2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT review | Classic V-twin adventure bike gets tech to match its charisma


  • Variable timing and modern electronics
  • Three distinct, desirable versions
  • Still packed with Moto Guzzi charm

At a glance

Power: 79 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.7 in / 830 mm)
Weight: Medium (503 lbs / 228 kg)


New £12,000
Used £10,500

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
5 out of 5 (5/5)

There’s nothing quite like Moto Guzzi’s V85 TT. Launched in 2019, the old-as-the-hills Italian firm say the adventure bike is the ‘first and only in class when it comes to a classic enduro’, and they’re right – nobody else makes a retrotastic adventure bike. Comfortable, breezy to ride, grunty enough and overflowing with charisma, it’s a hard bike not to fall in lust with.

It's even harder now Guzzi have freshened up the V85 with new tech, variable timing and a smattering of other updates. The bike has the same feel-good factor as the previous version, but boasts increased comfort, desirable electronic trinkets and an improved engine. And there are more variants to choose from too: as well as the regular V85 TT (£12,000) and distance-ready V85 TT Travel (£13,300), there’s now a new V85 Strada (£11,200) with cast wheels, fewer adornments and a simple air, meaning a lower price and greater accessibility.

Guzzis have always been a bit quirky, and though dyamically accomplished this has been true of the V85. And it still is. However, with features that now meet modern rivals wheel-to-wheel, the new versions have a blend of spec and charm that make them a genuine alternative to contemporary designs like the Suzuki V-Strom 800DE (£10,999), Triumph Tiger 900 GT Pro (£13,895) and new BMW F800GS (£9995).

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT rear static

The V85 is nicely made, pleasing to ride, good looking, comfy… and it’s a Guzzi. And, deep down, everyone secretly wants a Guzzi, don’t they?

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Ride comfort was always a V85 highlight. There’s a gnarly, rippled, pock-marked section of scruffy back road on my commute that’s my handy measure of how good a bike is at absorbing crappy surfaces, and the previous V85 was the best bike to ever tackle the tarmac rodeo. And that includes semi-active showboats. Nothing’s changed with the latest version – the forks and offset monoshock still have oily damping and a pleasingly plush ride quality, while still offering support for corner-carving shenanigans.

And the V85 can carve a corner. It’s not a scalpel; the chassis hasn’t got pointy steering and lightswitch reactions, doesn’t overwhelm you with edge-of-the-tyres feedback. Instead, the Guzzi has gloriously easy, flowing handling. It pivots beneath you, rolling gracefully and easily through turns, and skipping through hairpins as readily as it rails securely through brisk, open sweeps. It feels… right.

New, lighter, cast alloy headlight brackets and a rear sunframe shave a kilo or so, with the TT’s kerb weight now 228kg or thereabout. Not a featherweight, but it carries its weight very well.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT cornering left

Opt for the new Strada model and it has cast wheels. These are significantly lighter, reducing unsprung mass and gyroscopic inertia, and with road-biased tyres the Strada’s handling is even lighter. It’s gloriously tossable.

For 2024 there’s a handy preload adjuster wheel on the rear shock of the TT and TT Travel variants. These two bikes also get an IMU whatsit tucked inside somewhere, meaning cornering ABS and traction control for turn-taking confidence.

Comfort is superb. The seat’s not got height adjustment and the wide-barred stance is a little different to modern adventure bikes, which place you higher and closer to the nose. But it’s a well-spaced and pleasing place to spend a long riding day. Less tiring than before as well: the screen is now adjustable (five positions, 70mm total variance) and reduces blast on your noggin by 30%, while the Travel’s taller screen deflects 50% more blast and it has new deflectors on the tank.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT front static


Next up: Reliability
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Same air-cooled, pushrod, overhead-valve, two-valves-per-pot, 853cc V-twin as before, accept now it has variable valve timing. Guzzi say it’s for performance. They tweaked the motor a couple of years ago, losing a bit of top-end power in favour of low-rev strength, and the new variability further improves torque at lower revs (90% of peak grunt arrives at just 3000rpm) while also restoring peak power to 79bhp. Very good. But you can’t help wonder whether Euro5+ emission regs are what drove the decision.

