Hidden on most bikers’ wish lists is their dirty secret dream bike.
You might ride a Honda Fireblade and love talking about MotoGP.
Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello promises quick sport-touring capabilities combined with a dash of style that only Italians can truly deliver
But when no one else is looking, they secretly spend their time browsing Harley-Davidsons – or in my case Moto Guzzis.
One of the best motorcycle experiences I’ve ever had was a Moto Guzzi.
It’s not always about how these machines drive, but how they make me feel.
The Guzzi factory is located on the shores of Lake Como, Italy, in Mandello del Lario.
They have been with the company since day one in 1921 and this year they are celebrating their 100th anniversary.
I was lucky enough to spend time there.
The place exudes passion for motorcycling.
This V100 Mandello promises speedy sport touring capabilities combined with a dash of style that only the Italians can truly deliver.
The transversely installed V-twin engine has 1000 cc. More importantly, it’s liquid-cooled, which means we can expect the right performance.
There’s a single-sided swing arm that allows you to marvel at the cute rear wheel design – I’m seeing Alfa Romeo Quadrifoglio here, right? – and a shaft drive means that no bad oil from a chain wears down the wheel.
There will be roughly 130 horsepower available to play with, so it can be assumed that the V100 will be crammed full of driver software trinkets.
Brembo brakes and Öhlins suspension take care of you as you glide to work in style.
For me, this bike could be powered by a solid rubber band and a lollipop and I would still love it as much as I do.
The green paint you can see is a throwback to Moto Guzzi roots when they had an excess of military-spec green paint that they used to paint the motorcycles they made during WWII.
After the war, they used it on their production bikes, knowing that no two cans would be the same shade of green. How cool is that
The green color is a look back at Moto Guzzi’s roots when they had an excess of military-spec green color during WWIIImage credit: Moto Guzzi