MOTTO GUZZI V85 TT

INTRODUCTION

MOTO GUZZI V85 TT is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in the market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So does Unicorn 160 perform the role of successor quite well? Time to inspect.

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GALLERY

KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

853cc

MILEAGE

19-20km/l

POWER

80PS @ 7,750rpm

TORQUE

80N.m @ 5,000rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

Electronic injection

TANK CAPACITY

21l

REAR SUSPENSION

Swingarm twin

KERB WEIGHT

229kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1
DISPALY TFT
2
FULL LED LIGHTS
3
RIDE BY WIRE
4
3 RIDING MODE
5
CRUISE CONTROL
6
HANDGUARD
7
ALUMINIUM SUMP GUARD
8
MGCT CONTROL
9
STANDARD ABS
10
SHIFT LIGHT
11
PILLION SEAT
12
PILLION FOOTREST

Full Specifications

City 19-20km/l
Highway 20-21km/l
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Yes
Tripmeter Yes
Fuel Guage Yes
Low Fuel Indicator No
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator No
Start Type Electric
Kill Switch Yes
Clock Yes
Pass Light Yes
ABS Yes
Stand Alarm Yes
Tyres (F) 19"110/80
Tyres (R) 19"110/80
Brakes (F) Disc 320mm
Brakes (R) Disc 260mm
Type Steel tube frame
Front Suspension Telescopic
Rear Suspension Mono Shock
Wheelbase 1529mm
Ground Clearance 211mm
Seat height 830mm
Kerb Weight 229kg
Fuel Capacity 23l
Battery 12V 4Ah (MF)
Head Lamp LED
Tail Light LED
Engine Type Transversal 90° V‐twin
Displacement 853cc
Power 80PS @ 7,750rpm
Torque 80Nm @ 5,000rpm
Air Filter Type Foam Filter
Bore x Stroke 84mm x 77mm
Compression Ratio 10.5:1
Fuel Supply Electronic injection

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MOTO GUZZI V85 TT TEST RIDE & REVIEW

GUZZI’S FIRST CLASSIC TRAVEL ENDURO

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with a bit of aggression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now let’s go through each word. MOTO GUZZI V85 TT has a formal design because lines and bendings are in low amounts. A little bit of aggression and feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being a distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi-coloured front forks and mudguard bring X-factor to the design. In rear side, everything is fine with H-shaped tail light and a well-designed exhaust being notable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsoever for paint, panels and switchgear.

SPIRIT OF A TRUE ADVENTURER

This is exactly MOTO GUZZI CB Unicorn 150 engine but with longer stroke, lightweight, better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does a great job isn’t it? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm.


In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs up to 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. The gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high-end ones are long enough to accommodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper for filter along with smooth refined engine does give a mileage of around 51-56km/l.

A BRAND NEW ENGINE DESIGNED TO THRILL

While talking about ergonomics of MOTO GUZZI V85 TT this one is meant for those who need a quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does its job for long rides due to the above-mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoils the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture.


Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes does not offer great bite individually but together it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres do bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback which is not a great thing.

MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE ON ALL GTERRAINS

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two trip meters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Kill switch for the engine is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel reservoir, mono shock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

MOTO GUZZI V85 TT VERDICT

MOTO GUZZI V85 TT is a value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is definitely eye catching for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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