It’s been 100 years since the first Moto Guzzi motorcycle rolled off the production line. And to celebrate being the oldest European motorcycle company in continuous production, the Italian brand is working on something special. Besides renovating its factory and museum, Moto Guzzi is also introducing a touring bike with a brand-new engine: the V100 Mandello. And at this year’s EICMA show, the company dropped some official details on this significant machine.
Moto Guzzi finally drops the details on the 2022 V100 Mandello and its next-gen engine
|2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello|
|Engine||1042cc liquid-cooled V-twin|
For years, Moto Guzzi has used an air-cooled, transverse V-twin in all its motorcycles, from the V7 to the V85 TT adventure bike. However, the V100 Mandello sport-touring bike switches things up.
Although it still has a transverse V-twin and shaft drive, the engine is liquid-, not air-cooled. The 2022 V100 Mandello is the first liquid-cooled Moto Guzzi, in fact, MCN says. Also, not only is it more powerful than the air-cooled engines, but this V-twin is four inches shorter than the 2021 V85 TT’s 853cc engine. Furthermore, although the new V-twin redlines at 9500 RPM, Moto Guzzi claims that 90% of its torque is available at 3500 RPM. So, the V100 Mandello should pull strongly around town.
It should handle well around town, too, and on back roads. This new engine is a stressed member of the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello’s steel-tube frame. Plus, because the liquid-cooled V-twin is compact, Moto Guzzi could give its new touring motorcycle a longer swingarm for stability without compromising agility, Cycle World explains. And speaking of, it’s a single-sided aluminum swingarm, something rarely seen on Moto Guzzi bikes. Finally, instead of a cable-operated clutch, the new bike has a hydraulic one.
A modern Moto Guzzi touring motorcycle deserves equally-modern tech—including a world-first feature
While we do know that there are two 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello trims coming, we don’t know all the latter’s specs. However, Moto Guzzi has revealed that the ‘up-spec’ version of its new touring motorcycle rides on semi-active Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 suspension. This higher trim also comes standard with an electronic quickshifter, heated grips, and the brand’s Bluetooth smartphone connectivity suite.
Yet the base Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello isn’t exactly poorly-equipped. It comes standard with a 5” full-color TFT display, cornering-enhanced ABS, traction control, engine-braking control, cruise control, and LED lighting with cornering capability. Also, four riding modes, which on the up-spec trim, adjust the Ohlins suspension as well as the engine, throttle, and traction control.
To be fair, these features are standard fare in the sport-touring world. And some bikes, like the Ducati V4 Multistrada, have even more tech, including adaptive cruise control. Then there’s the new Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special and its active height-adjusting suspension. But while the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello doesn’t have either of those features, it does have its own killer app.
Many touring motorcycles have adjustable windshields; some even have electronically-adjustable ones. But in a motorcycle world first, the 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello pairs the latter with active aero. Mounted on either side of the gas tank are two flaps/spoilers that move according to the bike’s speed and selected riding mode to provide extra wind protection. That way, the V100 Mandello’s rider and passenger get the benefit of a full fairing without the extra weight and bulkiness, MCN explains.
How much will the 2022 V100 Mandello cost?
As of this writing, Moto Guzzi hasn’t confirmed when the 2022 V100 Mandello will hit US dealers. But spokespeople say that more information will likely come before the end of the year. And given that it’s a 2022 model, the touring bike will probably arrive some time next year at the earliest.
We also don’t know how much the V100 Mandello will cost in the US. MCN estimates that the up-spec trim will start at the equivalent of $19,900 in the UK. But based on the 2021 V7’s UK and US prices, that suggests an up-spec V100 Mandello starting price closer to $17,000. However, even at $19.9K, the new Moto Guzzi touring motorcycle would be slightly cheaper than both the Pan America 1250 Special and the V4 Multistrada. Both of those bikes are more powerful, though.
Still, a brand-new engine in a brand-new bike is big news for a company with as much history as Moto Guzzi. But we’ll have to wait and see if la vita is truly dolce on the V100 Mandello.
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