Moto Guzzi launches its first production motorcycle with Adaptive Aero – Robb Report

By any measure, the V100 Mandello S is a flagship motorcycle for Moto Guzzi. First unveiled in 2021 and officially released in late 2022, the V100 was created to celebrate Moto Guzzi’s 100th anniversary since opening its doors at the same factory in Mandello del Lario, northern Italy. , which it occupies today. The bike, priced at $17,490, was also created to signify the next 100 years.

As such, the V100 Mandello S, which we recently tested, is all new, from the engine to the chassis, even the handlebar grips. And believe it or not, this is Moto Guzzi’s first bike with a liquid-cooled engine, though it still retains the transverse V-twin layout so closely associated with the company.

The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S.

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Producing 115 hp and 77 lb-ft of torque from a displacement of 1,042 cc, the new “shortblock” engine is four inches shorter from front to back than the old 1,200 cc air-cooled engine. Angled five degrees forward in the chassis, the engine configuration allowed Moto Guzzi engineers to create a chassis that features a long swingarm with a low pivot point to deliver exceptional traction under acceleration.

Running a shaft final drive rather than a chain, the bike requires about as carefree a level of maintenance as it gets, and the revised internal layout of the shaft configuration means that the dreaded rear end climb when you go hard the gas is almost negligible.

The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S motorcycle.

With 77 lb-ft of torque, this is Moto Guzzi’s first bike with a liquid-cooled engine.

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Much of the development of the V100 Mandello S, however, focused on its adaptive aerodynamics, making it the first production machine to feature such an addition. The aero flaps are located on the upper side of the fairing, below the rider’s wrists, and open at 43 mph in Tour riding mode to mitigate 22% of the wind blast experienced by the rider.

The benefits of active aerodynamics aren’t as noticeable as we would have thought, but you can discern a slight change in air pressure once they open. Incidentally, the flaps always stay open when riding in Rain mode. In Street and Sport modes they stay closed in standard form, although you can customize the settings so they open at a predetermined speed of your preference.

A close-up of the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S motorcycle's active aero flaps, located on the upper side of the fairing below the rider's wrists.

Active aero flaps are located on the upper side of the fairing, below the rider’s wrists.

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When it comes to hardware, Moto Guzzi has provided top-of-the-line equipment with the V100 Mandello S. Event-based Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-automatic suspension adorns the 43mm fork and shock, while the calipers Brembo four-piston monoblocks and a handsome 18mm master cylinder takes care of the braking duties. Then there’s the six-axis inertial measurement unit that handles traction control, cornering ABS and cornering LED lights. There is also an up and down quickshifter as standard.

Moto Guzzi has also developed a wide range of accessories for the V100, but the first one we’d opt for is the taller seat, raised by 20mm. Considering the rather low 32.1-inch height of the standard seat, we found the ride to be a bit cramped after an hour on board. Switching to the taller seat made for a more comfortable ride, but that was our only concern with ride comfort itself, as Moto Guzzi did a great job with the ergonomics.

Ride the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S motorcycle.

The six-axis inertial measurement unit handles traction control, cornering ABS and cornering LED lights, while a quick up and down shifter is also standard.

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The V100 Mandello S is one of three V100s that Moto Guzzi will create, the other two being the standard version with Kayaba suspension for $15,490 and the limited edition V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale at $16,990. This latest variant is a take on the Italian Navy’s cap, featuring a flat gray color scheme in the same hue as the country’s F35B fighter jet.

In our opinion, however, the V100 Mandello S is the one to choose simply because of the Öhlins suspension, which gives the V100 a refined touch that the other two lack. It’s simply an outstanding machine that’s not only quite a far cry from anything Moto Guzzi has created in the past, but gives a good hint as to where the brand is headed over the next 100 years.

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Ride the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S motorcycle.

The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello S.

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