Moto Guzzi V85 that was displayed as a concept at the 2017 EICMA show, has been rendered in production guise. The recent leak of V85 patent drawings is unveiling the bike’s final production design. With a host of changes, the adventure tourer is strictly closer to the concept model.
Cosmetically, the V85 is a modern classic with all required adventure tourer underpinnings. Based on a tubular steel frame, the bike incorporates tall stance, long travel suspension, bash plate, better ground clearance, upswept exhaust and obviously the minimal bodywork.
While the final production design is pretty identical to the concept though, a closer inspection reveals the differences. As opposed to prototype, there is a longer end can and catalytic converter underneath the transmission. It sports in complying with the ongoing stricter emission norms. In addition to this, with the introduction of a narrower tank and a lower seat, the motorcycle’s ergonomics has completely been changed to convey the off-roading experience.
Beneath the fuel tank, the bikemaker placed an all-new 850cc transversely-mounted V-twin engine. The mill is capable of churning out the peak power of 80hp. It is being expected that Moto Guzzi could use this powertrain in its future products.
In terms of rivalry, the V85 will lock horns with the likes of the BMW F850GS and the Triumph Tiger 800XCx. Whereas, its unveiling is likely at the 2018 EICMA Show later this year. Its Indian emergence is not expected anytime soon.