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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #30 on: February 06, 2021, 03:21:54 PM »
All this V85 talk has me thinking about changing out my 901 lb Harley Limited bagger for one.  The V85 is certainly no lightweight at 571 lbs (wet) but that is a 330 lb drop in weight!.   As I inch closer to the 70 mark is has me thinking. 
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #31 on: February 06, 2021, 08:41:28 PM »
All this V85 talk has me thinking about changing out my 901 lb Harley Limited bagger for one.  The V85 is certainly no lightweight at 571 lbs (wet) but that is a 330 lb drop in weight!.   As I inch closer to the 70 mark is has me thinking.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #32 on: February 07, 2021, 09:22:58 AM »
All this V85 talk has me thinking about changing out my 901 lb Harley Limited bagger for one.  The V85 is certainly no lightweight at 571 lbs (wet) but that is a 330 lb drop in weight!.   As I inch closer to the 70 mark is has me thinking.

I read everywhere that the Curb (wet) weight 505 lbs. Where did you see 571?
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2021, 09:57:18 AM »
I read everywhere that the Curb (wet) weight 505 lbs. Where did you see 571?
I forget what search got me there.  The last search I found 456 dry, 505 curb.

Ah, here it is.  Rider Magazine "as tested".  Must be with full tank and gear?

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #33 on: February 07, 2021, 09:57:18 AM »

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #34 on: February 07, 2021, 10:13:20 AM »
I forget what search got me there.  The last search I found 456 dry, 505 curb.

Ah, here it is.  Rider Magazine "as tested".  Must be with full tank and gear?

And maybe with the side and top luggage full of beer  :boozing:
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #35 on: February 07, 2021, 11:13:54 AM »
Who can offer a review of other than stock windshields? In particular, anyone try the Ermax?
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #36 on: February 07, 2021, 11:29:48 AM »
Who can offer a review of other than stock windshields? In particular, anyone try the Ermax?
I tried the Ermax and wasnít much better than stock.  The only solution that worked for me was to put on the Oem tall windshield with a little adjustable spoiler I picked up on eBay for about $15.00.  So far this has been the only way to keep the wind from beating me up, but Iím not fond of the looks.
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #37 on: February 07, 2021, 04:16:40 PM »
Who can offer a review of other than stock windshields? In particular, anyone try the Ermax?

I've tried the Givi Airflow. Hated it. I'm 5'7" & just couldn't get away from some sort of buffeting, well it wasn't too bad at full height but this just confirmed that I don't like looking through a screen! I even tried adding the Givi S180T, with the full Airflow & with just the bottom half - nope & nope  :sad: I drilled holes (carefully) so I could drop the top half, but still no good. Currently back to the standard screen with the S180T tilted as far back as possible. That leaves my head pretty much in clean air but I still get some slight vibrations. So I think my preference is to go even shorter. I'm getting a screen from Eagle Screens in Aussie, which I can trim progressively.
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #38 on: February 07, 2021, 05:39:12 PM »
I wonder if Madstad has anything that might work? It worked awesome on my Buell.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #39 on: February 07, 2021, 05:47:19 PM »
I think I just read somewhere that Mad Stadt is coming with one.  Maybe saw it on Advrider V 85 thread.  Can't remember.  Maybe I am making it up. :azn:

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #40 on: February 07, 2021, 09:55:05 PM »
I think I just read somewhere that Mad Stadt is coming with one.  Maybe saw it on Advrider V 85 thread.  Can't remember.  Maybe I am making it up. :azn:
Nah, I read the same thing.  Someone was taking a bike in to have it prototyped or something like that. 
I have a CalSci and I think it works fine, but it is a bit stodgy looking. 
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #41 on: February 07, 2021, 10:07:30 PM »
All this V85 talk has me thinking about changing out my 901 lb Harley Limited bagger for one.  The V85 is certainly no lightweight at 571 lbs (wet) but that is a 330 lb drop in weight!.   As I inch closer to the 70 mark is has me thinking.

I moved from a Stelvio to the V85 and it was a drop of about 70 pounds I think.  I love the lighter weight and it seems much lighter than the Stelvio moving it around the garage, once the Stelvio got moving it felt fine but for parking lot movement the V85 is much nicer.  Also when I was in Mexico I encountered many parking lots with very poor conditions (dirt, oil, potholes etc..) and I had much more confidence on the
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #42 on: February 07, 2021, 10:53:05 PM »
I forget what search got me there.  The last search I found 456 dry, 505 curb.

Ah, here it is.  Rider Magazine "as tested".  Must be with full tank and gear?



