The new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport made its début at Open House 2018, the must-attend event for all Eagle brand lovers which livened up the historic Mandello del Lario plant on the weekend from 7 through 9 September.
The thousands of enthusiasts were therefore the first to discover the latest gritty evolution of the V9 range.
V9 Bobber is the sport custom that gave life to the medium engine capacity bobber segment. It is a bike with a unique personality, essential in its shape and with a look marked by its numerous total black details and its oversize tyres, just like the ones mounted by the riders in the post WWII era who gave life in the United States to the bobber phenomenon, racing on fast dirt flat tracks.
And it is precisely this authentic “racing” origin that inspired the new special Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport series with a decidedly mean look and the revelation of the sportiest side of its character.
The new V9 Bobber Sport stands out with its lowered single-seat saddle which, combined with the usual low drag bar supported by lower risers, leads to a more accentuated “low ride”, compact and sporty position.
Frame and suspension qualities, riding pleasure and easy handling are enhanced by the Öhlins shock absorbers, adjustable in spring preload and hydraulic compression and rebound to ensure better bump dampening capacity and at the same time more control in fast riding. The unmistakeable sound of the Moto Guzzi 850 V-twin is enhanced by the street legal slip-on exhaust pipes painted matte black and with an aluminium bottom, characterised at the end by a sleek, oblique shape.
The special dedicated colour scheme, a brand new and gritty orange, covers the fuel tank - with the Moto Guzzi eagle done in a particular burnished finish - and also extends to the aluminium side panels, thereby mixing with the V9 Bobber's typical matte total black look. The dark shades also spill over into other parts such as the engine cooling fins, the fuel cap in billet aluminium, the headlight frame and the instrument cluster graphics.
Other specific details give the front end of the new Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport an even grittier and muscular presence: the front mudguard has been shortened, whereas the lowered headlight is framed by a tight black aluminium top fairing. Last, but not least, the fork tubes are protected by classic dust boots.