Moto Guzzi have announced three new V7 III varients for 2018, with the Carbon, Rough and Milano, while the V85 introduces a new model, and the V9 Roamer and Bobber have seen minor tweaks.
2018 Moto Guzzi V7 III models
The V7 III family doubles in size and, alongside the well-known Stone, Special and Racer, now come the V7 III Rough, V7 III Milano and V7 III Carbon, three new versions distinguished by different packages obtained through the originality and skill of introducing a series of special parts that give each bike a very different connotation and a unique character. Rough, Milano and Carbon represent a homage to customization.
V7 III Carbon
This is currently the only member of the V7 III family built in limited and numbered production, following the happy tradition of having a “limited edition” model in the range. V7 III Carbon celebrates customization, interpreted originally and in good taste, combining the authentic V7 style with the prestigious and modern quality of numerous carbon fibre components, such as the shortened and sleek fenders and the side fairings that enhance the character of the Moto Guzzi best seller to the utmost.
V7 III Carbon has a completely matt black look, a shade that enhances the parts in red, the colour chosen for the Brembo front disk brake calliper, the logos on the side fairings and the Eagle on the fuel tank. The ‘Made in Mandello’ mechanics also stand out thanks to the satin finished red cylinder head covers. The saddle (dedicated only to this model, as it is with the others) boasts brand new water repellent Alcantara, ideal for outdoor use and weather resistant.
The saddle is finished with red stitching that represents rather popular stylistic inspiration that anyone who loves refined details will love. In fact, this model is fully loaded with them: the locking tank cap is made of anodized black billet aluminium and the headlight frame is also black, as are the injector covers and the rear brake master cylinder. The series number of the model is identified by the plate positioned on the handlebar risers: there are 1921 units available, a number that recalls the year that Moto Guzzi was established.
V7 III Rough
This version stands out for its knobby tyres, mounted on spoked rims and for the many details that give the V7 III Rough an urban country style. The equipment is completed by the dedicated saddle with stitching and a passenger grab strap and the pair of aluminium side fairings. The fenders are made of the same prestigious material. The headlight frame is painted black and the fork stanchions are protected by classic rubber dust covers.
This is another element of Moto Guzzi style that transforms the V7 III into a true factory special with just a few skilful touches. The availability of original Moto Guzzi accessories for the V7 III (and for the previous versions) is extremely vast, so you can make this and the other V7 III versions even more personal and exclusive.
V7 III Milano
Which V7 would you want to ride through the city centre streets? Moto Guzzi has the answer with the new V7 III Milano version.
This model takes its origins from the V7 III Special and maintains the same typical, classic characteristics such as the dual circular display instrumentation, the chromium exhaust and passenger grab handle, as well as the glossy tank colours, but it distinguishes itself with its alloy wheels that contribute to giving it a more modern appearance. The standard equipment is completed by prestigious details such as the aluminium fenders and side fairings.
2018 Moto Guzzi V85
A new Moto Guzzi engine is launched on the V85. The construction design is proprietary and excludes all current Moto Guzzi production: in fact, it is a two-cylinder 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc which, thanks to its complete redesign, has 80 HP of maximum power. It is an engine that, fully in line with Moto Guzzi philosophy, announces itself as a classic for the near future, providing rewarding performance on every kind of route, as well as guaranteeing great character and the usual spectacular force at lower running speeds.
The technical platform of the V85, including its mechanics – as always leveraged inside the body of the vehicle, with all its beauty being deliberately left in sight – is the technical basis for the development of a series of new motorcycles. It will be a family of medium-sized cylinder bikes, from different intended uses, combined with strong character, generous performance and a style which is typically Moto Guzzi.
The frame is completely new; in pursuit of lightness, rationality and accessibility, it is made of steel tubes and exploits the specific anchorage of the engine to create a rigid structure that restores precision and rigour on the road as well as robustness and the right feel for off-road riding. The beautiful asymmetric aluminium swingarm has a curved shape on the left side, useful for designing a highly linear exhaust pipe pattern so as to minimise the lateral dimensions.
The right arm on the swingarm houses the new shaft drive transmission. The mono shock absorber directly connects the chassis to the right arm of the swingarm, a solution that facilitates access to the hydraulic and spring preload adjustments, thus allowing free space for the exhaust system layout. The suspension systems offer a very generous wheel travel for a optimal off-road use, thanks to a substantial engine floor clearance, as well as comfort on the most commonly-used roads.
The V85 boasts an optimal ride for rider and passenger. No compromises have been made to the detriment of comfort and usability, resulting in a comfortable bike for two, with bags installed on the chassis frame. The fuel tank design harks back to the tradition of the Moto Guzzi models set up for the African rally raids.
In line with the Guzzi story, there is also the high front mudguard and the beautiful double front headlight, stylistic and functional solutions already present on the NTX 650 from 1996 and the Quota 1000 from 1989. Modern technology elements – such as the fully digital instrumentation and the front LED DRL light series on the front headlight – combine classic styling with the off-road world.
2018 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer and Bobber
The V9 Roamer now includes an updated set of rear shocks, as well as a new standard top fairing, while also boasting a new luggage rack available as an accessory. The V9 Bobber offers a traditional minimalist Bobber themed version as the name suggested with all matte finishes.
The 2018 Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is available in two different colour variants, both with a glossy finish: Verde Nobile and Grigio Eleganza, with glossy black front and rear mudguards.
The 2018 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is available in three colours, all with a completely matt finish: Blue Impeto, Nero Notte and Grigio Tempesta.