Mark Hawwa headed on down to Victoria to check out the beautiful and spectacular new sports-tourer from Guzzi. Check out his thoughts on the amazing V100 Mandello... Photography: Dean Walters
Moto Guzzi remains one of the world’s oldest and most famed manufacturers. In 2021 the company celebrated its 100th birthday and to usher in the incredible milestone, Roberto Colaninno instructed his factory to craft the stunning V100 Mandello.
The new Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello is sporting an all-new liquid-cooled engine, semi-active suspension and the world’s first adaptive aerodynamics on a production motorcycle. So, to find out if the all-new offering from the Italian giant lives up to the hype, I headed down to the Australian launch in Melbourne to put the touring focussed roadster through its paces and give you some straight-shooting impressions on this beautiful bike.
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Moto Guzzi has once again pushed the boundaries of performance and style with the introduction of their latest masterpiece. This awe-inspiring motorcycle is a testament to Moto Guzzi’s rich heritage, combining classic design elements with cutting-edge technology. The Mandello exudes timeless elegance, capturing the essence of Moto Guzzi’s design philosophy.
At the heart of the machine lies a mighty 1040cc transverse V-twin engine, that still delivers that characteristic Guzzi sound and feel. The powerplant delivers exhilarating performance, generating an impressive output of 115hp@8700rpm.
The engine’s torque curve provides exceptional low-end grunt, allowing for effortless acceleration and swift overtakes. Whether you’re cruising on the highway or tackling twisty mountain roads, the Mandello’s engine will never leave you wanting for more power.
The new engine platform is what the company describes as a “compact block” design, considerably smaller than previous engines of the same capacity and sporting cylinder-heads that have been rotated by 90º to place the intake and injection at the centre of the motorcycle.
“That engine just pours on the power so smoothly, it has heaps of torque and the V-Twin configuration means you really feel it..”
Even standing at 185cm, my knees don’t go anywhere near the motor when riding. As we hit the twisties in the mountains, that engine just pours on the power so smoothly, it has heaps of torque and the V-Twin configuration means you really feel it and it just makes for an incredible ride. The clutch action is smooth and the gearbox not too bad. It all just works well.
I opt to spend most of my time on the Mandello S which comes equipped with premium Ohlins semi-active suspension. On the road it’s such a confident bike, the tighter the turns the more it feels like a sportsbike, and yet it still manages to deliver a plush ride the entire time.
Even as we hit patches of snow, the Guzzi stays planted and the traction control works really well. It is somewhat of a heavy bike, but you don’t feel it while on the move, and the full Brembo braking system does an amazing job of bringing you to a halt, with great feel and modulation at the lever.
It feels like a classic bike, with that real rubble from the engine, but the technology is seriously first-class. Some of the cool features include adaptive aerodynamics, which sees a pair of wings emerge from the side of the tank and help to keep wind and water off your pants and nether regions.
Another party trick is the windscreen, which with just the hit of a button can be made to rise up and down, even as you’re out on the road on the fly.
Having built the bike for the 21st century, it’s packed full of goodies and the IMU-equipped machine delivers traction and engine brake control, cruise control, cornering ABS and all the fruit you could possibly want. The V100 Mandello also offers a comfortable riding position, allowing riders to maintain a relaxed posture for extended periods.
The seat is thoughtfully designed to provide ample support, reducing fatigue on those marathon rides. It’s another example of how Moto Guzzi has come up with a bike that is truly a sporty roadster and tourer all in one.
The key takeaway, I absolutely love it! The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello is more than just a motorcycle; it’s a work of art that combines jaw-dropping aesthetics with unmatched performance.
“Traction and engine brake control, cruise control, cornering ABS and all the fruit you could possibly want…”
Thanks to its powerful engine, advanced electronics, and rider-centric features, the Mandello sets a new benchmark for the Italian manufacturer.
Whether you’re a seasoned rider seeking adrenaline-pumping thrills or an aficionado of classic design, the V100 Mandello will exceed your expectations and ignite your passion for the open road. We will get hopefully get the S version back for a full road test and a more in depth review before the end of the year. But for now, first impressions at the launch are that it ticks all of the boxes that it is supposed to.
