MOTO-GUZZI V100 MANDELLO (2023 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Classy new sports tourer
  • New 113bhp V-twin engine
  • Electronics including adaptive aero

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
Power: 113 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.1 in / 815 mm)
Weight: High (514 lbs / 233 kg)

Prices

New £15,750
Used £12,000

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello is no thrown-together parts bin special sports tourer. New from the ground-up, it’s beautifully crafted with design cues from Guzzi’s glittering history. Slits in its side panels mimic their 1976 Le Mans 850 and the top fairing tips a hat to the ‘81 Le Mans 850 III. It's evocative stuff, right down to the V100 Mandello’s name that pays tribute to it home and a celebration of Guzzi’s 100th birthday in 2021.

But it’s anything but a misty-eyed, two-wheeled reminisce. It’s thoroughly modern with a tasteful colour dash and lean sensitive rider aids. Go for the £15,750 S model and you get extra goodies like semi-active Öhlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension and an up/down quickshifter, too.

In terms of elegance and detailing the Guzzi puts its sports touring rivals in the shade, but what is the competition? The Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX, Suzuki GSX-S1000GT and BMW R1250RS are obvious rivals, but in the flesh, it looks like a ‘low-rider’ Yamaha Tracer 9, or Honda NT1100. The Moto Guzzi’s upright riding position even has shades of Aprilia Tuono V4 about it, which is no surprise as they’re both developed by Piaggio at their Noale factory near Venice.
Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello rear end

Technically the Mandello is a different beast to any previous Guzzi. Not only is it fitted with electronics that wouldn’t look out of place on a superbike and a new engine, it’s also the first production bike to have adaptive aerodynamics, although their effect is minimal.

Flappy wings aside, Moto Guzzi has created a tasteful sports tourer that’s neither bland, nor shouty and offers the perfect mix of comfort, sportiness, tech and character.

It’s pricey, but the V100 Mandello is well made with great attention to detail and feels like a machine that’s come from the heart rather than just a model produced to fill a gap in a model range. It’s like nothing else around, which is all part of its appeal and you never get the sense, either by riding or looking at it, that any corners were cut during its journey from design sketch to showroom floor.

Watch: Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello review

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Although the Mandello might look chunky in pictures with its bold styling, larger than life powertrain and chunky exhausts, it sits surprising low. Shorter riders will feel immediately confident being able to get feet flat on the floor and if the standard 815mm seat height is still too lofty, there’s a low accessory seat available.

The riding position itself is nigh on perfect. Pegs are sporty without cramping knees, even for six footers like me (a higher accessory seat is available for even more legroom) and its tall bars are placed naturally towards the rider so there’s no awkward stretch or excess pressure on your wrists.

The seat is comfy and scalloped at the rear to hold you in under acceleration, the screen offers decent wind protection and with its injection system inside the ‘V’ of the engine, now that the cylinder heads have been turned round 90 degrees, there’s lots more knee room.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello cornering

Ride quality on this semi-active Öhlins clad S model is as plush or sporty as you want it to be, depending on the riding mode you choose and there’s a handy remote rear preload adjuster to twiddle for carrying heavy loads.

With its shorter engine the Mandello is sportier and more agile than previous Guzzis and thanks to its long swingarm and low pivot point there’s little up/down shaft drive pitching on and off the throttle.

Yes, you can feel the back-end rise and fall when you ride aggressively, but like the engine’s rocking it’s a slight movement and a sensation that quickly melts into the background. But what feeling you lose with a chain you gain with the clean, maintenance-free convenience of that shaft, which is especially useful on a big tour.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello swingarm and suspension

Through corners the Guzzi is natural steering and composed. Damp roads stop us from pushing on, but the Mandello is always reassuring thanks to the grip of Pirelli’s superb Angel GT sports touring tyres (now with a fatter 190/55 x 17 rear) and the knowledge the lean sensitive traction control and ABS will quickly step in, just in case.

