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2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT Adventure MC Commute Review

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Moto Guzzi returns to the motorcycle adventure riding scene in a pleasing medium-size package with its all-new V85 TT. Designed as a retro-themed but modern-featured ADV bike, the V85 TT is for riders looking to be able to travel farther, while experiencing the classic heartbeat of Guzzi's signature transverse-mounted air-cooled V-twin.

Related: 2020 Moto Guzzi V85 TT First Ride

The V85 is powered by an overhauled 853cc twin. Yes, its cylinders still poke out from both sides of the machine, but the dynamic and character of the engine are more refined than ever. Still it retains that trademark Guzzi feel that makes it feel like, well, no other motorcycle on the road.

For the first time ever, Moto Guzzi stars in this week's <em>MC Commute</em> with its all-new 2020 V85 TT Adventure.
For the first time ever, Moto Guzzi stars in this week's MC Commute with its all-new 2020 V85 TT Adventure. (Piaggio Group Americas/)

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The engine hangs inside a steel trellis-type chassis with road-competent suspension that delivers a good balance between sport and comfort. Of course, styling is a big selling point, and this Guzzi, certainly is a head turner with its throwback lines to the Italian company’s Paris-Dakar racing days.

But don’t just take our word for it; see how the V85 TT Adventure performs on the road as we negotiate mean SoCal traffic during our work week commute.

Top Motorcycle Chain Brushes

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Cleaning your motorcycle chain with a brush is the best way to get the previous rides off of it, and extend its life span.
Cleaning your motorcycle chain with a brush is the best way to get the previous rides off of it, and extend its life span. (Motorcyclist/)

Toothbrushes belong in your bathroom, not your motorcycle maintenance tool kit. When you're cleaning your chain you want a tool that you know will get the job done and the bristles on toothbrushes are too soft for getting the gunk off. Sure, you could reapply chain cleaner two or three times—and scrub, and scrub, and scrub—or you could buy one of these brushes, saving yourself time and solvent.

Simple Solutions Aluminum Grunge Brush

Aluminum construction and replaceable bristles mean the Grunge Brush will outlast you.
Aluminum construction and replaceable bristles mean the Grunge Brush will outlast you. (Amazon/)

Often imitated, never duplicated, the Simple Solutions Aluminum Grunge Brush is one of the best motorcycle chain brushes you can buy because of its sturdy construction and the fact that you can adjust and replace the bristles. Other chain brushes have fixed bristles, a huge drawback considering if the bristles break or are worn from use, you have to buy another brush. With the Grunge Brush, you can buy a replacement pack of bristles and get back to scrubbing.

WEFOO Motorcycle Chain Cleaning Brush 2-Pack

Two times the cleaning and two times the value.
Two times the cleaning and two times the value. (Amazon/)

If your budget is tight or you just can't pass up a good deal, then the WEFOO Motorcycle Chain Brush 2-Pack is what you're looking for. This set of two brushes has the same construction and shape as more expensive ones, but are made out of plastic and have nonremovable bristles so there are some trade-offs. Besides that, these brushes are a great steal and if you buy a pack, you could always hook your friend up with one.

Tirox 360-Degree Chain Brush

Save on cleaning time with the 360-Degree Brush from Tirox.
Save on cleaning time with the 360-Degree Brush from Tirox. (Amazon/)

C-shaped motorcycle chain brushes can clean every side of your chain, but they require some finagling and trying to find the right angle of attack. The Read more

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