Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Custom – “Custom-ary”

  • Moto Guzzi Malaysia built the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Custom to demonstrate the customizable “spirit” of the bike.

  • The built didn’t sacrifice the rideability and soul of the V9 Roamer.

  • Instead, it enhanced the bike’s character and charm.

In the world of biking, factory custom-jobs on existing bikes are always a hit or miss venture. You see the thing about ‘custom bikes’ is that they’re very personal in terms of styling, seeing as how all bikers have their own desired tastes and ideas as to how their bike should look if they’re going to customise it. As such, a ‘factory custom’ bike is a risky affair to undertake, but that didn’t stop the creation of this Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer Custom.


Painted an absolutely amazing shade of “Gister colour-concept”, which is blue and orange akin to GULF Oil Racing colours, the V9 Custom is a sight to behold. Based on the Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer, the Custom sports the same 853cc V-Twin that churns out 55bhp and 62Nm of torque, however visually for starters, the Custom benefits from chromed engine rocker-covers.

Other notable differences from the regular V9 include a petrol tank from a V7, shorter front & rear fenders, a custom double-seat on a shorted frame wrapped in dark aged brown leather, a custom “Sunny” exhaust system with bracket, custom mirrors & headlight, custom scrambler type handlebars and a rear loop-seat handle.

The best thing about the Moto Guzzi V9 Custom though, is that unlike some custom-bike jobs, this bike is an absolute delight to ride. It possesses the same phenomenal low-end torque as its V9 regular sibling, with the added benefit of aural pleasure as well. Those custom exhaust pipes emit an incredible exhaust-note that you have to hear ‘live’ to believe.

The V9 Custom also provides a comfortable riding position thanks to those custom handlebars, and while the seat could use a bit more padding and support – under hard acceleration you might slide all the way to the back – the position is relatively upright. At higher speeds the characteristic engine ‘sway’ from that transverse V-twin engine is all but eliminated, as the counter-balancers work best at speeds above 100kmh.

That being said, performance-figures mean very little when it comes to the Moto Guzzi V9 Custom by Goh Brothers @ Gasket Alley, nobody buys a custom bike like this to look at a spec sheet (but just in case, it’s appended below), no, this bike will sell on looks alone. Period. Nobody needs it, but everybody wants it. That’s the hallmark and definite success story for a custom bike. And this one really does tick all the right boxes.

Moto Guzzi V9 Custom Modifications

Custom double seater shorted frame

Dark aged brown leather material for upholstery

Custom Sunny exhaust system with bracket

Custom scrambler type handlebars

Rear loop seat handle

Custom rear fender slim & short

Custom front fender slim

Moto Guzzi V7 Tank

Chroming rocker engine cover

Paintjob “Gister” color concept (one of a kind)

Base model V9 Roamer Specifications:

Base Model: Moto Guzzi V9 Roamer

Year: 2018

Category: Classic

Engine and transmission

Displacement: 853.00 ccm (52.05 cubic inches)

Engine type: V2, four-stroke

Power: 55.00 HP (40.1 kW)) @ 6250 RPM

Torque: 62.00 Nm (6.3 kgf-m or 45.7 ft.lbs) @ 3000 RPM

Compression: 10.5:1

Fuel system: Injection. Weber-Marelli

Cooling system: Air

Gearbox: 6-speed

Transmission type, final drive: Shaft drive (cardan)

Clutch: 170 mm diameter single disc with integrated flexible couplings

Emission details: Catalytic converters, Euro 4.

Exhaust system: Stainless steel, 2-in-2 type, three-way catalytic converter with double lambda oxygen probe

Chassis, suspension, brakes and wheels

Frame type: ALS steel twin tube cradle frame

Rake (fork angle): 26.4°

Trail: 125 mm (4.9 inches)

Front suspension: Hydraulic telescopic fork

Front wheel travel: 130 mm (5.1 inches)

Rear suspension: Dual shocks

Rear wheel travel: 97 mm (3.8 inches)

Front tyre: 100/90-19

Rear tyre: 150/80-16

Front brakes: Single disc. ABS. Brembo opposed four-piston callipers.

Front brakes diameter: 320 mm (12.6 inches)

Rear brakes: Single disc. ABS

Rear brakes diameter: 260 mm (10.2 inches)

Seat: Duale seat

Physical measures and capacities

Weight incl. oil, gas, etc: 199.0 kg (438.7 pounds)

Seat height: 785 mm (30.9 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting.

Overall height: 1,165 mm (45.9 inches)

Overall length: 2,240 mm (88.2 inches)

Overall width: 865 mm (34.1 inches)

Wheelbase: 1,478 mm (58.2 inches)

Fuel capacity: 15.00 litres (3.96 gallons)

Reserve fuel capacity: 4.00 litres (1.06 gallons)

Other specifications

Color options: White, yellow

Starter: Electric

Reviewed by Chris Wee,

Wahid's lust for motorcycles was spurred on by his late-Dad's love for his Lambretta on which he courted, married his mother, and took baby Wahid riding on it. He has since worked in the motorcycle and automotive industry for many years, before taking up riding courses and testing many, many motorcycles since becoming a motojournalist. Wahid likes to see things differently. What can you say about a guy who sees a road safety message in AC/DC's "Highway to Hell."

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