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Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia D’Onore First Look Preview

Shown in its natural environs, this V85 TT Guardia D’Onore gets all the Travel add-ons and equipment.

Shown in its natural environs, this V85 TT Guardia D’Onore gets all the Travel add-ons and equipment. (Piaggio Group/)

Most “classic” Italian culture is mere invention of early 20th century nationalism and futuristic ideals. To be Italian is to be obsessed with what comes next. As such, Moto Guzzi is celebrating its place in Italian history with a hand firmly on the throttle-by-wire.

The new Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia D’Onore streetbike salutes the (roughly) 100-year anniversary of the oldest continuously produced European motorcycle, with a nod to another epic milestone—the creation of the modern Italian state. Of course they chose an adventure bike.

Limited edition of 1,946 examples means each Guardia D’Onore gets its own number.

Limited edition of 1,946 examples means each Guardia D’Onore gets its own number. (Piaggio Group/)

The V85 TT’s simple black and white livery harkens to Moto Guzzi’s service to the Cuirassiers, the honor guard and police security of the president of the Italian Republic. Founded 75 years ago in 1946, the age of equestrian travel by dignitaries was coming to a close. VIPs now traveled by car, with security escorting alongside on motorcycles. What motorcycle would be suitable for il presidente? Enter the Guzzi, pride of Mandello.

An adventure bike makes sense, given Guzzi’s early military models like the Alce (meaning Elk), featuring forward-leaning single cylinders and amazing clearance for the 1930s. The V85 TT Guardia D’Onore follows the same spiritual path.

Simple and understated, the Guardia D’Onore edition’s black and white livery lets things like the trellis-inspired luggage rack and 2-1 exhaust shine through.

Simple and understated, the Guardia D’Onore edition’s black and white livery lets things like the trellis-inspired luggage rack and 2-1 exhaust shine through. (Piaggio Group/)

Numbering just 1,946 production models, each Guardia D’Onore will have its unit number engraved on the handlebar riser. An oversize touring windscreen is matched with a centerstand, engine guard bars, and supplementary LED lights to round out the package. Side panniers specific to this model and design are also available.

Buyers will also get a celebratory case that includes a booklet with the history of Moto Guzzi bikes and their use by the Cuirassiers, as well as a stamp collector’s folder with a postmarked stamp issued specifically for Guzzi’s centennial.

The larger touring windscreen comes standard with the Guardia D’Onore edition.

The larger touring windscreen comes standard with the Guardia D’Onore edition. (Piaggio Group/)

And beyond the pomp and pageantry there’s, well, performance. The V85 TT underneath the stripes might be the best part. Introduced in 2020, the TT made an impression on the growing stable of midsize adventure twins. With 853cc putting out 80 hp with 59 pound-feet of torque, the numbers put it squarely in the middle of any heated ADV debate.

And of course, the Guardia D’Onore is based on the TT Travel edition, with it’s higher-level adventure spec. The Carabinieri always travel prepared.

Is a transverse V-twin more suited to adventure than a boxer twin? Get your gloves and let the debate begin.

Is a transverse V-twin more suited to adventure than a boxer twin? Get your gloves and let the debate begin. (Piaggio Group/)

2022 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia D’Onore Technical Specs and Price

PRICE TBD
ENGINE 853cc, air-cooled, transverse V-twin; 2 valves/cyl.
BORE x STROKE 84.0 x 77.0mm
COMPRESSION RATIO TBD
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ 52mm throttle bodies
CLUTCH Dry, single disc
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/shaft
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 80 hp @ 7,750 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 59 lb.-ft. @ 5,000 rpm
FRAME Tubular steel trellis frame
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm fork, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 6.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Swingarm twin-sided w/ lateral monoshock, linkage-free spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 6.7 in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Radial Brembo 4-piston calipers, 320mm discs
REAR BRAKE 2-piston caliper, 260mm disc
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cross-spoked; 19 in./17 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 110/80-19 / 150/70-17
RAKE/TRAIL 28.0°/5.0 in.
WHEELBASE 60.2 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.6 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 5.5 gal.
CLAIMED DRY WEIGHT TBD
WARRANTY TBD
AVAILABLE December 2021
CONTACT motoguzzi.com

Ground clearance is 8.2 inches, plus the Guardia D’Onore comes with engine guard bars and supplementary LED lights.

Ground clearance is 8.2 inches, plus the Guardia D’Onore comes with engine guard bars and supplementary LED lights. (Piaggio Group/)

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