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Moto Guzzi launches special naval edition V100 Mandello

Civitavecchia, Lazio, Italy

They say that politics make for strange bedfellows.
Motorcycles do too. Don't ask me how I know, I just do.
But here's an example that's family friendly.

Moto Guzzi and the Italian navy have a long shared history. Moto Guzzi photo

Moto Guzzi and the Italian navy have a long shared history. Moto Guzzi photo

Moto Guzzi has released a version of its new V100 that's a tribute to the Italian navy. I would never have linked bikes and boats, but here it is. Guzzi recently had a press launch aboard the aircraft carrier Cavour.

The V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale is inspired by naval aircraft. Moto Guzzi photo

The V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale is inspired by naval aircraft. Moto Guzzi photo

I suppose the whole thing makes sense when you look a little deeper as the company founders Carlo Guzzi and Giorgio Parodi were in the Italian Royal Navy’s Aeronautical Arm in World War One. They had planned to start a motorcycle company after the war with their friend pilot Giovanni Ravelli. He was killed in an accident in 1919 and the other two chose the spread-winged eagle logo in tribute to their friend.

The spread winged eagle is a tribute to a fallen friend. Moto Guzzi photo

The spread winged eagle is a tribute to a fallen friend. Moto Guzzi photo

Their connection with the navy was trumpeted with the new limited edition V100 Mandello Aviazione Navale. They made 1913 numbered motorcycles as a tribute to the year the Italian navy was founded.

The V100's livery is a nod towards the low-visibility of the navy's F-35B fighters. The graphics replicate those of the aircraft, with the insignia on both sides of the cowl, together with the typical “jet intake” stripes. The look is bolstered by a low-vis tricolour rosette on the sides of the fuel tank, the emblem of the Italian Naval Aviation, and the logo of the Boarded Aircraft Unit.
Standard features include a tire pressure monitoring system and heated handlegrips. The serial number is laser etched on the handlebar riser. Each bike comes with its own cover and a commemorative plaque.

A number is lasered into each model. Moto Guzzi photo

A number is lasered into each model. Moto Guzzi photo

Moto Guzzi calls the V100 Mandello a "watershed moment" in the company's history. It's the first bike with adaptive aerodynamics. It's also the first Moto Guzzi to feature a six-axis inertial platform, ABS cornering, semi-active suspension and a quick shift.

The V100 Mandello features the new compact-block engine with traditional 90° V-twin architecture. This entirely new engine makes 115 hp and torque of 105 Nm, with 82% already available at 3,500 rpm.

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Black_Smith

17 months ago

Love Moto Guzzi, great design, great bike, great company - history.