Minimalism at its Best
The best motorcycles on the market are arguably the ones that are the purest, meaning they don’t stray too far away from the original bikes that motorcycling was founded upon.
No gizmos. No gadgets. Two wheels and an engine is all you need to have genuine fun.
Don’t believe us? Spend an hour aboard the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber and tell us otherwise. We dare you.
This is pure motorcycling.
It All Begins With The Heart
The best part of the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber? It’s hard to argue against its 850cc V-Twin engine. Throaty, reliable, and rider friendly.
The 90-degree V-twin engine is built for all-around performance, plain and simple. A new aluminum crankcase and inertia-calibrated crankshaft highlight the engine’s bottom end, the latter promoting free-revving characteristics and smooth engine braking. The best traits for any type of riding.
Fuel consumption and a smooth-running engine weren’t pushed aside either. Instead, we overhauled the entire lubrication and ventilation systems, just so you can extract as many miles as possible from the 3.9-gallon fuel tank.
Oh, and how could we forget the engine’s aluminum heads, pistons and cylinders? Those trick bits in combination with a Marelli fueling system help push power figures to 55 horsepower at 6,250 rpm and 45.7 foot pounds at 3,000 rpm. A welcoming punch in the low end powerband will conquer traffic in and out of town.
Cradling the Bobber’s Power
How does the Moto Guzzi v9 Bobber harness its 850cc engine? That’s the job for the steel twin-tube cradle frame and 16-inch wheels. The wheels, of course, are fitted with larger (130/90 front, 150/80 rear) tires, which do a fine job of offering traction and comfort on any road condition.
A conventional fork with 130mm of travel and a pair of twin rear shock absorbers have the task of keeping things riding smoothly, all while providing gobs of feel to the rider. Top-quality Brembo braking calipers help in the handling department, with the four-piston units getting the Bobber properly slowed before the corner by squeezing a 320mm disc up front. A two-piston unit out back helps bring it to a halt, too.
Minimalist, but All You Need
The V9 Bobber is built to be a simplistic motorcycle.
How can you tell? The Bobber gets straightforward styling, ditching any excess cues for a clean, yet drawing appearance. Side panels and fuel tanks are splashed in matte paint colors, and only highlighted with minimal graphics.
The front and rear fenders are shortened, tightening up the look of the Bobber. It’s simple, clean, and appealing. Seriously, you’ll draw looks from all around the block.