Moto Guzzi has tried to interrupt out of standard bike classes with the brand new V100 Mandello, a machine supposed to mix the enchantment of a unadorned roadster with the consolation of a tourer. Now there’s one other boundary-blurring machine coming for 2023 within the type of the V850X.
Based on the present V7 retro bike, the V850X borrows the agency’s twin-shock body and the brand new 853cc V-twin engine, however provides wire wheels with deep-treaded Michelin Anakee journey bike rubber together with styling in contrast to the rest on the highway. A spy shot revealed in Italy final 12 months confirmed a machine with a seat and tail that look to be impressed by the 1985 V65 Lario, a motorbike that, like the brand new Mandello, took its identify from Guzzi’s Mandello del Lario hometown. It additionally confirmed a nostril cowl incorporating a small LED headlight and stanchion guards that stretch down the right-way-up fork legs, somewhat just like the 1996–1998 Suzuki RM250 ‘crosser.
The bike’s identify has since turn out to be clear, with Guzzi’s mother or father firm, Piaggio, registering logos for the “V850X” identify and its brand, even unintentionally permitting a devoted internet web page for the machine to briefly seem on-line.
Further concrete particulars of the V850X have now appeared within the type of European type-approval paperwork that present its key dimensions and efficiency figures.
The data confirms the V850X’s ties to the V7 vary, together with it as an addendum to the present V7′s sort approval somewhat than a stand-alone software of its personal. The shared body and engine imply it’s inevitably shut, however not similar, to the V7 in dimension and efficiency.
While the V850X’s wheelbase, at 55.4 inches, is identical because the V7′s, the bike is shorter general at 81.7 inches, down from 82.7. Its width is unchanged at 33.7 inches, suggesting the bars are carried over from the V7, however the V850X measures round half an inch decrease at its highest level.
The unaltered wheelbase means that, whereas the V850X’s tires give a barely extra off-road look, their sizes are unaltered, at 18 inches on the entrance and 17 inches on the again, because the alloys of the V7 Stone and the wires of the V7 Special.
Although the V850X has extra substantial bodywork than the very conventional V7 fashions, it manages to be a lighter bike. The approval paperwork put it at 470 kilos together with gas, in comparison with 481 kilos for the V7 Stone and 492 kilos for the V7 Special in the identical state. It’s doable that, since these measurements are made together with gas, the V850X carries much less fuel in its redesigned tank than the surprisingly capacious 5.5 gallons of the V7 Stone and Special.
The sort approval confirms that the V850X has the identical 853cc twin because the V7, however totally different exhausts that enhance its energy and quantity. At comparable rpm, the V850X is 2 decibels louder than the V7, and its peak energy rises from 64 hp to 66 hp and arrives at 6,700 rpm as an alternative of 6,800 rpm. In Europe there can even be a restricted, 47 hp model of the bike to cater to inexperienced riders with restricted A2 licenses.
In addition to the V850X, the brand new sort approval reveals that a further V7 mannequin, the V7 Stone Special Edition, can also be on the way in which. It will get the identical free-flowing exhaust because the V850X for an similar rise in efficiency and quantity, and options narrower bars than the usual V7, lowering its width by round half an inch.
With each the V850X and the V7 Stone Special Edition now accepted for highway use in Europe, the bikes’ official unveiling is unquestionably imminent.