Spotted! Moto Guzzi V85 spy shots released

Published: 03 July 2018

Spy shots have been released of the new Moto Guzzi V85 adventure bike. 

Unveiled last year as a concept at Eicma, in Milan, Guzzi claim this bike will be completely new from top-to-bottom and marks the firm's first return to this segment of the market since the Stelvio, after their 1200cc lump met its demise at the advent of Euro4.

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At its inception, the Italian firm labelled this machine as a 'Classic Enduro' - mixing off-road capabilities with a classically-inspired Moto Guzzi design and although lacking that initial striking paint job in these latest shots, the same bulbous rally raid fuel tank, twin headlights and distinctive raised beak remain.

What also appears to remain is the air-cooled 850cc V-twin engine, which is expected to produce around 77bhp and carry that same classic side-to-side rocking sensation as all good Guzzis do.

Housing this thumpy motor, which acts as a stressed member, is a new tubular steel frame, which will work in tandem with an asymmetric swingarm, housing a side-mounted mono shock and shaft drive transmission. 

Guzzi also claim this rear suspension system will make it easier to access and adjust and also allows extra space for the exhaust system layout.

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