Its brakes deserve a special mention, too. Brembo M4 32 calipers are incredibly powerful and tactile, something sadly missing from most ABS set-ups nowadays.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello flaps

And what about the adaptive aero? Well, flaps fitted to the front edges of the tank automatically open to direct air around the rider and pillion. Guzzi says they reduce wind pressure by 22% and working with the standard electrically adjustable screen, keep you in a still bubble of air, away from the elements.

The flaps open to a 30-degree angle in Touring mode at 43mph or can be customised via the dash menu to deploy between 19mph and 56mph. They stay permanently out in Rain mode and tucked away in Street and Sport. The effects are small and almost undetectable on the open road.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Guzzi have given the V100 Mandello a 21st century twist with new tech and modern engine design, but they haven’t erased its character. It still rocks from side to side when you blip the throttle, but the motion is slight and unobtrusive, thanks to the motor’s new counter balance shaft that almost cancels out the rock when you roll.

There’s less mechanical boom, too, thanks to lighter engine internals and sound-deadening water jackets, but there’s still a satisfying burble at tickover that morphs into a deep bellow when you let it sing. Engine vibes are greatly reduced, too, but it still rumbles to remind you it has soul.

Sure, 113bhp may not sound much on paper, especially for a bike weighing 233kg, fully fuelled, but Guzzis have always been about churning out low down torque and not peak power.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello engine

But the Mandello isn’t slow and performance is never lacking. A sports tourer doesn’t need to have face melting acceleration, anyway. Instead, it needs to have a wide spread of smooth power and enough grunt to punch out of corners without having to dance on the gear lever. The Mandello delivers all this with a hefty dose of character thrown in for good measure.

Bolted to the back of the V-twin is the Mandello’s new six speed gearbox. It’s slicker and more accurate than Guzzis of old, but you must still take your time shifting in the lower cogs to make sure they slot home and need a firm foot on the lever. On the flip side, the mechanical satisfaction you get from operating spinning pieces of metal is a nice contrast to the electronic control you get elsewhere.

New ‘compact block’ V-twin

This is Moto Guzzi’s smoothest, quietest, cleanest and most powerful engine. It’s also their first with liquid cooling, not that you’d know with its pipework neatly hidden away. The completely new 1042cc (96 x 72mm bore and stroke) DOHC (with finger followers), 8v ‘compact block’ 90° V-twin makes a claimed 113bhp@8700rpm and 77lb-ft of torque - 82% of which made as low as 3500rpm.

A host of lightweight internals are now used to produce 50% less inertia than Guzzi’s old 1200cc 8v lump as well as being 103mm shorter, which allows a more compact wheelbase for sharper handling. Cylinders are also turned round by 90 degrees, so the exhausts now exit from the side instead of the front. Throttle bodies now live between ‘V’, freeing up space for the rider’s knees, as does the engine being tilted forward by 5 degrees.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello exhaust

A counter rotating balance crankshaft is also used for the first time to cancel out the side-to-side rocking movement associated with a transverse engine on and off the throttle.

Service intervals are every 7500 miles and Guzzi claim 60mpg and 224 miles from its 17-litre tank that extends under the seat. Expect a raft of new models powered by the new engine in the coming years.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Build quality, fit and finish are all top notch out of the crate, but it’s too early to say how the new engine, electronics and chassis components will stand the test of time. That said, MCN’s owners’ reviews of recent Guzzis, like the V85 TT are generally positive, so there shouldn’t be any major concerns over reliability.

We don't currently have any Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello owners' reviews on the site.

We're expecting the Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello to be reliable as it has great build quality

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

The Guzzi is pricier and less powerful than the £12,349 Kawasaki Ninja 1000SX and £11,999 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT, but it’s more upright, comfortable and characterful.

It’s more engaging than a £12,499 Honda NT1100, has significantly less wind buffeting than a £10,700 Yamaha Tracer 9 and with its superior chassis parts, rides and handles better than any of its Japanese rivals. It’s along the same lines as the BMW R1250RS, right down to its engine layout and shaft drive, but it’s sportier, more agile and slightly less of a tourer.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello rides really well

And as for extreme high-performance tall rounders like the £15,080 BMW S1000XR, £16,995 Ducati Multistrada V4 and £17,949 KTM 1290 Super Duke GT, the Guzzi is lower, calmer and more relaxed.

