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V100 Details & Poll

I am…

  • Excited about this model, and will purchase one ASAP!

    Votes: 13 23.6%
  • Am not interested.

    Votes: 6 10.9%
  • I’m slightly interested, but have to ride it.

    Votes: 26 47.3%
  • I never buy the first model year run, but I like it.

    Votes: 10 18.2%

  • Total voters
    55

Bonaventure

Cruisin' Guzzisti
Joined
Jul 30, 2017
Messages
176
Location
USA
Haven't been on Guzzitech in a long time, just been doing my things and riding. Saw this poll in the Happy Holidays email from this morning. I 1st voted that I'd run out and buy one right away, but then logic and reason came back to me and I changed vote to having to ride one 1st. That is because I'm 6'2" 225lbs and like the size, height, and heft of my Stelvio. I like the looks and layout of the Mandello, but if it's too small I suspect the whiz bang automatic aero dynamics and "I'm the computer and I know best" wind screen height adjustment may just create a lot of buffeting. As it stands with my Stelv, I had to add an X-creen Blade to the top of the factory wind screen to be able to ride at highway speeds and not feel like my head is in the ring for ten rounds with Mike Tyson.
 

BrianR

Cruisin' Guzzisti
GT Famiglia
Joined
Mar 5, 2015
Messages
191
Location
In the wilds of Mission BC
It is a beautiful bike, and I love how they have kept the V, but with the exhausts at 90 degrees from the front with the fuel injection under the tank. I suspect like the Aprilia Tuono, that the servicing will be less home based, and more dealer oriented and expensive. The active suspension will be ridiculed as not needed, but I've heard that before about electronic ignition, disc brakes, radial tyres, adjustable suspension et al and haven ridden a bike with it, it is wondrous to behold and just allows you to enjoy the ride.
 

YasBean

Just got it firing!
Joined
Dec 6, 2021
Messages
2
Location
NorCal
I love the looks and specs of the V100. Actually, I would have already bought the new V7 if the dealership in my area was not so off putting. I went in ready to buy, but was told they don’t give test rides without running a credit check. I then had to listen to a long story ab how the salesperson got his wife into riding, current politics, etc. I left after two hours of frustration. If buying the bike is this difficult, how will post sales service be?!? :sigh:
 

DeadEye

GT Reference
GT di Razza Pura
Joined
Jun 13, 2020
Messages
1,193
Location
Eastern Ontario - Western Quebec
If buying the bike is this difficult, how will post sales service be?!? :sigh:

I like wandering around to the back door where the “Smokers used to hang out” and service bays are and shoot the @#$& with the mechanics, you might get an idea about the back end of the shop you will be dealing with...
 

Bonaventure

Cruisin' Guzzisti
Joined
Jul 30, 2017
Messages
176
Location
USA
I love the looks and specs of the V100. Actually, I would have already bought the new V7 if the dealership in my area was not so off putting. I went in ready to buy, but was told they don’t give test rides without running a credit check. I then had to listen to a long story ab how the salesperson got his wife into riding, current politics, etc. I left after two hours of frustration. If buying the bike is this difficult, how will post sales service be?!? :sigh:

As few and far between as Guzzi dealers are, be glad there's one nearby. :cool:
 

italia

Just got it firing!
Joined
Dec 7, 2021
Messages
2
Location
Tennessee USA
Definitely interested in this bike. Am looking for my first sport touring bike. Have been riding sport and naked bikes doing track days and short rides for about 20 years. Looking at getting a bike I can do some longer distance on. Had a 450cc enduro and got the dirt out of my system so really just looking for street bike rather than dual/adventure bike.
Considering BMW R1250RT, Triumph 1200 GT Pro, and Guzzi V100 Mandello as shaft drive is on my list of desirable features. Might consider Ducati Multistrada V4S if I go with a chain drive.
Most of my bikes have been Italian (have 3 Italians and 1 British now) but am prioritizing reliability a little higher in a sport tourer. I have decent dealers for all four of these brands within 35 miles. Though I realize the new Triumph and Guzzi are not at dealers yet, any comments on these four bikes or others I might consider would be appreciated. Thanks!
 

GTM®

Administrator
Staff member
GT di Razza Pura
Joined
Jul 1, 2009
Messages
12,460
Location
Malibu
any comments on these four bikes or others I might consider would be appreciated. Thanks!
Being that you’re on a Guzzi Forum, you can guess what most responses will be. It takes a special person to own a Guzzi. Nothing will be easy, and there’s no dealer support… Plan on a lot of DIY, or endure frustrating and long dealer waits. That said, once sorted, largely in help with this Forum, they are incredibly amazing machines. I’ve owned numerous bikes of every brand imaginable, and now I only own (and custom build) Guzzi street bikes. That should answer your question on which is best… Not that almost any modern motorcycles are bad. You’ll need to wait and ride each for your final choice. Hope that helps.
 

italia

Just got it firing!
Joined
Dec 7, 2021
Messages
2
Location
Tennessee USA
Nothing will be easy, and there’s no dealer support…
Thanks for the response. I am a poster child of not worrying about dealer support. My current garage includes ‘16 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, ‘14 MV Agusta Rivale, ‘19 SWM SM500R Supermoto, and ‘16 Norton Commando 961 SF.
The Aprilia has the most dealer support of my current bikes. MV Agusta and SWM (almost no one has heard of SWM’s brilliant resurrection of the Husky enduros and Supermotos made at the same Varese factory owned by Cagiva/MV when they owned Husky) have some but not many dealers. Norton had 4 dealers in USA when I bought my Commando 961 from a dealer 800 miles away. Currently they have zero dealers. But that will likely change in the next couple of years now that they have a new owner.
I have bought 8 new bikes (7 Italian and 1 British) from dealers in the last 20 years and only ever returned to a dealer once for service, and that failed to solve the issue.
Fortunately I have a great independent Italian motorcycle shop nearby, and have been able to use the support of a Norton forum to do the maintenance and upgrades on my Commando 961 myself.
With my independent Italian mechanic, a Guzzi/Aprilia dealer 35 miles away, and this forum, I have full confidence I would be a happy Guzzi owner!
 

GTM®

Administrator
Staff member
GT di Razza Pura
Joined
Jul 1, 2009
Messages
12,460
Location
Malibu
Thanks for the response. I am a poster child of not worrying about dealer support. My current garage includes ‘16 Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 Factory, ‘14 MV Agusta Rivale, ‘19 SWM SM500R Supermoto, and ‘16 Norton Commando 961 SF.
The Aprilia has the most dealer support of my current bikes.
That would've been helpful to know in your first post... but it sounds like you'll be a good fit. Ride one when they're available to do so.
I've owned 80+ bikes to date, half of which have been Guzzis over the last 22 years.
 
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