The name V9 Bobber evokes concepts such as its essential line, pure design and thus a certain original sporting content, underlined by numerous details in a total matt black look. This Moto Guzzi sports custom effectively inaugurates the mid-size production bobber segment. Bobbers appeared in the United States after World War II, built by passionate riders who stripped away all details superfluous to their goal of running fast on dirt tracks. To compete in these conditions the riders used to mount oversized tyres, giving the bikes a wide footprint. In line with this style, the V9 Bobber abandons any chrome plating and glossy finish for matt black details. Therefore, the side fairings are black as night, as is the exhaust assembly, the mirrors and the metal rear mudguard; The latter has been carefully shortened and reduced in size, so as well as including a very compact optical unit, it makes a big contribution to the minimal look of the V9 Bobber. The matt black wheel rims, both 16 inches, are elegantly decorated with the Moto Guzzi logo in grey; the front rim is shod with a tyre that has an oversized shoulder (130/90). Even with these spectacular tyres and distinctive design, the bike still maintains characteristics of exceptional riding pleasure and handling. Indeed the V9 Bobber is a true Moto Guzzi, and as such does not trade rideability for beauty. The V9 Bobber also differs from the V9 Roamer with its more crouched and sporty riding position provided by the low drag bar painted black. The set back aluminium footpegs guarantee a more active and erect posture and ensure more space and comfort on board, even for taller riders.
The MY 2018 generation of the V9 Bobber, despite the single-seater, aggressive look, is ready and approved to carry a passenger: in fact, the passenger portion comes as standard equipment, removable as are the passenger footpegs, in order to make the V9 Bobber a true one-seater. The ground clearance of the latter is only 785 mm, and if you add to this the low total kerb weight of 199 kg, it is not hard to imagine the level of comfort, control and riding pleasure the V9 Bobber provides.
The 850 twin-cylinder Moto Guzzi engine
The MY 2018 V9 Roamer and V9 Bobber versions are fitted with a Moto Guzzi 850 cc engine, built as always in the Mandello del Lario plant. This is of course a 90° transverse V-twin air and oil cooled engine, a set-up used in all current Moto Guzzi engines, albeit with different engine capacities and performance, able to ensure excellent riding dynamics and a unique sound. It was developed with the explicit aim of maximising torque and elasticity, key aspects for ensuring riding pleasure and on road fun. Starting from the bottom of the engine, the aluminium crankcase stiffened at the key points, has an efficient oil pan and an inertia calibrated crankshaft for liveliness and the correct engine braking. Inside the lubrication system is designed to dispose of the greater heat capacity and reduce power absorption to the benefit of both performance and fuel consumption. The ventilation system reduces power loss due to pumping within the crank chambers and a low flow oil pump that absorbs less power. The oil pump intake duct is unprecedented, as well as the related bypass valve; New piston cooling oil jets are also used, fitted with a control valve and flow management. The alternator cover is also unique and now includes the blow-by gas output.
In the upper part of the engine, aluminium heads, pistons and cylinders are designed to make the most of the engine's characteristics. Its cubic capacity is obtained due to bore and stroke values of 84x77 mm. Timing is controlled by a rods and rockers system and uses 2 valves per cylinder arranged at an angle in the head. The fuel supply uses a one-piece Marelli electronic injection system, managed by the specific ECU. Of note is the presence in the entrance heads of the auxiliary air system, which, combined with the three-way catalytic converter, the double lambda probe and the total design of the engine, bring the twin 850 Moto Guzzi into compliance with Euro 4 standards. The unit is capable of 62 Nm of torque at just 3,000 rpm, with a maximum power of 55 HP at 6,250 rpm, figures ??that show Moto Guzzi's commitment to achieving high levels of torque even at low rpms. This engine boasts surprising character and responsiveness, which contribute to a really exciting riding experience. A version with limited power is available, in line with the limitations of the A2 license and ideal for new Guzzi riders, who can also enjoy a record low total weight and the general ease of riding of both V9 versions.