My guess is 505 lbs is for the V85TT, without panniers and racks.
And the 571 lbs is for the V85TT Adventure with three cases and racks.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #43 on: February 08, 2021, 01:07:58 PM »
66 pounds for the cases and hardware seems quite high but maybe...
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #44 on: February 08, 2021, 01:13:41 PM »
66 pounds for the cases and hardware seems quite high but maybe...
That is totally believable.
They are very stout.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #45 on: February 08, 2021, 09:02:28 PM »
I traded a 2015 Ducati MOnster 1200S in on mine. Aside from an Aprilia RSV-R track bike that I very rarely ride, the V85 is my first non-Ducati since 1995. I'm 5' 10" with a 30" inseam. So that's where I'm coming from.

I got the red/white version (USA Model) so it's got the shorter screen and aluminum cases. The cases were taken off as soon as I got home from the dealer and have been on a shelf on the basement ever since. I may use them this summer if I go on a tour after I retire, we'll see.

The seat isn't too high compared to other bikes of the sort. I'll agree it could be narrower though. You can lower the stock seat by replacing the bumpers under it with something shorter. That will get you around 1/2 - 3/4 of an inch. You can also buy a "comfort" seat from Guzzi that is lower, the same, or taller than the stock seat.

The windshield sucks. For every person who says it's fine there are five who hate it. I hated it, but rather than go taller or add on more crap I bought another short stock screen and cut 75mm off of it. Big improvement. The deafening (literally) roar is gone. Now the wind noise is maybe a little more than naked bikes I've ridden, like my Monster for instance. I wear earplus under a Shoei GT Air helmet and the noise with the stock set up was truly horrible, enough that it had to change or I would have sold the bike. And yes, I laid the screen back as far as it would go. That helped but not nearly enough. I may make some bushings to lay it back even farther with the cut down screen, or not. It's not unbearable anymore.

The V85 is my first Guzzi. Aside from feeling like I was falling over whenever I revved the engine at a stop (that still catches me out sometimes), my first riding impression was the brakes were defective. However, the bike I traded in was probably the best braking bike I've ever ridden. When it was new, it was the fastest stopping (?) street bike Ducati sold, it would outbrake even the Superbikes. So I had a pretty high bar. It was also pointed out to me that having massively powerful brakes probably isn't the best idea for a bike used off pavement. I've gotten used to them since then but seriously, on that first ride I scared myself when I tried to stop the first time.

Power. A 1200cc four valve Ducati outpowers it. No surprise there. It is what it is. In my first season on it there was only one time I missed the Monster's power, that was when a jerk car driver took offense to being passed. I still got by ok but didn't have that "F YOU" launch to make him look like a total idiot.

The low fuel light comes on with 80 miles left. I've had bikes that go 80 miles before you need to start looking for gas, so that still cracks me up.

The bike feels very heavy to me, and top heavy at that, but only when I'm rolling it around the garage. Once underway, no issues. Again, my frame of reference is slightly warped, in 30+ years I've never owned a bike that weighed over 500 lbs before. I had a Hypermotard that was probably just as tall, but not as heavy.

I like the bike. It hasn't made me swear off Ducatis, I have a feeling it will be more of an adopted orphan and future bikes will be from Bologna. But I don't regret my decision, and I liked that Monster a LOT. The Guzzi fits in better for the type of riding I hope to do once I retire and is a lot less needy. Shaft drive, easy to adjust valves? Air cooling? Sign me up. But yeah, that is a water cooled desmo it's parked next too, and it's not going anywhere any time soon.
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #46 on: February 08, 2021, 09:15:49 PM »
It is interesting to hear the previous poster talk about a windshield noise issue.  I realized that some didn't like the stock windshield, but I had not heard about it being due to noise.  I confess I have not noticed this issue myself, but i don't have a lot to compare against.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #47 on: February 08, 2021, 09:28:24 PM »
It is interesting to hear the previous poster talk about a windshield noise issue.  I realized that some didn't like the stock windshield, but I had not heard about it being due to noise.  I confess I have not noticed this issue myself, but i don't have a lot to compare against.

Above about 60mph the noise was literally painful to me, even with earplugs in and wearing what is considered a relatively quiet helmet.
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #48 on: February 08, 2021, 09:59:57 PM »
The stupid point at which the fuel light comes on is an easy fix.

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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #49 on: February 09, 2021, 07:14:32 AM »
That is totally believable.
They are very stout.

Rider.com says the wet weight (full tank?) of the Travel (no top box) is 557 lbs. Math says the box weights 14 lbs IF everything else was the same...
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Re: V 85 TT owner reviews
« Reply #50 on: February 09, 2021, 06:56:54 PM »
Rider.com says the wet weight (full tank?) of the Travel (no top box) is 557 lbs. Math says the box weights 14 lbs IF everything else was the same...

I'd say that's a pretty good estimation (though this is the aluminum box from an Adventure model)

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