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Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

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Key specs
  • Displacement853 cc
  • Transmission6 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight199 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 14,16,777

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is now discontinued in India.

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Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Summary

V9 Bobber key highlights

Engine Capacity 853 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 199 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

About V9 Bobber

Moto Guzzi has expanded its motorcycle portfolio in India by introducing the new V9 cruisers. The V9 Bobber abandons all chrome plating and glossy finishes for matte black details. The side panels and fuel tank are pitch black, with just a few graphic details in yellow or matte red. The exhaust unit, mirrors and both metal mudguards are painted in dark matte black.

Both the Moto Guzzi V9 bikes are based on the smaller V7’s steel twin-tube cradle frame. The motorcycles get an air and oil-cooled 850cc V-twin engine, delivering 54bhp and 62Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a six-speed transmission, with a shaft final drive.

The biggest difference between the two models are the tyres. The V9 Roamer has a 19-inch front wheel and 16-inch rear wheel, while the V9 Bobber gets 16-inch wheels on both ends. Suspension duties are performed by 40mm forks up front and twin spring preload-adjustable shocks in the rear.

The Moto Guzzi V9 uses a Brembo four-piston calliper with 320mm disc upfront and a two-piston calliper with 260mm disc for the rear wheel. ABS and a two-level traction control system are offered as standard.

There's also an optional Multimedia Platform (MG MP) on offer that connects wirelessly to a smartphone and allows the rider to monitor a variety of vehicle information. The MG MP includes several interesting features like eco ride, where the rider can access fuel consumption data.

The Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is imported into the country as a completely built unit (CBU). It competes with the likes of Harley-Davidson Iron 883, Ducati Scrambler and the Triumph Street Twin.
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Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • Easy riding position
    • Loaded with safety electronics
    • 850cc engine has oodles of torque
  • Could be Better

    • Doesn't look very exciting
    • Limited service reach
    • Spare parts are very expensive

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Review

We ride the second of the Moto Guzzi V9 twins, the Bobber, and come away confused. 

What is it?

Why I would buy the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

To stand out in a crowd, because there will be so few of them. And... look at it!

Why I would avoid the Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber

CBU pricing means I can have a much larger capacity motorcycle with many more features at the price.

 

This is the Bobber version of the V9 Roamer. Essentially it is a V9 that is slightly more suited to city riding duties than it’s Roamer counterpart, thanks to a smaller front rim that gives it better manoeuvrability. What you get is a quirky, elegant and non-flashy Italian product that you won’t see often, if at all. 

How does it ride?

The V9 Bobber has a twin cradle frame, so it’s a very conventional setup. Suspension is also conventional – traditional forks in the front, dual shock absorbers at the rear. The engine is mounted transversely (or longitudinally, the debate rages on, especially if you’re a car person) and drives the rear wheel via a six-speed gearbox and shaft drive. There’s nothing fancy about the engine, either. It has got fuel injection for emissions reasons, and is cooled by air. It displaces 853cc from two cylinders but makes 55bhp and 62Nm. That peak torque is at a lowly 3000rpm, and the power peak at 6250rpm – this despite it being a short-stroke engine. The engine is happy enough to potter around at low revs. This isn’t the kind of engine that you wring all the way to the limiter; you surf the waves of torque down low, short shift, and repeat. The gearbox reinforces this behaviour with a false neutral every once in a while, along with a hard action. The shaft drive takes some getting used to, because of the clunks every time you engage the clutch from rest. 

Despite it being a very conventional setup, the V9 is an ever-willing companion on twisty roads. Of course, it doesn’t have the cornering clearance of a streetbike, but the amount you can lean it over is quite commendable for a cruiser type of motorcycle. It also stays leaned over with confidence, although the wide front tyre doesn’t allow it to steer very quickly. The brakes, like the chassis and suspension, are ordinary – this is a 200kg machine, yet gets only a single 320mm front disc brake. It is adequate, nothing more. The instrument cluster displays the whole shebang, but only one parameter at a time can be displayed on the small digital part of the cluster. 

There isn’t much room for a pillion, so it is best to think of the V9 Bobber as a solo machine. If you’re a tall rider, then it will be difficult to strap a tailbag on as well. The riding position itself is uncomfortable for tall riders – move too far back, and you’re going to find it difficult to use the rear brake. Move too far in front and you’re sure to bark your shins on the intake headers. That tank may look like a great supermodel with its thin structure, but it offers no purchase for your knees, putting your shins at risk every time you brake. 

