The all-new Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello was presented to the world at the EICMA 2021. The latest offering from the Italian brand gathered a lot of attention from enthusiasts and there are some good reasons for it. Of course, the first being the way this motorcycle looks. It’s new, attractive, and modern, yet still lets you know that it’s a Moto Guzzi.
Tempted by the V100 Mandello’s design and specs, I was curious and eager to swing my leg over it so I went to a dealership and got the motorcycle for a short test ride. And in this article, I am going to share with you my initial impressions of the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello.
Looks & Styling
Looks are indeed subjective but I think we all can agree that Moto Guzzi has once again hit the bull’s eye with the V100 Mandello. The motorcycle indeed looks modern. It features a big headlamp with an integrated DRL that should act like one of those elements that will help you recognize this motorcycle even from a distance.
Then we have the large fuel tank that is neatly integrated into the front end of the machine and creates smooth and seamless contours. The rear end flaunts the single-piece tail lamp, wide tire and single-sided exhaust with a dual tip. The alloy wheels are a work of art themselves and, of course, we have the iconic 90-degree V-twin protruding out from beneath the fuel tank.
Ride & Performance
Speaking of the engine, it’s a 1042cc unit that puts out 115 bhp and 105 Nm of peak torque. I rode the motorcycle for nearly 30 minutes and could feel the good amount of torque. However, the Sports mode of the bike seemed a bit too aggressive for my taste.
The ride quality of the V100 Mandello is plush and comfortable even for me who is over 6 ft tall. However, I’d prefer to have the larger windscreen to keep the wind blast at bay and thereby making cruising at high speeds much easier.
Coming to the anchoring power, the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello has braking equipment from Brembo. There are two discs at the front to provide all the stopping power that this machine needs. However, I felt that the brakes are a bit too aggressive and I had to modulate them quite a lot. But overall, the braking performance is phenomenal.
The V100 Mandello is a compact motorcycle that’s fun to ride and is agile in traffic. I couldn’t test the top speed of the bike but I did manage to clock 130 km/h. To sum it up, I’d say that Moto Guzzi has created an easy-to-ride motorcycle with all the modern technology. That’s what the V100 Mandello is all about.
Words by – Luciano Scelza