10. Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer
At $8,990 the V7 II Stone is the most affordably priced model in the Moto Guzzi lineup, and winner of our HepCat TooCool Millennial Shootout. Producing only 41 horsepower and 40 lb-ft of torque from its 744cc, the V7 II is somewhat underpowered. With the announcement of a new 850cc V-Twin engine – the V9 – powering two new models, Bobber and Roamer, we’re expecting big things from the two new bikes.
The V9 engine features a new aluminum crankcase, a new oil pan design and what Guzzi calls an inertia-calibrated crankshaft. Each cylinder has two pushrod-actuated valves set at an incline to the cylinder head, a brand new ECU moderates the fuel injection system while a new exhaust system with a three-way catalytic converter and double oxygen sensors help the engine meet Euro4 emission standards. The engine is paired with a new six-speed transmission with a dry clutch, delivering power to the rear wheel via a double-jointed drive shaft. Expect an MSRP somewhere slightly above the $10k mark, but without much difference between the two models besides cosmetics and wheel sizes, they should be priced within a few hundred dollars of each other.