In fact, it’s hard to pigeonhole the V100 Mandello and that’s one of its appeals. It’s a superbly made sports tourer loaded with charm, tech and one of the most iconic tank badges of them all.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Even in base trim the V100 Mandello is well equipped with an electric screen, classy 5in colour TFT Bluetooth enabled dash, Kayaba suspension (adjustable for preload and rebound damping) electronic rider modes, LED lighting and flappy wings included in the price. It comes in red or white with gold wheels. The S model has semi-active Öhlins, heated grips, up/down quickshifter, tyre pressure monitor and smartphone compatibility. It comes in green or grey with black wheels.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello TFT screen

Accessories include hard panniers (59-litres overall capacity) that clip on without the need for a frame. There’s also a top box, rack, taller screen, various height rider and passenger seats, heated grips (not the hottest in the world), crash protectors, centre stand, auxiliary light kit, USB port, tyre pressure monitor, Bluetooth connectivity, quickshifter and alarm.

New generation electronics

Ride-by-wire and sophisticated rider aids make their first appearance on a Guzzi. A six-axis Marelli 11MP ECU facilitates lean sensitive ABS and traction control, cornering headlights, cruise control, riding modes (Tour, Rain, Road and Sport), semi-active suspension and the up/down quickshifter fitted to the S model.

Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello semi-active suspension

Specs

Engine size 1042cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled 1042cc, 8v, 90° V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel trellis with engine as stressed member
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 233kg
Front suspension 43mm upside down Öhlins forks with semi-active damping and mechanically adjustable preload
Rear suspension Single Öhlins shock with semi-active damping and mechanically adjustable preload
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston radial Brembo calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 280mm rear disc with twin piston caliper. Cornering ABS.
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 60 mpg
Annual road tax £117
Annual service cost £180
New price £15,750
Used price £12,000
Insurance group -
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Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 113 bhp
Max torque 77 ft-lb
Top speed 135 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 224 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

  • 2022: Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello launched. All-new engine, chassis and electronics.

Other versions

V100 Mandello base model. Same spec as S version with mechanically adjustable Kayaba suspension and does without heated grips, up/down quickshifter, tyre pressure monitor and smartphone compatibility.

Owners' reviews for the MOTO-GUZZI V100 MANDELLO (2023 - on)

5 owners have reviewed their MOTO-GUZZI V100 MANDELLO (2023 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your MOTO-GUZZI V100 MANDELLO (2023 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Engine: 4.8 out of 5 (4.8/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.6 out of 5 (4.6/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.4 out of 5 (4.4/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £180
4 out of 5 Great bike!
19 February 2024 by Glen

Version: V100S

Year: 2023

Amazing torque, smooth engine and great handling. Loads of character. 10k kms,.no problems. Quickshifter lurchy in first and second. Wish it had back button for menu, heated grips weak.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

Strong brakes with lots of feedback.

Engine 4 out of 5

Great low end torque, no need to rev to redline. Recommended idle is 1400 rpm which causes clunk when putting it into first gear.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Quality fit and finish.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Still not reached 12,500 km first comprehensive service.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Original Pirellis are excellent. Saddlebags well thought out and but need two hands to mount, especially when loaded. Accessory rear luggage rack sits too high with box accessory ones are better looking.

Buying experience: Had to place deposit in summer of 2022 but wasn't available in Canada till April, 2023. Found smaller dealer that gives more personal service.

5 out of 5 The perfect bike to settle with?
08 January 2024 by Magnus

Version: S

Year: 2023

Greatly capable and enjoyable as roadster, tourer, and sport bike as well - and with its additional soul

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Not a bike for gravel roads, and not a light 600cc sport bike, but surprisingly capable for touring as well as advanced sporty driving! However most enjoyable in relaxed pace (both slow and fast pace). The winglets and electric adjustable windscreen is genius as they both offer a naked bike feel as well as a decent protection for touring. Although not fully covering protection as with big dedicated touring bikes. But you can enjoy both worlds, a truly great combination!

