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Motto Guzzi Tarts Up V9 Bobber to Create V9 Bobber Sport

When is a bobber not a bobber? When it's the V9 Bobber Sport/

How little can you change a product and still call it something else? That seems to be the task Moto Guzzi set itself in unveiling the V9 Bobber Sport earlier this week.

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Looking just as unlike an actual bobber as the V9 Bobber introduced at EICMA back in 2015, the new V9 Bobber Sport features a lower seat, Ohlins shocks, different paint, and a teency tiny screen. That’s it. So, it’s still a Bobber, but, you know, not a bobber.

The shocks may be the most relevant addition here because initial reviews of the V9 Bobber raised questions about its handling ability. Personally, I’ve never ridden one, so I can’t say one way or another whether such an addition is necessary for people who aren’t moto-journalists hellbent on turning every two-wheeled thing sideways.

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The bike is still powered by Moto Guzzi’s relatively new 850cc V-twin engine, which puts out 55 hp – roughly the same amount of oomph as can be had from a Triumph Street Cup.

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The bike won’t be released until later this year, which is when pricing is set to be announced.

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Moto Guzzi remains an enigmatic brand for yours truly. In recent years, it’s seemed parent company Piaggio has been unwilling to invest in the brand – to the point that I half wondered if it wasn’t quietly letting the brand die out. But that’s clearly not the case, as it plans to fully reveal the V85 adventure bike later this year – most likely at EICMA in early November, but possibly at Intermot (which takes place in two weeks).

READ MORE: No Moto Guzzi. Just No.

Here’s hoping the brand is able to get its groove back soon.

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