Italian manufacturer of motorcycles Moto Guzzi is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, and a teaser video for the 2021 V100 Mandello has been released. It is set to be revealed at the 2021 EICMA exhibition in Milan. The name is a tribute to Mandello, the city of Mandello del Lario in northern Italy, which has been the home to Moto Guzzi since 1921.
Maybe this V100 Mandello is indicative of the direction that is being taken by Moto Guzzi from now on, following the launch of the Moto Guzzi V85TT, a change from the usual lineup of retro-styled V-twins. The V100 Mandello was a popular sport-touring motorcycle until the 1990s when these machines became prevalent in the marketplace.
Moving Forward With An Old Thought
The late Piaggio Chief Project Engineer Dr. Federico Martini started working on the engine in 2010. The initial prototype was finished approximately ten years before. It was a new engine that didn’t have any similarities to the well-known Moto Guzzi’s “big block.” Liquid-cooled and a displacement of 1300cc, the engine used dual-overhead camshafts with chains-driven cams, four valves per cylinder, and downdraft intake runners, plus the exhaust downpipes that faced forward. It’s hard to imagine that pushrods will survive, so we’re looking at either a SOHC or DOHC valvetrain in the newer powertrain.
In the start, the directors of Piaggio were focused on the growth of Aprilia, while Moto Guzzi continued to ensue its classic lineup. Hence, Martini’s brand new V1300 was put on hold to wait for better days. After the tighter Euro 5 homologation rules put the big block on hold that was in use and later became obsolete. This became the right time to bring up the older discoveries or re-examine the idea.
Exploring The All-New Moto Guzzi V100 Mandello
The heart of the upcoming flagship is a brand-new around liter-sized, transverse-mounted liquid-cooler 90-degree V-Twin, which is likely to be enhanced with an electronics set of riding aids. It will indeed have all the standard gadgetry that enhances your ride, such as smartphones connectivity and cruise controls along with safety features such as Lean-sensitive traction and cornering ABS control. The V100 draws its visual cues from the retro Guzzis like their Sport GT bikes, and the V100 is a significant step towards a more modern, high-tech, and performance-focused direction for the manufacturer. The handlebar gets swept up bend, and there’s also a substantial upper fairing, that’s not naked motorcycle category. Aprilia has demonstrated that they are working on active aerodynamics for sportbikes; however, it’s Guzzi’s first bike to be introduced to the market with the technology.
Other features of the V100 include a single-sided swingarm with a quintuple Y-spoke wheel, TFT displays, and Brembo brakes. The chassis utilizes the motor as a stressed member, and the swingarm with a single-sided design is also home to the drive shaft. If you believed that Moto Guzzi would use chain drive, no there’s is nothing like that for now. We expect the Mandello moniker to come up with several variants of the V100 that include a top-of-the-line version with upgrades such as the Ohlins suspension and much more.
The overall design of the engine is very sensible. While Moto Guzzi did not invent it, the design has become an integral component of the brand through the years, similar to the “boxer” twin for BMW and the 45-degree V-twin used for Harley-Davidson and the fore and aft 90-degree V-twin used by Ducati. Each of these firms has maintained its classic designs while updating its motors, and it’s now Guzzi’s turn. The V-twin’s latest version uses fairly moderate bore and stroke measurements of 96mm x 72. However, it’s not outrageous, but enough to offer adequate power and a smooth torque curve. Guzzi hasn’t made any claims about power at the moment, but based on current technology, you can expect to see somewhere in the vicinity of the 115 horsepower range.
Road to 2121: Moto Guzzi’s next 100 years
In the wake of celebrating its anniversary as well as the brand’s long and rich history, Moto Guzzi has turned its focus towards the future by launching “Road to 2021.” This brave plan will include a futuristic restructuring strategy with a brand new factory and museum built on the current location in Mandello del Lario, Italy, where each Guzzi has been made until now. Moto Guzzi has appointed U.S. architect and designer Greg Lynn, known for his striking, avant-garde design and the architect of the modern San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. The museum, which Guzzi claims “will be based on design, culture, and mechanics, with an emphasis on sustainability,” will include open public spaces, as well as a venue for locals and visitors to get together.
Guzzi officials said that this project would utilize existing structures that are already in place. The building materials will be selected to consider efficient energy management through photovoltaic systems and environmentally sustainable materials. Piaggio Group intends to establish the Moto Guzzi brand as an example of mechanical integration and contemporary design. The company hopes that this site will be the focal point for Guzzi enthusiasts, younger people, and tourists from abroad who want to experience the long-standing brand. The new facility will expand the production capacity of the company to meet the growing demand.
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