Moto Guzzi’s 2021 V85 TT adventure bike will benefit from an upgraded engine and enhanced electronics suite when it hits local showrooms sometime in the middle of this year.
The new Moto Guzzi V85 TT will also be distinguished by three new graphics options, dubbed Nero Etna, Giallo Mohave and Rosso Uluru.
Meanwhile, the higher-spec V85 TT Travel continues in an exclusive Sabbia Namib colourway.
Pricing for the Australian market has yet to be locked in, however, the outgoing line-up is priced from $20,690 rideaway for the base variant, and $21,390 for the touring-oriented Travel grade.
The V85 TT retains a familiar 853cc 90-degree V-twin, although changes have been made for greater torque at “low and medium rpm”.
Said changes include optimised lifting of the pushrod and rockers, and tweaks to the engine control electronics.
It’s unclear if this has resulted in an output increase over the current bike’s 59kW/80Nm figures, although they have allowed the bike to meet Euro5 emissions standards.
Other performance modifications include new spoked wheels to accept tubeless tyres, and reduce weight by 1.5 kilograms.
For 2021, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT and V85 TT Travel feature two new rider modes, Sport and Custom, joining the current Street, Rain and Off-Road modes.
As before, the Italian adventure bike comes standard with a TFT instrument cluster with smartphone mirroring software.
Distinguishing the V85 TT Travel over the standard bike is a number of accessories that are available in the brand’s catalogue, like a higher touring windshield which boasts a 60 per cent larger surface area.
The Travel also benefits from two lightweight panniers with aluminium inserts, holding 47 litres in the right-hand pannier, and 27.5 litres in the left.
Also new is heated hand grips with buttons incorporated into the original left-hand switchblock, additional LED lights, as well as smartphone connectivity via the brand’s Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform.
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