Gone Riding: Moto Guzzi V85 TT

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Greetings from the Mediterranean Sea, as we are on the island of Sardinia right now, gearing up to ride the new Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure-touring motorcycle. 

A bike that has been in the wings for a little while now, we have been itching to ride the V85 TT ever since its unique look and color scheme graced our pages.

A part of the push for new middleweight ADV motorcycles, the V85 TT does a bit more of a heritage play for the segment, which is keeping in line with the Moto Guzzi brand as a whole.

Don’t be fooled though, this is still a feature-packed motorcycle. Moto Guzzi surprised us when they released a price of $11,990 for the V85 TT, and first glance of the bike so far shows a lot of value from this motorcycle. Now, let’s see how it goes on the road and dirt.

Our route for the day will take us around the island of Sardinia, with twisty mountain roads being the priority. We will get a chance to do about 6 miles off-road, though we hear that has already claimed a few machines from the prior media waves. It should be interesting.

As such, I will be evaluating the new V85 TT, and taking your “live” questions here, in this edition of our “Gone Riding” review series.

Per our new review format, I will be giving you a live assessment of the Moto Guzzi V85 TT right here in this article (down in the comments section), and I will try to answer any questions you might have about this exciting motorcycle.

So, here is your chance to learn what it’s like to ride the Moto Guzzi V85 TT, before even our own proper review is posted. As always, if I don’t know an answer, I will try to get a response from the Moto Guzzi personnel. So, pepper away.

You can follow our thoughts on the bike live via FacebookTwitter, and Instagram, and you can see what our colleagues are posting on social media by looking for the hashtags #V85TT.

Spec-Sheet Comparison of Relevant Models to the Moto Guzzi V85 TT:

  Moto Guzzi V85 TT BMW F850 GS KTM 790 Adventure Ducati Desert Sled
Horsepower 79 hp 89 hp 94 hp 72 hp
Torque 59 lbs•ft 63 lbs•ft 65 lbs•ft 49 lbs•ft
Weight 505 lbs (wet) 504 lbs (wet) 448 lbs (wet) 461 lbs (wet)
Engine 853cc / Transverse V-Twin 853cc / Parallel-Twin 799cc / Parallel-Twin 803cc / V-Twin
Price $11,990 $13,195 $12,499 $11,995