It’s a major design departure, and taking up water-cooling is quite a break with the past for the iconic Italian motorcycle brand, but the results don’t look at all radical.
Moto Guzzi is the oldest European manufacturer in continuous motorcycle production and since 1921, the company has been building stylish and unique machines in Mandello del Lario, Italy. Over the years the company has carved out a place in world and Italian motorcycling and delivered industry innovations such as the first motorcycle center stand, wind tunnel testing and the eight-cylinder motorcycle engine.
Since 2004, Moto Guzzi has been one of seven brands owned by Piaggio & C. SpA, and Europe’s largest motorcycle manufacturer. They also claim to be the world’s fourth largest motorcycle manufacturer by sales.
Noted for the design and look of their air-cooled 90° V-twin engines that feature a longitudinal crankshaft orientation, the engines on the traditional Guzzis feature transverse cylinder heads which point outward on either side of the bike and provide their signature silhouette.
Designed from the ground up but maintaining the familiar two-cylinder transversely mounted motor, this new engine is a 1.0-liter mill capable of putting out approximately 130 horsepower – if previous stats are any indication. But aside from that, it maintains the look we’ve all come to expect from Moto Guzzi and it’s still a shaft-driven machine.
Calling it the V100 Mandello, Moto Guzzi have decided to commemorate their 100th birthday, this sport-touring model boasts (along with the water-cooled engine) newer looking electronics active aerodynamic design elements. These active aerodynamic elements include a variable height windscreen that slides down and flaps which rechannel air around the rider at higher speeds.
Riders will now see a thin-film transistor (TFT) screen which functions as both an instrument cluster and an infotainment system to display data ranging from the bike’s speed to engine rpms to air temperature and fuel level. The V100 Mandello also features riding electronics such as cornering ABS.
The V100 Mandello is set for an unveiling at the EICMA 2021 show on November 23. The company says sales will begin in earnest shortly thereafter. And while there’s no pricing information available at this time, it would be reasonable to expect that it will fall in the range of the top end asking price for the top end of the current model lineup.