The new V85TT: test and review at the Moto Guzzi Experience Tour

Moto Guzzi V85TT the new Mandello tourer tested during the Moto Guzzi Experience in Trentino: test and review by Claudio Conte.

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What better time than a long weekend in Trentino, walking between the Alps and the Dolomites, to test the brand new Moto Guzzi V85TT and have fun with the Moto Guzzi Experience.

And we at Moto Excape have decided to send the one who made a motorcycle safety profession a profession: Claudio Conte, president of Guida Sicura Urbana.


“I had been sure that all the bikes had a soul for some time. I had the opportunity to try the new Moto Guzzi V85TT at one of the stages of the Moto Guzzi Experience 2019, in Trentino. Two days up and down from the Dolomites, through landscapes and valleys that fill the eyes with their beauty, immersed in nature that transmits strength and peace. However, they veiled me with sadness watching the devastation of the wind that blew down thousands of trees in the storm of last October 29th.”

moto guzzi v85tt experience trentino 2019 test review opinioneThe touring test by Moto Excape

I covered 430km between alpine passes and hairpin bends, even under the sleet of the 2240 meters of altitude of the Pordoi Pass and its 5 degrees of temperature. I had a lot of fun on this new Mandello eagle and I appreciated the many qualities even though it is not as perfect as any other bike.


The riding position thanks to a large but well proportioned handlebar, determines a natural and never tiring posture. The seat is not low but it is narrow towards the tank so as to allow a firm support with the feet. The footpegs are set back so far as to allow you to safely descend into fast corners and tackle the uphill hairpin bends, actually real corkscrews like those of the San Pellegrino pass, without ever touching the footboards on the asphalt. I liked a lot the the frame that wraps the saddle and acts as handles for the passenger and as support for bags and top case. It looks solid and made to support the set of travel bags.

Suspensions and brakes

The suspensions are effective on any terrain, even on the highway they make the bike stable and the front end is always precise and sincere. The front brake and clutch levers are adjustable so that the controls can be customized for each traveler. The rear brake lever has too long a stroke for my taste. But with a simple adjustment everyone will be able to find the right feeling in the braking. Positive note the ABS that is never invasive, so much so as to make people doubt in certain moments that it is there. But it’s effective when you really need it.

moto guzzi v85tt experience trentino 2019 test review opinione

Engine e performance

The engine is sneaky at low revs, where it cradles you with its typical twin-cylinder lariano vibration, but ready to show it’s real power and torque when you need it, over 3.500 rpms. I really appreciated the total absence of on-off accelerator even when turning the knob firmly. The command is always fluid and progressive. Surely it will be a big advantage for those who will use the bike for tourism, perhaps with bags and passengers. But I would have preferred a lower torque engine. It would have helped me to come out of the tight turns with more reactivity, especially when imagining a fully loaded journey. Another point in favor of the Moto Guzzi V85TT is the absence of play on the universal joint. Finally it is possible to travel without being accompanied by the typical “ciok” by turning the accelerator barely and even accelerating with determination the cardan’s drift is barely perceptible. Really a great job of fine-tuning the bike at the Guzzi house. I also enjoyed the change. The shift lever is short and quick, perfect.

On board

The instruments are full led, always clearly visible even in full sun, with lots of useful information for traveling. Nice also the automatic system of inversion of contrast passing in tunnel or in areas of shadow. The control blocks are current and “stylish” but the buttons seem to have been scattered with a too personal criterion. The stop button, which is too small and anonymous, can definitely be improved. He hides remaining drowned in the control block and it is not always easy to press it, especially when wearing winter gloves. Curious then the choice to dye it in black instead of red. Perhaps more traditional but certainly more immediately identifiable. Even the indicators switch did not convince me. It shifts to the right and to the left as on almost all the other bikes, but deactivation by pressure is not felt. I would have preferred it with a stronger “click”. You never know if you have really turned off the direction indicators that are not timed. Wearing a pair of padded gloves, you get to look at the light on the dashboard with consequent distraction from the road.

Summing up

moto guzzi v85tt experience trentino 2019 test review opinioneThe new Moto Guzzi V85TT is an eclectic bike. Perfect to show off a bit, for those who are also looking for a motorbike, practical and effective in everyday driving and a comfortable travel companion for those who prefer the use of tourism. All bikes have their own characteristics and for whom, of the Mandello twin cylinder makes it a faith, the choice is mandatory. For others it is an excellent alternative to evaluate. The eagle, with this V85TT, flies much higher.

Claudio Conte

The test was conducted during the Moto Guzzi Experience stage in Trentino, a weekend organized beautifully directly by the parent company with the support of a Tour Operator that dealt with the tourist and logistic details: spectacular itineraries with stops and visits to the most beautiful spots of the route; Hotel, the Castel Pergine, not only beautiful, but truly one of a kind; almost the entire Guzzi range available, excellent regional cuisine together with the travel company (the tour was made to complete). For more information visit the Moto Guzzi Experience website

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