Moto Guzzi is vying for a piece of the adventure bike pie with its new “enduro traveling bike,” the V85. There’s no indication of release date, market or price at the moment however.
The Italian brand developed a new version of its 90-degree transverse V-Twin, creating an air-cooled 850cc mill that surpasses it’s closest displacement sibling, the V9, in terms of power. Offering 80 horsepower, the V85 has 25 more ponies than the 853cc-powered V9 Roamer and Bobber.
The V85 is just the beginning for this new mill, as Guzzi goes on to inform that this platform will power a new family of motorcycles in the future.
Guzzi is no stranger to off-road focused machines, having amassed Six Day gold medals and competing in Paris-Dakar at points during it’s nearly 100-year long history. The V85’s fuel tank is a nod to the motorcycles used in previous rally raids, the high mudguard a definitive trait of dirt-ready bikes and dual headlights indicative of the influence of the NTX 650 and Quota 1000 of decades past.
The V85 has a new steel tube frame with single sided aluminum swingarm and shaft-drive transmission. An adjustable Ohlins TTX shock is utilized out back and adjustable Ohlins kit is used out front as well. Guzzi promises “generous wheel travel” from both ends, but has yet to supply a thorough spec sheet.
Other elements gleaned from photos include nice-sized rear rack, Brembo braking hardware on the dual disc front brake set-up, decent engine and exhaust pipe protection from the included skid plate along with Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires and spoke wheels. The instrument panel looks to be thoroughly modern also.
Guzzi is classing the style as the “first Classic Enduro” and to our eye, that doesn’t seem to be a misnomer. Is this a machine you could see yourself tackling some off-pavement miles on?