Moto Guzzi is one of the most underrated motorcycle brands in the world. Few people know about this Italian manufacturer, which has been in the business for over 95 years, making it the third oldest motorcycle manufacturer in the world. It’s most recent product is the 2016 Moto Guzzi V9, which comes in two distinct variations: the bomber and the roamer.
The Guzzi still as cool as ever
The 2016 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber is one of the company’s mid-range bikes, transverse-mounted with a V-twin engine. While a few other companies have attempted to copy the mounting style unique to Moto Guzzi, none have managed to get as much out of the unique 853cc engine as the Italians have. Most of the features of their engine have been retained from previous versions of the bike. However, they have introduced a new oil cooling system and improved thermodynamics. The two valves per head are maintained, so are the signature low on peak horsepower and wide on torque.
The engine’s cooling system has unique mounting of the cylinders and heads. Instead of using liquid cooling, the 2016 Moto Guzzi V9 Bobber has them mounted out in the breeze. This also helps the bike comply easily with Euro 4 regulations.
The six-speed transmission of this bike is driven by a single-plate dry clutch. While this means noisier bikes in some cases, for the Bobber the transmission system’s noise is dampened by the case covers.
The bike also has a fantastic two level traction control system, known commonly as the MGTC. One setting of this system is for dry conditions, the other for wet conditions. This provides a perfect all-round user experience for the Bobber customer. The system really provides all the traction that the user needs.
Uncommon with bikes these days, the V9 Bobber is all metal. This includes the side panels and the fenders, and also has a steel twin-tube cradle and a fork legs on the right hand side of the bike. The all metal body is not by accident. It is to maintain the respect that the Italian manufacturer has towards aesthetic design. Moto Guzzi is all about the key elements that biking is all about: sexuality, style, power, rebellion, freedom and metal.
As a way of maintaining their classic look and sense of styling, the bike’s instrument gauge is a circular, analogue speedometer. The digital display on the gauge is small and nondescript, and only displays functions like consumption, clock, temperature, neutral and the indicators.
Low-riding bars for the racers
Unlike it’s cousin the Roamer, the Bobber has low bars that lie flat and give the bike an aggressive stance. The low bars also tend to encourage most riders to a more aggressive riding style, usually associated with racing rather than touring.
A unique feature of the Moto Guzzi is the design of the back fender, and it’s glossy Nero Massiccio (black) and Grigio Sport (silvery charcoal) with a seat height of the 30.7. For shorter distance riding, the Bobber is a perfect bike, and it is a wonder that they are not as more commonly purchased as the better known bike brands.