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Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer

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

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 14,18,622

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is now discontinued in India.

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Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Summary

V9 Roamer key highlights

Engine Capacity 853 cc
Transmission 6 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 199 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 15 litres
Seat Height 818 mm
Max Power 53.4 bhp

About V9 Roamer

The Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is bigger and more powerful version of the Italian marque’s most popular motorcycle – the V7. A retro-styled motorcycle with modern underpinnings, the V9 Roamer has been pegged as a versatile and user friendly motorcycle fit for everyday use.

The Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is currently riding the wave of enthusiasm for classic-looking motorcycles. The chromed handlebar, forks and exhaust, classic shape of fuel tank and the minimalistic looks hark back to the Moto Guzzi motorcycles of the mid-1970s. The Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is based on the smaller V7’s steel twin-tube cradle frame. The air and oil-cooled V-twin engine displaces 850cc, delivering 54bhp and 62Nm of torque. Power is delivered through a six-speed transmission with a shaft final drive.

The V9 Roamer rides on 19-inch front and 16-inch rear diamond-cut matt black alloy wheels. It gets conventional 40mm front forks and twin preload-adjustable rear shocks. The braking setup consists of a 320mm front disc and a 260mm rear disc with Brembo callipers. ABS and a two-level traction control system are offered as standard.

The Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer is imported as a completely built unit (CBUs). It competes with other cruisers and street bikes like the Harley-Davidson Forty Eight, Ducati Monster 821 and the Indian Scout Sixty.

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Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Expert Opinion

  • Good Things

    • It is loaded with character
    • Handles really well in the corners
    • Loaded with electronic aids
  • Could be Better

    • Doesn’t possess the required cruiser like body 
    • One of the most expensive in its class
    • Limited service reach

BikeWale's Take

The V9 Roamer from Moto Guzzi is an entry-level cruiser from the brand. It boasts the traditonal Italian design and features, and even rides pretty well. However, the overall body proportions and the lack of brand recall doesn't make it an attractive bike. 

Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Review

In the world of automobiles, Italians are at the pinnacle when it comes to design. There’s nothing in this world that can take this title away from them. That country is home to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati and also MV Agusta.

What is it?

In the world of automobiles, Italians are at the pinnacle when it comes to design. There’s nothing in this world that can take this title away from them. That country is home to Ferrari, Lamborghini, Ducati and also MV Agusta. The products from these brands are flashy, have the ability to stop traffic and not to forget, they are very expensive. But there are a few companies who don’t want to be flashy and glamorous; they value heritage and subtlety more. Moto Guzzi from Piaggio is one of them. Their latest product – the V9 Roamer – is a modern retro-styled cruiser that has been developed for the younger generation. With its distinctive styling and modern touches like safety equipment, the Roamer promises to be a good buy. Does it deliver on that promise? 

How does it ride?

The Roamer isn’t like traditional cruisers - low-slung, forward-set pegs and pointlessly heavy. This cruiser is rather practical for daily urban operation. The ergonomics of the Roamer are good for an average rider – an upright relaxed riding position, slightly forward-set footpegs and comfortable seat. For a tall rider like me, though, these ergonomics don’t work. If I rest the arch of my foot on the pegs, my shins touch the engine heat shield and that is distracting. The shin tends to touch the shield under braking, whether you’re short or tall. Those slightly-forward footpegs also get in the way of your feet when you put them down, so paddling along at walking speeds between stopped cars is quite difficult. The  slim fuel tank is artistic but doesn’t offer any purchase for your knees at all. The V9 Roamer is a perfect example of Italian quirkiness. 

Good ground clearance means there’s no ‘Oh-shucks’ moment each time the bike goes over a disproportionate and badly executed speed-breaker. The bike weighs 199kg and that is a good figure for a cruiser. The weight distribution too, is well balanced and not for a single moment the bike feels heavy, either at idle or in motion. 

The V9 Roamer gets its power from the company’s new 850cc V-twin air-cooled engine which is transversely mounted. This motor eschews outright power for usable torque. That’s why the power output of 55bhp doesn’t look impressive. The maximum torque of 62Nm is generated at 3000rpm but the interesting bit is more than 50Nm is produced right from idle, thanks to the flat torque curve. This makes the Roamer a breeze in traffic and also enjoy open roads. The engine is a 90-degree V-Twin, so there are vibrations at idle but it is nothing you can’t live with. In motion, the vibrations kick in at 80kmph and stay all the way to the limiter. But the level of refinement this engine offers at low revs is outstanding. The Roamer reaches triple digit speeds in no time and can easily cruise at 120kmph. The throttle response is smooth and the power delivery is instant, thanks to the shaft drive. While the upshifts are very smooth, the down shifts are little clunky because of the shaft drive. The clutch is smooth but heavy, meaning riding in traffic will wear your left hand out, and this is made worse because finding neutral is a task. 

