The brand made its presence to the world in 1921 and was synonymous with racing, winning many championships.
Fast forward to the 21st century, Moto Guzzi has been trying hard to capture their own legion of riders.
Slowly but surely, Moto Guzzi is getting traction.
On our shores, Moto Guzzi’s exclusive distributor in Malaysia, Didi Resources Sdn Bhd is working very hard to build the Guzzi brand.
In line with this, Moto Guzzi Malaysia has brought in the latest models, among them are V9 Roamer, V9 Bobber, V7 Stone and V7 Racer.
I got the opportunity to review the all new mid-size V9 Roamer.
The V9 Roamer’s 853cc engine is deliberately slanted, faithful to the unique engine placing of the brand.
One glance at the bike, you will notice of the retro-looking design with a dash of modern influence, making it relevant to the present trend.
Overall the whole design of this Italian bike is eye-catching.
The bike I rode was a striking yellow with matt black wheels.
The upright riding position is comfortable and the foot pegs are bit more back, thus giving me the right sitting posture and more space to move around on the wide firm saddle.
There is also plenty of room for the pillion and ample of space for leg movements.
The handle bars are wide and allows you to stand for a bit if you need to ease your back.
In fact, such handle bars is very useful if you intend to take this bike onto the mild off-roads but of course please change the tyres to the knobbies.
Meanwhile, the cockpit comes with retro design complemented by useful information for any rider.
The cockpit is fitted with a classic round instrument gauge which comes with an analogue speedometer with a clear and bright display of odometer, trip meters, ambient temperature, gear position, traction control setting, distance-to-fuel available and neutral.
While riding the bike, I realised that the bike is very light where the weight of the bike has been distributed evenly.
The Guzzi V9 Roamer weighs 199kg only.
I was told by the folks at Moto Guzzi Malaysia that Guzzi Moto engineers are very mindful to ensure their bikes are light.
In the city, this machine handled the traffic jams and the tight spaces in between vehicles like a pro.
Stop-and-go traffic was no problem at all.
The bikes performs well at low end torque with confidence. The handling and the feeling the bike gave me while weaving in and out of the traffic jam was like managing a bicycle.
I must mention here, when anyone starts the Moto Guzzi engine, immediately one could feel the engine pulling the bike slightly to the left followed by to the right.
The engine comes to live from left to right. This is a unique characteristic of Guzzi engine.
But the minute the bike is on the move, the engine is super smooth without any vibration regardless of which gear and speed I was.
On the highway, I could easily speed above the legal speed limit.
Whenever I was not on the right gear at certain rev speed, the machine prompts me to change the gear. Smart machine.
Be it on the first or sixth gear, the gear shifts were effortless and you will not hear any gear shift sound. The gear shifting is seamless.
I took few sharp corners at 120kph; where the low centre of gravity and light weight of the bike, gave me all the confidence to pull this manoeuvre off.
The entry and exit from corners were a piece of cake.
The bike was planted on the tarmac. Mid-way through the entry of the corner, I knew that this bike will not fail me.
The chassis of the V9 Roamer was spot on together with the Kayaba suspension.
The Kayaba suspension performed well on small humps and bumps at low speeds but when I was faster at 80kph and I hitting more challenging humps, the suspension did not live up to my expectation.
It feels stiff and the 40mm front fork is not adjustable while those are preload adjustable.
However the V9 Roamer does not dive badly when I applied the emergency brakes.
On few occasions I decided to ride the bike hard and scrapped the foot pegs.
The nimbleness and the light weight of the bike got me all excited to ride the bike like a sports bike.
But the truth of the matter is, even though it rode well, the character of a cruiser prevails in the Roamer.
The V9 Roamer uses a set of Brembo brakes with a 4-pot front calliper squeezing a 320mm disc and a 2-pot rear calliper squeezing a 260mm disc, giving me all the necessary stopping confidence.
And of course, the anti-lock braking system (ABS) is there too.
This six-speed transmission Guzzi comes with two level traction control patented as Moto Guzzi Traction Control; where the first setting is for dry conditions and the one is for wet.
Traction control of these sort definitely gives much confidence to any novice riders knowing the machine is looking after their safety.
Priced at RM69,466 (without GST), the V9 Roamer is definitely an ideal bike for any novice or even for the seasoned riders who is looking for a mid-size bike which is user friendly in the city and interstate expeditions.
Moto Guzzi V9 RoamerEngine: 853cc, air-cooled 4-stroke transversely-mounted 90º V-twin, pushrods with two valves per cylinder, wet sump lubrication
Maximum power: 55hp at 6,250rpm
Maximum torque: 62Nm at 3,000 rpm
Transmission: 6 speed
Front suspension: Telescopic fork, 40 mm, 130mm travel
Rear suspension: Cast aluminium dual swing arm, twin shock absorbers, adjustable spring pre-load. 97mm travel
Front brakes: Single disc brake, diameter 320 mm, opposed four-piston floating calliper, ABS
Rear brakes: Single disc brake, diameter 260 mm, twin-piston floating calliper, ABS
Weight (wet): 200 kg
Fuel capacity: 15 litres
Price: RM69,466 (without GST)