Piaggio plans to roll out group brand Moto Guzzi’s V9 Roamer and Bobber motorcycles as CBUs across its four MotoPlex showrooms in India this month.
The twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 850cc mid-sized motorcycles were first unveiled by the company at Auto Expo 2016 as production-ready models. On March 3, 2016, sister professional Autocar Professional broke the news about these two models coming as CBUs to India. To address the growing demand for mid-sized bikes, Moto Guzzi had launched its all-new V9 family late last year in Europe. The V9s are Moto Guzzi’s second family of motorcycles that caters to the rising demand for mid-size models worldwide. The brand already sells multiple variants with the V7 family, which is powered by a twin-cylinder, 744cc engine in India as CBUs.
The V7 is the largest-selling family of motorcycles for Moto Guzzi globally. Speaking to Autocar Professional in April this year, Stefano Pelle, managing director of Piaggio Vehicles, had said, “Yes, they will also be brought to India as CBUs, most likely within this year. The Moto Guzzi V9 cruisers are not launched yet. Their global launch is scheduled within a few months’ time. The Moto Guzzi V9 is an all-new line-up of cruisers with light, nimble handling. They will be powered by the 850cc powertrain, which is considered to be a medium-size engine. The V9 motorcycles will be positioned below the bigger Moto Guzzi models such as the California.”