Moto Guzzi has been drip feeding us with information about its V85 TT adventure bike for roughly a year now but only this week have we learned how much the thing will cost and will it hit dealerships.
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In the United Kingdom, at least, the bike will be on sale in March with a starting price of £10,899. If you want the multi-color Ronald McDonald-looking bike that made me initially reject the concept you’ll be expected to shell out £11,099.
Powered by an air-cooled 850cc transverse V-twin, the Italian ADV is promising 80 horsepower at peak, and an impressive array of electronic tidbits. Certain information, like weight, remains a mystery but I’ll admit that I was intrigued by the bike when I saw it in the flesh at EICMA back in November.
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My latent suspicion of Piaggio (Moto Guzzi’s parent company), along with a dearth of Moto Guzzi dealers in the area would probably keep me from seriously considering the V85 TT, even if I had the room, but I’ll admit to being pleasantly surprised by the price tag. Based on the interest the bike has managed to garner I would have expected the Italian brand to try its luck with pricing.
Admittedly, though, we don’t know what that £10,899 actually gets you. Will you have to pay extra for heated grips, handguards, center stand, etc? Will the technowhizzbangery have modes that only reveal themselves to deep-pocketed individuals (a la BMW)? No clue. Guess we’ll have to wait until March to find out.