Paying homage to racing classics, but in a modern package
Some motorcycles are built strictly for performance, others just for the looks. And striking a perfect blend of both? Ha, good luck with that. It’s one or the other, never both.
That is until the release of the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Sport—a motorcycle we feel pays needed homage to the mythical race bikes of the 1950s with its mix of seriously classic styling and modern-day performance parts. Seriously sporty. Obviously, a stunner.
Knife-edge handling? Yeah, we wanted the V9 Bobber Sport to have that. And then some.
We fitted the back of the Sport with twin Öhlins shock absorbers, which come with adjustable preload and compression. You know, to dial in this V9 naked motorcycle to your liking.
A steel twin-tube cradle frame helps here, providing optimized weight distribution and a planted feeling from corner entry to exit. Carve any corner at your leisure.
Bringing the Bobber to a halt is nothing but top-shelf technology—a four-piston Brembo brake caliper clamping to a 320mm disc up front. A two-piston caliper is fitted to the back.
That’s good news for the Bobber, because its 850cc V-Twin engine is no slouch. Cranking out 55 horsepower at @ 6250 rpm and 45.7 ft/lbs of torque at 3000 rpm, the Sport has no issue tearing up the city streets.
Where’s the performance come from? How does freshly-designed aluminum heads, pistons, cylinders, and a Marelli electronic system sound? Yeah, we thought so.
And of course, we had to give the Bobber Sport a racy look. Bad boy style. Out front, a black aluminum fairing blocks wind for the rider, the headlight is lowered for a sporty look, and the shortened front fender means business.
That’s of course if you can get your eyes of its vibrant orange fuel tank. The gas tank boasts the famous eagle in a burnished finish, and is paired with coordinated aluminum side panels to top off the look. Go ahead, try to take your eyes off of this Moto Guzzi.