This is a page of resources about the Moto Guzzi V85 TT, Moto Guzzi’s “all-terrain” bike they launched in 2019. This page contains a simple user manual for basic controls, set-up, spec, and maintenance guidelines.

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT is Moto Guzzi’s middleweight adventure motorcycle. It’s based on an air-cooled 853cc 90-degree longitudinal V-twin (i.e. with cylinders that jut out the sides) that powers the rear wheel through a shaft drive. At peak, the bike makes 80 hp (59 kW) at 7,750 rpm, with maximum torque at 5000 rpm, which doesn’t sound like much, but it suits the V85 TT’s slower pace just fine.

Moto Guzzi made some minor tweaks for the 2021 model, optimising the engine for more torque and low to medium RPM, through changes to valve timing and associated tuning. Moto Guzzi also made a few other changes but they don’t affect the maintenance schedule.

I compile information like this on motorcycles to help current and prospective motorcycle owners (including myself!). If you’re thinking of buying a Moto Guzzi V85 TT, new or used, then the below info will help you make an assessment.

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About the Moto Guzzi V85 TT

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Giallo Sahara parked in Italian piazza
Moto Guzzi V85 TT Giallo Sahara

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT is the Moto Guzzi’s attempt at a middleweight adventure motorcycle with unique style and personality. The “TT” in its name stands for “Tutto Terreno,” which translates to “all terrain.” So the idea is that you could take the V85 TT everywhere — as far as it’ll let you go, that is.

One of the unique differentiating aspects of the Moto Guzzi V85 TT is its retro-style, low-key engine. It’s an air-cooled V-twin with pushrods! Moto Guzzi is the Harley-Davidson of Italy; they prefer to make motorcycles with character and style, sometimes at the expense of outright power or performance. So many of their motorcycles still have what people may consider old tech.

In terms of looks, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT can be a bit divisive. Personally, I’m a fan — especially of the dual headlights and exhaust pipes. However, it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Moto Guzzi definitely did a good job styling it for photography. In person, it looks more busy and lacks the panache of Moto Guzzi’s cruisers… but then, adventure bikes are hard to style well.

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT definitely stands out in its class. It’s currently the only midsize adventure motorcycle with a shaft drive — although the R nineT Urban G/S, which looks a bit similar, also boasts the a similar wet weight and engine architecture (though a boxer rather than V twin) and shaft drive as well.

The V85 TT is a mix of vintage engine design with decent performance and up-to-date tech, with stuff like a ride-by-wire throttle, cruise control, and a TFT display. It lacks an IMU and cornering ABS, though.

Bear in mind that the V85 TT’s engine isn’t the most powerful adventure bike engine out there. Despite its 853cc size, it’s not as potent as the BMW F 850 GS, another bike with the same engine capacity. After all, the F 850 GS has a twin-cam, liquid-cooled engine that’s a step above the V85 TT’s traditional pushrod setup.

To keep up with top-of-the-line sport tourers, Moto Guzzi launched the V100 Mandello S in 2023, boasting liquid cooling, cornering ABS, and active suspension. There’s also rumours of a Norge re-release based on the same engine.

Yet, the V85 TT’s engine isn’t completely low-tech. It does have some advanced elements like titanium valves and aluminium pushrods. It’s got the same size, bore, and stroke as the V9 roamer, but the engine in the V85 TT is a big upgrade, cranking out about 50% more power.

For the 2021 model, Moto Guzzi made some improvements. They modified the top end of the engine, giving the V85 TT camshaft timing and engine tuning for stronger low and mid-range torque. They also gave it additional riding modes as part of the ride-by-wire system.

Maybe best of all, Moto Guzzi gave the 2021+ Moto Guzzi V85 TT tubeless tires, while keeping the spoked rims.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Specifications

Here are the core specifications for the V85 TT, along with some notes. You can’t ride a spec sheet, but you can glue it to the wall of your toilet and ponder on it.

