2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT | First Look Review

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave

This year marks a big milestone for Moto Guzzi, which celebrates 100 years of continuous motorcycle production at its factory in Mandello del Lario, Italy, on the picturesque shores of Lake Como. With its “flying” V-twin, flying eagle logo and famous red gate at its factory, few brands are as iconic as Moto Guzzi.

One of its best-known models is the V7 that debuted in 1967, and last month Moto Guzzi announced updates to the 2021 V7 Special and V7 Stone.

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Rosso Uluru
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Rosso Uluru

Last year Moto Guzzi introduced a cool neo-retro adventure bike called the V85 TT, and we gave it a thorough evaluation in our first ride review, our road test of the V85 TT and our road test of the V85 TT Travel.

For 2021, the V85 TT gets some updates to its air-cooled, 853cc, 90-degree V-twin. The revised powerplant offers more torque at low to midrange rpm thanks to optimized lift of the pushrod-and-rockers timing cams and tweaks to the engine control electronics.

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave

New spoked rims now mount tubeless tires, reducing unsprung weight by 3.3 pounds for better handling and facilitating plug-and-go flat repairs.

Two new riding modes—Sport and Custom—join the existing three (Street, Rain, Off-road) to provide more flexibility in managing throttle response, traction control and ABS to suit rider preferences. Cruise control and the color TFT instrument panel also come standard. Using Moto Guzzi MIA, the optional Moto Guzzi multimedia platform, a rider’s smartphone can be connected to the bike for additional functionality.

2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave
2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT in Giallo Mojave

Two new color schemes are available on the V85 TT Adventure — Giallo Mojave and Rosso Uluru — and bikes in the U.S. will come standard with saddlebags. The 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel receives the same updates, and its extra equipment includes a Touring windscreen, side panniers from the Urban series, auxiliary LED lights, heated hand grips and the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform. Both models will be in U.S. dealerships in April. Pricing is as follows:

  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure: $12,990
  • 2021 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Travel: $13,390

For more information, visit motoguzzi.com.


  1. I was gonna say this is a heck of a deal for a 853cc adventure bike that comes with luggage and adv tires, but the fact that it’s wet weight is 571 lbs and it produces 66 hp makes me wonder if it really is that great… Sharp looking though.

  2. i pray they have them in soon i just sold my 2016 bmw1200gs loved it number 11 on the bmw list but saw this beautiful guzzi and said get it never had one road it a few miles smooth ,now put 500 down to hold it yellow and red color …if it does not come by mid may iam going to say screw it. the bike the bike will be 3 months old before it get here ..hog wash on the shipping .oh well we,ll see

  3. Just got my 2021 V85tt and have only ridden 350 miles. It is a great ride and I love it!
    It has real personality, and the quality of all the components is obvious. The spoked
    tubeless wheels are a real plus.

  4. So, Shane, please explain how an aircooled motor requiring no radiator, no coolant, no pump, no hoses, no thermostat makes for a ‘heavier engine’ in an aircooled motor, which requires none of those things?? Lower HP? Optimum combustion temps are much higher than the temperature of a water-cooled motor, why did Porsche resist going to water cooled for so long? Only the Eurocrats forced that on them…

  5. The dealerships in the USA are overrun with Harley and big bagger bikes; I am in lust looking at the V85 but getting to one seems elusive; the cycle is plush and plus on everything, even the stupid stuff, center stand, spoke tubleless tires e modes


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