We attended the world launch of the new Moto Guzzi V85TT in September 2018 at the factory in Mandello del Lario. First impressions were very good. The V85TT’s specifications and overall dimensions ticked every box and it looked stunning, especially
in the two-tone colour scheme with a red frame.
When the new model became available in the UK a test ride was booked at Teasdale Motorcycles in Thirsk, North Yorkshire. That test ride confirmed the V85TT was everything I thought it would be. The large
enduro style seat is very comfortable and the relationship between the wide bars and footrests is spot on. It’s quite tall with a seat height of 830mm. I’m 6ft 3” and the whole machine fitted me like the proverbial glove.
loved it and decided to buy one later this year. Then fate stepped in and we bought one earlier than expected….
The V85TT we collected on Saturday 13th July from Cobb & Jagger Ducati/Triumph in Shipley had been traded in for a Ducati. It
was first registered on the 6th June and had only covered 223 miles in the 3 weeks the original owner had it. We saved £900 on list price and we had what was effectively a new motorcycle without a mark on it. I don’t think any V85TT’s have
appeared on the second-hand market yet. We were very lucky to hear, completely by chance, about the one we’ve bought before it was advertised on the Cobb & Jagger website. Timing is everything.
It's been described as a premium quality machine
and I would agree. Paintwork on the engine, frame and bodywork is thick and lustrous. There’s a host of neat design touches like the tapered handlebars, modern switches, alloy footrest plates, full LED lighting and easy to use digital TFT instrumentation.
The clean, uncomplicated layout of the machine means it shouldn’t be too difficult to keep it looking good.
The V85TT is powered by an air-cooled, two-valve per-cylinder, 853cc, pushrod V-twin with shaft final drive. Claimed power and torque is
79 bhp @ 7750rpm with 80 Nm @ 5000rpm. The engine is unmistakably Moto Guzzi, and, in this platform, it works perfectly. During the running-in process it’s averaging 63mpg.
The first service is booked for the 13th August and I will write a second
report after the running-in period has been completed.
Chris Jessop, 16th July 2019.