This A4 size book is a beautifully produced homage to the V85TT. The text is Italian and English, accompanied by lots of pictures detailing the machines
development from prototype to showroom. Highly recommended. Now updated to include the MY2021 V85TT.
Moto Italiane - Moto Guzzi 100th Anniversary Book.
From our friends at Moto Italiane:
We dedicate this volume to the 100 years of Moto Guzzi: it is a large format book (30x23 cm), complete with hard cover, printed on extremely fine paper, with 160 pages and many pictures.
The cost is Euro 49 and Euro 7 for the delivery. It's a limited edition book, it will not be reprinted! You can purchase it via PayPal in a safe mode. We ship worldwide (texts in Italian and English). For further information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Now available through various online outlets, Givi EH8203 extension in smoked plexiglass for original hand protectors.
Fitted to our V85TT on the 4th July.
V85TT 6,000 Mile Update.
As of 7th June 2020, our V85TT has covered 6,148 miles. The 6,000-mile service was recently carried out by Teasdale Motorcycles and we continue to be impressed with their high standards of service. Although we did not buy the bike from them, they look
after us very well and we now qualify for their ‘loyal customer’ workshop labour rate of £50 per hour. Normally it is £70 per hour.
Two safety recalls were addressed during the 6,000 mile-service. Checking the foot-peg circlips
and installation of a new rear wheel bevel gearbox cover. Only early V85TT’s are subject to this recall campaign. To see if your machine is affected enter your VIN number into the Piaggio recall search webpage: http://static.piaggio.com/recall/form-motoguzzi_en.html
A new Moto Guzzi ECU map, code 7621GA15, was downloaded during the service. This has transformed the bike between tick over and mid-range revs. The engine feels slightly more powerful and linear. It has made a noticeable difference.
When we removed the standard catalytic convertor and fitted the Remus Y-pipe at 4,983 miles, we also fitted a ‘Boosterplug’. This simple plug-in device enrichens the fuel mixture at low revs and helps to smooth out low speed running around town
on engines that are set-up to run very lean as standard. Although it does exactly what it says on the box, as you would expect, it increases fuel consumption. Instead of average consumption figures in the region of 59 to 62mpg, they fell to the low 50’s.
The ‘Boosterplug’ was disconnected for the service and the downloading of the new ECU map. Because the engine feels so much better with the new map, I won’t bother reconnecting it. Average fuel consumption has returned to what it was before.
New ECU maps were made available in March 2020. The codes for different markets are: 7621GA15 for Eu & World, 7621GC15 for 35KW, 7621GC15 for USA, 7621GD15 for China. Guzzi dealers
can load it with PADS.
V85TT service intervals.
900 miles: Engine oil filter, Engine oil. 6,000 miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Engine oil. 12,000
miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Engine oil. 18,000 miles: Spark plugs, Air filter, Engine oil filter, Gearbox oil, Engine oil, Final drive oil. 24,000 miles: Air filter, Engine oil filter, Fork oil, Engine oil. 30,000 miles: Air filter,
Engine oil filter, Engine oil. 36,000 miles: Spark plugs, Air filter, Engine oil filter, Gearbox oil, Engine oil, Final drive oil.
We’ve also recently carried out an aesthetic modification, pictured below. It was only when looking at
a picture of a V85TT prototype from late 2018 that we realised that there was a plug which covers the large holes in the crankcase. The part number is 2B006262. If you don't have engine bars fitted the engine looks far better with these
in place. See: V85TT 2B006262 CRANKCASE PLUGS
Another modification has been to fit a Givi sat-nav mounting system. Parts required:
Our V85TT is now set-up perfectly and I look forwards to covering many more miles.
Chris Jessop, 7th June 2020.
"My Dakars with Moto Guzzi": Claudio Torri, from the African rallies to the V85 TT.
V85TT Second Impressions.
Moto Guzzi Factory Gate, Mandello del Lario. Monday 9th September 2019.
As of 14th November 2019, our V85TT has covered 5,000 miles. It has proved to be a very accomplished machine and it’s easy to see why it’s been so popular. Worldwide demand currently outstrips production. The V85TT is one of the most successful
models produced by Moto Guzzi in recent times. Almost 6,000 units have been made since it was launched earlier this year.
