At long last, we test the all-new Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello sports tourer on Australian soil and soak up the brand’s rich culture with a visit to one of the finest classic motorcycle collections we’ve ever encountered at the Cathedral of Moto Guzzi. Watch the video here.
What we like:
- Fresh, quirky design
- Capable as a sports tourer
- Modern tech
- Smooth new engine
Room for improvement:
- Quickshifter should come standard
- Adaptive aero gimmicky
- Unintuitive switchgear
2023 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello price and specs
Moto Guzzi Australia has launched its breakout sports touring model, the V100 Mandello, priced from $28,290 rideaway.
Stepping up to the higher-spec V100 Mandello S variant comes at a $4000 premium, finished in unique paint schemes from $32,290 rideaway.
The V100 is now Moto Guzzi’s flagship offering, sitting above the current V7 ($18,030) and V9 ($19,330), as well as the V85 TT adventure bike ($22,230).
INFO MOTO understands that the new V100 platform, which features a litre-class twin-cylinder engine and advanced electronics, will spawn future models including an adventure tourer with taller suspension and ergonomics better suited for touring, among other changes.
The V100 Mandello is motivated by a new 1042cc twin-cylinder engine that generates 85kW and 104Nm, sending drive to the rear wheel via a single-sided swingarm.
The higher-spec Mandello S variant benefits from equipment such as Ohlins semi-active suspension, an up/down quickshifter, heated grips and tyre pressure monitoring, among other upgrades.
The Italian sports tourer also features a six-axis IMU to provide advanced traction control and cornering ABS that can be tailored via four rider modes, Travel, Sport, Rain and Road.
Notably, the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello debuts a new active aerodynamics system that sees wind deflectors on either side of the 17.5-litre tank adjust automatically to optimise wind protection.
The bike’s overall design could be considered a modernised, sporty approach to Moto Guzzi’s established design language. This is most pronounced by its aggressive LED headlight signature, front fairing with aerodynamic elements, and lightweight multi-spoke wheels, while its red-stitched leather saddle and badging maintains Moto Guzzi’s retro Italian theme.
Spencer has a keen eye for hard news, and does some of his best living on deadline day. He loves more than anything to travel on his motorcycle, and is adamant that Melbourne Bitter is a world-class lager. He also knows how to operate the big computery thing in the office. By night, Spencer plays guitar with Melbourne punk outfit LOUTS.