ItemMoto Guzzi V85 TT specNotes
Engine type90-degree V-twin, air-cooled, OHV, 2VOnly 2v per cylinder — easy to service
Capacity853 cc
Compression ratio10.5:1
Octane required per manual95 RON (Premium)
Fuel tank size23L
Peak power57 kW / 76 hp at 7500 rpm (2021+ update)Modest power drop since 2019-2020 spec
Peak torque81 Nm / 60 lb-ft at 5000 rpm
Final drive6-speed, shaft
Cruise controlYes
IMU (Cornering ABS/TC)No
Quick shifterNo
Front suspension41mm USD, adjustable height / preload, 170mm travel
Rear suspensionTwin shocks, adjustable height / preload, 170mm travel
Front brake2 x 320mm discs, Brembo 4-piston radial calipers
Front wheel size110/80-19
Rear wheel size150/70-17
Tire typeTubed (2019-2020); Tubeless (2021+)
Kerb weight230 kg / 507 lb
US MSRP$11,990
Australia ride-away$22,730
Moto Guzzi V85 TT specifications

Using the V85 TT’s Screen and Controls

Yes, it’s all retro with its engine, but the Moto Guzzi V85 TT has a TFT display and some controls that are worth checking out, whether you’re just assessing usability or looking at a used bike.

Here’s how to use

  • The cruise control
  • Ride modes
  • ???

To use cruise control, you have to be in third gear or above, and be going above basic city speeds (it varies by gear). Hold down the cruise button on the left handlebar to activate the system (it’ll come on on the display), then short press it to set the speed.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT cruise control usage
Moto Guzzi V85 TT cruise control usage

You can increase or decrease cruising speed by pressing the switch up or down. You can also hold the switch up or down to continue to increase speed.

To change ride modes on the Moto Guzzi V85 TT, follow this procedure. In a nutshell, you use the starter button.

  1. Start the motorcycle. The motorcycle must be running. Wait a few seconds.
  2. Press the starter button and hold it for a second until the icon above the ride mode starts flashing.
  3. Release the starter button and immediately start tapping it, toggling through the ride modes.
  4. Stop tapping when you’re in the mode you want.

Here’s an overview of the modes:

ModePowerABSTraction control
RoadFullBoth wheelsNormal
RainLimitedBoth wheelsAggressive
Off-roadFullFront wheel only (rear wheel deactivated)Non-invasive
Moto Guzzi V85 TT ride modes

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Service Intervals

Like many air-cooled Moto Guzzi motorcycles, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT has 10000 km or 6000 mile service intervals.

At every service, change the oil and check the valve clearances. Luckily, the valve clearances are quite easy to check on a Moto Guzzi, as it’s a V-configuration engine with the cylinders exposed, and there are only two valves (one exhaust, one intake on each side).

At every service, make sure you also tighten everything up, and check for leaks and old hoses.

There are a few other items to do periodically, like to change the brake fluid every 2 years, and to change the gear oil (in the gearbox and final drive) every 18000 mi / 30000 km.

Moto Guzzi even recommends changing the tires with new ones every 4 years if you don’t wear them out.

See the full maintenance schedule below for more details.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Maintenance Schedule

The below information comes from our sister website,

Below is a clarified version of the maintenance schedule of the maintenance schedule from the manual.

It’s separated into

  1. A daily maintenance checklist
  2. A periodic maintenance schedule, and
  3. A regular service items checklist.

Daily Inspection Checklist

This is the daily inspection checklist for the V85 TT. Do this before every ride.

Many of these items you’d naturally do by starting to ride, e.g. confirming that the lights, brakes, and clutch work. But you should specifically check the fluid levels periodically.

Before riding your Moto Guzzi V85 TT, Moto Guzzi recommends you check

  • The engine oil level and for leaks
  • Transmission oil (check for leaks)
  • Wheels and tires (condition, tread, wear, damage)
  • Brake function and pad thickness
  • Cables / wires, check nothing is loose

These are the core pre-ride checks. Moto Guzzi also recommends you check the following, but you would notice their condition as you ride away.

  • Clutch function
  • Throttle (for smooth operation and free play)
  • Fuel tank — level of fuel
  • Steering (smooth operation / no notchiness)
  • Side stand (smooth operation / lubrication level)
  • Lights / horn / switches

Major Items Maintenance Schedule

Below is the service schedule of major items for the V85 TT.


