as standard. Although it does exactly what it says on the box, as you would expect, it increases fuel consumption. Instead of average consumption figures in the region of 59 to 62mpg, they fell to the low 50’s.
The ‘Boosterplug’ was disconnected for the service and the downloading of the new ECU map. Because the engine feels so much better with the new map, I won’t bother reconnecting it. Average fuel consumption has returned to what it was before.
New ECU maps were made available in March 2020. The codes for different markets are: 7621GA15 for Eu & World, 7621GC15 for 35KW, 7621GC15 for USA, 7621GD15 for China. Guzzi dealers
can load it with PADS.
V85TT service intervals.
900 miles: Engine oil filter, Engine oil.
6,000 miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Engine oil.
miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Engine oil.
18,000 miles: Spark plugs, Air filter, Engine oil filter, Gearbox oil,
Engine oil, Final drive oil.
24,000 miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Fork oil, Engine oil.
30,000 miles: Air filter,
Engine oil filter, Engine oil.
36,000 miles: Spark plugs, Air filter, Engine oil filter, Gearbox oil,
Engine oil, Final drive oil.
We’ve also recently carried out an aesthetic modification, pictured below. It was only when looking at
a picture of a V85TT prototype from late 2018 that we realised that there was a plug which covers the large holes in the crankcase. The part number is 2B006262. If you don't have engine bars fitted the engine looks far better with these
in place. We don't know why Guzzi don't fit them as standard, they're shown in the parts list.
Note, since fitting these crankcase plugs, both popped out after several thousand miles and were lost. I put a drop of super glue on
the replacements to make sure they stayed in place and have not had any further issues.
Update 4th June 2021: From around mid-June 2021 we will be able to offer (at cost, on a non-profit
basis) the 2B006262 blanking plug to UK V85TT owners through this website. To place an order please contact email@example.com Price is £3.60 each
including postage and payment is by PayPal.
Demand for these crankcase plugs has exceeded all expectations. The June shipment has all been spoken for, so we’ve ordered more for delivery around mid-July.
Another modification has been to
fit a Givi sat-nav mounting system. Parts required:
V85TT specific fairing upper bracket, part number FB8203.
Universal anodised aluminium support, part number S902A.
Garmin Zumo adaptor to fit S902A, part number
Givi webpage: https://www.givi.co.uk/my-motorcycle/bike/moto-guzzi/v85-tt-19
Our V85TT is now set-up perfectly and I look
forwards to covering many more miles.
Chris Jessop, 7th June 2020.