Engine 5 out of 5

Only 115hp so not a power bike, but smooth and well working with both low rev grunt and likes to be revved when you feel like it. Big V-twin vibrations are present sometimes and perhaps annoys but will be forgot again a moment later when speed and load changes. And even with 500 miles day trips and more, you will end the day without thinking about it. The engine is a gem though, lot of character but also modern in the meaning refined. It works for both old Guzzi fans as well as first time Guzzi owners. The exhaust note is a masterpiece! Deep sweet sound where you want it (idling, low revs, acceleration, and engine braking) - well done Moto Guzzi!

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

Although encountered moist in brake switch contact at long distance trip in two days torrential rain, but worked great so far!

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

Premium bike, with the extra features of winglets, and the definitive soul that many other modern bikes are missing.

Equipment 5 out of 5

Ohlin semi active suspension, with all whistles and bells for traction control. Many features in the display, and with 4 different driving programs that affect both engine mapping and suspension etc. Heated grips, tyre pressure monitoring, Bluetooth connectivity, Electric adjustable windscreen. And off course the unique winglets! OEM panniers are really nice, and perfectly integrated with almost invisible attachment points.

Buying experience: Surely a pricey bike, but I wasn’t settling for “almost” as I hope to keep this bike for many years. Costed around €19k including the OEM panniers from a dealer

5 out of 5 Best and most versatile bike I've owned in my 50 years of riding and 40+ bikes to date..
03 August 2023 by PJ

Version: S model

Year: 2023

An excellent new platform from a storied brand. Very comfortable and quick as a tourer and quite sporty without the luggage when you just want to play a bit. If your ego doesn't require a BMW and you enjoy a bike with plenty of grunt as well as a bit of style and character there's nothing better out there now.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Two finger brakes with excellent feet. I've already done a 1,000 mile day without stops other than gas and a pee and felt great the next day. It feels like it will motor quickly forever.

Engine 5 out of 5

Great torque makes for brisk starts and minimal shifting until you choose to push hard. in "spot" mode, hold on!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Superb quality.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

If you can change oil and check fluids yourself there's nothing that needs repair. Shaft drive!!! I've spent 0 thus far (3,000 miles)

Equipment 5 out of 5

S model is well worth it if you have the dosh. The center stand is easily deployed and makes servicing a cinch.

Buying experience: Gladly paid list for an "S" and well worth it for a unique yet practical and versatile bike that I think will last many years, we'll see.

5 out of 5 V100 Lovely Guzzi !
05 June 2023 by Geoff

Year: 2023

Annual servicing cost: £180

Powerful and smith engine. Great for touring or local riding. Quality bike overall.

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5

Brakes and handling are very good.

Engine 5 out of 5

This Guzzi is smother and less vibey than previous ones I have owned. It also has more power and can really shift when you want it to !

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Build quality is excellent and the styling team have produced a very handsome bike.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5

First service was £180 which is about average. I have not had any problems and have done just under2000 miles so far including a tour in France.

Equipment 5 out of 5

All the usual riding modes and abs etc. Has attachments for hard panniers if you want them. I have added an Evotech radiator guard as the front mudguard is short leaving the unguarded rad a bit vulnerable in my opinion.

Buying experience: Has a test ride at CMW in Chichester who were very good during the sale.

5 out of 5 Easy, comfortable, enough power and Moto Guzzi character
24 February 2023 by Kerem

Version: Mandello S

Year: 2023

İt is very, suprisingly easy to drive for his 233kgMoto Guzzi V engine character present with few special vibrations lower than Air cooled engines from Moto Guzzi.The ride comfort is High, with Mandello S youvcan choose your choice Semi active Ohlins. Beauryfull to rica and beautifull bike, difficult to find negatives except :as it is between roadster and touring, the winshild evden High position iş good for City but not for touring and the lover turning circle can surprise in short lock can cause problem of equiibrius so carefull when U turns.Admire this bike ...( 20 years experienced driver I am , most special bike ever owned..

Ride quality & brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

İt is a New bike , first liquid cooled, need time to see the reliability, built quality excellent ...

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
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