Moto Guzzi unveiled a concept at 2017’s EICMA show, a design considered by many as the Italian manufacturer’s interpretation of a modern-day adventure motorbike. Now, the patent drawings for the new Moto Guzzi that show the production design of the new bike.The production specs and drawing shows that the manufactured version closely resembles the concept unveiled at EICMA. There’s no date as of yet as to when this new ADV bike will hit showrooms across the world.
The V85 is not the first Moto Guzzi ADV bike, as the Italian manufacturer already made the 1200cc Stelvio and the Quota, which can be considered cousins to the new model. However, the V85 more closely resembles its sister bikes, the V65 and the V75 Baja motorcycles, the models that represented the manufacturer at the Paris-Dakar rally.
As mentioned before, the production drawing of the V85 resembles the concept, however, as expected of the transition from concept to production model, there are some notable deviations from the original concept. First, the end can of the bike’s exhaust is longer, and has a catalytic converter positioned under its transmission. The concept drawing gave the new Moto Guzzi an Ohlins fork at the front, with an offset monoshock in the back, but the production version will not have these. The radial mounting for the bike’s Brembo front brake caliper also a different design than the one in the concept.
There are other differences that can be seen for the production patent drawings, which include a restyled and smaller fuel tank, a resculted seat with a different look in comparison to the original concept, which was inspired by the Dakar. The twin headlight and the side panel mountings have been redesigned for the production iteration. The TFT instruments, screen and the frame structure at the rear end of the bike, however, remain unchanged from the original concept.
For performance, the new Moto Guzzi V85 will be powered by a redesigned two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc engine. This new adventure bike model is expected to compete with the Triumph Tiger 800, the BMW 850 GS as well as the Ducati Multistrada 950.