  • Observe the earlier of time-based or distance-based service intervals. For example, do the full basic service every year or every 10000 km / 6000 mi — whichever comes earlier.
  • Keep following it in the pattern shown beyond the end of the maintenance schedule.
  • If you ride your motorcycle aggressively or in untoward conditions (e.g. off-road or in mud, rain, or on dirty roads, in stop-start traffic, or in cold weather without giving it time to warm up), you may have to service your bike more often.
  • For items marked “Inspect” or “Check”, clean, adjust, lubricate, or replace them as necessary.
  • Mileage was simplified (in the original manual they use an exact conversion from km, but that’s not necessary)
Km x 1000102030405060
Mi x 100061218243036Every
Run full V85 TT regular service (see below for list of items)Year
Engine oil — Change (Motul 7100 10W60)Year
Oil filter — Change (Standard Moto Guzzi oil filter)Year
Air filter — Change
Valve clearances — Check / Adjust
(See below)
Spark plugs — Check
Spark plugs — Replace (NGK MR8BI-8)
Brake hoses — Inspect condition
Brake fluid — Replace (Castrol DOT 4)2 years
Gearbox oil — Replace (75W-140 synthetic gear oil)
Final drive oil — Replace (75W-140 synthetic gear oil)
Suspension — Check setupYear
Fork seals — Check. If replacing seals, also replace fork oil.Check every 5 km / 3 mi for leaks
Fork oil & seals — Replace
Headlight aim — Check / Adjust
Bolts and nuts — Check tightness
Tires _ Replace4 years
Moto Guzzi V85 TT maintenance schedule

Regular service items

Below is a list of what you have to do at every service. Do these at every scheduled service interval (every time/distance interval) past the break-in service.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Regular Service
[Dealer] Run full diagnostics using tool
Clean air filter box drain plug
Inspect vehicle general operation
Inspect fuel lines condition (leak, cracks)
Inspect steering bearings and steering clearance
Inspect wheels and wheel bearings
Inspect brake disc and brake pad wear
Inspect functionality lights and signalling equipment
Inspect functionality of safety switches (clutch, engine stop, gear, kickstand)
Inspect braking system generally
Inspect brake fluid level
Inspect tire pressure and wear
Inspect and adjust clutch clearance
Moto Guzzi V85 TT regular service

V85 TT Valve Clearance Inspection

Because you have to inspect and maybe adjust the valve clearances at every service, it’s important to have an overview of how to do it.

Luckily, it’s very easy. The V85 TT has two valves per cylinder, with screw-and-locknut type adjusters.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT Valve inspection
Moto Guzzi V85 TT Valve inspection

The procedure is below, for each side. Start on the left cylinder

  1. Remove the spark plug cover and tube.
  2. Remove the screws on the head cover, and remove the head cover.
  3. Remove the spark plug.
  4. Find top dead centre for the cylinder.
  5. Measure the clearances with a feeler gauge. (see spec below)
  6. If there’s a difference (too tight or too loose), adjust the screw and lock nut adjusters until you get just the right pull on the feeler gauge.
  7. Rotate engine 270 degrees to find TDC on the right cylinder, and repeat.
ValveClearance spec
Intake0.10 mm / 0.0039 in
Exhaust0.15 mm / 0.0059 in
Moto Guzzi V85 TT valve spec

Replace everything with the right torque specs (see below).

V85 TT Torque Specs

ItemTorque (Nm)Torque (lb-ft)
Spark plugs (one on each side)10-127-8
Valve cover (3 on each side)8-106-7
Shock absorber / damper5037
Final drive to swing arm (4)2518
Final drive drain plug3022
Final drive fill plug2518
Rear brake caliper (2)2518
Rear brake caliper pin3526
Rear axle nut10074
Front brake calipers5037
Front axle nut8059
Front axle pinch bolts107
Handlebar clamp2518
Bar risers (2)5037
Upper fork bolts (1 x 2)2518
Lower fork bolts (2 x 2)2518
V85 TT Torque Specs

Tire Sizes and Pressures

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT has a 19/17 wheel combo. The 2019-2020 V85 TT took tubed tires, but the 2021+ model is tubeless (still on spoked rims, however).

Below are the wheel sizes, tire sizes, and the recommended tire pressures (optimising for longevity).

WheelRim sizeTire sizeTire pressure (cold)
Front2.5 x 19 in110 / 80 R19 59V2.5 bar / 250 kPa / 36 psi
Rear4.25 x 17 in150/70 R17 69V2.8 bar / 280 kPa / 41 psi
V85 TT tire sizes and pressures

Alternatives to the Moto Guzzi V85 TT

The Moto Guzzi V85 TT sits on the fringe of the adventure middleweight motorcycle market. So you may be considering other middleweight adventurers instead. Here they are, below.

Reference — Owner’s Manual for the Moto Guzzi V85 TT

The above information came slavishly poring over the owner’s manual, the service manual, press releases, and forum information for the Moto Guzzi V85 TT.

Below you can see a screenshot for the maintenance table for the V85 TT.

You can also download the owner’s manual from here: Link. However, you have to be a registered owner to get the manual.

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