The current craze for retro bikes should be playing right into the hands of Moto Guzzi as few two-wheeler manufacturers can call on such a wealth of heritage. So, with this in mind, Guzzi have played the retro card again for 2016 with the launch of two new models – the V9 Bobber and V9 Roamer – and MCN is at the world launch for the duo, taking place in Mandello del Lario, the home of Guzzi since 1921, right now.
Both bikes use the new 853cc V9 Guzzi motor, which is essentially a revised – and increased capacity – V7 transverse twin, but each bike has a very different outlook on life. The Bobber, as its name suggests, takes its styling inspiration from American street cruisers and comes with matt black features and huge ‘balloon’ tyres. Quite what this will do to the handling is yet to be discovered.
The Roamer is far more conventional Guzzi bread and butter bike, and is a mid-range retro-styled naked bike. Both V9 models come with traction control and ABS as standard fitment, while the new engine boasts a healthy 54bhp with 45.8lb.ft of torque, which should be more than enough to make them enjoyable road bikes. The proof will come on the roads around the Guzzi factory and the shores of Lake Como, Italy, over the next 24 hours.
Our first riding impressions will land here soon, followed by a full report in next week's MCN.