Improving a good thing.
It was only two years ago that Moto Guzzi introduced the (then) all-new V85 TT to its lineup. The Stelvio descendant had big threads to fill but as we quickly found out, a legacy of Italian adventurers wasn’t enough to intimidate the newcomer.
With the new year comes a new reality and starting in 2021, new motorcycles have to meet stricter emissions regulations. Though the V85 TT’s twin was already compliant from the get-go, Moto Guzzi seemingly saw this as an opportunity to upgrade its retro-adventurer.
Moto Guzzi announced that it’s zhuzhing things up for 2021 by giving the V85 a few minor yet significant upgrades, starting with a little more grunt. The firm stated that the engine will now produce more low and mid-range torque thanks "optimized lifting of the pushrod and rockers timing cams and a consequent adapting of the engine control electronics." However, no specific torque numbers were disclosed. In its current iteration, the 853cc V-twin is rated at 80 horsepower and 60 b-ft of torque.
Gallery: 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT
The House of Mandello del Lario also apparently heard its customers’ plea regarding the tires and opted for a new pair of tubeless rubbers, mounted to a set of equally new wire-spoke wheels, a move that incidentally also reduces the weight by a few pounds.
Last but not least on the list of upgrades is the addition of two new riding modes—Sport and Custom—for a total of five settings. The refreshed bike also receives a selection of updated liveries—the two-tone Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru colorways’ change slightly while the Nero Etna matte black option is brand-new.
The 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT and V85 TT Travel will be available in the U.S. in April, 2021. Pricing starts at $12,990 for the base model—a $1,000 premium over the 2020 model-year—and $13,390 for the Travel trim level.