Anything else I should know?

All Moto Guzzis are CBUs in our market, so their price is quite high compared to other products in their class. As such, they start off at a disadvantage. Couple that with a tiny dealer network, and owning one doesn’t give you the confidence that a bigger brand would. A small detail that undermines confidence in riders new to the brand is the transverse layout – what this means is that every time you blip the throttle, the motorcycle tips a little to the right. However, this doesn’t affect dynamics in any way; you merely have to trust the engineering that went into it. 

The air cooling and shaft drive mean that the V9 is one of the few motorcycles that needs literally zero maintenance between services – all you need to do is to keep topping up the fuel and air in the tyres. That’s a luxury for most of us who have to clean and lubricate our drive chains and check the coolant level every few hundred kilometres. 

Should I buy one?

That CBU pricing removes it from most people’s shopping list simply because it doesn’t remain value for money any way you try to spin it. However, that also means that should you get one, you’re almost certain to not see another one. Ever. There won’t be any Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber riding groups in India with this pricing, that’s for certain. Individuality is probably this product's greatest asset. 

Where does it fit in?

The Rs 13.2 lakh price tag ex-showroom, Mumbai puts it in some heavyweight company. The Indian Scout Sixty, Honda Africa Twin, Aprilia Mana 850, Ducati Multistrada 950, Kawasaki Versys 100, and Triumph Tiger XCA are all within striking distance of the V9 Bobber.

Gear check

1. Arai Astro-IQ Pro Shade Second in the Arai street models hierarchy, the Astro-IQ is a comfortable, stable helmet at any speed. The Pro Shade visor gives you the flexibility of riding in the day or at night with a single visor. Price: ₹ 58,000 

2. Scorpion Hat Trick Mesh/Textile jacket Although not on sale for a while now, the Hat Trick is a jacket that is protective yet allows decent airflow. The fleece liner keeps you warm enough, and the waterproof liner makes it truly impermeable, even in a Mumbai monsoon. Drying it out takes a while, though. Price: ₹ 15600 (Scorpion Phalanx) 

3. Royal Enfield Spiti riding gloves Made for comfortable touring, these short-cuff gloves offer a lot of comfort right from the first ride. Price: ₹ 3200

4. Joe Rocket Phoenix 2.0 pants Mesh is a wonderful thing in our heat, and the Joe Rocket Phoenix mesh pants manage an ideal combination of protection via the removable armour and airflow. Price: ₹ 9600 (Phoenix Ion)

5. Royal Enfield long riding boots With a little inspiration from both off-road boots and touring boots, the RE long riding boots are comfortable and yet protective. Price: ₹ 11,000

 

Photos: Kapil Angane

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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power 53.4 bhp @ 6,250 rpm

    Max Torque 62 Nm @ 3,000 rpm

    Cooling System Air and Oil-Cooled

    Transmission 6 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard BS-IV

    Displacement 853 cc

    Cylinders 2

    Bore 84 mm

    Stroke 77 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 2

    Compression Ratio 10.5: 1

    Ignition --

    Spark Plugs 2 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Fuel Injection

    Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity 4 litres

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated Dual Channel ABS

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 320 mm

    Front Tyre Size 130/90 - 16

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80 B 16

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 260 mm

    Calliper Type Front-4-Piston , Rear-2 Piston Calliper

    Front Wheel Size 16 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Suspension standard fork, Ø 40 mm

    Rear Suspension Swingarm with Double Shock Absorber

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 199 kg

    Overall Length 2,185 mm

    Overall Width 840 mm

    Wheelbase 1,465 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 808 mm

    Overall Height 1,160 mm

    Chassis Type ALS steel twin tube cradle frame

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Features

Odometer Digital

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailYes

Pillion SeatYes

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer Analogue

Fuel Guage Yes

Tachometer --

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters 2

Tripmeter Type Digital

Low Fuel Indicator Yes

Low Oil Indicator No

Low Battery Indicator Yes

Pillion FootrestYes

Digital Fuel GuageYes

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightYes

KillswitchYes

ClockYes

Electric System12V DC

Battery12V - 18 Ah

Headlight TypeHalogen And Bulb Type

Headlight Bulb Type--

Brake/Tail LightLED Tail Lamp

Turn SignalYes

Pass LightYes

Additional features--

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