2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello | First Look Review

The latest Goose flies with semi-active suspension and adaptive aerodynamics

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review

2021 marked Moto Guzzi’s 100-year anniversary, and the Mandello Del Lario brand celebrated the momentous occasion with special-edition models and a traveling museum exhibit. By September 2021, Guzzi shifted its focus from the rearview mirror to the road ahead, giving fans a sneak peek of the all-new 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello sport-tourer.

After keeping the details under wraps for months, Moto Guzzi finally unveiled the V100 Mandello’s full details and specs at EICMA 2021. Just as the V100 moniker suggests, the new sport-touring model houses a 1,042cc transverse V-Twin. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve mill not only produces 115 horsepower and 77.4 lb-ft of torque but also benefits from a new compact block architecture. Compared to the V85 TT’s air-cooled, 853cc, transverse V-Twin, the liter-size V100 powerplant is shorter by 4.1 inches.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review

Guzzi puts that compact design to good use with a 58.5-inch wheelbase. A long single-sided swingarm with shaft drive steadies the Mandello at high speed while the compact chassis maintains agility in the esses. The tubular-steel frame cuts weight by utilizing the 1,042cc engine as a stressed member and the Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension automatically tunes the handling characteristics to rider and the road.

On the electronics front, the throttle-by-wire system offers Travel, Sport, Rain, and Road ride modes. The system adjusts the V100’s three different engine maps, 4-level traction control, three engine braking settings, and suspension calibration to suit each situation. Equipped with a Marelli 11MP ECU and 6-axis IMU, the new Goose also touts cornering ABS, adaptive LED lighting, and cruise control.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review

Despite the full electronics suite, the sport-tourer’s industry-first adaptive aerodynamics steals the spotlight. Consisting of wind deflectors mounted at the sides of the 4.6-gallon fuel tank, the innovative system adapts to the current speed and ride mode. The deflectors provide 22% more wind protection in the fully-deployed position, and along with the electronically-adjustable windscreen, amplify the cockpit’s comfort beyond the generously-padded seat, high-mounted handlebars, and 5-inch TFT dash.

The 2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello’s MSRP or availability have not yet been announced. It will come in two variants, a base model and a premium model with standard Öhlins semi-active suspension, heated grips, a quickshifter, and the Moto Guzzi MIA multimedia system.

2022 Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review

For more information or to find a Moto Guzzi dealer near you, visit motoguzzi.com.


    • It appears that my next bike will be a Guzzi, but need to study their bike more. Looking for a good touring type of machine…you know, maybe some hard bags, taller wind screen. What’s your take on this?

  1. Being a fan of the Moto Guzzi brand and owning one, I’m looking at the V100 with rosy colored glasses. Yet, even though with “adaptive aerodynamics” it still remains to be seen how it is executed in everyday use or just added fluff…

  2. Simply the best looking new motorcycle to come along in ages. I bought a new 2020 V85 Travel last year. All the Moto Guzzi “nay sayers” should not knock them until they’ve owned one. There is a certain charm about them that’s hard to describe and they truly are greater than the sum of their parts.

    • I test rode one at Moto Corsa, and after riding my KTM1290 super adventure, i was not able to make the downsize in power adjustment, but to be fair the V85TT is a great bike and i thoroughly enjoyed my hour test ride which consited with a range of fast straights, slow b roads and A road twistie’s, the character of the bike unique, and some additional fun finding and looking for the power as a reminder of how riding a bike slightly under power can be a joy, power to overtake was plenty, and when pulling up at lights that Guzzi characteristic sideways shudder and pull of the engine was addictive, I ended up chopping my KTM for a new BMW R1250 GSR Adventure, which is faultless, expensive but faultless, but when I have recovered from the financial hit!!! I will be looking for a second bike and without doubt it’s almost certainly going to be a bike with sole and therefore must be a Guzzi.

    • Walton, you are having a joke…surely? The Freewind is an ugly pig (sorry but very true). The Mandello is a piece of motorcycling art.

      I’ve test ridden the base model and this is a seriously impressive motorcycle.

  3. I actually thought Ducati was introducing adaptive headlights. My 2016 Tiguan has them, and they steer you around the mountains at night by moving with the steering instead of highlighting trees.

  4. This is the best looking motorcycle to come out this year, in my humble opinion. Not only is it breathtakingly gorgeous, Moto Guzzi have burst into their second century with a technological explosion that few, if any, anticipated. What a departure from the traditional to the modern. Everyone is talking about H-D making big leaps, MG just joined the party and brought a real looker with them. I’m smitten. I only wish that I had a dealership within a 5 hour drive.

  5. This is not a bike for the faint of heart (115/77) for sure, though it is GORGEOUS. Can’t wait for a full review. I can’t stop looking at these pics!!! Just Stunning~~

    • Faint of heart? All you need is a restrained right wrist and a little common sense. People told me many years ago that I would kill myself on a Bandit 1200 (101/70 before mods) but were looking at the bike, not the rider. It’s not the bike that’s going to kill them, it their own lack of sense. The V100 looks to be an excellent bike and one of the few that I can find no fault.

  6. My last Guzzi was a Mk1 Le Manns 850 bored to 999cc using forged Cosworth blanks machined up and fitted to Modified CCM liners shrunk into the machined finned aluminium cylinder castings. 40mm Dellorto carbs on straight feed stubs and gas-flowed heads with a race cam and open megaphone exhaust. It had won the Avon Roadrunner Production series 1977 as an 850cc under Roy Armstrong. I have wished I never sold that bike but wow this V100 has me drooling to get back on a bike after all these years of celibacy. 🙂

  7. Looks good!! Italian designers are the best. We only have one Guzzi dealer in the Atlanta area. As you expect, the dealer said supply is limited and they have no idea on the cost. They already have a list of people that placed a deposit. I’m just concern with limited dealer network when taking a trip outside my area.

  8. This will be my first MG. I was bitterly disappointed when MG cancelled the release of the MGS-01. I will get the premium edition. Great article.

  9. A real stunner but whatever the MSRP is dealers will likely add a $$$ premium. I’ll wait for the dust to settle, maybe 2023. Still no specs ;-{

  10. I have a deposit on the premium model and anxiously waiting for my dealer to notify me of delivery. I am a lifetime member in the MGNOC #5 and have owned 15 different Guzzis since 1975 including 1976 LeMans and 1983 LeMans Iii. Currently have in position 2020 V85;, 2002 California EV and 1996 California.

  11. One dum _ss paint scheme. Italians are a artistic bunch. Don’t know what happened here. I still can’t wait until I own one.


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