2015 EICMA: Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and Roamer
Moto Guzzi unveiled two new mid-sized cruisers powered by a new 850cc V-Twin engine. The new V9 Roamer is the spiritual successor to the Moto Guzzi Nevada while the V9 Bobber adds a blacked-out bobbed cruiser to lineup. both V9s will be available in the U.S. as 2015 models but we’ll have to wait a little while for MSRPs.
We saw both new V9 models earlier this year in spy photographs, assuming they were using the V7 II line’s 744cc Twin. Now we know the V9 uses an air and oil-cooled 850cc V-Twin with an 84mm bore and 77mm stroke. Moto Guzzi claims a peak output of 55 hp at 6250 rpm with torque peaking at 45.7 lb-ft at just 3000 rpm.
The engine has a new aluminum crankcase, a new oil pan design and an inertia-calibrated crankshaft. Each cylinder has two pushrod-actuated valves set at an incline to the cylinder head (as opposed to parallel as in the V7 II engine). 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 the more stringent Euro4 emission standards.
The engine is paired with a new six-speed transmission with a 179mm single dry plate clutch, delivering power to the rear wheel via a double-jointed drive shaft.
The two V9s share a new steel twin-tube cradle frame designed to optimize the weight distribution in front and behind the engine. The front wheel is suspended by a 40 mm fork offering 130mm of travel while twin spring preload-adjustable shocks handles rear suspension duties.
Braking performance is provided by a Brembo four-piston caliper with 320mm disc on the front wheel and a two-piston caliper with 260mm rotor on the rear wheel. ABS is standard, as is a two-level traction control system.
The Roamer has a 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel, both painted matt black and treated with a diamond-cut finish. The chrome handlebar is raised higher than on the Bobber and the seat rests 30.5 inches from the ground.
The Bobber has a thinner seat, reducing the seat height slightly to 30.3 inches. At 16 inches, the front wheel is smaller than on the Roamer but it sports a fatter 130/90 tire than the Roamer’s 100/90. The rear tire is an identical 150/80 but it sits below a shorter rear fender.
Moto Guzzi gave the Bobber a blacked-out look while adding some color with graphics in yellow or matt red.