Another innovative aspect of the 850 Moto Guzzi engine is the 170 mm diameter single dry plate clutch, providing a perfect transmission of torque and power with no jerkiness or hesitation. This increases robustness and reliability over time and decreases the load on the handlebar lever, for better controllability and riding comfort. The six-speed gearbox, precise and with a soft clutch, benefits from unprecedented ratios that make the most of the torque and engine power. The final transmission is carried out by a double-jointed drive shaft offset by the increased size and the bevel gear, which provides solid and reliable management of the powerful torque supplied by the twin engine. The cast aluminium swingarm has been designed and sized to support engine performance, as well as to accommodate the 150 mm tyre.
Chassis architecture: the quality of the Moto Guzzi tradition
Carlo Guzzi was probably the first to understand the importance of a frame able to exploit the full potential of the engine and a suspension unit that responds perfectly to the imperfections in the road surface. Indeed, the Norge GT of 1928 was the first motorcycle with a "spring frame", equipped with front and rear suspension, bringing enormous advantages in terms of safety and riding pleasure. The Moto Guzzi tradition is full of models recognised for their excellent ride qualities: in terms of custom motorcycles, we should really mention the California, which in 1970, under the name V7 Police, was bought by the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department) after a series of tough tests.
On the back of this tradition, Moto Guzzi now builds motorcycles like the V7 III and the fleet of the big 1400s, which are real benchmarks in terms of handling in their respective segments. The V9 is another jewel from Moto Guzzi for riding pleasure and effectiveness. The steel twin tube cradle frame, creates optimum weight distribution on the front and rear of the engine, thereby providing the rideability and dynamic balance typical of all motorcycles built at Mandello del Lario. The designers paid special attention to the front, which has gussets in the steering head and new slope and trail abilities, making for a superb ride with the perfect combination of handling and stability, as well as precision and feeling. In addition, the entire structure benefited from painstaking care and finishing of the details, including the welding and paintwork. The suspension systems use traditional long-travel (130 mm) inverted forks and a new pair of spring preload adjustable shock absorbers connected to the frame, which provide a gradual and controlled response at all times. The braking system is customised for the V9: the front end adopts a master cylinder and a Brembo opposed 4-piston calliper that grips a 320 mm steel disc; the rear mounts a 260 mm disc and a two-piston floating calliper operated by a master cylinder with built-in reservoir.
Equipment: all for safety and riding pleasure
Like all recent Moto Guzzis, the V9 also has a full set of advanced electronic systems, placed very discreetly inside the vehicle, making riding safer and easier. The motorcycles come with a standard advanced two-channel ABS, non-invasive in normal riding, but that prevent the wheels from locking when really needed and the well-known MGCT (Moto Guzzi Traction Control), Moto Guzzi's advanced traction control integrated with the electronic engine management system and adjustable in two different levels of operation and that can be deactivated, ensuring better grip of the rear tyre on any road surface, reducing engine torque if necessary through a reduction of the advance of the engine. Other standard features include an immobilizer and USB port located under the steering head, useful for charging external devices.
The electronic instrumentation, made up of a single circular display, is also consistent with the style of the two the V9s. The speedometer has an analogue dial, while all other information is contained in the digital box: odometer, partial trip and daily trip (with automatic reset after eight hours after shutdown), the trip time, instantaneous and average fuel consumption, clock, outside temperature, average speed, MGCT level, in addition to the gear position and shift indicator, whose idle and maximum value can be adjusted by the user. This way, you can keep a determined engine rpm range under control, for example to run in the bike as effectively as possible or to reduce fuel consumption to a minimum. The extensive catalogue of accessories includes the MG-MP, the Moto Guzzi multimedia platform that connects a smartphone to the vehicle to provide an exceptional quantity of information useful for the journey.
90° V-twin, 4-stroke, 2-valves per cylinder
Bore X Stroke
84 mm x 77 mm
Max Power Output
40.44 kW (55 HP) at 6,250 rpm
62 Nm at 3,000 rpm
6 speeds (with overdrive top gear)
2185 mm x 840 mm x 1160 mm
Tyre Size Front
130/90 - 16”
Tyre Size Rear
150/80 B 16”
Brakes Type Front
stainless steel floating disc, 320 mm Brembo opposed four-piston callipers
Brakes Type Rear
stainless steel floating disc, 260 mm Brembo opposed two-piston callipers