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V85 TT Info

Discussion in 'V7/V85/V9 Chat & Tech' started by GT-Rx®, Nov 7, 2017.

  1. GT-Rx®

    GT-Rx® Administrator Staff Member

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    Guzzi Greetings!
    I know a handful of the US journalists personally, and not only are they “large” guys, but there tends to be a bit of a speed ego-fest on the bigger launches.
    As stated above, Guzzi generally sets up these bikes softly sprung, so proper set up would be paramount. As a former pro racer and journalist, my Stelvio was too soft for my riding style, and I used to drag the center-stand often (dangerously so), so I removed it. Once I had upgraded the suspension, it remains as my all time favorite production Guzzi.
    I will be digging into the V85 the minute it lands here with a full review and upgrade list.
    Welcome and hope you post often.
     
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    dawicked Just got it firing!

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    Many thanks!
     
  3. dbx

    dbx Just got it firing!

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    This is really frustrating - As you can see, I joined this forum *just* to ask this question. I haven't been this interested in a bike, ever, but I don't have any experience with Moto Guzzi so I'm trying to get some more direct info rather than relying on thirdhand 'common wisdom'. One thing I've heard a lot of is people criticizing their dealer networks and north american support -- and this isn't reassuring on that count.
     
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    To make one thing VERY clear to all reading this... there are very few small dealers left you can count on, sorry to say. The motto has always been “Making mechanics out of riders since 1921.” If you are expecting Japanese or other Euro brand levels of service, do not buy this bike. That said, with some level of hands-on tinkering, Guzzis are among one of the best for rider enjoyment. Do not rely on a dealer to make or keep you happy. Hope that helps.
     
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    It's really coming from youtube reviews more than anything though a few articles do mention it too. In the videos there are even a few where they bring it up strictly because they start scraping and were surprised at how early in the lean the scraping happened. A page or two back, someone posted a YouTube playlist that has every v85tt review and you can find the videos where the pegs are mentioned in that playlist. The articles are a few here below. Todd also makes a great point on the suspension setup from factory and the riders reviewing it.

    Here are three I found by google, but it doesn't sound like too big of a problem:

    • The only limiting factor on twisty roads is the ground clearance, with the pegs occasionally touching down on either side at full lean - reminding you this is an adventure bike and not a focussed half-faired roadster.
    https://www.motorcyclenews.com/bike-reviews/moto-guzzi/v85-tt/2019/
    • Occasionally touching down the pegs, I had a blast throwing the bike around. There was a faint sluggishness when attempting to flop it from side to side on sharp S-turns, but I was arguably at that point riding the V85 TT in a way it was not intended to be ridden. Keep anywhere near the posted speed limit and you're unlikely to have complaints about handling.
    https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/2020-moto-guzzi-v85-tt-first-ride-motorcycle-review
    • If there’s one thing that hampered the bike on the road it was a lack of ground clearance in the corners. The pegs deck out really easily, and on a couple of occasions my adventure spec, TCX boots were pulled out of place.
    https://www.visordown.com/reviews/first-ride/moto-guzzi-v85-tt-2019-review




     
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    @dbx
    As Todd said, don't buy it counting on a turn key bike that runs like an appliance and unless you have one of the few good dealers near you don't expect the dealer to be the key to you being happy with the bike. And if you do have one of the good dealers near you be sure to buy from them even if they are not the cheapest ones to buy from.
    If you are willing to put in a little effort, Guzzi's can be a great motorcycle to ride. If you want a motorcycle that is turn key, that simply runs and you only need to ride it, maybe it isn't for you. But first, ride one. A test ride, the longer the better, and either it will speak to you or it won't. I still remember the first time I ever rode a Guzzi, some 26 years ago. I can't say that about any other brand.
     
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    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    So has anyone here actually put up some $$$ for a deposit on a B85???

    Paul
     
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    Poppe Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I'm personally waiting until GTMotocycles get their hand on it to see what can be done for suspension, accessories, etc. Otherwise I'll be looking for a Stelvio I think (I know they are different, but it was originally what I wanted before I saw the v85tt).
     
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    V85TT: Yes, should get one of the first to land in SoCal.
     
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    roadscum Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    You assume something needs to be done with the suspension???

    Paul
     
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    Poppe Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    I was more giving an example of an item, but yes, I assume that the suspension will be decent, better than other Guzzi's but that there will be other things out there that are better like almost any bike out there. I'll be able to have the suspension set for my weight specifically, and set for things that I'll be doing more often. I'm basically a short stubby brick with legs walking around riding, so suspension doesn't work great for me unless it's tuned properly. I'm sure it'll be fine for many people, but I do plan on making this bike a proper traveler with back road capabilities if possible.
     
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    kiwi croc Tuned and Synch'ed

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    Not to good on tech so hope this helps,
     
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    Raven Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    From that review it sounds like a great all round bike. The peg scraping is kinda :eek:
     
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    philthunder Just got it firing!

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    Note on that review at half way he says the preload is set to minimum. I would think a lot of bikes would ground out with the preload on minimum. There is no mention after that about grounding out so possibly he jacked it up and it worked.
     
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    Preload was probably preset to minimum to cater for the short-arsed journalists. Unfortunately, I may be approaching this category.
     
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    I know some in the UK who have already put down a deposit on one. But test rides are now available from several dealers here.
     
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    Dinsdale Piranha Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    The closest my pegs get to the ground now-a-days is when the bike is on its side stand :rofl:. Well, maybe not quite, but it sure won't be a damper on my riding. I've lived through 55years behind bars so far and intend to see it through to stumps (our Pommish friends know what I mean) now.
     
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    Dah-Dit Tuned and Synch'ed

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    I've put my deposit down on a Silver one, not so struck on the red frame & please nick me colours for a travel bike :D

    Our local dealer had 10 yellow & white ones delivered (don't know how many have been bought yet!) when I enquired about the availability of the single colour bike he was able to source one.....I consider myself a very lucky individual given the interest there is in the bike over here.

    It'll my personal return to the pleasures of riding a Guzzi since selling my Breva 1100 a few years back due to my riding habits changing. The v85TT is replacing a Tiger 800XC which, although was just the kind of bike, to do the job I wanted - it wasn't an "experience", just a mere travel bike....

    I cannot wait.
     
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    kglm Just got it firing!

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    Is this bike without fuelfilter?? I can`t find it owners manual , service manual or parts catalog ( You find catalog in TLM-shop Holland)

    ..feels odd..

    -KG-
     
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    Robert Gibson Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Site Contributor!

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    A bit off topic but my Cali 1400 used to touch down at every roundabout when two up. On Todd’s recommendation replaced the stock units with Matris. Problem solved and a better ride overall.
     
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