Nello confirmed that the bike would be powered by an all-new new 90° transverse air-cooled 850cc V-twin with 59kW of power. He says it is not the 853cc engine from the V9 range which has 40kW of power.
The V85 scrambler concept on which the production model is based was unveiled at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan last November.
Nello says the production model will be very similar to the concept with the same engine, but a longer exhaust, a smaller tank, a reshaped seat and the addition of a centre stand.
But he says it will not have the race-replica paintwork of the concept model as this MCN spy photo shows.
The unique asymmetric swingarm houses the shaft drive. It allows for a direct-mount Ohlins mono shock that is easy to access for adjustment. The V85 also features Ohlins forks.
It will be a welcome addition to the line-up which recently dropped the Stelvio adventure bike.
Moto Guzzi factory
I was lucky to get a personal guided tour of the factory which is only open to the public for Moto Guzzi Open Haus in the second week of September every year.
However, the attached museum is open week days from 3-4pm and is free. It features almost every model they have ever produced, including experimental and race versions.
Nello says the factory produces 10,000 bikes a year in 72 models and one engine every seven minutes.
Every engine is also bench tested and pressure tested to be 99% airtight. Every completed bike is also tested on a dynamometer attached to a computer to analyse that all systems – brakes, engine, electrics, etc – are working.