• Moto Guzzi to give us a new V9 Bobber variant

  • 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber
  • 2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Called the ’Sport’, it will come with top-spec equipment and color options

Celebrating 95 years for a company is a big thing and to have survived against all the odds was a mountainous task for Moto Guzzi. Paying tribute to this past effort of custom motorcyclists, MG headed to a major revival plan and launched the new range of V9 platform a couple of years ago that angles towards the cruiser style rather than the V7’s roadster theme.

The first offerings are in the form of the mainstream-custom “Roamer,” and the more sinister “Bobber”. For 2019, the Lario eagle moniker is getting a sporty new variant to debut in another couple of days. Called the “V9 Bobber Sport”, Moto Guzzi has teased us with just one image, and we can tell you a little bit about it.

Moto Guzzi to give us a new V9 Bobber variant Exterior
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Although designed by the futuristic thinkers of the Centro Stile Piaggio Group with input from the Piaggio Advanced Design Centre (PADC), the ’70s-era styling made into the V9s’ rather effortlessly, and it suits the MG’s heritage impression really well.

For 2019, Moto Guzzi will give its V9 Bobber the extra edge raining it with top-spec equipment and new color schemes. Twin Ohlins shocks at the rear, fork gaiters for the front, a short screen will be added as standard, solo seat and a wee bit more is what we can see from the single image we have.

Moto Guzzi to give us a new V9 Bobber variant Exterior
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2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

The Bobber always seems to be more of a masculine silhouette with a traditional darker and sportier nemesis. The black theme is seen everywhere including the flat drag-style handlebar mounted on the lovely aluminum bar, mirrors, springs and the exhaust. Giving in to the Bobber feel is the chopped rear fender which will now come with a solo steed finished in Alcantara.

What makes this Bobber run is also the same thing that makes it aggressively hot – chubby 130/90 and 150/80 – 16-inch tires that distinguish it from its stablemate. For 2019, Moto Guzzi might give it spoked wheels

The mechanicals, however, will be the same 853cc longitudinally-mounted 90-degree twin producing 55 hp and 45.7 lb-ft of max torque. Traditional air cooling and 2 valves per head stay in this motor, though now with added oil cooling complies with the regulations. The Marelli electronic-fuel injection has a single shared throttle body.

Moto Guzzi to give us a new V9 Bobber variant Exterior
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2017 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

Though the V9s are tuned for a soft ride, suspension setup was basic and standard non-adjustable forks with 5.1-inch travel, and for 2019, Ohlins pre-loaded adjustable rear shocks will come with 3.8 inches of travel. Electronic rider aids include dual-channel ABS by Continental and standard Moto Guzzi traction control (MGTC) having two modes, “1 – dry” and “2 – wet,” which can be turned off if you think you are a pro.

Moto Guzzi will showcase the V9 Bobber Sport at the Moto Guzzi Open House from Friday 7th to Sunday 9th. The event will be held at the Mandello del Lario’s historical factory and will be attended by more than 15000 enthusiasts. The same event will also be the showcasing stage for the Moto Guzzi V85 classic Enduro machine.

Sagar Patil
Sagar Patil
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