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Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber


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Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Side
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Seat
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Tank
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Front Wheel & Tyre
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Engine
Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Rear Suspension
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₹ 14,16,777
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Moto Guzzi has discontinued the V9 Bobber and the bike is out of production.

V9 Bobber Key Highlights

Engine Capacity853 cc
Transmission6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight199 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity15 litres
Seat Height808 mm
Max Power53.4 bhp

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Summary

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.

Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber Review

  • 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 Expert Opinion

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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V9 Bobber Specifications & Features

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      Specifications

      • Power & Performance

        • Displacement
          853 cc
        • Max Power
          53.4 bhp @ 6250 rpm
        • Max Torque
          62 Nm @ 3000 rpm
        • Mileage - Owner Reported
          -
        • Riding Range
          -
        • Top Speed
          -
        • Riding Modes
          -
        • Transmission
          6 Speed Manual
        • Transmission Type
          Chain Drive
        • Gear Shifting Pattern
          -
        • Cylinders
          2
        • Bore
          84 mm
        • Stroke
          77 mm
        • Valves Per Cylinder
          2
        • Compression Ratio
          10.5: 1
        • Ignition
          -
        • Spark Plugs
          2 Per Cylinder
        • Cooling System
          Air and Oil-Cooled
        • Clutch
          -
        • Fuel Delivery System
          -
        • Fuel Tank Capacity
          15 litres
        • Reserve Fuel Capacity
          4 litres
        • Emission Standard
          BS4
        • Fuel Type
          Petrol
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          standard fork, Ø 40 mm
        • Rear Suspension
          Swingarm with Double Shock Absorber
        • Braking System
          Dual Channel ABS
        • Front Brake Type
          Disc
        • Front Brake Size
          320 mm
        • Caliper - Front
          -
        • Rear Brake Type
          Disc
        • Rear Brake Size
          260 mm
        • Caliper - Rear
          -
        • Wheel Type
          Alloy
        • Front Wheel Size
          16 inch
        • Rear Wheel Size
          16 inch
        • Front Tyre Size
          130/90 - 16
        • Rear Tyre Size
          150/80 B 16
        • Tyre Type
          Tubeless
        • Radial Tyres
          Yes
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          199 kg
        • Seat Height
          808 mm
        • Ground Clearance
          -
        • Overall Length
          2185 mm
        • Overall Width
          840 mm
        • Overall Height
          1160 mm
        • Wheelbase
          1465 mm
        • Chassis Type
          ALS steel twin tube cradle frame
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Standard Warranty
          -
        • Standard Warranty
          -

      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
          -
        • Instrument Console
          -
        • Odometer
          Digital
        • Speedometer
          Analogue
        • Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Digital Fuel Guage
          Yes
        • Hazard Warning Indicator
          -
        • Average Speed Indicator
          -
        • OTA Updates
          -
        • Call/SMS Alerts
          -
        • Geo Fencing
          -
        • Distance to Empty Indicator
          -
        • Tachometer
          -
        • Stand Alarm
          No
        • No. of Tripmeters
          2
        • Tripmeter Type
          Digital
        • Gear Indicator
          -
        • Low Fuel Indicator
          Yes
        • Low Oil Indicator
          No
        • Low Battery Indicator
          Yes
        • Clock
          Yes
        • Service Reminder Indicator
          -
        • Battery
          12V - 18 Ah
        • Front Storage Box
          -
        • Under Seat Storage
          -
        • Mobile App Connectivity
          -
        • DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
          -
        • AHO (Automatic Headlight On)
          -
        • Shift Light
          Yes
        • Headlight Type
          -
        • Brake/Tail Light
          -
        • Turn Signal
          -
        • Pass Light
          Yes
        • GPS & Navigation
          -
        • USB Charging Port
          -
        • Riding Modes Switch
          -
        • Traction Control
          -
        • Cruise Control
          -
        • Hazard Warning Switch
          -
        • Start Type
          Electric Start
        • Killswitch
          Yes
        • Stepped Seat
          No
        • Pillion Backrest
          No
        • Pillion Grabrail
          Yes
        • Pillion Seat
          Yes
        • Pillion Footrest
          Yes
        • Front Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Rear Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Additional Features
          -
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