Either way, it’s an even friendlier and more usable engine than before. There’s plenty of bottom-end drive for easy, lazy progress, enough midrange flexibility to leave the six-speed ’box in whichever ratio you fancy when flicking down mountain roads, and just enough high-rev willingness to be exciting. The delivery’s linear and step-free, too. There are more powerful and faster bikes, certainly – but the V85’s performance is accessible, usable, and delivered cheerfully. Which sounds daft, but I know what I mean…

The clutch is light enough to make owners of 1980s Guzzis weep with joy, and the gearbox is mostly slick and easy. And the V85 sounds good too, with its pinging cooling fins, mechanical hubbub and traditional Guzzi exhaust note.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT engine

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Like all Guzzis the V85 looks and feels nicely screwed together. The generic Piaggio switchgear (as used on many Aprilias) doesn’t have the classiest feel, and the bikes on the launch had very slightly different-coloured engine parts (pre-production, perhaps?); however, overall the V85 gives the impression that you’re getting what you pay for.

Our owners’ reviews of the previous V85 report no reliability woes and froth about the bike’s finish. No reason why the new one won’t be just as pleasing to own.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT handling test

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Moto Guzzi V85 is group 12 insurance. This is the same as a Suzuki V-Strom 1050 (and Guzzi’s V7 retro naked), and lower than a BMW F900GS (group 13) and the Triumph Tiger 900 and Ducati Multistrada V2 (both group 14). Service intervals are 6000 miles, which aren’t as lengthy as a rival Triumph, but engine access is good.

The three versions of the V85 are in the ballpark price wise of similarly-equipped rivals; the Guzzi may be a few quid more, but it’s not a deal-breaker (and hey, you’re getting that legendary eagle on the tank).

Suzuki’s capable V-Strom 800RE is cheaper than the Strada but nothing like as handsome or charming; the TT model has the spec and presence to rival the Triumph Tiger 900 GT and is a couple of hundred quid cheaper; and the range-topping Travel has the mile-eating potential and features to hold its own against the Ducati Multistrada V2 or BMW F900GS Adventure.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT tested for MCN by Mike Armitage


4 out of 5 (4/5)

There’s a decent list of features on each of the three versions, improving as the price climbs. The cast-wheel V85 Strada (£11,200) has simple ABS and traction control, new switchgear with cruise control, a 5in TFT display, and an adjustable screen.

Step up to the spoke-wheel V85 TT and you get cornering ABS and traction, an extra riding mode, handguards, and a remote rear preload adjuster. And topping the pile is the V85 Travel (£13,300) which adds a taller screen and air deflectors, panniers, heated grips and heated seat, connectivity, and yet another riding mode.

All bikes also have the rather useful 23-litre tank, suspension that’s adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, and loads of accessories and options including luggage, crash protection, centrestand, Öhlins rear shock, tyre monitoring, and everything in between.

2024 Moto Guzzi V85 TT rear shock


Engine size 853cc
Engine type Air-cooled, 8v, V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 23 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 228kg
Front suspension 41mm forks, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping
Front brake 2 x 320mm discs, four-piston radial caliper
Rear brake 260mm single disc, two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/80 R19
Rear tyre size 150/70 R17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption -
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost -
New price £12,000
Used price £10,500
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 79 bhp
Max torque 61 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 275 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2019: V85TT launched as ‘classic enduro’. Uses the 853cc air-cooled V-twin from the V9 with a claimed 79bhp and 59 lb.ft, a tubular steel frame, shaft final drive, and optional Ronald McDonald paint.
  • 2020: V85 TT Travel added with taller screen, panniers, heated grip, spotlights and model-specific paint.
  • 2021: Centenario edition launched. All models get a tweaked engine (bit less top-end, bit more low-down thump), more riding modes, and new wheels with the spokes laced to the edges to reduce weight and allow tubeless tyres.

Other versions

For 2024, the range starts with the road-focused V85 Strada (£11,200) and there is also a touring version fitted with luggage called the V85 TT Travel (£13,300).

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