As motorcycle companies rev up for the world’s biggest motorcycle show in Milan this week, Moto Guzzi has jumped the gun revealing images of its coming V9 Bobber and Roamer.
Moto Guzzi simply says the V9 is ”Authentic soul” and there are few details until it is revealed at the EICMA show in the next two days.
It will be a completely new platform for the Italian manufacturer with both powered by the air-cooled 850cc 90 degree V9 engine with 61Nm of torque.
They will come with ABS standard, adjustable traction control, USB socket and weigh under 200kg.
The retro Roamer and Bobber feature 22-spoke wheels rather than the wire wheels of the V7 range, single front discs, thin seats and a single round instrument pod.
Where they mainly differ is in the tyres. The Bobber has hi-profile Continental ContiMilestone “balloon” tyres while the Roamer has more conventional rubber.
The Bobber also has shortened fenders – thus making it a bobber! – and at least in these photos it has a darker look with matte-black paint and exhaust while the Roamer has more chrome and gloss paint.
The new V9 models will face some tough competition from the new water-cooled and more powerful 900 and 1200cc Bonneville range.
We had hoped that “Roamer” would mean it can roam everywhere, indicating either a smaller and lighter adventurer than the Stelvio or a dedicated scrambler.
At the moment, Moto Guzzi only produces scrambler accessory packs for the V7, but with the success of the Ducati Scrambler and the coming BMW R nineT Scrambler to be revealed in Milan, Guzzi must have been tempted to join the lucrative bandwagon.