This cruiser has been sprung on the stiffer side, but the ride quality isn’t back breaking. It eats up the smaller potholes and undulations without any drama, but when it comes to places where there are bigger compressions involved (big potholes), the V9 Roamer gets unsettled. The best aspect of this cruiser is the way it handles. It handles incredibly well in the corners and thanks to the good ground clearance, the lean angle is much more than usual which gives the rider the ability be aggressive through corners. The Pirelli Sport Demon tyres are sticky and offer plenty of grip.

The brakes on the V9 Roamer are from Brembo. It gets a 320mm disc with four-piston calipers in the front and a 260mm disc with two-piston calipers at the rear. The brakes perform well but the rear brake lacks feel and feedback. ABS which is standard and performs flawlessly. 

Anything else should I know?

The V9 Roamer might not look trendy but it has all the necessary bits from the modern world. This Italian is equipped with a two-level traction control system – dry and wet. The rider also has the option of switching the traction control off. The anti-lock braking system is standard and can’t be switched off. 

The single-dial instrument cluster might look basic but the tiny LCD screen displays a lot of information. You can see instantaneous and average fuel consumption, clock, two tripmeters, ambient temperature, a gear shift indicator and average speed. There’s no tachometer, either analog or digital, but you do get a shift light. The speedometer is an analog unit and shows both imperial and metric units at the same time, but the metric units are too small to be clear without complete focus on the gauge. A tachometer and clearer (or even a digital) speedometer would be much appreciated. Moto Guzzi has made sure to keep the quality level of the bike high. Right from the switch gear to the paint, the quality is top notch. Even the plastics used around the cluster feel good. There’s also a camouflaged USB socket which has been placed at the front of the fuel tank, which makes it easy to reach and plug the phone cable. 

The V9 Roamer’s fuel filler cap isn’t lockable – a lock here is a no-brainer for our country. The headlamp isn’t bright enough for night riding. Also, the side stand takes way too much effort to operate and it is too close to the (hot!) exhaust in the ‘up’ position.

Should I buy one?

There are few motorcycles in the market that offer good cruising ability along with comfort at an affordable price. The Roamer offers most of them but very few people in the country know about its rich heritage and that means less brand value. The Indian market still doesn’t have many buyers who are ready to pay a bomb for a motorcycle that doesn’t have big cruiser proportions, isn’t from a well known brand and with styling that doesn’t beg attention. To make things worse, there’s the whopping price tag of Rs 13.60 lakh (ex-showroom Pune) making it the most expensive in its class. There is no doubt that the bike handles really well, the engine performance is appreciable and you get a ton of electronic aids. Plus, being an Italian, it has got character. If you’re one of those customers who like to have something exclusive in the garage, visit the nearest Motoplex showroom. 

Where does it fit in?

The Moto Guzzi Roamer competes with the Indian Scout Sixty (Rs 11.99 lakh ex-showroom Delhi) in its class. For the price of the V9 Roamer, you can also get the Kawasaki Versys 1000 (Rs 13.2 lakh) and the Triumph Tiger 800XCx (Rs 12.7 lakh), both are ex-showroom Delhi. These two bikes are not cruisers but munch miles with ease. There’s also the Harley-Davidson Fat Bob at Rs 13.9 lakh (ex-showroom Mumbai) which displaces 1585cc but is too heavy for commuting. 

Photography by 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

    Rear Tyre Size 150/80 - 16

    Tyre Type Tubeless

    Radial Tyres Yes

    Rear Brake Type Disc

    Rear Brake Size 260 mm

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

    Wheel Type Alloy

    Front Wheel Size 19 inch

    Rear Wheel Size 16 inch

    Front Tyre Size 100/90 - 19

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension standard fork, Ø 40 mm

    Rear Suspension swingarm with two shock absorbers

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 199 kg

    Overall Length 2,240 mm

    Overall Width 865 mm

    Wheelbase 1,465 mm

    Ground Clearance --

    Seat Height 818 mm

    Overall Height 1,165 mm

    Chassis Type ALS steel twin tube cradle frame

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

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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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