Moto Guzzi unveil Centenario livery for V9 range

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The Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is getting a special Centenario livery to celebrate the firm's 100th anniversary. The paintjob pays homage to the 8-cylinder and 350 Bialbero race bikes of the 1950s and is also available on the V7 and V85TT models.

The mid-range V9 duo, the Bobber and Roamer, had already received a significant makeover as the historic Italian brand enters its centenary year in 2021.

Both were originally introduced in 2016 as custom-style, mid-range machines positioned between Guzzi’s popular V7 retro roadster and its big-bore California 1400 cruiser.

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Both used the same 55bhp, 853cc version of Guzzi’s signature air-cooled, transverse V-twin with shaft drive in a traditional twin shock chassis. However, the Roamer was a more traditional cruiser with pull-back bars, a 19inch front wheel, lashings of chrome and two-tone bench seat.

While the Bobber, as its name suggests, followed the minimalist 'Bobber' style with 16in 'balloon' front tyre, more aggressive, flat-barred riding position and everything finished in black.

Now, however, both get a healthy performance boost via a 64bhp version of the engine used in the V85 TT (both will also be available in detuned A2-licence trim), plus an uprated frame, which has been strengthened around the headstock to improve both stability and steering precision.

In addition, the Bobber also gets a new saddle, revised aluminium side panels and shorty front mudguard. Also included are new digital instruments and, most conspicuously, a new LED headlight incorporating a stylised Guzzi 'Eagle' riding light. Prices and availability have yet to be released.

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Phil West

By Phil West

MCN Contributor and bike tester.