You have never seen such a Moto Guzzi. Nor is such a motorcycle, by the way, the unique extendable fairing ensures that. The V100 Mandello is truly a groundbreaking motorcycle.
Images of Moto Guzzi’s V100 Mandello leaked some time ago, so the bike doesn’t come as a complete surprise. Nevertheless, the model is a technical tour de force and a big leap forward for the traditional motorcycle manufacturer from Mandello del Lario. The V100 – the number as always stands for the displacement – is the first Moto Guzzi with electronic suspension, a six-axle Marelli IMU, cornering ABS, quickshifter and extendable fairing.
However, the motorcycle will mainly be remembered as the first Moto Guzzi with the water-cooled ‘compact’ block. Although it measures 1,042 cc, it is still 103 millimeters shorter than the block of the V85TT. The cylinders each have an overhead camshaft and four valves. It is not noticeable at first glance, but the cylinder heads have been rotated 90° for a more efficient intake and exhaust path. The new block is good for 115 hp and 105 Nm of torque. Of these, 90% is already available at 3,500 rpm. The rev limiter only kicks in at 9,500 rpm.
Or do we remember the V100 Mandello later as that motorcycle with extendable polyester? The adaptive aerodynamic system slides up and out two pieces of bodywork next to the 17.5 liter petrol tank as the driving speed increases. According to Moto Guzzi, that increases wind protection by 22%. Thus, Moto Guzzi makes the motorcycle a roadster and touring bike in one.
The block is brand new, but the shaft drive feels like old times. Although it takes some getting used to that the cardan is suddenly on the left side. The single-sided swingarm provides a magnificent view of the bare rear wheel on the right. The new lower position of the shaft drive means shaft reactions are a thing of the past, according to Moto Guzzi.
The Guzzi has a tubular steel frame and a wheelbase of 1,486 millimeters. That is not so special, but the use of Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 electronic suspension is. A small remark is in order. Moto Guzzi supplies two variants. The expensive one has electronic suspension, quick shifter, heated handles and the MIA multimedia platform that makes navigation and phone calls possible. The specifications of the cheap V100 have not been disclosed.
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