Moto Guzzi’s V9 Bobber Special Edition is the Ultimate Nightcrawler
Moto Guzzi was relatively quiet in 2022, choosing not to unveil any new models, but that may have been a ploy so that it could sneak up on everyone with the new V9 Bobber Special Edition. The new colour scheme gives the bike what Moto Guzzi is describing as a “nocturnal look,” and the black and grey colour scheme certainly lives up to that vibe, delivering a bike that looks perfectly comfortable in the shadows.
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Of course, when the V9 roars to life, any hiding will be pointless as the growl of the 853cc V-twin, which was derived from the V85 TT, will give away its location. When you do see the bike, you’ll be treated to a metal teardrop fuel tank with side panels that are kept raw and a billet aluminium cap to match. The 16-inch wheels are mounted with chunky tires, adding to the aggressiveness of the bike, while the low bars enhance the stripped-down look, which is only further accentuated by the blacked-out parts. Bar-end mirrors ride on the handlebar and a shortened front fender hangs below the headlight.
The “unmistakable sound d of the Moto Guzzi 850 twin-cylinder” rumbles out of the black, street-legal slip-on exhaust that sport just a hint of grey thanks to the unpainted aluminium tips. The air-cooled twin provides 65 horsepower and 53.8 ft-lb of torque, which seems nearly ridiculous on a bike with a 57.7 inch wheelbase and a dry weight of 427.7 pounds. Fortunately, the double-cradle steel frame is rough and rugged enough to handle the extra power.
Perhaps one of the more exciting aspects of the new V9 is its potential for customisation. Often, making your bike your own requires a large investment of work and money. The beauty of the V9’s “nocturnal look” is that with just a few small changes, you can make this bike stand out from the crowd. The blacks and greys serve to make any addition of colour—even more subtle colours—pop, making simple additions appear to be even more than what they are. Moto Guzzi hasn’t released pricing on the V9 Bobber, but even if it does carry a higher price tag, you won’t have to spend a lot to get this bike a new look. That is if you even decide to do so.