Newest addition to the Moto Guzzi stable, the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT adventure-tourer, was spotted in Petaling Jaya by eagle-eyed reader Ilyas. Seen waiting at the traffic lights, the pair of camouflaged V85 TTs were accompanied by a Moto Guzzi V7 III, with the location being no surprise as the Moto Guzzi showroom at The Gasket Alley is situated close by.

This could mean the impending launch of the V85 TT adventure bike will be soon, pending VTA approval. The V85 TT is a design departure for Moto Guzzi which over the past decade or so have mainly produced motorcycles in their classic styling language.

Carrying an air-cooled, transverse V-twin with two valves per cylinder and displacing 853 cc, the V85 TT produces 80 hp at 7,750 rpm and 80 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm. Fuelling is by EFI and ride-by-wire via a single 52 mm diameter throttle body and power gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive.

Suspension is with 41 mm diameter upside-down forks adjustable for preload and rebound, while the rear end is held by by a single shock mounted on the right side, preload and rebound adjustable. Braking uses Brembo four-piston radial-mounted callipers on dual 320 mm stainless floating discs on the front 19-inch wheel with a two-piston floating calliper and 260 mm diameter disc stops the 17-inch rear wheel.

Inside the cockpit is a full-colour TFT-LCD screen that incorporates a USB outlet on the left, with control of three ride modes – Road, Rain and Off-Road, and the Moto Guzzi MIA app which connects to the rider’s smartphone via Bluetooth. Two-wheel ABS is standard and the level of intervention is determined by the ride mode selected, with Off-Road mode giving ABS only on the front wheel.

Fuel for the 2019 Moto Guzzi V85 TT is carried in a 23-litre fuel tank while weight is claimed to be 229 kg, ready to roll and seat height is set at 830 mm. In Malaysia, competition for the V85 TT includes the Triumph Street Scrambler at RM64,900 and the Ducati Scrambler range, starting from the Scrambler Icon priced from RM55,900 up to RM69,900 for the Desert Sled.