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Moto Guzzi V9 Overview
The Italian motorcycle company, Moto Guzzi, has been offering motorcycles in India for quite a while now. People have liked the high-end cruisers offered by the company. Now they’ve come with the mid-size Moto Guzzi V9. The Guzzi V9 is not one bike but two: V9 Bobber and Roamer. They are said to be on the same mechanical edge, yet offer different riding experiences. Both the bikes have retro styling approach and a wide flat fuel tank. The Bobber, on one hand, gets matte paint and racey highlights with a lot of blacked out details, the Roamer, on the hand, masters on the chrome line.
Moto Guzzi V9 Engine & Transmission
The V9’s get an 853cc motor that is placed in a typical Moto Guzzi transverse manner, putting the cylinder heads in the air and removing the need for liquid cooling. Power and torque figures are decent, that is, 55bhp of power @ 6250rpm and 62Nm of torque @ 3000rpm with a 6-speed gear (1 down and 5 up). The V9’s are not heart-throbbing quick but they aren’t lethargic either. The motor is quick to rev and there is plenty of torque on demand at any rpm.
Moto Guzzi V9 Mileage
Both the V9’s give out a good mileage of 18kmpl and the features might not sound that exciting, as the instrument cluster is very basic with an analogue speedometer, and for safety purpose, the bikes come with a 2-stage traction control and ABS. However, you do get a USB port and a digital clock.
Moto Guzzi V9 Performance and Handling
The short and flat handle bar on the Bobber gives an aggressive riding posture, whereas the Roamer gets tall and wide handle bars like a cruiser. Some riders may have a problem with their knees touching the outside popping cylinder heads. What can turn out to be enjoyable is the precise throttle and near-to-lag-free response because of the shaft drive. One downside of the motor can be vibrations in comparison to its other family members. The bikes get conventional telescopic forks up front and a pair of twin shocks at the rear, making the feel supple and well-balanced while cornering. The Roamer is quicker to turn at corners because of its slim front tyre, whereas it takes a little effort to push the Bobber at corners because of the chunky front tyre. Stopping duty is taken over by stainless steel floating disc, Ø 320 mm Brembo opposed 4-piston callipers at the front, and stainless steel floating disc, Ø 260 mm Brembo opposed -piston callipers at the rear.