10. Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber & Roamer

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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.

  • JerryMander

    I bet mo could browbeat Yamaha into bringing the MT-10 to the states for a mid year launch.

  • Ducati Kid

    My contrarian view –

    Wager the BMW-TVS G310R shall prove a ‘premium’ entry into motorcycling.

    Reasoning?

    Already asked HONDA for a CB350F motorcycle (CB300F base) with larger motivator and Global market improvements.

    BMW’S design, while interesting, denotes a Beemer with associated pricing.

    Expected the G310R to U.S. retail for NORTH of $5,000!

    An INDIA sourced BMW is not a THAILAND HONDA – all about C.O.O. ‘perception’

    Time shall soon tell this tale!

  • Mahatma

    Guess that Honda bulldog won’t come out this year then:(

  • DickRuble

    Thinking outside the box, aren’t we, mixing CSC with the likes of SV650 and FZ-09, Well, then, at $432.13, the winner is

    http://www.homedepot.com/catalog/productImages/400/f7/f7307a92-9a3b-43d8-9507-2abf494d6132_400.jpg

    • Steve Georgia

      I had a dream about going to jcpenneys and getting our golden pinto minibike…3.5 hp of tecumseh power, especially when you take off the governor!

  • Reid

    If there is an eventual XSR900 “sport” model with some good adjustable suspension, I would have to strongly consider it. As-is, savvy riders will have to shell out another couple grand to get a bike that will really handle. I finally got a chance to ride the FZ09 and, while the power of the triple is nice, the bounciness and wallowing behavior through corners when pushed was disconcerting. I was THIS CLOSE to selling my Duke for the FZ, but I think I’ll pass until I see some changes made.

    • Kevin P

      While I agree the OEM suspension is crap on the FZ-09, there is a solution for under $1500. I have a 2016 FZ-09 and I sent my forks to “Forks by Matt” in VA for a full revalve, Andreanni kit and a few extra goodies he tweaks; plus I ordered an Ohlins rear shock through him. Matt is involved in the FZ-09 threads and he owns one. He can be found at http://www.forks-by-matt.com The total damage was just under $1500 and the bike handles incredibly with zero harshness. I shipped using a $20 rifle from Walmart, case zip tied shut.

      The Ohlins I got is not a 3-way but it is still pretty awesome. Considering I only paid $7400 plus tax for my brand new FZ-09 last January I’m very happy. The engine needed zero changes. The fueling on the 2016+ is smooth even in A mode.

  • bigus brainus

    The CSC RX3 and TT250 do not share the same engine.

  • mjh937

    I am not sure you can include bikes with no known MSRP in an affordable model roundup.

  • krishan adhikari

    too much choice stateside and the prices are very economical. I guess all the bikes have their merit. so choose wisely

  • Jeremy Cottam

    Mmmmmmmmmmmmm that street twin is for me!

  • Jamo11

    Is the SV650 a sure thing for summer in the United States?

    • It’s definitely coming stateside, exactly when hasn’t been announced.

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  • William McGraw

    I am liking the fact that all the other companies are trying to compete against the ninja 300, kawi figured it out in 2012 and now has quite a following AND has brought other companies into the competition era for lower CC bikes that perform as good as the mid to higher CC’s. I am actually going to go look at the BMW when it ever hits the showroom floor…which it probably has since this article is 4 months old. But hey, I had not heard of it yet, so i’ll be headed into an um “big town” to take a look 🙂

  • Bizslink Marcus

    thank you for sharing this, i wish i can get my own models someday.

  • Sometimes it’s worth paying more.

  • Martin Buck

    Trustafarian special with that Scrambler 400cc. I didn’t look that good when I was young, nor was I that cool. Instead I just rode my bike and got good at it. Not many pics of the Scrambler crowd actually riding, just transport to wherever cool stuff was happening. Maybe my aversion to sunburn was the reason I was never cool.

  • this is beautiful though

    • Jeremiah Mckenna

      ???

  • QuestionMark666

    I do not believe price is the primary barrier to most Millennials experiencing motorcycling. I think as a group they are risk averse and have no interest in things mechanical or phyiscal. Maybe if Pokemon rode a Suzuki????
    There is little demand for the lower end Ducatis now, they have gone cold. Don’t expect these starter bikes to save a dying industry.

    • Steve Georgia

      The new ducati desert sled is going to start a new industry…