2023 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello Tech Talk
The V100 Mandello is the first Moto Guzzi to be powered by the new “compact block” engine, with its sophisticated technical characteristics. Tradition is respected with the 90° transverse V architecture of the twin, which guarantees that unique torque delivery and inimitable Moto Guzzi sound, but the powerplant is all new…
An innovative design has allowed for the development of an extremely compact and lightweight engine, which is 103mm shorter than the V85 TT small block. The new twin stands out from all the engines recently built in Mandello del Lario for its cylinder-heads, which are rotated by 90°, a decision that Moto Guzzi made in the hopes to increase on-board comfort and the positioning of components in the intake/electronic injection systems.
The new powerhouse measures up to 1042cc and features dual overhead cams with finger followers and four valves per cylinder, which are chain driven. It also flaunts a wet sump system, a liquid cooling system, and a hydraulically-controlled wet clutch.
The power figures boast 115hp@8700rpm and 105Nm@6750rpm of torque, with 90 per cent already available at 3500rpm and the limiter set at 9500rpm. The shaft drive employs a long aluminium single-sided swingarm, now positioned on the left.
The drive shaft exit position, much lower with respect to previous Moto Guzzi engines, does away with any suspension reaction from the torque, with no need for a linkage on the swingarm.
It’s not all just about the new engine, but an all new compact and manageable chassis. Its touring attitude is boosted thanks to the significant comfort that the generous saddle and active, relaxed riding position afford. The adoption of a single variable-section aluminium handlebar is perfect for a mix of both sporty riding and touring.
Moto Guzzi technology also contributes to increasing both comfort and air protection, with the world-first adoption of an adaptive aerodynamic system that automatically adjusts the position of deflectors on the sides of the 17.5-litre tank depending on the speed and selected Riding Mode.
The fully raised aerodynamic appendages reduce air pressure on the rider by 22 per cent. Also included is an electronically adjusted top fairing.
The electronics system is comprised of the Ride by Wire electronic accelerator, the advanced Marelli 11MP ECU, the six-axis inertial platform for effective management of the electronic controls, cruise control, and Cornering ABS.
Four Riding Modes are available: Travel, Sport, Rain and Road. Each of these manages three different engine mappings, four levels of traction control, three levels of engine brake and (in the version that introduces them as standard) also calibration of the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension , which can adapt automatically to suit the type of riding and the road conditions.
Also included as standard is the 5in colour TFT instrumentation, full LED lighting with DRL and the “bending lights” system with a pair of additional lights that illuminate the entire corner, increasing visibility when leaning.
The V100 Mandello is available in two versions, which differ in terms of their trim. The more comprehensive version includes Öhlins semi-active suspension as standard, the quick shift, heated hand grips, and the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia platform that allows a smartphone to be connected to the instrumentation via Bluetooth.
Moto Guzzi MIA includes both the infotainment system for management of the voice assistant, phone calls and music via the intuitive handlebar controls, and the GPS function, which allows the rider to view directions directly on the instrument panel once a destination is set on the smartphone.
2023 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello [S] Specifications
Price: $28,290 rideaway [$32,290 rideaway]
Claimed Power: 84.6kW@8700rpm
Claimed Torque: 105Nm@6750rpm
Wet Weight: 233kg
Fuel capacity: 17L
Engine: Four-stroke, transverse V-Twin with dual overhead cams with finger followers and four valves per cylinder 96.0 x 72.0mm, 1042cc, 12.6:1, EFI, 52mm dual throttle-body, electric start Gearbox: Six-speed [Quick Shifter] Clutch: Hydraulic multi-plate wet clutch with anti-juddering system
Chassis: Steel Tubular
Rake: 24.7° Trail: 104mm
Suspension: Telescopic 41 mm USD fork, adjustable in spring preload and rebound, preload adjustable [Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active fork, 43mm USD. fully adjustable] 130mm Travel (f) Left-hand single shock, adjustable preload and rebound [Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active single shock that is fully adjustable and complete with preload adjustment] 130mm Travel.
Brakes: 320mm dual floating disc, four-piston Brembo radial calipers (f), 280mm disc with Brembo two-piston floating caliper (r)
Wheels & Tyres: Aluminium wheels, 17in, 120/70 – R17, 190/55 – R17
Seat height: 815mm
Ground clearance: N/A
Overall width: 835mm
Overall Length: 2125mm
Overall height: N/A
Instruments & Electronics: 5in TFT, active suspension, LED lights, changeable riding modes, six-axis IMU, cornering ABS, cornering lights and active aero.
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