One of the special motorcycles that debuted at the last year’s EICMA Show was the Moto Guzzi V85 TT Guardia d’Onore (Guard of Honor) that celebrates 75 years of collaboration between the Mandello-based manufacturer and the Cuirassiers Regiment. It was during the post-WW2 era when the Cuirassiers’ Regiment, the special Carabinieri unit responsible for the honour guard and security of the President of the Italian Republic, chose Moto Guzzi as its first motorcycles. From that moment on, the guards of the Head of State have been loyal to motorcycles made in Mandello del Lario.
Limited to 1,946 units, the special motorcycle features a livery similar to the V85 TT motorcycles delivered to the Head of State at the Quirinal Palace. The white decorations run along the front mudguard, continuing onto the fuel tank and the side panels and they are also picked up on the oversized Touring windscreen. While the centre stand, the engine guard bars and the supplementary LED lights are standard, a pair of side panniers dedicated to this model are available on request. Buyers of this special V85 TT will also receive a celebratory case which includes a brochure with the history of Moto Guzzi motorcycles used by the Cuirassiers and a stamp collector’s folder containing the postmarked stamp issued on the occasion of the Moto Guzzi Centennial.
The rest of the things will remain unchanged, obviously. The V85 TT is powered by an 853 cc V-Twin engine that pumps out 56 kW (76 metric hp) at 7,500 rpm and 82 Nm (60.5 lb-ft) of torque at 5,000 rpm, and is paired with a 6-speed gearbox. Both front and rear suspensions are adjustable. Braking duties are handled by dual 320 mm discs at the front with 4-piston Brembo calipers and a single 260 mm disc at the rear gripped by a 2-piston caliper.