V9 Roamer: The Bob­ber’s Gl­itzier Re­la­tion

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Guzzi’s new V9 fam­ily be­gins with two closely re­lated mod­els, the other be­ing the Roamer. This shares the 853-cc en­gine and most chas­sis parts, but is a much shinier cruiser that fol­lows a long line of colour­ful, chrome-plated V-twins; in­clud­ing the Florida, Ne­vada, and Bel­la­gio.

With its bright red or yel­low paint and chrome on parts, in­clud­ing the handlebar, ex­haust, and shock springs, the Roamer has a much more up­beat look, and shares the Bob­ber’s gen­er­ally good build qual­ity. Its slightly higher handlebar gives a frac­tion­ally more up­right rid­ing po­si­tion but the main dif­fer­ence is the larger-di­am­e­ter front wheel, which has a nar­row 100/90-19 tyre in­stead of the Bob­ber’s 130/60-16 one.

That’s likely to give slightly slower steer­ing and re­duced wet-weather grip, but per­for­mance in other re­spects should be vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal. As will be the price in most mar­kets.

If you want more chrome then get the V9 Roamer in­stead, which is blinged out quite well

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