If naked bikes are the jack of all trades when it comes to city and urban riding, then sport-tourers are undoubtedly the masters of multi-discipline riding. As the name implies, sport-tourers can be both sporty; meaning that they’re more than willing to play around in the twisties or even the track, and are capable of long-distance trips for hours on end. The result of this is a sharp, good-looking motorcycle that’s surprisingly comfortable to ride.
Moto Guzzi is a brand that not a lot of motorcycle enthusiasts have heard of, especially in the Philippines. However, those who are familiar with the brand know that it makes some very soulful motorcycles which bring forth a retro aura, and yet, are very much attuned to the modern era. In EICMA 2021 this coming November, Moto Guzzi will officially unveil its newest, most technologically advanced creation, the V100 Mandello. Now, based on all the details that have been revealed thus far, it seems that Moto Guzzi is stepping up its game in the tech and performance department, so much so that we think this bike stands the chance of changing the game in the sport-tourer segment. Let’s take a closer look at this bike, shall we?
We’re certain that Moto Guzzi has a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the technology it’s putting into the V100 Mandello. The teaser uploaded on YouTube by the Italian motorcycle manufacturer hints at futuristic features which are not too commonly found on motorcycles of today. For starters, we can see some active aerodynamic elements on this motorcycle, with two side-flaps, one on either side, and the windscreen adjusting position depending on the speed of the motorcycle. What’s more is that up-spec models of the V100 Mandello are expected to feature semi-active suspension from Ohlins—super premium stuff, especially for a sport-tourer.
As far as performance is concerned, Moto Guzzi has yet to reveal the exact specifications of the engine. However, it’s rather easy to surmise just what kind of motor this beast will be packing. Moto Guzzi’s V100 motor has been built to commemorate the company’s centennial, and will likely boast a displacement of around 1,000cc. It’s clear to see that the engine will sport a V-twin configuration, and will be mounted transversely to the chassis, just like all other bikes in Moto Guzzi’s model range. Given this setup, we can expect around 100 to 130 horsepower from the V100 Mandello’s punchy motor.
An eye to the future
Given the new and sophisticated features the V100 Mandello boasts, it isn’t surprising that Moto Guzzi as a whole is working towards reshaping its image towards the future. The company has recently launched a campaign entitled “Road to 2121,” wherein it seeks to set itself up for the next 100 years of its existence. The bold initiative consists of a restructuring program centering around the construction of a new factory at the company’s current headquarters in Mandello del Lario, Italy. Ever since the company’s inception one hundred years ago, every single Moto Guzzi motorcycle which has seen the light of day was built in the company’s factory in Mandello del Lario. The company intends to keep it this way moving forward.
A cultural hallmark
Accompanying the new factory, which centers towards the future of the brand, Moto Guzzi is also building a museum dedicated to celebrating its rich history and legacy in the motorcycle industry. The company has commissioned U.S. architect and designer Greg Lynn, who’s famous for being the mastermind behind the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s groundbreaking architecture. Moto Guzzi says that its new museum “will be founded on culture, design, and mechanics, with a strong green focus.” It will incorporate sprawling, open spaces, and numerous galleries and exhibits and serve as a place for the local community and tourists alike to enjoy the beauty the company has imparted to the world.