The last bike I bought was our 08 spec XB12X Ulysses in November 2007. Having a motorcycle equipped with ride-by-wire, ABS, full
LED lighting, traction control and switchable riding modes is quite a revelation. I can’t fault the instrumentation, the TFT screen is clear and it’s viewable in any weather conditions. The display automatically adjusts itself to suit either day
or night riding. Clever stuff. All the other controls and features are easy to use and well thought out. It also has cruise control, but I’ve never used it and I don’t think I ever will. The twin LED headlights, both on dip and full, are brilliant
(pun intended) and are by far the best I’ve ever had on a motorcycle. The daytime running light is a bright white LED eagle motif across the front of the twin headlights. There’s also a LED fog light kit available as an official Guzzi accessory.
Its prewired for these and has mounting points on the headlight and instrumentation subframe.
The V85TT makes a great all-rounder and its very comfortable over long distances. The 830mm standard seat is just about right for me at 6ft 3” but Moto
Guzzi also offer seats in both 20mm higher and 20mm lower versions. They’re not cheap but if you find the standard seat not to your liking then there are alternatives available.
The petrol tank has a 23-litre capacity. With an average consumption
of around 62mpg this provides a 300+ mile range. The worst consumption I’ve seen is 58mpg and the best 74mpg.
Just in time for the cooler weather, on the 5th October I had the Guzzi heated grip kit, part number 2S001325, fitted by Teasdale Motorcycles
in Thirsk. The kit includes a new ride-by-wire throttle body as part of the right-hand heated grip so it must be calibrated by an official Guzzi dealer. This new throttle body has a lighter spring than the original unit and is so much better in operation.
The V85TT is prewired for heated grips and already has a button on the left-hand switch unit for them. They’re very effective and have three different heat levels. There’s an icon on the TFT display showing which level you’ve selected.
The engine, gearbox and shaft drive are new generation designs based on the V9. They’re smooth in operation and gear changing is almost clunk free once you’ve got the unit warmed up. When new there was an annoying high frequency buzz at 4,000rpm
but that’s just about disappeared now. Our high mileage 06’ 750 and 05’ 1100 Guzzis have required 25,000 to 30,000 miles to feel properly run in but this V85TT will probably only need 15,000 miles to feel the same. The engine is very flexible
and will quite happily run at low rpms in high gears without feeling snatchy. The crankcase has a user-friendly oil level sight glass.
Suspension is very good. The easily adjusted factory recommended settings work well for solo riding and for touring
with luggage. I’ve not ridden the bike with a pillion yet. Guzzi offer an Ohlin rear unit as an upgrade but it’s around £800.
Dislikes – all of which have been addressed:
At 800 miles or so, 2 of the 4 bolts that hold the sump guard on fell out and the remaining 2 were loose. Loctite 243 to the rescue. This is a common problem reported worldwide with the first versions.
Lack of front mudguard as standard.
of the wheel spindles were greased at the factory and various fasteners in corrosion prone areas were fitted dry. A couple of hours in the workshop armed with tins of copperslip and grease is time well spent and saves problems later.
The massive (and
ugly) Euro 4 spec catalytic convertor under the gearbox runs at extremely high temperatures. Combined with a lean mixture to meet Euro 4 regs, it means the engine and rider get hot and bothered in heavy traffic in warm weather.
Engine. Shaft drive. Suspension. Comfortable enduro style seat. Fuel range and economy. Italian design and style. Colour scheme. Character.
Modifications carried out:
Remus Y-pipe, part number 0103-455519. ‘Boosterplug’ fuelling modifier, part number MOTO-GUZZI-8151. (May 2020,
now removed) R&G fork protectors, part number FP0020BK. Aprilia Caponord front mudguard 2B001431 plus Pyramid Plastics Fenda-Extenda SKU: 057173. Moto Guzzi clutch cable/wire guide,
part number 2B006501. This stops them rubbing against the bottom of the TFT display housing. This is fitted as standard on later V85TT’s. Moto Guzzi heated grips, part number 2S001325.
Chris Jessop, 14th
Aprilia Caponord front mudguard 2B001431 plus Pyramid Plastics Fenda-Extenda SKU: 057173.